"His legs were stretched out before him, showing high boots of supple leather that fitted him well, but had seen much wear and were now caked with mud. A travel-stained cloak of heavy dark-green cloth was drawn close about him, and in spite of the heat of the room he wore a hood that overshadowed his face; but the gleam of his eyes could be seen as he watched the hobbits." - The Fellowship of the Ring (book)
We all know that scene was in the movie too, though Aragorn's cloak may not have appeared very green. As Strider, Aragorn dressed as a ranger would - in a ragged garb that served its purpose well. That is why I gave him my standard Metal Gear Solid trench coat design in LEGO form. It makes him look more Strider-like. I also made his chest decal look dirty.
"'Therefore my brother, seeing how desperate was our need, was eager to heed the dream and seek for Imladris; but since the way was full of doubt and danger, I took the journey upon myself. Loth was my father to give me leave, and long have I wandered by roads forgotten, seeking the house of Elrond...'" - Boromir (Fellowship of the Ring, book)
As you can see, the scene that was cut from the Two Towers differs from Boromir's own account of his leaving Gondor in the first book. Perhaps that was why the scene was cut, even though it was actually a good scene in the movie. I think Boromir deserved more screen time. Sean Bean was a good actor in the movie, and Boromir was an admirable character. So I paid good attention to his minifig, giving him a detailed decal (which is hard to see in this picture) for his chest as well as a decal for his face. That's the only round shield like that I ever bought, and that was a while back, when it was in stores...
"Gandalf's yes flashed. 'It will be my turn to get angry soon,' he said. 'If you say that again, I shall. Then you will see Gandalf the Grey uncloaked.' He took a step towards the hobbit, and he seemed to grow taller and menacing; his shadow filled the little room." - from The Fellowship of the Ring (book)
Okay, so the movies turned Merry and Pippin into so much comedy relief in the first movie. So that's why I used smiley heads for them. I know they're a bit too simplistic (that's Merry on the left and Pippin on the right with the classic smiley head), but I think it works... They look better in the armor I made for them.
"But I rode to the foot of Orthanc, and came to the stair of Saruman; and there he met me and led me up to his high chamber. He wore a ring on his finger. 'So you have come, Gandalf," he said to me gravely; but in his eyes there seemed to be a white light, as if a cold laughter was in his heart." - Gandalf (Fellowship of the Ring, book)
The best way to tell Saruman the White from Gandalf the White in the movies is to look at their staff. Saruman has a black staff and Gandalf has a white staff. They look very similar in my minifigs as well. But they are NOT the same. Each has their own head, staff, and chest decal. Look closely.
"A Last Alliance of Elves and Men marched on the armies of Mordor... and, on the slopes of Mount Doom, fought for the freedom of Middle-Earth." - Galadriel (movie)
Here is Elrond and an Elf archer from the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring movie, when the Last Alliance clashes with the Orcs of Mordor in the Great Battle of the Second Age. Be sure to see my Second Age section for the rest of the action. Yes, Elrdond did wear a purple cape. At least, that's what it looked like in all the pictures I saw.
"You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring." - Elrond (movie)
Here they are! The Fellowship consists of, from left to right, Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry), Gandalf the Grey, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Legolas Greenleaf (I've heard that is his name), Gimli (son of Gloin), Frodo Baggins, Aragorn (Strider), Peregrin Took (Pippin), and Boromir (son of Denethor).
"Hobbits? Four hobbits! What business brings you to Bree?" - Gate Keeper of Bree (movie)
You'll notice that Frodo's sword Sting is customized. In other words, it's a standard LEGO broadsword carved to look like Sting. For those of you who are pained by the sight of sacrilegious defacement of LEGO parts, don't worry. I only do it for minifigs. I think it's cheating when making a model, but since LEGO makes new pieces whenever they need them for the minifigs (like all those hairpieces for Harry Potter) I decided to do so as well.
Gandalf can be seen here in LEGO form. I got tired of seeing all the other LEGO Gandalfs looking like default LEGO wizards that came in the old castle sets, so I made mine have a grey hat, more like in the movie, and a grey Dumbledore beard. His staff is a broken spear (it actually broke by accident - I didn't break it intentionally). You'll observe I made him a chest decal, even though it is mostly covered up by his beard.
This is just a simple custom of the cart full of fireworks that Gandalf rides into the Shire in The Fellowship of the Ring. I originally had planned to make all of the movies in LEGO form and play them out from beginning to end, which is why I made this cart. But in the end I decided that would be too much work. Still, here is the cart for you to enjoy.
"'These are not holes,' said Gimli, 'This is the great realm and city of the Dwarrowdelf. And of old it was not darksome, but full of light and splendour, and is still remembered in our songs.'" - Gimli (Fellowship of the Ring, book)
Of course, Moria was quite "darksome" by the time the Fellowship got there. Gimli was one of my favorite characters in the movie, since he wasn't quite as up-tight as everyone else. So I tried to pay more attention to his minifig than many do who simply stick a Harry Potter Hagrid head on a Star Wars Ewok body, give it an axe, and call it Gimli. My Gimli has a brown beard, broad, armored shoulders, a custom decal, a customized axe, and a more dwarven helmet. I know he looks just like Aragorn behind that beard, but that was the best head I could find.
"Legolas laid down his paddle and took up the bow that he had brought from Lorien. Then he sprang ashore and climbed a few paces up the bank. Stringing the bow and fitting an arrow he turned, peering back over the River into the darkness. [...] Frodo looked up at the Elf standing tall above him, as he gazed into the night, seeking a mark to shoot at." - Fellowship of the Ring (book)
The first thing you think when you see this Legolas minifig: "What's with the hair?". Whether you like it or not, I used Liquid Snake's hair, which looks a little too brown, in these pictures for Legolas. I later switched back to the standard blond hairpiece. You can decide which you like best. Anyway, his chest decal is detailed and accurate to the movie. I put some silver embroidery around the edges of the clothing on the decal images, but you can hardly tell on the printed decal itself.
"Whom do you serve?" - Saruman
"Saruman!" - Lurtz (movie)
Lurtz is a movie-only character. He is the leader of the band of Uruk-hai that attacked the Fellowship at the river leading out of Lorien, though his name is actually never said in either the movie OR the book. Still, he's Lurtz, the orc that killed Boromir. Yes, his face decal is unique (he has green eyes and Lurtz's positioning of the white hand paint) and so is his quite detailed chest decal. I only wish you could see it better in the image.
"Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatuluk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul!" - (Mordor language for "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them")
Sauron was never described in the books, but the movie designers did a great job of making him intimdating, evil, and fearsome. He sort of reminded me of Sarevok from Baldur's Gate with the skull-like helmet and spiky armor. My minifig form uses a custom decal for the face and a cut up piece of black cloth for the cape. The mace is a technic gear on a stick. It took me a while to get this guy to look right, so you'd better like him!
Lurtz needs a little work, but the rest is great. I love Sauron, but the mace ruins it for me. As mentioned in another review of mine, you should make a Witch King. Put an evil KK2 helmet on the Nazguil. Great job over all.
"Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?"
Best character in trilogy, I loved when he and Legolas counted the kills they made, even in important battles.
"That STILL only counts as one!
I love all of the details on the characters. This clearly takes large amounts of patience and ability. My favourite character would have to be Gandalf the Grey, as it is very accurate to both the movie and how he is described in the book.
Great job, Justin. You probably dont care, but i just thougt id tell you that your sauramon figure is my personal favorite, just because it looks so cool. I admire other your creations as well. Great job, Phil