Start saving up now as these five retired LEGO The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit sets are very valuable on the secondary market.
LEGO The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have been inactive since 2014 though Middle-Earth has recently come back into the limelight with the arrival of The Lord of Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime.
While the themes have yet to make a return and nothing has been confirmed by the LEGO Group in the future, the sets are fetching a high price on the secondary market, though some are worth much more than others.
Here are the five most valuable LEGO The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit sets, in order of their average price for a new copy on BrickLink ascending at the time of writing and not including polybags or exclusive event minifigures:
5 – 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush
Coming in at an average of £337.88 for a new copy, 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush is the only LEGO The Lord of the Rings set to include the Army of the Dead as well as the Pirate of Umbar minifigure.
That combined with the aquatic nature of this model – a rarity in LEGO The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – might explain the value of this set on the secondary market. For context, it retailed for £89.99 / $99.99 in 2013.
4 – 9473 The Mines of Moria
For just an average of £350.80, you could have a new copy of 9473 The Mines of Moria ready to build. As one of the returning locations for The Rings of Power sequel series, 9473 The Mines of Moria is more relevant than it has been in recent years.
The main draw of 7473 The Mines of Moria comes in the form of the large Cave Troll figure, which is unique to this model.
3 – 79018 The Lonely Mountain
It shouldn’t be surprising to see 79018 The Lonely Mountain so high on this list with an average price of £540.02 for a new copy. It’s the only LEGO set to include the massive Smaug figure and the many exclusive elements used to depict him.
With folding but whole wings, Smaug is one of the most impressive and realistic LEGO dragons ever made, potentially making this model more desirable on the secondary market now that it has been long since retired.
2 – 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep
Despite being one of the most detailed, realistic and recognisable LEGO castles ever made, based on the fortress from the franchise, 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep sits at a commendable £562.16 on average for a new copy.
Featuring eight minifigures and 1,367 pieces, 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep is behind just one other LEGO The Lord of the Rings set when it comes to value.
1 – 10237 The Tower of Orthanc
The most valuable LEGO The Lord of the Rings set according to our parameters is 10237 The Tower of Orthanc at an average of £653.12 for a new copy. This tall creation is also the largest of the Middle-Earth builds by far featuring five minifigures, two of which are exclusive.
10237 The Tower of Orthanic depicts the imposing tower alongside Treebeard and is one of only three models to include a giant eagle. It’s an iconic LEGO The Lord of the Rings model, but those who want a new copy will need to start saving up…