In the final set of the initial LEGO The Hobbit line, we review The Goblin King Battle (79010). The set contains 841 pieces and retails for $99.99, about $0.12/piece. There are three instruction booklets, five numbered bags, and a packaged Goblin King.
The set includes seven minifigures, eight if you include the Goblin King. The first minifigure is Gandalf the Grey. The same Gandalf that is in many other sets. The only thing that is new about him is that he has a short sword now.
Dori is the older brother of the other two Dwarves in the set Nori and Ori. His torso is deep red with some nice printing on both sides and a red cape. He has short unprinted brown legs. He has a double-sided head with the stern/angry expressions combo. Dori’s accessories are a sword and a flail.
Nori is the middle Dwarf among the three brothers. He has a brown torso with short brown legs as well. He has a double-sided face but you can’t tell because of the beard/hairpiece. The only way to tell is by looking at the eyes. Nori’s accessories include a sword and a mace.
There are two Goblin Soldiers in the Goblin King Battle set. They are similar except for some slight torso printing differences. The heads are double-sided with ears on a bald headpiece. One Goblin has a sword while the other has a bone axe.
The Goblin Scribe is similar to the Goblin Soldiers except that it has except that it has short legs. The head and headpiece are the same though. His accessory includes a scroll.
The Goblin King or the Great Goblin is the final minifigure in the set. It has a very large beige body with an even larger body. His crown is painted on but there are horns that can attach to the top of the head. His accessory is a brick-built bone scepter. The other hand is able to grab a minifigure.
In the first bag, you build the right side of the caves where the Goblins have captured the Dwarves. For this part of the build there’s not much play features except for the small catapult. Although there aren’t much playability in this section, there are a lot of details including bones, skulls, and stickered planks.
For bag 2, you start building the bottom part of the cave area. Until you get to the part where you put the brown plates on, the build is pretty flimsy. Underneath the plates are two play features. One is a trap that you can spring to capture a Dwarf. The other is a treasure box filled with gems that is pushed out from the back.
Bag 3 are the pieces for the Goblin King’s throne. Like the rest of the sets, this area has plenty of small details and a lot of stickers. The Goblin King does not sit but stand on top of the throne.
In the fourth bag, you build the left side of the cave rock forrmation. The main feature of this section is the bridge that is able to collapse with a Technic pin. On the side of the cave, you can tip over the ladder from the opposite side by the way of another Technic pin.
In the fifth and final bag of the Goblin King Battle set, you build the crane that attaches next to the bridge. It can go up or down depending on which way you turn the wheel. The crane can also swing in any direction.
Overall, this final set in the initial Hobbit line is a good addition to any collection. You get an amazing 7 regular minifigures and the oversized Goblin King figure. Plus, all the minifigures are exclusive to the set except for Gandalf so you’ll probably need this set to get all the Dwarves. The playset also has plenty of features that will keep kids entertained for a while. When the movie comes out this week, kids can relate to the scene and will want to pick it up.