Awesome news today, if you’re a LEGO fan, a Tolkien fan, or even better, both! We already knew that a LEGO Hobbit board game was on its way, but very few details were available. Now, ToysRUs.com has new info about the set, and it looks brilliant. Let’s go through it step by step.
First, the box. Only one thing to say: wow!
Next, the microfigures. As you probably know, microfigures are smaller versions of minifigures used in LEGO board games. They’re always awesome, and these don’t disappoint.
Like many microfigures, these are based on existing minifigures from the sets. The process of making something smaller, while retaining its key features, is always interesting. Gandalf is especially cool; the small hat, made from two common LEGO pieces, is a great design.
Now, the board.
It’s hard to think of anything to say other than what I used for the box, but I’ll try. This is a great design, and looks like it’ll be a blast to play. The board captures the charm of Hobbiton impressively. The hobbit holes all look essentially the same (although with different decorations), but that’s made up for by their epicness. They’re a great representation; again, it’s interesting to note how they’ve been downsized. Here, the transformation is even more drastic.
The gameplay tiles look awesome as well: food, runes, Bilbo, Frodo (why? maybe representing other hobbits?), Thorin, and dwarves, which disappointingly seems to only be in one kind. It’s not quite clear how these will be used. However, the description says the game is about “find[ing] the missing dwarves in Hobbiton,” and compares it to the game of memory.
Altogether, this looks like both an awesome set and an awesome board game. ToysRUs says it’ll be released in September, which would be great, but a December release (around the time of the movie!) is more likely. Either way, it’s worth waiting for.