LEGO Icons 10333 LOTR: Barad-dûr’s light brick is an essential element

The light brick included with LEGO Icons 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr is essential for creating an authentic version of the Mordor location.

The LEGO Group this week revealed 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr, a massive 5,471-piece recreation of the Middle-earth location that will be released next month priced at £399.99 / $459.99 / €459.99. Launching on June 1 for LEGO Insiders and June 4 for everyone else, the model is not only a worthy successor to last year’s 10316 Rivendell but also the first-ever brick-built version of Sauron’s sinister stronghold.

Towering over 83cm in height, 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr comes with 10 minifigures, including the Dark Lord himself, and is packed with plenty of details. In addition to an automated black gate, a four-section modular structure, the Mouth of Sauron’s study, and multiple secrets to spot, the colossal LEGO Icons set also includes its very own light brick.

While that particular interactive element isn’t anything new (one was most recently included in 2023’s 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade), its appearance in 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr reveals it to be an essential piece that ensures the build has a truly authentic Mordor feel.

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The red light brick can be found at the rear of the model, just behind and below the Eye of Sauron. Pressing down on the element illuminates the orange, yellow and red parts of the Great Eye, adding a suitably fiery glow to its gaze, plus the whole top section of the set can be rotated. 

It’s worth noting that a light brick was included in 10237 The Tower of Orthanc, a LEGO The Lord of the Rings set released in 2013 and a location that’s also referenced in the upcoming LEGO Icons build.

10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr’s light brick not only enhances and adds to the realism of the LEGO Icons set, but it’s an element that truly elevates the model to another level. While some previous LEGO builds may have included a light brick as more of a gimmicky feature, its inclusion in the new Middle-earth set could well be a factor that results in the model becoming one of the must-have purchases of 2024.

10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr will be available for Insiders first on June 1, with a wider release from June 4. The LEGO Icons build will be priced at £399.99 / $459.99 / €459.99 and orders placed from June 1 to 7 will also receive a free 40693 The Lord of the Rings: Fell Beast GWP, while stocks last.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our full in-depth of 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr here.

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Matt Yeo
From video game journalism to kids’ publishing, I’ve been there, seen it, done it and worn the T-shirt. I was also the editor of the first-ever official LEGO magazine way back when, LEGO Adventures. I have a passion for movies, comic books, tech and video games, with a wallet that’s struggling to keep up with my LEGO set wish list.

Matt Yeo

From video game journalism to kids’ publishing, I’ve been there, seen it, done it and worn the T-shirt. I was also the editor of the first-ever official LEGO magazine way back when, LEGO Adventures. I have a passion for movies, comic books, tech and video games, with a wallet that’s struggling to keep up with my LEGO set wish list.

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