Lord of the Rings Fans Will Love This Lego Tower of Sauron

At the beginning of June, Lego is launching a new product in the colors of The Lord of the Rings saga. After the sublime reproduction of Rivendell in 2023, the Danish company is tackling Barad-dûr, the tower of Sauron. The result is astonishing.

Fans of Lord of the Rings are boiling. As the trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson continues to fuel public memories, the saga has perhaps never been more in the news.

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There is the prologue series on Amazon Prime Video, the next season of which will be available in 2024. There will be other feature films, including a spin-off centered on Gollum planned for 2026 and, before that, a film of entertainment for this year. And then there is Lego.

Lego, which had already launched sets The Lord of the Rings in 2012, last year began the marketing of a sublime reproduction of Rivendell, teeming with details and filled with figurines. A success, provided you agree to pay the tidy sum of €500. In 2024, the Danish company does it again, but this time takes refuge in the camp of the bad guys with a reconstruction of Barad-dûr, an immense dark tower topped with the eye of Sauron.

Here again, the price is steep: count on €460 to erect the building which requires nearly 5,500 parts.

You're not ready for the Sauron Lego minifigure

The Lega version of Barad-dûr is divided into three distinct stages, each with its own booklet. On the ground floor, there is a forge and a cage housing a skeleton. They surround a clever mechanism which allows the doors of the building to be opened using a brick hidden in the rock. Lego engineers have once again put all their imagination at the service of an appropriation that is both faithful, aesthetically speaking, and clever in the construction of Barad-dûr. Throughout the different stages, we never cease to appreciate the way in which Lego reinvents, arranges and combines pieces to create coherent sets.

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The second floor houses a canteen, which makes it possible to organize some slightly more humorous scenes with the small troop of goblins provided (there is even a cook and the infamous Gothmog, normally frightening with his distorted face in The king's return). Here, we will especially appreciate the attention to detail, with varied food (meat, vegetables, gnawed bones, etc.), a barrel of alcohol and a pot. Lego even thought of the menu displayed on the wall, as if written in chalk, and, contrary to what you might think, the goblins eat with forks.

Lego Barad-dûr // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
Gothmog is less scary in Lego. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

The third part is the tower itself, which allows Barad-dûr to rise to over 80 centimeters in height (yes, it will need space to display it). It includes a throne room which conceals a map of Middle-earth and the Stone of Ithil (or palantir). This is also where the majority of large stickers to be placed on mainly cylindrical parts are concentrated. The opportunity to remind that Lego would do better to reward those ready to invest more than €400 in a product with pad printing, rather than making them take the risk of incorrectly applying a sticker (and ruining everything). This is all the more true as these stickers will age poorly and are, for the most part, hidden.

The Eye of Sauron extinguished

The eye of Sauron lit

At the top, it is impossible not to notice the imposing moving eye of Sauron, reproduced with great brilliance (even if it relies on two thin rods to hold “in the void”) and which lights up . On this subject, it should be noted that the light brick is not placed directly behind the eye, but below it, a few centimeters away. To fully benefit from the effect, you will need to be in complete darkness.

Finally, Barad-dûr comes with one last little element: a piece of rock thanks to which we can recreate the scene where Sam and Frodo destroy the ring, to the great displeasure of Gollum. The three figures are included.

Lego Barad-dûr // Source: Maxime Claudel for NumeramaLego Barad-dûr // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
We can reproduce the scene of the destruction of the Ring (sorry Gollum). // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
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Some incredible details of Barad-dûr in Lego

We cannot really judge the aesthetic quality of this fortress. After all, it is just a huge black shape, highly sculpted and dotted with spikes. But Lego tried to give it a little “color” by working the rock on which it rests. We could also stare for long minutes at the lava surrounding Barad-dûr. By combining three transparent shades (red, orange, yellow), we obtain a striking 3D effect and a particularly successful texture.

Here are some details to remember :

  • By pulling a mechanism located under the throne, the latter splits in two and leaves its place for the Stone of Ithil, which shows Middle-earth in fire and blood. Behind there is also a map (simple sticker, unfortunately).
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The Stone of Ithil. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
  • The figurine of Sauron in armor, as he appears in the introduction to the film The Fellowship of the Ring, is (for now?) exclusive to this set. And it honors the iconic villain of the saga, making him almost cute with his helmet and breastplate made from a single block. For collectors, it can represent a solid argument for acquiring the set.
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Sauron in miniature. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
  • The rings are obviously represented in this product. The One Ring is present in three copies, physically. There's also a secret hiding place built into the structure, centered around a room littered with a sticker showing three more rings. A nice wink.
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The other (elven) rings. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
  • Mithril armor is making a comeback. Already present in Rivendell, it is still there, placed on a desk in a room which resembles a small office. It is, once again, a simple sticker.
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Mithril. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
  • Gollum has a place of his own, a hiding place from which he can monitor what is happening in Barad-dûr. He can even eat his favorite dish: fish (yes, it's as ugly in real life as it is in Lego).
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Gollum. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
  • In the different bags contained in the box (40 in total), you can find a host of accessories. Swords, armor, objects that serve as references… And imagine that Lego thought of providing goblin helmets for Sam and Frodo, the helmets they wear to sneak into the fortress. It was not at all obligatory.
Lego Barad-dûr // Source: Maxime Claudel for NumeramaLego Barad-dûr // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama
The famous duo. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Lego Barad-dûr in figures

  • Number of pieces: 5,471;
  • Number of figures: 10;
  • Measurements: 83 cm high, 45 cm wide and 30 cm deep;
  • Recommended age: 18 years and over;
  • Number of bags: 40;
  • Time required for construction: around ten hours;
  • Price (Lego website): €459.99.

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