Terça, 11 Novembro 2014 12:00

Pre-order ‘Smaug the Terrible’ From Weta Workshop

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Today at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (that translates to 2:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. GMT, and 8:00 a.m. NZDT), the Smaug the Terrible figure from Weta Workshop will go on sale for pre-orders!

From Weta Workshop

Sculptors: Lindsey Crummett and Gary Hunt

In the cavernous gloom beneath the lonely Mountain, all is quiet. A hot stillness lies upon the vast desert of gold and treasure that carpets the ancient Dwarf city’s once teaming halls – a treasure unrivalled in all Middle-earth, but which glitters unlooked upon by mortal eyes, for the wealth of Erebor is not unguarded. Many decades have passed since the Dragon Smaug’s appetite and lust for gold lead him south from the Whithered Heath to assail the kingdom of the Dwarves. Swift and terrible was his coming in which untold multitudes of men and Dwarves died in fire and ruin. For now, all is peaceful in the halls of the sleeping Dragon, coiled serpent-like in his hoard.

Yet this stillness is an illusion, for the jealous mind of a Dragon is never restful. Fevered dreams of thieves and usurpers make his slumber an angry one, eyes snapping open to dart back and forth, long snake-neck rising suddenly to swing about, counting the coins and cups, platters and gem-studded jewellery, his senses keenly tuned to the barest hint of scent or soft step that might herald the intrusion of some greedy, reckless fool. Smaug will share no trinket of his hoard, and as immeasurably vast and powerful as he is, doubt gnaws the corners of his confidence, fraying his wits and dooming him to a restless, broken, red-hot sleep.

Into this simmering pit of suspicion and rage stumbles a simple hobbit with no thought of treasure. Propelled by his obligation to honour a naïve promise to a friend and prove himself worthy of a Wizard’s faith, Bilbo Baggins treads nervously upon the hallowed gold. It is a simple act of astounding bravery that impels each nervous step, spilling trickles of coins that become a cascade, a landslide of gold that will in turn unleash upon the world a monstrous wrath, change the course of history and precipitate a brief and bloody siege, for Bilbo has awoken the Dragon.

Weta continues the legacy of producing finely crafted, highly detailed collectible polystone statues from Middle-earth.

Smaug the Terrible is recreated in 1/72 scale jealously guarding his hoarded gold.

imageOur own Myla Malinalda got a look at Smaug the Terrible at New York Comic Con. Her article has photos of this figure and its miniature, along with other amazing pieces from the Weta Workshop booth and panels.

To celebrate the release of Smaug, Weta are also having a “Smaugasbord” sale that includes apparel, books, prop replicas, and other keepsakes–basically anything that has Smaug on it. Even if Smaug isn’t in your budget, you could at least pick up a piece of the dragon’s hoard at 15% off!

Will you be ready and waiting to pre-order Smaug? Or do you have your eye on another Weta piece?

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image Author: Lily Milos Lily’s first experience with Tolkien was when the eccentric Mrs. H performed all of the characters from The Hobbit in her seventh grade class. In high school, she felt obliged to decline a second date with a boy who said he had no interest in reading The Lord of the Rings. In college, she unwisely decided to reread her beloved copy of The Hobbit during finals week, with only semi-disastrous results. When not writing for Middle-earth News, Lily tries not to unnerve her coworkers and family with her extreme geekery, but somehow, Star Wars, Star Trek, Sherlock, Merlin, Doctor Who, The Princess Bride, Back to the Future, superheroes, Disney movies, and of course, Tolkien, seem to have relevance in EVERY conversation.

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