Tolkien fans eager to return to Middle Earth can do so in less than a month when 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell launches on March 5, 2023 for VIP members. The 6,167-piece build sees the LEGO Group returning to the theme after a number of years, with a massive display model that’s packed with details, features and 15 minifigures.
We recently spotted seven secrets lurking in the depths of 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell. However, with so much content crammed into the impressive LEGO Icons set, here are five more things we’ve seen that are waiting for fans to discover.
5 – Five more minifigures
The Elven tower section of the build incorporates an additional five minifigures around the base of the structure. The grey statues represent various Elves from Middle Earth’s past, although the characters have hair pieces that cover up any sign of their familiar pointy ears.
4 – Packed with pictures
There are numerous stickered stained glass windows and pictures dotted throughout 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell that represent significant events in Middle Earth’s history. Images to find include Eärendil and Elwing aboard Vingilot, Ost-in-Edhil, where the Rings of Power were forged, and even Sauron moments before his defeat at the hands of Isildur.
3 – New weapon pieces
Sparing no expense when it comes to the upcoming set, the LEGO Group has created a number of new molds for weapons included with the model. Making their first appearance in 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell are updated versions of Bilbo’s sword, Sting, Gimli’s Dwarven axe, Elrond’s Hadhafang blade, Boromir’s Sword of Gondor, and the debut of the broken shards of Narsil.
2 – The Lord of the Rings minifigure first
Included in the line-up of 15 minifigures that come with 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell are redesigned versions of each character, as well as what appears at first glance to be two generic Elves. However, we suspect that the minifigure with brown hair is in fact Lindir, played by Bret McKenzie in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films, representing the first time the character has appeared in LEGO form.
1 Bilbo’s Mithril shirt
Look closely in Frodo’s bedroom and you’ll notice an open chest that contains a rather special item. A single tile with a sticker recreates the Mithril shirt of mail given to Bilbo Baggins by Thorin Oakenshield. The item was worn by the Hobbit during The Battle of the Five Armies and passed on to Frodo by his cousin when he and the rest of the Fellowship began their epic quest to find the One Ring.
10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell will be available for VIP members from March 5, 2023 and priced at £429.99 / $499.99 / €499.99. The set will include a free copy of 40630 Frodo & Gollum during VIP early access. It will receive a wider launch on March 8 for everyone else, but without the free BrickHeadz set.