Dutch designer GJC15344’s model isn’t the first based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic saga to reach the review stage this year, but it does take a slightly different path to the Map of Middle-earth and The Shire, depicting the scene of its climactic battle rather than the place the story begins.
Aping the aesthetic of 2012’s 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep, GJC15344’s rendition of Minas Tirith leans heavily into realistic light grey stonework, depicting three levels of walls that ingeniously combine microscale and minifigure-scale to reflect the grand nature of the on-screen fortress.
Accompanying the castle are 11 minifigures – including Gandalf the White, Pippin, Lord Denethor and Faramir – and an orc catapult and siege tower. Paired with its walkable ramparts and working gates, there’s plenty of potential for play here.
We’ve already speculated that Amazon’s new TV series based on the franchise could see LEGO The Lord of the Rings return in 2022, and GJC15344 has latched on to the same sentiment in the pitch for their model, writing: “Let’s show [the LEGO Group] that we are dying to see the Lord of the Rings theme return!”
Whether Minas Tirith will bring about that return is now in the hands of the LEGO Ideas team. The project joins 28 others in the second 2021 review, which will remain open for new additions until early next month. Here’s the full line-up so far:
John’s Medieval Watermill
Basement & Storage
Nyhavn – Copenhagen, Denmark
Knight Rider: KITT and the FLAG Mobile Command Unit
Outer Solar System Explorers
Traditional German Cottage
GameStop Classic Shop
Airport Firetruck Rosenbauer Panther 8×8
Aircraft Engine Workshop
Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine
Working Mini Golf Course
Women of Computing
The Tavern Under the Snow
Boston Dynamics Spot 1:4 Scale Motorized Model
The Costume Store
Imperial Island Fort