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Weta Workshop Unveils New Goodies at SDCC 2016

Weta Workshop, the group of creative artisans that have helped bring to life The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was on hand at this weekend’s Comic Con in San Diego and have unveiled some new figures based on the two movies.

Coming soon to their figures collections are the Witch-king at Dol Guldur, Gimli at Helm’s Deep, and Galadriel at Dol Guldur. Other figures were announced that they are now available to order; they are: Lurtz at Amon Hen, Boromir at Amon Hen, and Saruman the White at Dol Guldur.

Introduced at last year’s SDCC, the Elrond at Dol Guldur figure is also still available.

Weta Workshop’s figures are known for their incredible attention to detail. The figures are designed and created by the same artists that have worked on the movies.

“It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece.” – Weta Workshop

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To order figures that are currently available and keep up on those that are coming soon, visit Weta Workshop’s website.

Print of the White Council and Hobbit film cells

The Hobbit White Council printThe folks over at FilmCells have posted a new StarFire Prints™ glass print that shows the four members of the White Council that will appear in the upcoming film trilogy of The Hobbit.

Per their website:

This StarFire Prints glass print is translucent yet vibrant with color. The display is designed to capture the natural light making every image a true piece of art.

8″x10″ flat-edged glass with pin stand
Translucent yet vibrant with color
Image permanently fused to glass
High quality beveled glass
Made in the USA

The glass is scratch and fade resistant and arrives to you ready for display.

The print shows Galadriel, Elrond, Gandalf, and Saruman down the middle with smaller scenes from the movie arranged around it.

The cost of the print is USD $74.99 and can be ordered from FilmCell’s  website.

The same print is also available as a film cell display along with other scenes from The Hobbit. All are produced in conjunction with Warner Bros. so fans can rest assured these are the real things.

Full line up of FilmCells’ Hobbit related merchandise

Hobbit Film Cell display

One of the Hobbit film cell displays available from FilmCells

Weta Workshop releases range of Hobbit merchandise

Gearing up for the first installment of the Hobbit franchise due to hit theaters this December, Weta Workshop, the group of artists and craftsmen responsible for helping bring Middle-earth to life, has released a range of Hobbit merchandise for films.

The products include books, statues, fine art prints, jewelry, and much more!

Here is a listing of what Weta has available so far:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art and Design

Hobbit Chronicles book“This book presents hundreds of full colour conceptual drawings and paintings, along with set designs, sculpture and glorious photography across more than 200 pages.

We offer this wonderful book signed by Richard Taylor, Daniel Falconer and a selection of artists who worked on the movies to anyone who pre-orders The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design from before 14 December.”


Assorted Maps from the original artists

Thorin's map by Weta

“Created from scans taken directly from the original artwork and printed on Italian parchment paper”


An Unexpected Journey – art print, by Gus HunterArt Prints from the original Conceptual Designers

“From Weta Workshop’s Conceptual Designers who worked on the films”

More art prints are being planned for a later release.


1/6 scale figures

Thorin Oakenshield by Weta“Continuing the highly successfully range of 1/6 scale figures sculpted for The Lord of the Rings, the sculpting team at Weta Workshop present the first figures from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”



Authentic Prop Replicas

The Contract of Bilbo Baggins by Weta“Created by the same people and using the same materials and techniques as the items in the film.:”


“Precious” Jewellery

“Weta is pleased to again be working with Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmith to produce The One Ring in gold plated Tungsten Carbide. This version is without Elvish runes.”




For more information on any of the products listed above, click on the links to go to Weta’s website.

‘The One Ring’ now available from Weta

Weta has released the next piece in their new Lord of the Rings jewelry line – The One Ring.

The One Ring was featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and was created by Jens Hansen – Gold and Silversmith of Nelson, New Zealand.

The ring is crafted in 18K gold plated Tungsten Carbide and made to the exact same proportions as the movie prop. The ring verse in Elvish tengwar is engraved on the outside and inside of the ring. The ring comes nestled inside a blue velvet-lined round walnut wood box that also features the ring script around the outside. The Lord of the Rings logo is featured on the outside lid of the box, with the Weta logo and Jens Hansen’s signature on the inside.

The One Ring comes in 5 sizes – US 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 – and buyers need to be aware that Tungsten cannot be resized so care is needed when ordering to assure they have picked the correct size. The ring is only USD$99 and ships direct from New Zealand.

Another item that Weta is offering to accompany The One Ring is a replica of the silver chain given to Frodo in Rivendell to hold the ring.

The Sterling Silver Chain of Frodo Baggins is 25 inches (65 cm) long, crafted in Sterling Silver and features a unique S-shaped clasp, allowing the wearing to adjust the chain to any length they wish. The chain is USD$99 and is also the created by Jens Hansen.

As with the Elven Leaf Brooch, both The One Ring and the Sterling Silver Chain of Frodo Baggins will be offered in small numbers. Buyers are urged to order sooner, rather than later, to assure they don’t miss out.

‘The One Ring’ by Weta

‘Sterling Silver Chain of Frodo Baggins’ by Weta

‘Elven Leaf Brooch’ by Weta

3D ‘Hobbit’ glasses made available to cinemas

In gearing up for the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December, MGM and Warner Bros. has released a special pair of Hobbit 3D glasses.

The glasses, made by Look3D, feature a frame of Dwarvish design supposed to look like hammer-forged steel and are available for cinemas who will be showing the film in RealD 3D.

Hobbit 3D glasses flyer frontHobbit 3D glasses flyer back

Weta releases the Elven Leaf Brooch from LOTR

The Elven Leaf Brooch from Weta, complete with chain and pouch

The folks over at Weta have announced that they are launching a new line of fine Lord of the Rings jewelry.

The first piece to be offered is a replica of the Elven Leaf Brooch that was given to each member of the  Fellowship by Galadriel and Celeborn in Lothlórien.

Crafted in Sterling Silver with green enamel inlay, the brooch measures 2.6″ x 1.8″ x 0.3″ [ 6.5cm x 4.5cm x 8mm] (H x W x D) and comes with a Sterling Silver chain that will allow the brooch to be worn as a pendant.

The brooch comes nestled inside a drawstring pouch made of Stansborough wool cloth, the same material that the Fellowship’s cloaks were made of, and measures 5.5 x 3.5in / 14 cm x 8.5 cm.

Weta has said that each fine jewelry piece they will be releasing will be in small numbers, so collectors are urged to get their orders in as soon as possible.

The Weta Elven Leaf Brooch may only be for the very serious collector, however, as the piece comes with a hefty price tag of USD$225!

The Noble Collection’s Elven Brooch, from the author’s own collection.

Fans/collectors may also remember another Elven Leaf Brooch replica released by The Noble Collection when the Lord of the Rings films were still in theaters. Noble’s version of the brooch is also crafted in Sterling Silver with green enamel inlay but does not come with a Sterling Silver chain or wool pouch. The brooch comes in a plain white jewelry box with a card of authenticity and is still available through their website at only USD$95.

I have Noble’s version of the brooch and am quite pleased with the craftsmanship. Is the Weta piece better? Probably, knowing that Weta is the same group responsible for all the fabulous props seen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and will be seen in the upcoming The Hobbit films. The presentation of the Weta brooch is certainly better than Noble’s.

If presentation is as important to you as the craftsmanship of the piece, then I would say the Weta Elven Leaf Brooch is the one you want. If all you want is the brooch, order the one from Noble.

Weta, The Lord of the Rings: Elven Leaf Brooch

Noble Collection’s Elven Leaf Brooch