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Burger King / FOTR promotion

Magpie
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Mar 9 2007, 5:18pm


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Burger King / FOTR promotion [In reply to] Can't Post

The Burger King / FOTR promotion ran from November 19 to December 16, 2001

It was comprised of a number of different elements and varied from country to country. This post will deal strictly with the One Ring + 18 Figures on bases as found in the US. Information about other facets of this promotion, or that expands on this facet and this post, could be added as replies to this thread. I've added a few notes as an aside when I think verification or clarification is needed. I'm hoping someone can provide it. I've also added my own 'review' of this set, mostly just observations I think might be interesting or useful for people who collect or are considering collecting these figures.

Figures:
The figures fit into a wedged shape base. At the front of the base was a lever shaped like the One Ring. Pressing on the lever would activate sound (located within the base) or light (located either in the base or in the figure). The back of each base has a pin/peg like protuberance and another smaller lever.

One Ring:
The gold One Ring is held aloft by yellow flames. The top part of the flames are translucent and light up [magpie: I'm not sure what the mechanism is, I don't have mine handy.] The flames are emerging from a bed of red lava. This base is circular with 18 notches around the perimeter of the circle. The One Ring can turn [magpie: add in description 'in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction'? I don't now if it's one of those or both.] On each side of the red base are heat activated words. They read:
  • "Legend tells of a ring believed lost for centuries, it has now been found..."
  • "This is the One Ring. An object of unspeakable power which must be destroyed."

The Set:
The peg at the back of each Figure base will fit into a notch of the One Ring's base. As the Ring is rotated, it presses, each in turn, the levers at the back of the Figure bases. This lever activates the sound and/or light within the base or Figure.

Aragorn: see Strider

Arwen: riding Asfaloth
  • sound: none
  • light: necklace lights up red
  • articulation: moves at waist

Bilbo: standing and holding up the One Ring
  • sound: "The Ring must go to Frodo."
  • light: none
  • movement: none
  • articulation:
    • longish hair
    • shorter hair, receding hairline.

Boromir: standing and holding the horn of Gondor
  • sound: "You carry the fate of us all, little one."
  • light: none
  • movement: moves at left shoulder and very slightly at neck
  • articulation:
    • cloak covers his feet up to his toes
      • dark gray cloak, silver buckles and chain mail (visible at elbows)
      • light gray cloak, gold buckles and chain mail (visible at elbows)
    • cloak exposes boots

Cave Troll: standing and holding a rock-headed hammer
  • sound: none
  • light: the base lights up red illuminating cracks in the ground
  • movement: moves at neck and both shoulders
  • articulation:
    • narrower face, loincloth
    • wider face, no loincloth

Celeborn: standing in a graceful pose
  • sound: none
  • light: a light in the base travels up through the figure to illuminate Celeborn's translucent inner garments.
  • movement: none
  • articulation:
    • silver/gray inner garments
    • green inner garments.

Elrond: standing in a graceful pose
  • sound: "You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring."
  • light: none
  • articulation: none

Frodo: standing with Sting partially unsheathed and the One Ring on his finger
  • sound: "Power can be held in the smallest of things." [magpie: who's voice is this? I don't think my sound works and I don't remember Frodo saying this.]
  • light: a light in the base travels up through Frodo's transparent left food (as if becoming invisible).
  • articulation: none

Galadriel: standing with hand raised in a wave/salute
  • sound: none
  • light: a light in the base travels up through Galadriel's transparent gown.
    • The light activated by pressing the One Ring at the front of the Figure base is white.
    • The light activated by pressing the lever at the back of the base (accomplished by turning the One Ring at the center of the assembled set) the light is pink/yellow [magpie: this info is from a website. I don't have my bases handy and can't verify it.]
  • articulation: none
  • versions:
    • [magpie: I'm pretty sure there are variations of this figure but I only have one of my Galadriels in front of me. To my recollection, some had transparent gowns and some had a frosty white, translusent gown.]

Gandalf: standing with his staff, crystal embedded in the top, and his hand on Glamdring
  • sound: "Speak, friend, and enter."
  • light: a light in the base travels up the shaft of his staff to illuminate the crystal (at the top) and the top portion of his staff.
  • articulation: none

Gimli: standing with his axe
  • sound: "Well, what are we waiting for?"
  • light: none
  • articulation: moves at waist

Legolas: standing with his bow drawn
  • sound: "The Ring must be destroyed."
  • light: none
  • articulation: moves at waist

Lurtz: standing with his fist raised and a shield on his arm
  • sound: none
  • light: a red light shines through the emblem of the White Hand on his shield and the White Hand glows in the dark.
  • articulation: moves at right shoulder and neck

Merry: standing holding a lantern
  • sound: none
  • light: a red light illuminates the lantern in Merry's hand
  • articulation: none
  • versions:
    • blond hair, green jacket,
    • brown hair, green jacket,
    • brown hair, tan jacket.

Orc: kneeling
sound: none
light: a red light illuminates the top portion of the Orc's helmet (his eyes?)
articulation: moves at his neck (somewhat)

Pippin: standing with his sword/knife partially unsheathed and a short torch/brand in his hand
  • sound: none
  • light: a red light illuminates the yellow torch in Pippin's hand
  • articulation: head can be turned very slightly

Sam: kneeling on one need with a frying pan outstretched in his hand
  • sound: none
  • light: a red light in the base simulates a campfire on the ground
  • articulation:

Saruman: standing with a Palanitr in his hands
  • sound: none
  • light: a red light illuminates the purple Palantir in Saruman's hands
  • articulation:

Strider: standing with his hand on his sword and a flaming brand in his hand
  • sound: none
  • light: a red light illuminates the yellow flaming brand in Strider's hand.
  • articulation: moves at neck


[magpie: I haven't described the bases. My bases are packed away at the moment.]
"The variations in the toys occurred due to changes made during the production of the toys. They were not intentional, but were corrections requested by New Line, the studio producing the film." quote from Raving Toy Maniac. I drew heavily on this site for information.


Magpie's general comments about these figures:
  • If you weren't able to get all the figures during the promotion, you're left collecting through online resale sites, or by scouring thrift stores and garage sales. Unfortunately, the bases often became separated from the figures and it's hard to find bases at thrift stores and garage sales.
  • The paint chips fairly easily and if the figures are packed away, they should be wrapped.
  • The levers in the bases activate the lights (found in the figures) by pushing up on a button at the bottom of the figure. The lever doesn't always push the button up far enough, however, and even if the light is functioning, it doesn't always turn on. Sometimes the front lever will turn it on but not the back lever, or visa versa.
  • The figures don't always stay put in their bases. I've tried every thing short of epoxy for some of them and they still fall off.
  • When assembling the Figure bases around the One Ring base, one must carefully consider the figures. The position of some figures conflicts with the position of other figures.
  • The sound in the bases is powered by a small battery and this battery can go dead. To open the case, one must have a special triangular shaped 'screwdriver'. (This is to prevent the cases being opened at home since the batteries are toxic if swallowed) My husband ground a small screwdriver down into the proper shape for me so I could open the bases. Then, if one has extra bases, one can swap out one battery for another. Or, one could try buying and replacing the batteries. I would caution you that it is difficult to reassemble the bases, however, since there are moving parts that operate the levers.
  • I love the look of the assembled set. I've found lovely wooden turntables (such are used on dinner tables) that it fits on nicely. But it is large and my house is small. Although I did display the set when I finally completed it (after scouring thrift stores and garage sales for years), I took it down soon after. I find it easier to display just the figures on a small shelf (I use old spice racks). They are difficult to dust, as well although... most figures are. And I do believe I have the dustiest house in the world! Not good for a person with magpie tendencies.

Links
comprehensive information and pictures

review of product with pictures

time warner announcement of promotional deal with New Line

info about promotion

pre-promotion information

BK announcement of winner of promotional sweepstakes

goofing on LOTR & the BK promotion


Subject User Time
The official Tolkien collectible catalog thread SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 8 2007, 8:52pm
    *geeky happy dance* I was actually giggling as I read this! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 9 2007, 2:17am
        Question Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 9 2007, 3:45am
            Hmmmmmmmmm SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 9 2007, 5:01am
                embracing chaos Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 9 2007, 5:10am
                Agreed! Get the info, then sort it all out. grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 9 2007, 3:29pm
    A group project! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Mar 9 2007, 4:56am
        *snigger* ;) // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 9 2007, 3:27pm
    Burger King / FOTR promotion Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 9 2007, 5:18pm
        This is wonderful, Magpie!!! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 9 2007, 7:43pm
        Nice nice nice! SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 9 2007, 8:09pm
    ToyBiz Action Figures grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 14 2007, 3:37am
        HOLY CATS! SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 14 2007, 6:14am
            images - out of the box / in the box Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 14 2007, 11:55am
                What an awesome site! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 14 2007, 2:48pm
                    I've gotten a start : I'll do 6" Singles, FOTR, Wave 1-3 Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 14 2007, 3:29pm
                        Oh wonderful! Thank you :D Those are gorgeous! // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 14 2007, 6:30pm
            *sniggering* Thanks :) grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 14 2007, 2:38pm
        Stands for Toy Biz figures Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 14 2007, 3:51pm
            That's a great idea! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 14 2007, 6:32pm
    Sideshow/WETA CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit Mar 16 2007, 6:26am
        *kerplunk!* This is wonderful! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 17 2007, 2:08pm
            Thank you. CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit Mar 17 2007, 7:30pm
                I had to come back grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 17 2007, 9:06pm
                My collection LordotRings93 Send a private message to LordotRings93 May 27 2008, 8:50pm
        Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllly great! SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 18 2007, 6:03am
        Wow! deej Send a private message to deej Apr 5 2007, 4:41pm
        maybe a couple to add? greendragon Send a private message to greendragon May 2 2007, 11:26pm
            Thanks... CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit May 3 2007, 12:03am
                Actually... greendragon Send a private message to greendragon May 3 2007, 12:09am
                    You guys are Awesome! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 3 2007, 8:38am
                    Hmmmmm CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit May 3 2007, 8:02pm
                        that is odd... greendragon Send a private message to greendragon May 3 2007, 8:12pm
                            It MIGHT be the #1 Sideshow Ebay item SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King May 4 2007, 12:30am
    Sideshow CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit Mar 16 2007, 6:47am
        *smiles* Excellent! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 17 2007, 2:13pm
    Gentle Giant CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit Apr 9 2007, 2:36am
        They have such a great collection! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Apr 9 2007, 6:50pm
    Tolkien-related Posters grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 1 2007, 7:18pm
        Wow! CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit May 1 2007, 7:50pm
        I'm impressed! greendragon Send a private message to greendragon May 1 2007, 9:55pm
            The older ones grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 2 2007, 10:44am
                that is a VERY cool way to hang your posters! greendragon Send a private message to greendragon May 3 2007, 8:14pm
        My jaw hit the floor - again! SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King May 2 2007, 12:18am
            Thanks :) grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 2 2007, 10:52am
        HOHO.... Elfmei Send a private message to Elfmei May 4 2007, 11:17am
            That's Awesome!!! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 4 2007, 2:31pm
    I hope these are OK to add .. Elven Send a private message to Elven Sep 17 2007, 1:05am
        Of course :D grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Nov 14 2007, 8:42pm
            Aren't there pics attached to Elven's post? Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 14 2007, 9:19pm

 
 
 

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