23 May 2017

Jonathan Burton "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Collectible Art Print

You may remember back in January I posted about a flash artwork sale over at Bottleneck Gallery (if not, check out Matt Ferguson's trilogy set here). (I absolutely love my set and promise to post images as soon as I can find a proper place to display all three prints!)

If you got your hands on that set, you know what an awesome deal it was; if you didn't, here's your chance to grab another unique piece of artwork inspired by The Lord of the Rings.

This officially licensed "Fellowship of the Ring" screen print by Jonathan Burton is one of 200 and features Isildur taking up his father Elendil's broken sword and facing off against Sauron during the War of the Last Alliance.

Grab yours now over at BottleneckGallery.com before they're gone!

19 May 2017

Middle-earth: From Script to Screen

Available now for pre-order is Weta's biggest volume of behind-the-scenes insight into two of the most popular film trilogies of all time. Middle-earth: From Script to Screen will be available in October 2017.

They said it couldn’t be done, but in an effort spanning a decade and undertaken in a distant corner of the world, a team of artists and creative visionaries laboured to bring the unfilmable to the silver screen. Under the direction of Sir Peter Jackson, their extraordinary efforts to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit generated almost 24 hours of cinematic wonder, and transported audiences to a world of astonishing beauty and power.

Richly illustrated with thousands of film frames, concept art and behind-the-scenes imagery, many previously unseen, Middle-earth: From Script to Screen follows in the footsteps of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Company of Thorin Oakenshield, visiting the realms and landscapes of Middle-earth and uncovering their secrets. Accompanying this stunning gallery, cast and crew reflect upon their experiences, share brand-new stories and insights into how the wildernesses and soundstages of New Zealand were transformed into a magical world of hobbits, Dwarves and Elves, resulting in one of the most spectacular achievements in cinematic history.

With foreword by Sir Peter Jackson and additional writing by KM Rice; illustrated with final film imagery, behind-the-scenes pictures and conceptual artwork, including places not seen in the final films, this monumental compilation offers unique and far-reaching insights into the creation of the world we know and love as Middle-earth.

For a limited time...
Order your copy from our website and receive an incredible set of prop replica set dressing pieces, created by 3Foot7 calligrapher and graphic artist Daniel Reeve for The Hobbit. These beautiful signs were created for the film for display on a Hobbiton noticeboard in the films; all seven replicas are printed double-sided on high-quality 160gsm woodfree paper, and presented to you in a unique envelope.

Visit Weta Workshop's website to pre-order your copy today!

01 March 2017

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Officially Announced

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is officially getting a sequel! Warner Bros. officially announced the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War yesterday following a retailer leak.

As with Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will focus on an original storyline set in Middle-earth, following the ranger Talion as he attempts to thwart Sauron and defend Middle-earth – this time with the help of a new ring of power. (Personally, I'm a bit skeptical of this bit, as it sounds to me like bad fanfiction; but Shadow of Mordor was loads of fun, so I'm reserving judgment until I've actually played.)

Shadow of War is slated for a North American release on 22 August (25th for Europe) and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Windows 10. The first official gameplay trailer will be released on the 8th of March; for now, you can watch the official trailer:

23 January 2017

New LOTR Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures Revealed at London Toy Fair

At long last, we have word on new Funko Pop! vinyl figures featuring more characters from The Lord of the Rings (the original run was very light, and The Hobbit figures were discontinued almost immediately). A few months ago, my friends Myla, Lily, Josh, and I all came up with a wishlist of Funko Pop! vinyl figures we'd love to see released; and it was nice to see a few of them made the cut! I'm still hoping they will release even more figures, as these all seem to be from The Fellowship of the Ring; but in any case, this is a great addition to the Funko line!

Just announced are Frodo Baggins (three variations), Samwise Gamgee, Gandalf, Saruman,
a Nazg├╗l, and a Twilight Ringwraith, while the big 6-inch figure is the much-anticipated Balrog!

Additionally, there will be two Pocket Pop! keychains available: Frodo and Gandalf.




While a date has not been set for their release, they will be here sometime this year. Earlier reports had suggested this spring, so stay tuned for updated info! 

Which of these are your favourites, and which other characters were you hoping to see?

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