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** Anniversary Celebration Special!


Apr 26 2009, 2:03am

Post #1 of 8 (924 views)
** Anniversary Celebration Special! Can't Post

Happy TORn Anniversary everyone, sorry for doing this a bit late in the day!
Anyway, I've listed below some really great websites that sell collectibles, etc., and attached some great collectible pictures-- Tolkientown has simply MARVELOUS busts. Happy B-day, TORN!

Great Sites:

Mae Govannen!
My Greetings!

The world is quiet here.

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Apr 27 2009, 4:14pm

Post #2 of 8 (518 views)
I checked out those sites, and now I some questions for you collectors... [In reply to] Can't Post

And that is, what do you collect, and what is it that inspires your collecting?

What do you consider to be the best piece in your collection(s)?

And, what recommendations do have for a type of item that would be a great, out of the ordinary gift for a long-time Tolkien fan?

Thanks to any who reply, whenever you can get to it!


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Apr 27 2009, 8:10pm

Post #3 of 8 (411 views)
hmmm... [In reply to] Can't Post

I collect pretty much everything - as my overstuffed flat shows! Laugh The one thing I don't really collect is action figures - although I do have some of those... I just figured I have to draw the line somewhere! I particularly like ornamental items (eg snowglobes, candle holders), clothes (if they are nicely made! - tshirts, etc.), and household items (eg cookie jars, wine glasses - things I can use). But if it says 'Limited edition' followed by the words 'Star Wars', 'Harry Potter', 'Lord of the Rings' (or, these days, even 'Twilight') - I'll probably be suckered into buying it! Blush

I have MANY of the Noble Collection items, and they rank amongst my faves; especially the 'Middle Earth goblet' set which was a 'Hobbit coming of age' birthday gift from a very dear friend. (Thanks, L.Ron! Heart)

But I think one of my fave 'collectibles' is not officially a LotR item at all, and that's why I like it - it's unique. It's hard to describe... It's a piece of a log, carved in concentric layers. It just looks like a log until you turn it upside down and the layers slide out - to form a 'citadel' which just looks like Minas Tirith. A friend sent it to me as a gift one Christmas. Two months later, on my birthday, a small, bare, wooden tree followed, with the note 'Maybe the white tree will bloom again...' Spaced out over the rest of the year, she sent me three wooden 'puzzle' pieces which slot of the bare tree, to make it a tree in full bloom. All the pieces are different, fragrant woods. A brilliant gift, so thoughtful, beautiful to look at, so evocative of ME... Yeah, I think that's my fave piece. Smile But sometimes I forget what I have, there's so darn much of it... Crazy

'There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of my fridge...'

'You never know what will happen next, when once you get mixed up with TORnsibs and their friends.'

Tol Eressea

Apr 27 2009, 8:33pm

Post #4 of 8 (417 views)
Sideshow Collectables [In reply to] Can't Post

And that is, what do you collect, and what is it that inspires your collecting?

I tend to stick mainly to the Sideshow LotR statues, busts, and helms - top quality and just really, really cool to look at.

What do you consider to be the best piece in your collection(s)?

My favorite things are the Helms - I have about 16 now, and hope to complete my collection someday. And my Sauron cookie jar. :)

And, what recommendations do have for a type of item that would be a great, out of the ordinary gift for a long-time Tolkien fan?

Hmmm...I think it would be a handmade gift; there are a lot of talented folks out there (and on this site) who do some amazing things with wood and pottery.

"...and back again."

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Apr 29 2009, 5:33am

Post #5 of 8 (472 views)
Is that for truly evil calories? [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
And my Sauron cookie jar. :)

I'd love to see a photo of it!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.

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Apr 29 2009, 6:26pm

Post #6 of 8 (383 views)
I think.... [In reply to] Can't Post

... most of my "collection" consists of things that aren't really of use!! Since I'm on a limited budget it tends to be small things that I can put on a shelf or squeze into a (rare) spare space somethere. But I'd love to get a sword or two someday and some larger items like busts. Once I have my own place (a few years away yet I think!) I know I'm going to end up filling it with LotR & Harry Potter pieces and art! My fave. LotR item I have would be..... either my models from the magazine collection (I have about 55) or I've just got some cool bookmarks with the flags of Rohan on that I'm trying to find room to display....!

~*Haudh-en-Ndengin the Elves named it, the Hill of Slain, and Haugh-en-Nirnaeth, the Hill of tears... the earth beneath which the swords of the Eldar and the Edain crumbled into rust*~

Made it to Bree!!


Apr 30 2009, 10:44pm

Post #7 of 8 (402 views)
How'd you like the sites? I thought that they were amazing.... [In reply to] Can't Post


Mae Govannen!
My Greetings!

The world is quiet here.


May 1 2009, 12:01am

Post #8 of 8 (683 views)
eBay is my first stop usually ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

but I have gotten things from each of the sites listed by Arwen Undomiel. Tolkien Town and Sideshow are always a great place to go.

I've collected hundreds of the Toybiz/Applause toys and a bunch of the Sideshow/Gentle Giant pieces. I've also got the full set of the European Kinder Toys (came in candy). I think of the statues I've got, I only paid full price for 4-5 of them.

I gather them because they are so very lovely in their detail and poses that it's like having a piece of Tolkien/Jackson's world right here where I can touch them.

Oh my... the best piece. They're all significant to me. I'd have to say that my Sideshow Sam with Bill the Pony is special because it was my first purchased piece that I had to scramble to come up with the money. Though the very first piece I got was a surprise prize I won from a Houghton Mifflin drawing. I came home from work and found a Gandalf the Grey bust on my doorstep in 2002. It's wonderfully detailed!

As for what to get for a Tolkien fan; it depends on how much you want to spend. For around $60-$110, you could get a statue or a bust of the recipient's favourite character on eBay, for about $25 one of the helms/headgear, or something simpler would be LotR dominoes, deck of cards, board game, or keychains. I'm a big-time keychain/bookmark collector. You could also get a piece of the LotR jewelry (rings, brooches, etc.), hats or t-shirts. It really depends on what you plan to spend and the interest of your target ;)

Sideshow Weta Statues/Figures
I work an extra job to pay for my obsession... so, no... I'm not filthy rich! Some of these were prizes or gifts. I'll see if I can get a picture of them... but I have them stacked on my piano with over-turned aquariums acting as a curio cabinet. I have a 20 gallon, a 15 gallon a 10 gallon, and a 5 gallon so far to cover them all.

Gandalf the Grey bust (1st piece-won in Houghton Mifflin drawing 2002)
Sam and Bill the Pony (2002)
Gandalf the White on Shadowfax (?? #)
Frodo (2005)
Pippin in Gondor uniform (#54 of 2000) (2005)
Merry holding veggies (2006)
Argonath (FotR dvd) (2002)
Gandalf the Grey (standing/pointing) (2004)
Gandalf & Bilbo (book ends - someone's at the door) (2002)
Corsair Peter (#437 of 3500) (2005)
Gollum (TT dvd) (2003)
Gollum bust (prize at ORC 2005) (#1155 of 6000)
Gríma Wormtongue bust (prize at ORC 2005) (#1734 of 2000)
Orc overseer (prize at ORC 2005)
Bilbo bust (unnumbered 2007)
Frodo Baggins (Moria) Frodo ¼ scale Premium Format Figure via greendragon (#160 of 1000) (Mar/2007)
Pippin bust (Mike)
Wounded Haradrim Soldier (from DragonCon 07)
Frodo and Gollum in Sammath Naur diorama (133 of 1500)
Galadriel bust (#1072 of 2000)
Théoden calling charge (#91 of 2000)

1:6 Scale FotR Sideshow Figures
Aragorn as Strider the Ranger (non-polystone version – 2006)
Boromir son of Denethor (non-polystone version - 2007)
Faramir son of Denethor (non-polystone version – 2007)
Frodo son of Drogo (non-polystone version – 2007)
Sam son of Hamfast (non-polystone version – 2007)
Arwen Undomiel (non-polystone version - 2008)

Minas Tirith (from RotK dvd collector's ed.)
Minas Morgul (special offer from RotK dvd collector's ed.)
Weathertop from DragonCon (#1938 of 3000)
Bucklebury Ferry (#956 of2000)
Golden Hall Meduseld of Rohan (#2668 of 4000)

Aragorn's crown (unmarked # of 8500m - limited ed. free w/RotK eedvd)
Frodo's Orc helm (#322 of 2500)
Sam's Orc helm (#1170 of 2500)
Pippin's Gondor helm (#593 of 2500)
Merry's Rohan helm (#435 of 2500)
King of the Dead crown (#1119 of 4000)
Éomer helm (#885 of 3000)

Arms of the Hobbits: Arms of Middle-earth: Collection 1 (#2289 of 2500)

Gentle Giant
Frodo in Orc Armour – Bust (#12 of 3000)
Sam in Orc Armour – Bust (#207 of 3000)

Bradbury Mint

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...In honor of
......TORN's annual
......Founder's Day Celebration
...........Established 4/26/09

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