From John N:
I don’t know if this counts as a “spy report,” but I just received my new catalog for Department 56, the collectibles company best known for its Original Christmas Village and Snowbabies collectibles. As part of Department 56’s Hot Properties licensed collectibles series, it is producing a LOTR movie collection that include waterglobes, secret boxes, blown glass Christmas ornaments, figurines, ornament stands, and picture frames featuring the LOTR:FOTR characters, places, and the One Ring itself. The catalog notes that all designs are pending final approval, and you can see that some of the items are not even crafted yet because they are depicted as artist renderings rather than photos.
I have tried unsucessfully several times to include a scan of the catalog pages. You can find them at www.department56.com. I hope you find this information helpful.