Lego Review: Pirate Ship Ambush from Lord of the Rings by Lego
Set Name: 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush
# of pieces: 756 and two manuals
Figures included: Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, King of the Dead, 2x Soldiers of the Dead, Pirate of Umbar, and 2x Mordor Orcs.
One of the problems I had with this set is that the main three minifigures (Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli) are no different than in previous releases. I have multiples of a few of these characters at this point. Still, they're well done minis. Gimli has a well done torso, even if it's completely obscured by his unique beard. The helmet's also beautiful with gold paint around the edges. An an extra axe? Always a plus!
The catapult included with this set is pretty awesome. It's probably one of my favorite Lego catapults ever due to it's wheels, powerful throw, and the stickers that give an authentic wood-like appearance to some of the pieces.
In the middle of the ship is a chest that stores two maps. The maps look great although they're not printed but simply stickers. The chest lid is kind of loose, though.
These wings are interesting. They're hinged so you can swing them out if you want.
The blades on the sides of the ship not only look cool, but also seem like they'd be convenient in helping to fight off enemies trying to board.
These steps leading up to the helm and accompanying chains really add to the complexity of the ship. Back behind the chains you can see the door that lets prisoners into the brig.
The pirate captain of Umbar (played in the film by Peter Jackson) is a cool mini. I love his bread and chain.
One of these barrels actually looks like a drum or a table. Inside there is a gold piece and a diamond. Also, it wouldn't be a modern Lego set without flick fire missiles. There is one launcher on each side and two extra missiles in one of the barrels.
The helm is detachable so you can more easily access the brig. It's very nice and has two torches and storage space for a key.
The King of the Dead is a great mini. His head glows in the dark and he has a great, green and ghastly appearance. You can see his ribs, too! Maybe he needs a loaf of bread as well. Both soldiers have double sided heads and different torsos. Also, one guy has brown hands while the other guy has grey hands.
I'd better point out the rudder, which actually moves. OK, I think I've covered everything!
Overall, while the ship isn't as deep as I had hoped, the masts make for an impressive looking vessel. This was a very fun build, too. There's lots of different techniques and it's not as modular as many recent builds, so you're actually building something that gets larger rather than simply adding a bunch of smaller elements together at the end. It's a great ship and I'm quite pleased with it. The minifigures are good, particularly Gimli, the orcs, and the army of the dead. Overall, I'm giving it a Great. It's really a neat set that I didn't expect Lego to produce.If you're going to snatch it up, now is the time as many places discount Lego sets after Christmas. A little shopping around should get you a very decent price on this if you decide that it....floats your boat.