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    :doh: 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!
     
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  3. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Be that as it may, if there's a company delivering on their promises, Weta certainly doesn't disappoint.
     
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    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.
     
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  5. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    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!
     
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    war troll vs cave troll comparison

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  7. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    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... :shrug:
     
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    I think the war troll looks better without the helmet on.

    On a sidenote imagine a 1/4 cave troll similar to Weta's... :drool:
     
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    Lars,what are your thoughts about the 1/3 Gollum Weta revealed during SDCC?
     
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  10. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    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:

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    What do I make of it?

    Well first of all, love Richard Taylor, he's a great, great guy. :wave:

    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. :palantir:

    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    gollum.jpg

    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 ;):

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    I've never noticed before that the LOTR Gollum has a huge dent in his head...
     
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