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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 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

Product review: LOTR LEGO ‘Gandalf Arrives’ set

At the end of the second week in September a cart came in through Bywater from the direction of Brandywine Bridge in broad daylight.  An old man was driving it all alone.  He wore a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat. Small hobbit-children ran after the cart all through Hobbiton and right up the hill.  It had a cargo of fireworks, as they rightly guessed. — From A Long-Expected Party, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


In Peter Jackson’s LOTR film, the first moment of Gandalf arriving in Hobbiton and finding Frodo waiting on the trail were critical because it established two essential characters and the setting of Hobbiton. It also introduced audiences to the scale of Hobbits with human-sized characters including forced perspective of Frodo riding in Gandalf’s cart.

The meeting serves as the entry point for Lord of the Rings LEGO as well with set 9469 introducing important characters in an easy-to-build kit that is also easy to afford at $12.99 retail in the U.S. It will likely find itself as birthday present to and from friends many times over. Because it is recommended for ages eight to 14, I enlisted Logan (8) and Dresden (10), to assist with the build of the kit. (more…)

Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, LEGO, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Toys

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct Winners and Comic-Con 2012 Coverage

Just before Comic-Con the amazing folks at The Bridge Direct graciously gave TORn two of their Comic-Con 2012 The Hobbit: AnUnexpected Journey ‘Invisible” Bilbo Baggins figures. Well, today we are pleased to not only announce the winners of that contest, we are also excited to share images from their booth at the 2012 HobbitCon…err…Comic-Con. The winners of the contest are T. Garner of Arlington, Tx and K. Stevens of Studio City, Ca! Congrats to both of you and your information will be passed onto The Bridge Direct. Now, about The Bridge Direct’s Comic-Con presence. The figures displayed at Comic-Con looked AWESOME! Fans got a chance to see many of the figures talked about in the line-up article we posted just before Comic-Con and these figures did not disappoint one bit. What fans also got to see where figures not shown in the line up article, including Dawlin, Balin, Fili, Kili, and Smeagol/Gollum in the 3.75 in. range of figures. We also got a look at Sting and the Dwarven Axe. Just from seeing these in person I can say fans are going to be getting some fantastic figures! According to our friends at The Bridge Direct, this is just the tip of the iceberg! Follow the break for the full gallery. [The Bridge Direct]


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

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Line-up!

On July 5th we here at TORn exclusively announced that The Bridge Direct would have an exclusive at Comic-Con for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with their “Invisible” Bilbo Baggins figure. Well, today we are pleased to help the folks at The Bridge Direct announce and show off the details of their entire line of collectibles from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The three figures we’re pleased to show off are Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf The Grey, and of course Thorin Oakenshield. These figures will range in scale from 3.75″ figures, 6″ figures, 2-Packs, Battle Packs, and Deluxe figures. Fans will also be able to buy replica deluxe sword ($14.99) and a replica deluxe axe ($19.99) both of which will help fans recrate battle scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. These collectibles will go on sale online in September of this year and will be found in stores a month later in October.

Read Below for the full release from The Bridge Direct on their upcoming line:


Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Richard Armitage, Shop, The Hobbit, Toys, Toys, Uncategorized

The Hobbit LEGO figures revealed for a December debut

LEGO fans can finally get a look at some of ‘The Hobbit’ mini-figures. The figures will hit store shelves on December 1. Expect additional figures, as well as film-themed sets and some secret activities at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Left to Right: Gandalf, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bilbo and Balin

The Hollywood Reporter

Posted in Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Toys

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct’s ‘The Hobbit’ Bilbo Baggins Comic-Con exclusive giveaway!

Today, only on TORn we’re pleased to introduce collectors to The Bridge Directs The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey exclusive figure for this years San Diego Comic-Con. The figure will be of the character Bilbo Baggins himself! This version of the loveable Hobbit will be in his “invisible” state while wearing The One Ring. As you can see Bilbo comes in a great looking display box with what appears to be a scene from Gollum’s cave. This 6″ figure will be available at the Gentle Giant Booth #3513 and Entertainment Earth Booth #2343 for $25 all while limited to just 3,000 pieces world wide. We here at TORn are also pleased to announce that because of the awesomeness of The Bridge Direct we will be giving away not ONE but TWO of these figures. Starting today and running through the end of Comic-Con on July 15th at midnight PST. Send your entries to my email to get yourself in the running. Please include your name and shipping info in the email in case you are one of the lucky, random winners. As the subject of the email put: The Bridge Direct’s Hobbit Contest

The official press release after the break: (more…)

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

There will be Toys

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has awarded The Bridge Direct, Inc. the Master Toy License for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The toy line will launch in the fall of 2012:

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Posted in Collectibles, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, Toys, Toys

Sauron Wacky Wobbler

Add this The Lord of the Rings Sauron wacky wobbler to your collection! The evil overlord is depicted in fantastic detail, holding his menacing mace. This plastic bobblehead stands approximately 6-inches tall and comes in window box packaging.

Warning: Choking Hazard – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Posted in Shop, Tolkien Gift Guide 2010, Toys

Legolas Plush Doll

‘The Lord of the Rings’ plush collectibles by Funko! A Prince among Elves, Legolas joined the Fellowship to represent his people in the Elven Kingdom of Mirkwood. With keen eyesight and crazy mad skills with a bow and arrow, Funko thought it would be best to create this 7″ super-soft, stylized PLUSH doll before he includes us in his numbers game with Gimli! Then again, he is kind of cute so how dangerous can he really be? Did you see him take down that Mumakil in The Return of the King? That was awesome! ‘Nuff said.

Posted in Shop, Tolkien Gift Guide 2010, Toys

Frodo Plush Doll

‘The Lord of the Rings’ plush collectibles by Funko! When nobody else would, this small and quiet Hobbit decided to take on the daunting task of destroying the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. Funko, on the other hand, has taken on the awesome task of creating an adorable 7″ super-soft, stylized PLUSH doll. Thankfully we were able to avoid Ringwraiths, Cave Trolls, Orcs, Uruk-hai, and the watchful Eye of Sauron! And with great success, I might add! Go Frodo!

Posted in Shop, Tolkien Gift Guide 2010, Toys

Gandalf Plush Doll

‘The Lord of the Rings’ plush collectibles by Funko! Gandalf is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. If he was late, Funko would not have been able to create this 7″ super-soft, stylized PLUSH! Being in the right place at the right time certainly has its advantages. Unless you happen to run into a Balrog made of fire and shadow and are forced to defend yourself and your Fellowship of friends! You shall not pass….on this Plushie!

Posted in Shop, Tolkien Gift Guide 2010, Toys

Orc Plush Doll

Check out ‘The Lord of the Rings’ plush collectibles by Funko! Bred from both elves and men, Orcs are primitive, violent, black-blooded creatures with piranha-like teeth that feed on raw flesh (gross, huh?). They are also weak-minded and lack intelligence, which is why Funko was able to create this cute 7″ super-soft, stylized PLUSH doll! But you better get one fast…if the Orcs find out about this they might want to have us over for dinner.

Posted in Shop, Tolkien Gift Guide 2010, Toys