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Lego Smaug coming to Comic-Con 2014

smaug_bard_split_a_lSome of the coolest things you’ll see at Comic-Con are the Lego built characters either at their booth, other booths, and even outside of the convention center itself.

This year if you happen to make it to the Warner Bros. booth (#4545) you will get to see a Lego Smaug standing over six feet tall and weighing 411 pounds. Smaug took 625 hours to complete and includes 83,433 pieces. The folks at Lego also have some surprises for fans showing off new sets for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as well as an exclusive Bard figure. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, LEGO, Luke Evans, Merchandise, Shop, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Toys, Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Home Video release – more international information

DoS DVD coverFollowing on from our posts earlier this week, we now have information from official press releases from Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany.  Here are the details:

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Check out this 56-inch-tall model of Erebor made from 80,000 pieces of LEGO!

11075407484_dc31c00c1c_o You might recall that we’ve previously profiled the incredible Middle-earth LEGO dioramas of Blake Baer here on TheOneRing.net.

Now he’s back with his biggest piece yet — a 56-inch-tall model of Erebor made from 80,000 pieces of LEGO that weighs close to 200 pounds! This time he’s working with fellow LEGO aficionado Jack Bittner.

When we saw the first movie last year, we loved it too much not to build a scene from it. Of course, we couldn’t build any thing less than the iconic dwarf city. So here it is, our third and latest collaboration (our first was Amon Hen, our second was Rivendell). We chose Erebor for many reasons, not the least of which was that we love building mountains [sarcasm]. This build was a ton of fun, and we hope you enjoy it. And now, it is our pleasure to present Erebor, the dwarven hall of kings.

We had the chance to ask Blake a few questions about his and Jack’s Erebor diorama. Here’s what he had to say:

TORn: How big is it? Is it your biggest yet?

Blake: It most certainly is our biggest yet at 56″ tall, and close to 80,000 pieces totaling close to 200 pounds of LEGO.

TORn: How long did it take?

Blake: It took my friend Jack Bittner and I close to 400 combined hours to get the model designed, built, photographed, edited, and uploaded.

TORn: How difficult was conceptualizing the design?

Blake: We had the movie to rely upon for reference, so a lot of the design stages was just us watching the movie, haha. It obviously isn’t an exact replica, but it captures the essence of Erebor. We had the general layout of where we wanted Dale, the rivers, the mountains, etc. to be, but much of that changed as we built. We didn’t work off of any blueprints, so we were converting directly from imaginations to bricks, so many changes occurred.

TORn: What inspired the concept?

Blake: Large amounts were drawn from the movie portrayal of the Hobbit. The style of the facade of the gates of Erebor, for example, were drawn from the movie. In addition, representing Dale as a Sicilian-style city with terracotta roofs was drawn from the movie.

TORn: Will you be showcasing it anywhere?

Blake: We currently don’t have any plans to put it on display, but we hope to keep it together for a while so that we can possibly take advantage of any possibilities that may arise. The public unveiling was at Brickfair, VA, earlier this summer, but Erebor hasn’t seen any action To get an idea of the scale, check out the photo below that Blake supplied us. Amazing!

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You can see even more photos of Erebor by Blake and Jack on their Flickr account.

Posted in Creations, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings LEGO® iOS Game – Download Now!

LOTR LEGO® iOS Game - Moria

LOTR LEGO® iOS Game – Moria

It is an exciting day for fans of LEGO® and The Lord of the Rings! As of right now, you can download the iOS game ‘LEGO® The Lord of the Rings’ from the Apple App Store! Check out the full release below as well as some screen caps. The game is only $4.99 and available for both iPhone and iPad. [Download]

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Posted in Collectibles, LEGO, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Toys

Lego surpasses Hasbro as second-largest toy company

LEGO Tower of Orthanc One wonders how much Middle-earth’s Hobbits, wizards, elves and dwarves have contributed to the success and growth of the Lego company over recent years. It has now grown bigger than Hasbro, and become the second-largest toy company in the world.


The boss of Lego Group carries two business cards – one the usual kind and the other a Lego mini-figure in his likeness, complete with beard and glasses, with contact details on the back.

That kind of playful thinking has helped the Danish company become the world’s second-biggest toy maker as it clicks with fast-growing Asia and builds on its popular plastic bricks with video games and theme parks.

“We are seeing a society where the wealthier it becomes, the more room there is for what I call the business of play,” Chief Executive Jørgen Vig Knudstorp told Reuters in Singapore.

“In that I will include the role of play in education, the role of play in theme parks and family entertainment, the role of play in adult age.”

Video games are big business and Lego Group has “a major role through licensing arrangements” but the digital realm is a complement, not a replacement, for physical play, he said.

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Posted in LEGO, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Toys, Video games

This amazing MOC of Helm’s Deep uses 150,000 bricks!

Lego MOC Helm's Deep by Rich-K & Big J .

Lego MOC Helm’s Deep by Rich-K & Big J .

This huge Lego My Own Creation of Helm’s Deep is simply enormous. Created by Rich-K & Big J, it’s only 90% complete right now and uses some 150,000 bricks and features 1,700 mini-figures.

How big is it? Well, it weighs around 160 pounds (about 70 kilograms for us metric folk), and covers a pretty much an entire ping-pong table. The creators say it uses 24 grey 48 x 48 base plates. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Events, Fans, Headlines, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Two Towers, Toys

LEGO finally reveals why Tom Bombadil never made it in ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies

Tom Bombadil has always been the most enigmatic of characters in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. When he didn’t make the cut in the movies, despite not being central to the plot, many fans objected and wondered why. The answer is revealed below at last from the Brotherhood Workshop!

Tolkien wrote a few times about his character, especially in letters to those who asked. In one such letter to Peter Hastings he says in part,

“I don’t think Tom needs philosophizing about, and is not improved by it. But many have found him an odd or indeed discordant ingredient. In historical fact I put him in because I had already ‘invented’ him independently (he first appeared in the Oxford Magazine) and wanted an ‘adventure’ on the way. But I kept him in, and as he was, because he represents certain things otherwise left out. I do not mean him to be an allegory – or I should not have given him so particular, individual, and ridiculous a name – but ‘allegory’ is the only mode of exhibiting certain functions: he is then an ‘allegory’, or an exemplar, a particular embodying of pure (real) natural science: the spirit that desires knowledge of other things, their history and nature, because they are ‘other’ and wholly independent of the enquiring mind, a spirit coeval with the rational mind, and entirely unconcerned with ‘doing’ anything with the knowledge: Zoology and Botany not Cattle-breeding or Agriculture . Even the Elves hardly show this : they are primarily artists. Also T.B. exhibits another point in his attitude to the Ring, and its failure to affect him. You must concentrate on some pan, probably relatively small, of the World (Universe), whether to tell a tale, however long, or to learn anything however fundamental – and therefore much will from that ‘point of view’ be left out, distorted on the circumference, or seem a discordant oddity. The power of the Ring over all concerned, even the Wizards or Emissaries, is not a delusion – but it is not the whole picture, even of the then state and content of that pan of the Universe.”

To those wishing to read further, we recommend the “Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien”. Also, check out some great LOTR LEGO sets. A couple of our favorites are The Mines of Moria and The Battle For Helm’s Deep.

Posted in Books Publications, J.R.R. Tolkien, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Tolkien, Toys, Toys

Collecting The Precious – LEGO Comic-Con 2013 Booth Tour

Hobbit_LakeTownChaseDuring Comic-Con 2013 the folks at LEGO unvelied a brand new set for fans of Middle-earth and it comes from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The new set is called Lake Town Chase and comes with several mini-figures like: Bard, Thorin, Bilbo, a guard, and The Master of Lake Town. This set launches in December of this year with a retail price of $49.99 and has 334 pieces. Also, during the unveiling which was really cool with a glass case with misty glass was some great videos from The Lord of the Rings. LEGO has already given fans some really great sets from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and this set is going to be another winner.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Toys, Toys

LEGO® Unveils The Tower of Orthanc!

LEGO Tower of OrthancFinally, collect one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Tower of Orthanc! Build all 6 highly detailed floors filled with fascinating movie-related details including the attic, library, alchemy room, Saruman’s throne room, entrance hall and dungeon. This exclusive model stars in some of the most iconic scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies. Swoop down with the Great Eagle and rescue stranded Gandalf the Grey from his tower-top prison after his defeat at the hands of the white wizard, Saruman. Build the powerful, tree-like Ent, with poseable limbs and cool swinging arm function, then attack the Uruk-hai and Orc Pitmaster while Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue take refuge high in the tower. The Tower of Orthanc is a must-have model for any The Lord of the Rings collection! Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf the Grey, an Uruk-hai and the Orc Pitmaster.

Follow the break for some amazing official imagery and full product details. [Shop LEGO Today!]

(10237) Tower of Orthanc
Ages 14+.  2,359 pieces.
Build the The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy must-have model!
US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99 £ DK  1699.00 DKK

  • • Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf™ the Grey, an Uruk-hai™ and the Orc Pitmaster
  • • Features 6 highly detailed floors with lots of functions, including a folding staircase, LEGO® light brick palantir, opening entrance doors and a trap door
  • • Weapons include 5 staffs, knife, sword, shield and a long axe
  • • The attic features a folding staircase, the 3 staffs of the missing wizards, the 2 keys of the Two Towers, 2 maps and an Uruk-hai helmet, shield and sword
  • • The library features 2 books, 2 torches, 2 maps and 2 skulls
  • • The alchemy room features 2 torches, a bomb (being produced for the Battle of Helm’s Deep™), 2 potions, bottle, skull, gunpowder keg, pot, cauldron and a long axe
  • • Saruman’s throne room features lamps, 2 bookcases with 3 potions, map, letter and the powerful palantir with a LEGO light brick
  • • The entrance hall features opening doors, trap door, 2 large banners, chandelier, statue and 2 axes
  • • The creepy dungeon features a chain, 2 bones, 2 skulls and a rat
  • • Buildable Ent features poseable limbs for holding a minifigure and a cool swinging arm function
  • • Attack the tower with the cool buildable and poseable Ent!
  • • Swoop to the rescue with the Great Eagle!
  • • Activate the LEGO light brick and make the palantir glow!
  • • Set the trap door and banish unwanted guests to the dungeon!
  • • Prepare the bomb for the Battle of Helm’s DeepTM!
  • • Swing the Ent’s arms to smash or grab things with the poseable fingers!
  • • Measures over 28″ (73cm) high, 8″ (21cm) wide and 6″ (16cm) deep
  • • Ent stands over 9″ (23cm) tall

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning July 2013! Build your Hobbit and LOTR Collection today. [Shop LEGO Today!]
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Posted in LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

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The Bridge Direct fresh off the success of their line of figures for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are releasing some information regarding when we might see wave two. This wave will commence under The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which hit store shelves October 15th. This wave will have the same style of figures that we saw in wave one but we will see characters we did not see as well as new characters. The Bridge Direct also announced they will once again have an exclusive figure at Comic-Con in July of this year.

Update: We just received some awesome pictures of a few of the upcoming items. So a gallery has been added to this post.

Per the info we know so far for Wave Two:

3.75” SCALE ACTION FIGURES

o    New assortment includes Radagast, Thranduil, Azog, Beorn and Gandalf

o    Each figure features 12 points of articulation and replicates the authentic facial features, clothing, weapons and accessories of the character in painstaking detail.

o    SRP $7.99 each

3.75” SCALE ACTION FIGURE BOX SETS - Three New Packs!

    • Mirkwood Pack: Legolas, Tauriel, Thranduil, Fili and Kili
    • Thorin Oakenshield Adventure Pack: Nori, Ori, Dori, Gloin and Thorin
    • Bilbo Baggins Burglar Pack: Bifur, Bombur, Bofur, Oin and Exclusive 3.75″ Invisible Bilbo
    • SRP $29.99 each

6” SCALE COLLECTOR FIGURES

  • New assortment includes Radagast, Azog and Legolas
  • Each collector figure features intricate details replicating the character’s facial features, clothing, weapons and accessories.
  • SRP $14.99 each
Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Toys, Toys

Join Our Live Webcast TORn TUESDAY Exploring the DVD/Blu-ray HOBBIT: AUJ!

Welcome friends to our innovative HBBT_BestBuy-212x300streaming video webcast TORn TUESDAY, starting in about an hour at 5pm Pacific Time right here on our Live Event page. We heard that Ian McKellen is officiating over Patrick Stewart’s wedding, and we have the scoop! Also today, as the wind reversed from the West, the ravens were seen flying back to The Mountain, and the Home Video Gods were pleased with our morning sacrifice, and lo! WE HAVE THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY out now on DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack (at least in North America)!!!! Your amiable host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway, with producer Justin “I Love Jar-Jar” Sewell will review the home video versions and discuss all the new packaging & content. Let us guide you to making the right choice! Don’t be confused by all those many packages and review sites. The fun begins *live* at 5:00pm Pacific with our built-in Barliman’s Chat Room right here [Live Event Page], where you can chat and bring your questions.

Posted in Barlimans, Blu-Ray, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, Warner Bros.

Share your ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Blu-Ray and DVD Photos!

Fans Excited About Getting their Copy of Blu-Ray and DVDAre you like us? Bouncing with joy to receive your copy of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ on Blu-Ray or DVD? Okay, maybe you aren’t physically bouncing, but the release here in the US has made this boring Tuesday in March a lot more exciting!

To help capture that excitement, we’ve just opened up a special Flickr gallery just for this purpose. The only rules for the gallery are that you, your family, your pet or something Middle-earth-esque is featured in the photo WITH a copy of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ on Blu-Ray or DVD. Well, and of course keep it family friendly :P Follow the break to see folks who have already submitted their photos and join in – as and when the home entertainment release of An Unexpected Journey reaches your corner of the world! [Flickr Gallery] (more…)

Posted in Blu-Ray, Books Publications, Collectibles, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, LEGO, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, Toys