The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

The Battle of the Pelennor Fields was a battle for the city of Minas Tirith, and ultimately for Gondor, immediately following a large-scale siege of Minas Tirith by Sauron’s army. It was the greatest battle of the War of the Ring, and indeed the largest of the entire Third Age. Major casualties resulted from the battle, including the deaths of King Théoden and the Witch-king of Angmar.

This Lord of the Rings Battle Game diorama was on display at Warhammer World.

Doctor Who in Lego

Well what do we have here, the Doctor in Lego.

Doctor Who in Lego

 

Oh and K9 and a TARDIS.

Okay so not a proper set (just yet), but for the forthcoming Lego Dimensions console game.

The game uses “real” Lego which are then “brought” into the game. There is a real mix of brands, for example the starter set has Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle (from The Lego Movie).

You can expand the game with packs and these have so far included figures from the Lego franchises such as Ninjago, but also Wonder Woman, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz and Back to the Future.

With the release of some instructions, we now know that there will also be an expansion pack for Doctor Who.

Doctor Who in Lego

The copyright notice for Doctor Who is quite interesting as it includes details of Daleks and Cybermen.

BBC logo © BBC 1996. Doctor Who logo © BBC 2009. Dalek image © BBC/ Terry Nation 1963. Cyberman image © BBC/Kit Pedler/Gerry Davis 1966. K-9 image © BBC/Bob Baker/Dave Martin 1977. Licensed by BBC Worldwide Limited.

From this I would ascertain that we will see Lego Daleks and Cybermen, very likely in the game, but could mean Lego Daleks if and when more Doctor Who Lego is released.  The BBC does not hold all the rights to all the Doctor Who monsters, therefore licensed products need to both licence Doctor Who from the BBC, but also need to licence Terry Nation (estate) for the Daleks.

In addition to Doctor Who we have also seen packs for Jurassic World, Scooby Doo, Portal and The Simpsons.

War Elephant

This War Elephant was inspired by an original article in White Dwarf from the 1980s on a Lord of the Rings which included a Mumakil which had been converted from a Britains Elephant, so I decided to do the same thing, originally with a Rhino… but did eventually buy an Elephant.
I used miliput for the saddle and frontal armour plate, and balsa wood for the howdah.

The Hobbit gets going…

After months of delays due to funding problems, filming on The Hobbit is now set to begin in February 2011.

Warner Bros also announced that Peter Jackson, who directed the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, would helm the two-part prequel.

The films, based on JRR Tolkien’s book, had been delayed for months due to MGM Studios’ – which owns half the project – ongoing financial woes.

No release dates for the movies have been given.

Read more.

Considering how successful the Lord of the Rings was, it is no surprise that The Hobbit is going to be made, what was surprising was the delay… however I suspect that was though MGM Studios were having financial problems they didn’t want to lose the cash cow that The Hobbit would be for them, no way would they pass it onto someone else…

Looking forward to it, but suspect it will be 2012 or 2013 before we see it on the big screen.

War Mumak of Harad

A Mumakil from the display cabinets at GamesDay 2008.

The armies of Harad often employ Mumakil, massive war-beasts trained by the Mahud, to trample their enemies under colossal hooves. A Mumak is nigh unstoppable once is begins its charge, tossing aside enemies like broken dolls. The largest model in The Lord of The Rings range, a Mumak can break through an enemy line while Haradrim warriors rain deadly arrows from atop the howdah on its mighty back.