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Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Radagast the Brown Statue Review

IMG_8086One of the showstoppers at Comic-Con 2013 was a character I had been looking forward to seeing since the The Hobbit Trilogy was announced. Being pretty pleased with how this character was done left me looking forward to finally adding a statue of him to my collection. Thankfully that wish came true when I made my voyage to the Weta booth during Comic-Con last year. I was really blown away by the job done on the Radagast the Brown statue and just how spectacular a job was done to translate the onscreen character into a 1:6th scale statue.

PACKAGING

The overall graphic layout for Radagast’s box stays the same as we’ve seen with previous entries in the line. Per the format we’ve come to know, the front of the box gives you a great shot of Radagast, graphic work for the title of the movie, and of course the Weta logo. The sides of the box for Radagast also present a familiar format with different looks at the statue. While the other side of the box presents some of the various products you can get for The Hobbit line of collectibles. The back of the box contains a great story on Radagast as well as information regarding details of the character and statue. The Styrofoam on the inside is typical with what we’ve come used to getting with these statues.

SCULPTING

IMG_8241The task of sculpting Radagast the Brown was handed to the ultra talented Steven Saunders. He has once again shown why he is a master of his craft with the skills needed to bring the movie to life within your collection. The Istari would be proud to have Mr. Saunders sculpting them I believe.

I personally think the likeness to actor Sylvester McCoy with all the makeup he wore is pretty much spot on. You’re going to be hard pressed, I think, to deny that this isn’t an excellent reproduction of the character. This goes all the way down to his nose being just a little crooked. As we know Radagast‘s appearance is a total mess, which is wonderfully shown on this statue with his beard going every way possible.

One of the things I love the most about Radagast is the unique look he has with his hodgepodge of an outfit. It is one of my favorite things about him. His coat has some amazing details in it with little plants or flowers on the back of his coat, which just happens to be fraying at the ends of it from the constant wear and tear. His vest and undershirt appear to be the same type of material along with looking exactly the same. Both of these are also fraying/tearing at the end from him wearing them all the time, as is the case with Radagast’s entire outfit. One small detail I love on the vest is it being held closed by just one simple button, which has some nice details within those buttons. Radagast’s pants which now resemble capris from most likely being the only pants he wears as he roams Mirkwood. The one detail that I think I love the most about his outfit and did not notice until after seeing the movie is he wears two different shoes. This reminds me of a neighbor that used to live by me that always had on two different pairs of shoes. They’re totally different designs with one having fir at the top and leaves while the other is a plain black leather looking shoe. He also carries with him a worn out bag that appears to be made out of the same material as his coat.

IMG_8230Radagast lives a simple life style so he doesn’t really have weapons or jewelry that we’ve seen on other statues from this line. He does have his unqiue hat that like the rest of his outfit is made of cloth with the little cloth fiber details that make up the hat. Wizards really don’t need too many weapons, but one you can bet they will have is a staff. The staff has the little wood grain details put into it, which when painted help create a real wood looking staff. It also at the top of it has the crystal that he used to help save his little pal Sebastian when we first meet him in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Speaking of Sebastian he joins Radagast on this statue climbing the log that has fallen on the ground making up part of the base. This little addition may be the part I love the most as that moment when Radagast saves Sebastian made me think of how much I love my puppies. Those are not the only animals that help make up this statue with a cute little mouse and robin that is landing on Radagast’s outstretched hand.

I think Weta has done an excellent job with the poses on these statues allowing them to gives us a look inside these characters. As I mentioned in a previous review the Elves have both a power as well as a beautiful elegance. The pose for Radagast shows his care of nature and love of the animals that make up his world. As an animal lover myself it really is the cherry on top of this statue.

PAINT

IMG_8235The streak continues by Weta with how the factory paint came out on Radagast. The overall skin tone on Radagast I think is really well done, and very much looks like a healthy human should look. The one issue with my statue is the redness is a little on the strong side but overall doesn’t take away from the statue. The grey coloring of his beard does a great job highlighting the hair detail and matching what we saw on screen. When put into my collection cabinet his paint apps look great along with the rest of the collection.

As I mentioned earlier the outfit is really exceptional. I love the way they used the various shades of browns to help create the worn look of the clothes. It’s also great that the browns highlight the detail within the outfit and don’t hide the details that were sculpted into the outfit. His shoes have a great paint job with the one having some cool gold painted leaves on the shoes while the other does have the old worn leather look. The animals and parts of Mirkwood that make up the rest of the statue stays at the high level as Radagast himself when it comes to paint detail. They even did a nice job on my least favorite part of the character with the bird poop in the proper spots.

Overall

IMG_8205Radagast retails for $275, which puts him inline for the non-Dwarven characters. I really love this statue! I love the character and just how well done this statue is. Again, I think this is a statue you must see in person to appreciate how beautiful this statue really is. I was also lucky recently to get Mr. McCoy’s autograph here in Kansas City’s Comic-Con to add something to my Radagast statue.

SPECIFICATIONS

Radagast is limited to just 1000 pieces worldwide and is ready to order now from our friends at Weta. As we wind down The Hobbit Trilogy this is going to be a hard statue to get a hold of so don’t wait an let it pass you by.

Dimensions:

11.8″ x 9.1″ x 5.5″ (H x W x D)
30 cm x 23 cm x 14 cm

Weight:

5.1 lbs (2.3 kg)

PHOTOS

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Collecting The Precious- Sideshow Collectibles Saruman the White Premium Format Preview

SarumanToday’s Sideshow Collectibles Newsletter provided a preview of the newest item to join the Premium Format line of collectibles for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles

The official word on publication of Tolkien’s Beowulf translation

BeowulfFollowing on from staffer Kili’s post, here’s the official word from UK publisher Harper Collins on the upcoming release of Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf.  The Harper Collins article contains comment from Tolkien’s son, Christopher, on how he has gathered, along side his father’s translation of the Old English poem, text from lectures given at Oxford by J R R Tolkien.  These show his fascination for Beowulf, Grendel and, in particular, the lure and power of treasure – which of course we see reflected in The Hobbit, in Thorin’s struggles against, as Richard Armitage has called it, ‘gold lust’.

This new publication will also contain Sellic Spell,  ’a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the “historical legends” of the Northern kingdoms.’  This further insight into Tolkien’s desire to create English native myth, unadulterated by Norse or Germanic legends, is an exciting prospect.  Fans of Tolkien, of Anglo-Saxon, and of legendary battles, will be able to get their hands on this edition of Beowulf from 22nd May.

Read the full article from Harper Collins here, and the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US Publisher) version here.

 

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Christopher Tolkien, Headlines, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Collecting The Precious – United Cutlery’s Fighting Knives of Tauriel Pre-Order

UC3044-Proto-1aOur friends at United Cutlery have just released their latest prop replica from The Hobbit Trilogy.

If you saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and wanted to have your own set of the knives Tauriel used with deadly force against more than a couple of the Orcs, then now is the time to get your pre-order in for this beautiful replica of those deadly weapons. You can pre-order them right now for only $219 from a great retailer BUDK, with an expected release date of June this year.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Azog the Defiler on Warg Review

IMG_8072It’s not very often that the statue of the year comes out so early in the year leaving all the rest to settle for the number two spot. But that is what has happened this year with the arrival last month of the Azog the Defiler on Warg by Weta Workshop. We got our first look at this beast of a statue during Comic-Con 2013. This was the jewel of the Weta booth last year with a steady stream of people drooling all over the glass at how amazing this looked..

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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s The Front Gate of Erebor Environment Pre-Order

hobbitenvironmentereboralrg2The latest newsletter from our friends at Weta Workshop has been released, included in it is  their first environment piece from The Hobbit Trilogy. This amazing piece is one I have been looking forward to arriving, it captures the stunning detail of the Front Gate of Erebor. This fantastic piece has all the little details that we saw in the front gate with those two awesome Dwarven statues. You can pre-order this piece right now for a solid price of $199 with it arriving in your collection sometime between April and May.

Also in the latest newsletter is an item I believe Ringers who like to cosplay or fans of Legolas in general will love. You can add an exact replica of the vambrace that Legolas wears during The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Each vambrace is made of high quality leather and is ready to ship shortly after ordering. One vambrace comes with a price tag of $99 and will help you put a great finishing touch onto any Middle-earth themed costume.

Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Collector’s Edition EXCLUSIVE OFFER!

DofS box setAs we get ready for next month’s Home Video release of  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you may have been thinking of preordering the Limited Edition Collector’s gift set (with the Noble Collection bookends), but wondering if you could afford it.  We’re happy to tell you that our good friends at the official Hobbit shop have the Limited Edition set available for pre-order; and the great news is that it’s available at a discounted price! AND they’ve given us an exclusive coupon for TORn’s readers to use to get a further discount; so if you pre-order from the official store, at the sale price of $79.99, and enter the code Hobbit10 at check out, you get a further $10 off!  And free shipping!  Here’s their official blurb:

Don’t miss the Middle-earth Fan Sale happening now at HobbitShop.com and also Preorder The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack)!   Enter code Hobbit10 at checkout and take $10 off $50 this week!  Exclusions apply.

This coupon is only valid March 11 to 14 – so what are you waiting for? From tomorrow morning (Tues 11th), head on over to the Hobbit shop and pre-order your Collector’s gift set!  (Sadly, the Collector’s Edition will ship within the US only.)

[Click here to order from The Hobbit Shop]

[UPDATE - apologies, the coupon was not working as it ought! It will be working by 3am PST on Tues 11th March.  Thanks for your patience!]

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

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Home Video release – preorder in the US

DofS box setYet more information on all those different versions of the Blu-ray and DVD of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!  Various versions are available for pre-order in the US; Target has the Limited Collector’s Edition (with the Noble Collection bookends) and the set of Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet with LEGO Legolas figure listed as available for pre-order online. (They will also be selling the 3D Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet pack, the regular 2 disc DVD and the regular Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet combo pack in stores.) Check out all Target’s Hobbit Home Video sales info here.  (Thanks to Ringer spy Nathaniel for sending along the information.)

Also – see our post above for a great offer to buy the Limited Collector’s Edition from The Hobbit Shop at a discounted price!  If you were wondering if you could afford to splash out – now you can!

 

 

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

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Fili Statue and Smaug’s Golden Coins

hobbitfilialrg2Last night our friends at Weta Workshop released several new items that fans can now add to their Middle-earth collections. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

WB’s Desolation of Smaug motion movie poster

DofS box setIn anticipation of the Home Video release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. have created a very cool motion movie poster.

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Posted in Blu-Ray, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Good Luck to all Oscar Nominees.

DOS good luck pinWhat do you get people who have everything? The extremely talented folks in front of and behind the camera in the film industry typically have very nice jobs. They get to travel all over the world, they make a decent salary, they are beloved by millions, and they get to create great art. Come awards season, if their work has been deemed excellent by their peers, they are nominated in their respective fields. And then they are wined and dined and gifted until their houses are full of chochkis, or sometimes really cool stuff. So I ask again, what do you get these people?

Well, if you are TheOneRing.net, you simply get them a little Luck, in the form of a pin they can wear at the ceremony, or not, as they see fit. Most of them wait to put their pins on until they get to one of our parties. It always sort of acts as an automatic pass to get in, we don’t have to look their names up on the list.

We wouldn’t have these pins to give if it weren’t for our wonderfully geeky and talented friends at Badali Jewelry, who began this tradition with the Fellowship of the Ring, and above you see the 5th installment of the Good Luck pin. Today several of these pins were delivered to current nominees, through torrential rain in case anyone was wondering. If you find that you are a nominee and you don’t have one of these waiting for you at your hotel, feel free to ping us at Oscarparty@TheOneRing.net so we can rectify the situation.

peter-jackson piinTo the right you see Peter Jackson winning one of his 3 Oscars on February 29, 2004 while wearing the ROTK Good Luck pin. So that might just be a hint that wearing the pin during the ceremony is Good Luck.

Here at TheOneRing.net we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations and wish you the best of luck to everyone listed below. While you are all sitting at the Dolby trying not to bite all of your nails off, we will be over at the Cat & Fiddle cheering you on, and drinking a toast to you, as we always do come Oscar night.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug nominees

Sound Editing – Brent Burge and Chris Ward

Sound Mixing – Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson

Visual Effects – Joe Lettery, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds

 

Middle-earth nominees in other projects

Best Actress – Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Short: Live Action – The Voorman Problem, which stars Martin Freeman

Middle-earth personage as a Presenter

Benedict Cumberbatch

Good Luck one and All!
Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, Jewelry, Joe Letteri, Martin Freeman, Meet Ups, One Dragon, One Party, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

New eagle eye, warg eye views of Middle-earth

Mid-earthJ.R.R. Tolkien changed fantasy books and publishing forever with his inclusion of maps of Middle-earth. One of the staples of world-building fantasy novels since, maps tell readers they aren’t quite in Kansas anymore and help them know they are instead in places like Westeros or Randland.

So it’s absolutely fitting that the Middle-Earth DEM Project (somebody tell those amazing folks its lower case “e”) is putting Middle-earth in the hands of the public with views from space and can also be explored on foot virtually. The video above demonstrates that walk while the link to the project gives you choices of how you wish to see Middle-earth. Enjoy as team continues its work to put Middle-earth everywhere, including a demo you can download.

Posted in Artwork, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Tolkien