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Discussion in 'Collectibles by Brand' started by Darknight, Apr 1, 2010.
1K for the War Troll (ES 400)!!!These prices are getting more ridiculous by the day....
C'mon!It has similar dimensions of the Cave Troll but costs more than three times the price!RIDICULOUS!
Be that as it may, if there's a company delivering on their promises, Weta certainly doesn't disappoint.
Can't argue with that.
Also,we all reckon they have to maximise their profits on a rather low ES.I don't think they could have done the war troll with an ES of 800/ 1000 at a more affordable price...the previously big fan base for 1/6 LOTR and especially 1/6 Hobbit collectibles just isn't there anymore to shift 1000 of these trolls.So there's only one option: low ES with a huge pricetag.
Still,this war troll leaves people with a rather sour aftertaste when you place it next to a 1/3 Prime 1 piece with perfect production quality at a similar pricepoint.Or even when I compare it with my recently received COTD Xiall ($600) & Cleopsis PF($500) which are incredibly detailed,have amazing mixed media and a top notch paint application.It's rather unreal looking at the face value of it.
If Prime 1 ever releases a 1/4 Cave Troll it will be priced approx. $1300...this is the same price as their 1/3 Killer Croc (90cm-ES = 300 excl + 700 reg) they are releasing now.
Weta 1/9 troll (40cm tall;50cm to the top of the shield-simple black base) or Prime 1 1/4 troll (90cm tall + elaborate base) ?
Price difference of $300!
war troll vs cave troll comparison
Not a design I'm particularly keen on.
They could have added something to the base but then, Weta customers like these traditional bases plain, so...
I think the war troll looks better without the helmet on.
On a sidenote imagine a 1/4 cave troll similar to Weta's...
Lars,what are your thoughts about the 1/3 Gollum Weta revealed during SDCC?
Phil, I have to be honest I had to look it up first, so here it is for all those that hadn't seen it either:
What do I make of it?
Well first of all, love Richard Taylor, he's a great, great guy.
So why did I ignore this Gollum then? Because I ignore ALL Gollum statues! Because I still HATE Gollum in the movies. They made him a wimp and a wuss and a pushover and I never envisioned him to be any of these things.
Now, as for the statue, I think it is pretty damn near perfection if you ask. It has an eerily real-looking Gollum, it has the rock, it has a fish and it has the ring! If they can transition the eyes from the proto to production this should be the Gollum statue to end all Gollum statues.
Thanks Lars.I agree on the eerily looking Gollum.They did a great job to transfer the feeling and the eyes are phenomenal.On the other hand I still have likeness issues with it but then the face changed so many times from one specific look to another I'm not sure what to make of it.Apparently 95% of the reactions are very positive and almost nobody is challenging the likeness...so,I guess it must be me being too anal,lol.
I know you're big on likeness buddy, so case can be made I think.
To me, proto would be good enough but might wanna wait for the production sample.
Have I ever mentioned how I would have liked my Gollum :
I've never noticed before that the LOTR Gollum has a huge dent in his head...
Amazing Thranduil likeness.
Price for Thranduil on Elk = $ 999
Fell Beast bust.I'm not really sold on how they've cut it.
Ugh, why couldn't it have been a statue?!?
During the War of the Ring, Sauron’s Ringwraiths took to the air to scour Middle-earth for the bearer of the One. Borne upon ancient, nameless beasts, fell and terrible, the Nazgûl ranged far and freely, their cries rending the air and striking fear into the hearts of men.
When battle came, the Wraiths drove their bat-winged mounts into their enemies’ ranks, crushing armour and shattering lines. Soldiers they plucked from battlements, hurling them to their deaths, and horse and rider alike they fed to their beasts upon the blood-soaked field of battle.
It's about trying to think about it from the inside out really as well as I can. With the advent now of better digital technologies, it's becoming even harder to discern where the reality and fiction begin and end.
Jamie Beswarcik - Sculptor, Weta Workshop
CREATING THE FELL BEAST AT WETA WORKSHOP
A bat-winged brute of fearsome proportions, the Fell Beast was based on original illustrations by The Lord of the Rings conceptual designer John Howe. A seasoned Tolkien artist, Howe had conceptualised the creature for calendars and books in years past and had developed an aesthetic that resonated with the director.
To bring the Fell Beast to life on screen, the artists of Weta Workshop created a scannable maquette, paying careful attention to the physics behind the creature’s biology as they crafted its frightening form. When complete, the two-metre long sculpture was scanned by Weta Digital’s artists as a basis for their digital animation model.
Two decades after he helped design the creature for The Lord of the Rings, Weta Workshop sculptor Jamie Beswarick revisited the Fell Beast, this time capturing its snarling visage as a highly detailed polystone bust. Created using the same traditional physical sculpting techniques honed on the trilogy, the bust can be wall-mounted or displayed on its stand; a masterpiece of fantasy film art.
ABOUT YOUR FELL BEAST
The Fell Beast Bust can either stand on a flat surface or hang on the wall. Just loosen the bolt, turn its head 180 degrees on its base and fasten the bolt again.
The Fell Beast comes with a removable helm.
Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each statue is hand painted and minor variations will occur.
Dimensions : 19.68" x 18.11" x 12" (W x H x D) 50 cm x 46 cm x 30.5 cm
Weight : 16.75 lbs (7.6 kg)