Around this time of year, movies such as Lord of the Rings just feel right. It may be the fact that Fellowship, Two Towers, and Return of the King released close to Christmas in the early 2000s. Well, the theme continues this year with Magic: The Gathering releasing The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth Holiday Set. The full set includes boosters, holographic cards, and four large dioramas of scenes pulled right out of the books but is it worth the precious price?
We got an early look at the set thanks to Magic: The Gathering and are quite ready to go on this grand adventure.
What’s included in the The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth Holiday Set
There is quite a lot to unpack in the set, making it a perfect holiday gift. You’ll find Jumpstart, Volume 2 booster sets, each with their own theme ranging from Mortals, Cunning, Orcish, Riders, and Elven. The boosters allow you to quickly build a deck to play with all the necessary Mana as well. Alongside the Volume 2 boosters, there is a handful of Collector Boosters with unique card art, and four large easels depicting scenes with characters such as Galadriel and Aragorn.
The easels also function as stands for displaying your favorite cards. With the set including hundreds of cards, you can decorate the easels with the cards you like most. One on side you’ll see a scene created by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt and on the other you can show off your cards. There are dozens of beautiful cards to display and many include quotes directly from the books. The cards are among the best we’ve seen when it comes to Magic: The Gathering’s previous sets. Cards like Gimli, Counter of Kills and Galadriel, Light of Valinor are just two that stand out for their high-quality art and design. Yes, you’ll even find a Gollum card as well.
You’ll find several foil cards where the entire card, scene, and frame are holographic. These are particularly fantastic to look at and frame on the easels, but they make a great option for decks as well as they’re powerful and offer unique abilities, too. The amount of boosters it comes with lets you build numerous decks catered to your playstyle. No matter if you want to build a red and blue deck for dealing damage with spellcasters and dwarves or a green and white deck full of creatures to overwhelm your enemy.
Even if you’re not an avid Magic: The Gathering player, the set is fit for a collector. The stands make a great center piece for a table and let you switch out cards as you see fit. There are also two packs and an assortment of cards that are just artwork of characters, scenes, and locations.
Now, the entire holiday set doesn’t come cheap, but it does come with plenty to offer for both the collector and player. You are free to order items separately as well so you aren’t locked into buying the entire set. If you’re after the easels, then you’re looking at spending more than $111. While the Jumpstart booster set of 18 packs is about $75 and the Collector Booster Box of 12 packs will cost the most of around $300.
The Lord of the Rings is a franchise that’s stood the test of time and seeing Tolkien’s work in this format shows how beloved the books, movies, games, and various other mediums are and will be for years to come.