A short review of the Mirkwood Spiders set which I bought yesterday after watching the Unexpected Journey Movie.
About this creation
I should say now that I'm incredibly pleased by this set; It has a fantastic part/price ratio especially considering the impressive amount of exclusive bricks and minifigures.
The bricks were split into two bags, the first containing the Elves (Legolas and Tauriel) and the parts to make the Greenwood Ungoliants (Mirkwood Spiders).
The second bag contains the Dwarves (Fili and Kili), the trees and assorted weapons.
It's necessary to mention that this set and the Barrel Escape are based of scenes from the second Hobbit Film, Desolation of Smaug. Because of this, the first batch of these sets include two stickers: The first promoting the board game and the second designating the set as a 'Special Hobbit Trilogy Preview Set!'
The spider silk bags are, in my opinion what makes the set so special. As a new part, they bags are durable and functional, they can be hooked onto the tree's branches to dangle and show no signs of wear. They are specially designed for short figures, tall figures like the elves just topple out, I've tried.
And based of the main playfeature, I'm guessing one of the elves (probably Tauriel) cuts the biggest tree down. From the box art, it looks as if the bags are supposed to fall off when the tree comes down but this has only worked for me twice.
A closer look at the two dwarves in the spider bags. I had to take a picture on my desk as the parts were difficult to see on my white backdrop.
All minifigures included.
The back of all minifigures (With hair.)
The back of all minifigures (Without hair.)
I fell in love with the new Dwarf hair when I saw it, it's designed to fit around a quiver or Prince of Persia sheath piece. So useful.
The eponymous Mirkwood Spiders, I have to mention the glow in the dark eyes which really help make the spiders more menacing in the dark.
I'm speculating that a younger Shelob will be be featured in the Hobbit trilogy as one of the Ungoliants originating from Mirkwood. I just had to do a comparison.
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Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi
Nice review! I think you could have done more with the spider's leg movements though.
Yeah, I know what you mean; the Mirkwood spiders are much smaller than Shelob so there isn't as much posability. For the record, the front and back pairs of legs have 45 degree hinges and all legs have fully hinged 'knees'.