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LEGO Tower of Orthanc Retiring: Is 10237 Worth Buying?

LEGO Tower of Orthanc retiring in 2015 is seen as a virtual certainty at this point. The set has been available for two years now, the rest of the Lord of the Rings LEGO lineup has been retired, and both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies have faded into distant, cinematic memories. But is 10237 worth purchasing before it retires? Or should your LEGO funds be invested elsewhere?

Let’s start by looking inside the box. The Tower of Orthanc set contains 2359 pieces, five minifigures, an eagle figure, and a light brick. For a licensed LEGO set at this price point, this can be considered good value. Next, let’s consider the size of the model when built: The Tower of Orthanc model measures 28″ (73cm) tall, 8″ (21cm) wide and 6″ (16cm) deep. The height of this model cannot be understated: It is simply massive and makes for an impressive display piece in any collection. In addition, since the tower occupies a lot of vertical area, but relatively little horizontal area, it may be easier than other models to fit into limited space. Overall, there is lots to like about this set and the only downside to it that it may not appeal to collectors who are not Lord of the Rings or castle/medieval fans.

LEGO Tower of Orthanc Retiring Soon; is it Worth Buying?

So with the LEGO Tower of Orthanc retiring soon, is it worth purchasing? For a collector, if you have any interest in The Lord of the Rings or castle themes, the answer is yes because 10237 is truly unique and we may never see any similar set produced again in the future. For investors, the same reasons apply. While the Lord of the Rings does not have the same appeal as other licensed themes like Star Wars, it is still a well-known series with many fans who will want this set for many years to come.

3 Comments

  1. That was a good prediction. The set is retired since 2 months now, and already increasing in value.

  2. Doesn’t seem like it’s going up much. I see a lot of them for $240. That is about a 5% gain after factoring in taxes and other costs to purchase it at retail price. Granted it’s only been retired for a short time.

  3. Maybe not quite a good prediction? cause by now it hasnt gone beyond 5% mark to a farther greater percentage like other sets do

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