LEGO Rivendell designer video pays tribute to The Lord of the Rings extended editions

The LEGO designers behind 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell have shown off the Middle-earth model in a video that pays tribute to the extended editions of the movies.

That’s not necessarily in how it’s framed, filmed or put together, but mainly just because it’s unusually long and in-depth for a LEGO designer video. Coming in at eight minutes on the dot, the clip features input from designers Chris Perron, Wes Talbott, Ashwin Visser and Yoel Mazur, each of whom contributed to different parts of the 6,167-piece set.

Perron and Talbott, for example, were both involved in the main model design, and talk at length in the video about how they approached the task of bringing Rivendell to life in LEGO bricks – from splitting the set into three sections to the creative liberties taken with its layout, format and particular details.

Graphic designer Visser also recalls how he put together his own Fellowship of artists to tackle all the graphics in 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell, from the minifigure designs to the printed pieces and stickers. Mazur, meanwhile, discusses all the new elements created for the set, including new minifigure parts, accessories and weapons.

You can check out the full designer video above, or over at the LEGO YouTube channel. It’s not quite the longest designer video of all time – the clip for 10307 Eiffel Tower is nine minutes and 10 seconds long – but it’s a great way to kick off building your own copy of 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell. And the set is big enough that you’ll still have plenty of time to watch all three extended The Lord of the Rings films afterwards, too…

10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell is available for VIP members now, and includes two gifts-with-purchase: 40630 Frodo & Gollum (until March 7), and 40583 Houses of the World 1 (until March 12). Non-VIP members will be able to pick it up from March 8.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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