The LEGO Group first picked up the licence for Peter Jackson’s inimitable film trilogy in 2012 alongside the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but then equally unexpectedly halted the brakes on the entire thing after just two years.
Artem Biziaev now joins that growing collective with his buildable map of Middle-earth, which includes microfigures of the main characters and a minifigure of Tolkien.
It’s Biziaev’s third project in the first 2021 review, which means his builds now make up 10% of all those currently up for consideration in the next qualifying round. (His first, Baba Yaga, achieved support in less than a day.)
You don’t need to be a mathemagician to figure out that that means there’s already a whopping 30 projects in this review, and there’s still nearly three months left until the qualifying window closes.
At this point, it’s hard to see how this won’t be a record-breaking review period – especially given we could blow past the previous record of 35 projects in a single review within a matter of days, based on the current rate of builds hitting 10K.
Here’s the full list of projects in the first 2021 review:
A Map of Middle-earth
My LEGO Totoro
The Trulli of Alberobello
The Polar Express
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The King’s Castle
The Sewing Workshop
A Nice Day at the Farm
The Castle of Brickwood Forest
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise
NASA’s SLS & Artemis
Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship
Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda)
The Karate Kid “Wax On, Wax Off”
Scania Next Generation S730
4½-Litre 1927-31 Bentley ‘Blower’
Asterix and Obelix
The Simpsons – The Krusty Burger
The House of Chocolate
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights
Among Us: The Skeld Detailed Map