Weta Workshop unveils new line of ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie collectibles
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 5, 2009
Erik Even – J.R.R. Tolkien Examiner
Weta Workshop, the special effects company based in Miramar, New Zealand, has acquired a new license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create a new line of fine art collectibles and memorabilia based on The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
It has been four years since Weta last released new collectibles from The Lord of the Rings.
The new high-end collectibles will designed and created by the same Academy Award-winning artists who worked on the movie trilogy.
Four of the new items were announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con:
A limited-edition run of authentic swords from movie trilogy. Each sword is individually hand-crafted by Peter Lyon, the Master Swordsmith from Weta Workshop, who created the original swords used in the movies. The first sword to be released is Anduril, in a limited-edition of only 10 worldwide.
A new range of cast metal miniature shields, built by Weta’s senior model maker, Dave Tremont, who built Grond (the orcs’ giant battering ram at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields) and many of the miniatures used in filming the trilogy.
An exact replica of the Gandalf the Grey’s original cloak worn by Ian McKellen in the movie trilogy, using the same woollen material, produced from the same farm in New Zealand, and woven on the same 19th century looms.
The new items will be available from WetaNZ.com.
Weta Workshop was founded in 1987 by Richard Taylor and others, to produce creatures and makeup effects for the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, and effects for films such as Peter Jackson’s Meet The Feebles and Heavenly Creatures. A digital division, Weta Digital, was formed in 1993.
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