I’ve finally built the Lego sets I received for Christmas from Jessica. The first was the “Gandalf Arrives” set from the “Lord of the Rings” series.
This is a nice small set, the box doesn’t say how many pieces but I’d guess less than 100. Lego have rated it as an over 8 years old build and I think that’s fair as it has a few tricky spots that might confound younger builders.
I particularly liked the construction of the cart with sloped sides. It uses the small hinge pieces for the sides and there are some nice details added using a studs not on top method.
My one complaint might be that with his cloak it is quite difficult to get Gandalf to sit in his cart, it took a bit of fiddling to get him there for the pictures. Frodo also has a bit of a problem since his book is so large and his legs so short, the solution to that was to rest the bottom of the book on the ground.