Based on the classic battle sequence of Peter Jackson’s movie, The Battle of Helm’s Deep is a bring-to-life version that is built in a toy that can remind anyone of the legendary filmmaking on a long, cold and wet shoot. The set works as a movie sequence that recounts the events of the movie sequence from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The resulting set retails between $100 and $130.
Concept and Features
The game’s theme is to repel the Uruk-hai army at Helm’s Deep where the fortress is under siege by the mighty army. The forces of men, a dwarf and elves have to do everything possible to stop this army from breaching the walls of the fortress. The challenge is whether the forces can prevent Berserker Uruk-hai from planting an explosive and blowing up the wall. In history, the people of Rohan have never faced with such a threatening challenge that includes 8 mini-figures. These are Haldir, King Theoden, Gimili, Aragorn, 3 Uruk-hai and Berserker Uruk-hai. The specific features of the play set include the following:
- Weapons included are double-blade axes, single-bladed axes, shield, bow, swords and Uruk-hai weapons
- Helm Deep’s fortress has an outer ring, an opening main gate, a tower with horn, an exploding wall, catapult and a side door attack function. It also has a siege ladder, horse and bomb.
- The fortress measures 6 inches high by 20 inches wide
- The tower measures 9 inches high by 3 inches wide
The set’s fort can be extended for people who want to build a bigger army. You can buy Uruk-hai army set that includes Eomer, another soldier and a horse. An additional Ballista poly and Uruk-hai bag will also make the army even bigger for better experience.
The set requires quite a lot of space. You might want to dedicate a whole table for setting up and even playing. It also takes time to open up the contents of the play set and put it all together. This can frustrate a child and take away the fun of the of the toy before playing even begins. This toy is definitely not recommended for children under the recommended age on the packaging (10 – 14 years old).
Overall, the castle, minifigure, exploding wall, feasting hall and every other feature of the LEGO Lord of the Rings Battle of Helm’s Deep play set looks great! The characters and the story behind them resemble characters of the movie in a way that few other toy makers can do, making the set a fun, yet possibly daunting choice for children (and adults) that love the film upon which the set is based.