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  1. Darknight Demands Audiences

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    With the upcoming Hobbit film later this year, Weta has been quick to launch their latest in their Environments line-up - Bag End.
    I must say the detail looks extraordinary. Tho I'm somewhat disappointed that there isn't any 'real windows' on this to peer through. This will definitely pop if it was designed with some light-up interior.
    The Collectors Edition stands at 1,111 pieces.
    There will also be an Open Edition, without the detailed interior.
    Grab yours today!
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    Link: http://www.wetanz.com/bag-end-collector-s-edition/
     
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  2. rrjrstatueman Custom Daredevil

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    wow talk about miniature that is pretty cool looking :top:
     
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  3. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Thanks Tim!
    I don't know, somehow I'm on their mailing list but never receive these updates, lol.
    As always I'm concerned how the factory will deliver on this miniature scale. They did some pretty solid work for Weta in the past but then there were also the occasional Minas Morguls. :suspicious:
    In any case I secured a Preorder just in case, Collectors Edition or nothing here.
     
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  4. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Talking about Weta, here are two new Weta customs by ELBEN* :
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  5. Batman29 Demands Audiences

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    Weta makes some nice stuff. I have the Superman/Lois from Weta and the Zorro, both very nice pieces.
    They are a solid group.
    Like the pics here shown so far. I agree with Lars, collectors edition or not at all.
     
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  6. André Verbal Diarrhoea

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    Darknight wrote 2 hours earlier
    With the upcoming Hobbit film later this year, Weta has been quick to launch their latest in their Environments line-up - Bag End.

    According to Wikipedia "The film is in development for releases in December 2011 (Part 1) and December 2012 (Part 2)"
    Seems like we have to wait a bit longer :no:
     
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  7. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Thanks for posting details and pictures of this piece TIm. :top:
    Now call me ignorant, but this has to be the most underwhelming piece I think I've ever seen. I mean...
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    Did Weta miniaturise the charm of Bag End as well? Are those four people wondering why they've ended up with something that looks like it came from the pages of a Sunday Newspaper supplement reader's offer?
    It looks exactly like a polystone molehill painted green. In other words the illusion just isn't happening for me. Compounded by the reverse being a completely out of character matte black finish. Huh? That's the best Weta could come up with?
    Sure there's some detail there, but nothing grabs me at all. Am I missing something? There just seems to be no hook.
    Weta have some awesome stuff in their catalogue. But this?
     
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  8. rrjrstatueman Custom Daredevil

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    hey greg could you show some pics of the zorro? close ups and all would be cool to see :top:
     
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  9. rrjrstatueman Custom Daredevil

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    wow just found a zorro on ebay, hope i get it :top:
     
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  10. André Verbal Diarrhoea

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    I agree with Steve that the Bag End maquette is underwhelming, to say the least. OK, it's detailed, but you have to use a magnifying glass to realy appreciate it. It has more in common with something you would use to decorate the scenery of a miniature railroad track, then it is something you would put on display to impress your friends. For extremely die-hard LOTR fans only i suppose...
     
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  11. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Well it's Bag end (green hill with a tree, door, some windows, garden) and it's perfectly in line with the previously released pieces, for example:
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    Btw. that Orthanc used to trade at around 10x the retail price. :ironyfinger:
     
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  12. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Lars wrote 4 hours earlier  » 
    Well it's Bag end (green hill with a tree, door, some windows, garden) and it's perfectly in line with the previously released pieces


    So this is a line then? I suppose thar explains it a little better. But I'm still inclined to agree with Andre's summing up...
    A.K.47 wrote 5 hours earlier  » 
    For extremely die-hard LOTR fans only i suppose...


    I don't know, it just has a very Games Workshop feel to it. As Andre said; like a very nice piece of scenery you might find at home on a model railway or perhaps a tabletop battle game, rather than in the display cabinet of a collector.
    But clearly if these pieces are fetching 10 times their original value on the secondary market they must be worth owning... :flipper:
     
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  13. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Just noticed that the Collectors Edition is twice as expensive as the "Regular" (399$ to 199$). That's a little disproportional.
     
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  14. André Verbal Diarrhoea

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    WOW that is some attention to detial, so minature but yet so real
     
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  16. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    I agree, insanity! Thanks for posting it.
     
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  17. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Thank you for posting the link Andre. What a piece of art - I mean she basically built that piece from scratch, using essentially knowledge she gained during her Warhammer days, elaborting the design as she went.
    Of course the devil's in the detail as they say, and the details are abundant here. It's stuff like this...
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    ... that would be easily missed were this a commercially produced sculpt I feel.
    And another thing I picked up: the creator has read Lord of the Rings twenty times, and liked the films - in my experience I've found that most of the book fans find the films a little, shall we say, unpalatable.
     
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    The time and effort put into this piece is immense, I would imagine it's worth a tidy sum of money :)
     
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  19. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    Weta is really something to behold and treasure.What a great company and one that really listens and interacts in a very open and honest way with their fan base.The interaction of the Weta crew with the Flamers is so above any other company. :love:
    Here's Weta's CEO talking to the S&F members(I see a similar kind of engagement from George towards CBD but not quite as profound ) :
    Hi everyone, I don't often give myself the moments necesssary to write, but Dan's got fast fingers and knowing that I'll be catching up with any of you in a few days I just wanted to say how much I am looking forward to seeing you all again and sharing with you the tales of the last year at Weta. As David said so eloquently in his post today, we do tend to hide ourselves away for many months at a time and it's this particular convention when we get to come out of those shadows for a few short days and hang out with everyone, interact, be inspired and share what we've been up to.
    I have really appreciated the generous time and enthusiasm that you have all given to Dave, Dan, Magnus, Tim, Greg and everyone from Weta who interacts with you regularly here at the awesome S&F. It means a great deal to them, but I think especially to my dear friend David, who puts in mind boggling hours of dedication every week to acvhieve in his craft at the levels he does. The past year socialising over the web with you all has had a fantastic impact on him. It's great to see him getting the recognition and encouragement that he so deserves.
    Anyways, see you all soon and safe travels to all of you coming from different parts of American or the world,
    RT
     
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  20. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Richard Taylor, awesome bloke!
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    Weta is a little off my collectibles radar these days due to the size and nature of products they put out, but then I might still be in for the Smaug piece.
     
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