Lego has always been one of the most well-loved toys of the world thanks to the way it has challenged and improved the ingenuity of children who play with them. After being created in Denmark sometime in the 1890s by a man named Ole Kirk Christiansen, the toys gained popularity thanks to the way they can be made to form various buildings, vehicles, objects and creatures. Almost every kid in the 20th to 21st century has had experience with the toys and it seems to have been growing in popularity thanks to its access to licensing that allows them to make many sets based on popular films of today.
And of course, as of late, it seems that Lego has also gained access to The Hobbit and many of its elements. So yes, we can probably expect to see some sets featuring the dwarves fighting against the wargs and orcs, the party bobbing along the river inside their respective barrels, the great battle with the goblins of Goblin Town and their large and rather clumsy Goblin King in all his disgusting glory as well as the battle of riddles beneath that between Gollum and Bilbo and there’s even a set representing the ruins of Dol Goldur, the current resting place of The Necromancer and a place that Radagast the Brown visits in An Unexpected Journey but has Gandalf instead.
Also of note is Lego’s access to various other media such as videogames like Prince of Persia. (although one can argue that the set is more or less based on Prince of Persia’s film adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) The set includes many of its memorable scenes such as the fight for the Dagger of Time that could be used to reverse time for a few moments and the iconic ostrich race. One is made to wonder if Lego ever really runs out of ideas for themes or if there is actually a film that will deny them a license.
Anyway, for all of you who are still waiting for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, the Lego set is definitely something you can use to distract yourself as the film is still a few months away. In the meantime though, aside from the Lego set, you can also choose to enjoy some extended scenes of An Unexpected Journey which Peter Jackson and Wingnut Films have released recently.