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Lego Erebor set for the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies unveiled!

lego-ereborLord of the Bricks has just unveiled the forthcoming Erebor Lego collectible set. The set, which contains some 800 pieces, will debut in October.

As well as Smaug, it contains five minifigures — Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Thorin and Fili — but no new characters Every character has new torso printing, and Bilbo has his mithril shirt. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Toys

Happy Hobbit: Complete SDCC Coverage

We are happy to share with you our complete coverage of the happenings at Comic-Con 2013! Check out the video series below!

Meet The Hobbit Artists

Meet several of the artists who worked on The Hobbit and learn more about what they’re up to, along with several other talented folks at Weta, including Greg Broadmore and the comedic antics of Daniel Falconer! [Happy Hobbit Goes to SDCC: Meet the Hobbit Artists]

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Posted in Artwork, Books, Collectibles, ComicCon, Daniel Falconer, DVD/Blu-Ray, Hobbit Movie, Toys, WETA Cave, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Happy Hobbit: Dwarven Camping Tips – Episode 21

Join Kili, Fili, and several surprise guests to learn how to camp like a Dwarf! [Happy Hobbit: Dwarven Camping Tips – Episode 21]

Posted in Artwork, Books, Collectibles, ComicCon, Daniel Falconer, DVD/Blu-Ray, Hobbit Movie, Toys, WETA Cave, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

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

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

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct Previews Radagast and Yazneg 6″ Figures

Hobbit_RADAGAST_6_TheBridgeDirectTonight, The Bridge Direct sent us a couple of really great images of two figures you will see this fall in their line of 6″ figures for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The two figures we get the special look at are Radagast the Brown and Yazneg. Radagast the Brown comes looking spot on to what we saw in the film mis-matched shoes and all. The other figure is Yazneg who previously had only been released in Europe as an exclusive. Both figures will be priced at $14.99 and are due to arrive in the fall of 2013.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, Sylvester McCoy, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Toys

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey License

O the many licensees to make collectibles for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey only one, The Bridge Direct, gets to make some of the coolest action figures you will find. For this review, I called upon my fellow collector and friend from our message board, Dwalin, for his insights. With the holidays fast approaching these items will make great choices for you to get your favorite fan of Middle-earth!

Full review after the break.

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Posted in Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Bridge Direct, Toys, Toys

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – September 30, 2012

Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!
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Posted in Artwork, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Toys, Toys

Collecting The Precious – The Story of Legolas and Tauriel

As we reported earlier this week it appears that figures from The Bridge Direct for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are starting to land in stores before their official October 1st release date. We showed you pictures of the Legolas and Tauriel figures which are part of wave 1. Today, rumors are starting to surface around the internet that Warner Bros. may be having these two figures pulled from this wave. Why? It would be a sign that these two characters will not be making an appearance in the first Hobbit film. If there’s any truth to the rumor, you may want to grab these two figures if you see them because their value on the secondary market could jump quiet high because they’ll be in the packaging for the first movie.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Orlando Bloom, Shop, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Toys

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Figures Up For Pre-Order

We revealed in July during HobbitCon 2012 that pre-sales for The Bridge Direct’s line of figures from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy would begin in September. Well, today is the day fans can start pre-ordering for the figures representing the characters from the first film in the trilogy.

The figures in The Bridge Direct’s range will vary in scale from 3.75″ figures to 6″ figures, and come in two-packs, battle packs, and deluxe figures. Check out Amazon.Com, ToysRUS.com, and EntertainmentEarth.com to get your online orders in now.

Brick and Mortar stores will be have these awesome figures starting in October. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, Toys, Toys, Uncategorized

Collecting The Precious: Are You a Super Collector?

I love Middle-earth. I also love collecting items representing that world. As you’ve probably noticed through the reviews here, I’ve got more than a few items in my collection. It helps bring the magic Tolkien created and Jackson adapted home along with smiles every time I look at my items.

Now, TORn, as part of our super-secret project, wants to showcase you and your collection!

Starting today, through to next Wednesday, we here at TORn will be collecting submissions in search of Ringer Super Collectors at large. What we need are three to four good pictures of you and your collection, along with a brief write-up about why you are a super collector (write-ups must be 500 words or less).

Email your pictures and write-up to Elessar@theonering.net. We’ll start going through the submissions and you never know — you just might see you and your collection posted soon!

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles, The Hobbit, Toys, Toys, Weta Collectibles