THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRADING CARD GAME TO FEATURE ORIGINAL IMAGES FROM WETA WORKSHOP
THE AWARD-WINNING STUDIO THAT CREATED SPECIAL EFFECTS FOR THE FILM TRILOGY WILL DESIGN IMAGES OF CHARACTERS NOT YET SEEN EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE TCG
(Norfolk, VAR12;March 8th, 2004) R12; Decipher announced today that Weta Workshop, the Academy Award-winning special effects studio responsible for creating many props and special effects used in New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings films, will create unique photographic images that will be featured on cards in The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. Under the terms of their agreement, Weta Workshop will cast, costume and create character images that did not appear in the films for Deciphers use in The Lord of the Rings TCG.
Current plans for character designs include: Tom Bombadil, the enigmatic character who saved the Hobbits before they got to Bree in the first novel of the J.R.R. Tolkien epic; Goldberry, Tom Bombadils wife; Radagast, Gandalfs wizard peer; Glorfindel, the original elf who took Frodo to Rivendell; and Elrohir and Elladan, sons of Elrond; among others.
We are extremely honored to have Weta involved in bringing these characters to life through our trading card game, said Warren Holland, Deciphers Chief Executive Officer.
Richard Taylor and his team in New Zealand have created some of the most outstanding special effects in the history of film. We are looking forward to the wonders that they will create for our game, further extending Middle-earth for TCG players, as well as J.R.R. Tolkien fans and collectors.
Richard Taylor, Director of Weta Workshop, said, Weta Workshop is very excited about the challenge of creating these wonderful new characters for Deciphers The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. We wanted to create many of these characters for the films, but obviously the limitations of screen time prevented that from happening. These are characters the fans have been clamoring to see and now they can exclusively through Deciphers game. He continued, Staying loyal to the words of J.R.R. Tolkien has been enormously important to us in everything that we have created for the film trilogy R12; and we intend to do the same with the images that we will create for Decipher.
The first four cards to feature Wetas original images are bonus premium cards from The Countdown Collection: Tom Bombadil, Goldberry, Radagast, and Glorfindel. The Countdown Collection is a retail promotion that began in August; the promotion offers players and collectors the opportunity to earn 18 exclusive cards, a collector’s binder designed to house the cards earned through the promotion, and the four bonus cards bearing Wetas exclusive designs that will ship this spring. The next Weta original image cards will appear in the game in 2004.
Creating almost every aspect of Middle-earth, Weta Workshop designed and produced over 1,200 hand-made suits of armor, 2,000 weapons, miniatures, and prosthetic feet and ears that helped create the authenticity manifested in the films. In addition, Weta Workshop was responsible for the creation of 12 major creatures, including such computer-generated characters as Gollum and Treebeard.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2003, Decipher Inc. founded by Warren Holland is a worldwide leader in the collectible card game industry and fan club industry. The companys Trading Card Game Studio produces STAR TREK, The Lord of the Rings, .hack//ENEMY, and Beyblade trading card games.
DecipherR17;s Fan Club Studio operates the official fan clubs for STAR TREK and The Lord of the Rings which
includes publishing official fan magazines and managing online stores. Deciphers Roleplaying Games & Miniatures Studio is responsible for the creation of the STAR TREK Roleplaying Game and The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game. Deciphers Online Games Studio offers digital versions of its STAR TREK and, soon, its The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Games. Deciphers Games Studio produces leading party, card and board games such as How To Host A Murder®, How To Host A Teen Mystery, Scratchees and more. Deciphers Boy Crazy! Studio markets the popular Boy Crazy! brand for girls which includes a magazine, web site at boycrazy.com, and various publishing and licensing ventures. Visit decipher.com for additional information.
ABOUT NEW LINE CINEMA
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