Weta Workshop’s 2017 SDCC Reveals

Weta had been teasing us in the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) with short videos about a product (or products) that they planned to announce at the event. We had our fingers crossed for some Lord of the Rings merchandise, and Weta did not disappoint!

On Wednesday, Weta revealed a new line of Middle-earth vinyl collectibles called Mini Epics. They launched with Frodo Baggins, Gimli, Gollum, Uruk-Hai Berserker, and Moria Orc. These adorable figures are surely meant to rival the Funko Pop! line of Lord of the Rings figures that recently hit stores. The only difference is their $29.99 price point (compared to Funko’s $10-$15 range), but unlike the Funko line, these figures are completely unique in their expressions, posture, and size. For many collectors, they are definitely a must have, and they are currently available for pre-order on Weta Workshop’s website. This is only the first wave of Weta’s Epic Minis — who do you think will (or should!) be released in the next wave?

It wasn’t just adorable creatures that debuted at SDCC. Weta also uncovered the terrifying Mouth of Sauron sculpture. Not only is he smiling his unnerving smile, but he’s carrying Frodo’s mithril shirt to undermine the morale of Aragorn and his companions! There will only be 750 of this Limited Edition 1:6 scale polystone piece. The Mouth of Sauron is priced at $699 and is available for pre-order now.

There’s no hiding the fan community’s love of King Thranduil of Mirkwood, but there was some controversy when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came out about exactly what kind of mount he was riding when first appeared. Was it a moose? An elk? An exotic Mirkwood deer? When Weta revealed their new Thranduil statue at SDCC, he was seen majestically sitting atop what was unequivocally referred to as an elk. But will it put the controversy to bed? Thranduil on Elk is a 1:6 scale polystone piece, and Richard Taylor of Weta called it their “largest ever.” This is the first time the figure has been seen by the public, and there is no word yet on when it will be available to order, what the price will be, or how many will be produced.

The final reveal took place in the Weta booth on Saturday. Weta tweeted that there would be a “very special guest” onsite for the announcement, and it turned out to be none other than Andy Serkis himself! We knew at that point that the new piece would have to be Gollum or Smeagol. Jamie Beswarick, a 21-year Weta veteran sculpted this brand new 1:3 scale figure of Gollum that Andy continually gushed over, calling it “beautiful.” Again, we don’t know when this figure will be available for preorder, the edition size, or the price tag, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed!

Though it had already been announced at New York Comic Con in September 2015, Weta’s Grond replica has only ever been seen in prototype form. Collectors have been waiting not-so-patiently to order the piece, and as of SDCC 2017, it is finally available for pre-order! It is priced at $749 and will be a Limited Edition collectible with only 500 in existence. Current estimates are for delivery in November 2017. If you want one for your very own, it’s time to start saving up and placing your pre-order, because as pricey as it is, once it’s gone, it’s gone!

What do you think of all the new Weta pieces? Which ones are going into your shopping cart?


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