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From the Home Page: at long last - The Bridge Direct toys!!!

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Sep 25 2012, 4:26am

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From the Home Page: at long last - The Bridge Direct toys!!! Can't Post

Word has been seeping out for a few weeks of some of the toy characters (on display at Comic-Con) being revealed through various channels of the pipeline that gets movie tie-ins to market. Now, made by Bridge Direct, they are for sale on store shelves in at least some locations including the new Toys-R-Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Not only is it exciting to see new products (Tolkienites make great consumers!) but there are some clues about “The Hobbit: A Long Expected Journey,” and, our staff thinks, some false leads. But true or false, except for some glimpses in Peter Jackson’s production diaries, we have our first clear look of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel. For those wishing to avoid spoilers, don’t look beyond the break!

The process of merchandise hitting the market and spoiling some aspects of movies is inevitable and fun for consumers but maybe less fun for filmmakers who may want to keep a lid on every possible detail. Lilly’s character, a creation of the screenwriting team, has been mildly controversial as a character not created by J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote the children’s novel the trilogy of movies is based on 75 years ago. Many message board users at TheOneRing.net have taken a wait-and-see stance.
TORn staffers on the other hand, or at least the ones viewing these images, thought Lilly looked great as an Elven female and word from the set is that observers, cast and crew came away impressed. Lilly is best known for her work on television series “Lost.”
TORn staffers also agree that there is a strong possibility that character Tauriel may not even show up in the first film. Marketing and merchandise plans were long in place, and likely manufacturing of toys and books as well, when Peter Jackson hinted at Comic-Con and then announced officially weeks later that his pair of movies based on Tolkien’s beloved book had grown into a trilogy. The toys plan was likely already in place, figures made and packaging cards printed with Legolas and Tauriel showing up in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” before Jackson rearranged his films.
Recent evidence, including the recently released trailer for the films, demonstrate that the initial film likely ends only five or six chapters into the book. Speculators guess Jackson will include a lot of backstory to set the stage for his trilogy in the initial film. This line of speculation leads to thinking that Tauriel and Legolas will appear in the second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” set for a December 2013 release. The inclusion of Tauriel and Legolas with merchandise labeled “An Unexpected Party,” could create a higher value as collectibles.
The two forest elves, including Legolas (Orlando Bloom) from “The Lord of the Rings,” movie trilogy, also appear together as a character set, indicating the characters’ plot lines are intertwined. Legolas, while not appearing by name in “The Hobbit,” book is the son of Thranduil (Lee Pace), elven king. His appearance in the film, while not cannon, is certainly logical and perhaps even likely. His role in Jackson’s films are not yet clear.
Other clues from the toy sets include the prominence of Fili (Dean O’Gorman) and Kili (Aiden Turner) who also seemed to get a little screen time than the rest of the dwarves. Also included in the gallery below are shots of Bilbo and Gollum and Thorin Oakenshield. Click the gallery images for larger versions.
Enjoy the photos and the speculation and, if you find them on shelves near you, the toys!

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Sep 25 2012, 4:46am

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Lilly looks great! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's not the greatest image in the world, but boy does she look like she'll make a fantastic elf! Can't wait to see her in action in film 2!


Sep 25 2012, 4:51am

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Looking good! [In reply to] Can't Post

Tauriel looks fabulous, all Ninja and stuff... her coat appears to be done is some sort of camouflage pattern. Pretty sweet looking elf if you ask me.

They seem to have struck a better likeness of Bloom this time around. It is nice seeing him back in action. It sort of tugs at my geek muscle a bit... for a fleeting moment I was transported back to that magical time at the start of the millennium. sigh


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The Shire

Sep 25 2012, 5:17am

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I'll reserve judgement until I see them in person but [In reply to] Can't Post

from what I can see, these toys (though still pretty cool) don't seem to bee as high quality as those that came out a decade ago with the trilogy. The Lord of the Rings figures seemed a lot bigger and had more detail. These seem to be much more like Star Wars figurines and don't seem to have as much articulation as the original Lord of the Rings toys.


Sep 25 2012, 7:09am

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Old news ;-P / [In reply to] Can't Post


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Sep 25 2012, 7:21am

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Here are some close-ups of the figures [In reply to] Can't Post


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Sep 25 2012, 11:08am

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Looking good [In reply to] Can't Post

These came out pretty solid I'd say. Proto to production can be tricky but it appears that TBD did a solid job. Tauriel and Legolas look really good and are musts IMO. Can't wait to get my figures next week.


Sep 25 2012, 12:50pm

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Really interesting design on Bolg [In reply to] Can't Post

The speculation about whether the beard and hair are taken as prizes from fallen dwarves seems more and more likely. And all these bones forming his armor... poor dwarves.... Bolg must be a very, very nasty orc.

Love E.Lilly as Tauriel!

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Sep 26 2012, 10:15pm

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Bolg [In reply to] Can't Post

Kinda starting to warm to Bolg's look now after seeing those photos of his action figure self. The beard/scalp trophies are a pretty gruesome, but suitable addition for a giant homicidal orc!

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Sep 27 2012, 12:06am

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Bolg [In reply to] Can't Post

He looks awesome I think. I really vicious Orc that will be a true threat to this traveling party.


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