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Dec 5 2012, 12:24pm

Post #151 of 209 (2969 views)
Ornaments [In reply to] Can't Post

Enjoy! Let me know how you liked the experience.

We'll have to recap what we thought of The Hobbit movie after we've seen it. My expectations are set rather high after the LOTR films and all of the hype about this one. Though, I must admit I'm rather biased towards liking it already. lol

For sure! I hope they make some Hobbit Christmas ornaments. I'm not even sure if I'm going to have a tree this year with moving into the new place and all. Still, it would be nice to have for next year to hang up with to my Frodo and Gandalf.

You're probably right on the company not wanting to share that info. I'd like to think the ROI was favorable for them. If not, they could always send a few trolls door to door to ensure the proper response. lol


Dec 6 2012, 2:00am

Post #152 of 209 (2980 views)
Hallmark [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank ya! Will do. :)

Of course! I plan on when I get home writing a full review of the movie and have it posted to the FP like we have with the others. So you'll see it here for sure. I feel quite good about how the movie is going to come out. I'm sure I'll have things I don't care for but I'm sure I'll enjoy the experience.

I'm sure hallmark will. They do stuff for LOTR and I believe they have the rights to the hobbit. You may need to double check me on that.

Heck yeah! That's a good idea (the trolls I mean)


Dec 6 2012, 12:29pm

Post #153 of 209 (2950 views)
Lego of My Dwarves! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am already looking fwd to reading your review, man! My buddy actually made me a custom Hobbit tie. I was reading in the church at his wedding so it was a gift for my service and friendship. The tie ROCKS! It has the pic of Gandalf walking down the road, same as the poster for Comic Con. I might wear it to the movie next week. I remember telling you that I had a Hobbit acorn pin. I'm debating about strutting that, but I may go all out. lol

Hallmark makes some solid merchandise. Thanks for the tip! I have my Indiana Jones ornament from them. I think I have a Harry Potter one as well. Not sure if you followed the series, but Deathly Hallows Part 2 was on last night. That film always catches my attention.

Trolls - gotta love 'em! lol

Did you see the pics online of each character from The Hobbit with their Lego characters? That was cool. It must be OUTSTANDING to have a Lego of yourself, especially when you look as unique as those gents did for such an AMAZING tale!


Dec 7 2012, 2:04pm

Post #154 of 209 (2964 views)
Marathon ready [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank ya! I'm ready to see the movie and experience this partiuclar trip into Middle-earth then put my thoughts together best I can with how I feel about the movie. Nice! Sounds like a Tie actually worth wearing. lol I've got a few shirts to choose from not sure which one I'm going with at this point.

They do (they're based out of KC where I'm from). Yeah, I dig the HP movies (marathon that AMC did before the last one came out) but I've never read the books.

Indeed! :rock

I did. That was pretty cool. I would think they would enjoy seeing the roles they've played turned into things that will last a long while besides the films.


Dec 7 2012, 2:22pm

Post #155 of 209 (2924 views)
Thorin and Co Set [In reply to] Can't Post

Happy Friday, Elessar!

I'm sure watching The Hobbit will be an adventure all by itself. Yea, I'm not crazy about ties, but this one is really neat! lol

Cool beans. I've always wanted to go to Harry Potter world. Have you ever been there? A buddy of mine went over the summer and said it was AWESOME!

That's for sure. Legos are legendary and the action figures will be around for quite a while. With 3 films, one can only begin to imagine the amount of merchandise that will be produced.

I wonder if TBD will make a Thorin and Co set with all of the members? No doubt it would fetch a pretty penny.

Enjoy the weekend!


Dec 7 2012, 3:38pm

Post #156 of 209 (2971 views)
Happy Friday 2 U :) [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sure it will be. Heck the journey getting here to see it has been one itself. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel finally.

No, being here in the middle of the country i don't get to those places often. Going to Comic-Con is about the most I get outside of the mid-west most of the year.

There should be plenty of cool stuff made between the 3 movies and the money to go with them should also be nice.

I could see them doing something like that with the smaller scale after all the characters come out. Would make sense to do it I think.

U 2 :)


Dec 11 2012, 12:39pm

Post #157 of 209 (2872 views)
T Minus 3 Days! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey, Elessar! How was your weekend? I was off yesterday and will be again Thursday and Friday of this week.

Less 3 days and The Hobbit will be in theaters. I can't wait! My parents are closing on their house on Friday. I hope they are done in time to make the movie! I'm curious how my untrained eye is going to respond to 48 FPS? I'm always down for 3D. lol

You're right! Now, we just have to figure out how we can acquire some of that money. lol "It's time to take back what's ours!" Well, that's what Thorin might say.

I think I'll ask for a map of Middle Earth or perhaps Thorin's map for Christmas. It's not that expensive and I can display it on my wall.


Dec 11 2012, 4:33pm

Post #158 of 209 (2969 views)
The Long and Short of it [In reply to] Can't Post

Its only 3 days but it seems longer than that. I think thats just from the feeling of waiting for something for years and its almost here. I took friday off so I can chill out after being out all night.

It was good. The marathon was fantastic and made for a great saturday for sure. Cool! I am seeing the 48fps on Saturday because I want to just enjoy the story for what it is.

If you figure that out please let me know. I'm with ya as I could use a little extra coin. lol

Nice! I asked for Thorin's map for my B-day back in october and its really nice and the map of Middle-earth is really nice as well (I won it from Weta at comic-con). Both very worthy if a x-mas present and hanging on the wall.


Dec 12 2012, 12:22pm

Post #159 of 209 (2856 views)
Or is it the Short and Long of it? Ha ha! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's for sure. lol Guess you're going to opening night? You're a brave man. lol Smart idea taking Friday off. I'm off on Thursday and Friday as well, but I have to help my parents with packing and such for their move into my apt. They'll be staying with me until they find a new home. I'll be catching The Hobbit with them Friday night, of course.

Glad you enjoyed the marathon! Good call on the 48 FPS, btw.

Honestly, I think it's worth putting our ideas out there to TBD and Weta. You never know! We could do what we enjoy and possibly make some $ on the side. If anything, we're donating our efforts to fans everywhere. That is truly a noble cause.

That is an excellent birthday gift. You won the map of Middle Earth = AWESOME and Congrats! Must look cool on the wall.

T Minus 2 Days!


Dec 12 2012, 2:09pm

Post #160 of 209 (2935 views)
Well......... lol [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, I couldn't dare think about waiting to see it so I'm going out at midnight and hope to enjoy the experience big time. Oh yeah! I couldn't go to a midnight show and then try to teach on just a couple hours of sleep. I'd be a pain and if the kids were it wouldn't be good. lol Cool! Well, hopfeully they find something soon so everyone gets the needed space to enjoy the company they have when together. Sweet!! :rock

Thanks! It was such a blast. I hope they do it again in the future. Its going like I expected with some loving and some hating.

Yeah, passing along ideas is never a bad thing. Worst case is they say thanks and it never happens.

It was cool to get that and a couple other things from Weta for my B-Day. My folks just gave me the cash to order them so I could pick 2-3 things within that $$ range. They're not on the wall yet though. Framing the way I like to do it is expsnesive so I wait a while and do a couple at a time.

YES!!!!!! :D


Dec 17 2012, 1:03pm

Post #161 of 209 (2759 views)
The Hobbit RECAP [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi, Elessar! How was your weekend? I finished helping my parents move and got sick in the process, but it is what it is. Now, it's my turn to visit Galadirel for a proper remedy. I know that you're probably thinking, "Dwalin just wants to visit Galadriel so he can see her." This is partially true. lol

So, what did you think of the film? Even with the obvious story line changes from the book, I thought the movie was AWESOME! I don't want to give any spoilers away on here just in case other readers review our thread, but I was so happy when I left the theater. All of the characters looked GREAT! I thought Azog especially looked FANTASTIC! There was action, adventure, and comedy, all wrapped up in the first part of this tale. I commend Peter Jackson and the entire cast and crew on this portrayal thus far. I'm waiting for the pre order of the DVD to become available.

As you know, I rocked my Hobbit tie. Put the pic on Facebook and it was most popular. My mother actually wound up wearing it at one point. lol What shirt did you wind up going with? A few of my friends came along. 1 of my buddies who is not really into the whole Sci Fi/Fantasy scene said the movie was "pretty good" and he enjoyed the battle scenes. That has to say something positive right there.

The only downfall I have about seeing the movie, is that I'm craving more from TBD. lol Where is my Nori?!


Dec 17 2012, 4:32pm

Post #162 of 209 (2753 views)
Loved it [In reply to] Can't Post

Weekend was good. Got a short week this week before X-Mas break. Well, I hope you get to feeling better soon but a visit to Galadriel can always help make things better. lol

I loved it. I could do without the snot, belching, and bird poop but the rest of the movie I really liked. It felt and stayed really true to the book as whole but also blended stuff that ties it to Lord of the Rings. So IMO Jackson really did a great job and after two viewings I'd say 9.25/10. Without spoiling much here you can read my full thoughts posted on the FP someplace. Azog was really cool. Can't wait to get some stuff from Weta and TBD on this guy. Yeah, I'll be getting the TE and EE Blu-Rays when they come out.

Nice! I'm sure that drew some attention which is part of the fun on opening night. I went with a cream colored shirt that has the Lonely Mountain on it with Smaug next to it. Its basically that part of the map. I think its a movie as a whole GA and fans alike can get into.

I hear ya. Weta did put out Balin and Dwalin as statues the other day and they should be on the way to my house. :) Looking forward to seeing what TBD has instore for us.


Dec 18 2012, 4:05pm

Post #163 of 209 (2801 views)
Sick Beard! [In reply to] Can't Post

Short weeks are always a plus. lol I'll be on vacation from 12/22 and won't be returning until 01/02. I need a break! lol Thanks, man!

The Hobbit was truly spectacular. I keep telling people that there is something in that story for everyone. I really enjoyed all of the LOTR references as well. The bird poop was kind of gross. lol Radagast was portrayed rather well, I thought. A buddy of mine saw Thror and said, "That is a sick beard!" lol

Dude, I bet the TBD Azog is going to be AWESOME! I'd like TBD to make the version with the metal hand, if any.

Your shirt sounds most righteous! I was hoping to see some fans dressed up as wizards, Hobbits, etc. Well, there's always Halloween!

Those statues must be totally wicked!


Dec 18 2012, 7:53pm

Post #164 of 209 (2747 views)
Erebor [In reply to] Can't Post

That they are. :) Nice! Mine starts on Thursday and doesn't end until Jan 6th. So a nice little break. I hear ya! I want some time to play my xbox, see some movies, and chill. No problem. :)

I thought it was fantastic! It totally captured the book for me well the first part anyways and what was added from the appendices was really good. I felt the same as LOTR in parts and different in others which I think is what should happen with something like The Hobbit. It will feel more like LOTR to people though as we go along because the story is going to get darker. Thror did have a cool looking beard. Erebor though looked amazing. I'm still thinking about it and how badly I want Weta to create an environment that shows the front gate but also part of the inside as well.

I could see them making him with switch out parts.

Yeah, its a pretty cool shirt. You can snag it from the WB.shop We had several people dress up at my midnight showing which I loved seeing.

I can't wait to get them. They will be here Thursday. :)


Dec 19 2012, 1:31pm

Post #165 of 209 (2719 views)
Erebor the Outstanding! [In reply to] Can't Post

That is a sweet break, dude! Did you get any new games and movies? How do you like Lego LOTR? I tried it out with my dad a few weeks back. We haven't had a chance to take it for a Round 2 due to all of the moving, but we enjoyed it.

Erebor was OUTSTANDING! I put it right up there with Rivendell. I know Dwarves love gold, but Thror was a bit obsessed. lol Yet, the Arkenstone was truly a sight to behold. I enjoyed watching the dwarves battle the trolls. For me, that scene was better than what was in the novel. I was a bit let down when I did not see Gandalf in Dol Guldur in the actual movie when it was in the trailer. Perhaps that will be in the extended edition?

Switch out parts - Neat! I read that the second wave of The Hobbit figures might not be released until the summer of 2013. BUMMER! lol You could tell that they changed the film around from the figures that were released thus far as a few of them were not in the movie. I don't get why Nori and the Stone Troll, Azog, and the Goblin King Battle Playset would be available for preorder when they will not be released for so long. That confuses me.

Nice - thanks!

You'll have to know how they look when you get them.


Dec 19 2012, 2:10pm

Post #166 of 209 (2702 views)
Totally agree [In reply to] Can't Post

Its not bad that's for sure. Gonna use it to just try and relax the best I can. I've got several to play. lol AC3, Halo 4, Black Ops 2, Lego LOTR, and Guardians of Middle-earth. I love it! I've beaten the main story line and now just replaying it to get 100% completion but its a darn fun game to play to be honest. Having the lines from the movies and the soundtrack is just fantastic. Hopefully you guys get to finish it soon.

It was! I agree it is up there among the best looking environments we've seen in the 4 films. So I really want Weta to make an Erebor envrionment. :) He was for sure. That partially is because of the ring from Sauron which caused him to develop the Dragon Sickness. I did enjoy that part with the exception of the snot. lol For me Jackson just did such a great job of matching the book and movie. Someone on another board brought that up and I think we see that in film 2. He has Glamdring so it has to be after the Trolls cave which wouldn't fit when they meet up with Radagast who has already been there.

Could be. lol Would just give someone the option to create their own look. That's a bummer but the TE Blu-Ray should be out by then so you'll have the excitement coming off of that and demand for more I would think. I'm use to PO statues months in advance but does seem strange to do it for action figures.

No problem :)

Will do. :)


Dec 20 2012, 5:28pm

Post #167 of 209 (2737 views)
Guardians [In reply to] Can't Post

Dude, you will be entertained over your break. lol I just got the soundtrack delivered yesterday. In Guardians of Middle Earth, do you action run around the board, or are you standing still the whole time like Third Age?

True story. I really enjoyed the escape from the goblins as well. I mean, the dwarves must have taken down around 100 of them before exiting. That look on Bilbo's face as he hesitated and thought about killing Gollum - WOW! I like that the chapter, "Out of The Frying Pan and Into The Fire" was split up and quoted by Gandalf and Thorin. That was pretty strategic.

I checked out the Balin and Dwalin statues online yesterday. They look FANTASTIC! Good luck with those! My parents ordered me a copy of Thorin's map and his pendant from Weta = AWESOME Christmas gifts!


Dec 22 2012, 4:59am

Post #168 of 209 (2574 views)
Entertained for sure [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, I've got more than enough to keep me busy gaming wise. lol Nice! What do you think? Its a great I think. I love how it blends the familiar with unfamiliar. You move around but its a MOBA which isn't something I'm familiar with. Its taking time needless to say.

They took down a lot that's for sure. The whole sequence from the action to the look to me is just freaking great. That moment on top of what Gandalf tells him earlier just works amazingly. Of course it goes into things that are said in FOTR which I love. There are so many little things like that tying them all together. That is cool. I like how they slip in the chapter title that way. Others might not realize it but for us its cool.

I just got them today. They're so good looking. I've got to take pictures tomorrow of them and Barad-Dur. My Hobbit statues are now five deep. Gonna be a great collection. Outstanding! Which version of the Map did they get you? Those pendants are sweet!


Dec 28 2012, 1:46am

Post #169 of 209 (2628 views)
Kudos to The Collection! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey, man! How were your holidays?

Dude, I think the soundtrack is AWESOME! Blunt the Knives is now the ringtone on my phone in my apartment.

I hear ya. I was laughing when the Goblin King pushes Gandalf. Was that supposed to intimidate a wizard? lol You could tell that the original Bilbo aged and put on some weight, but Frodo looked about the same.

Congrats on your collection thus far! I bought the $29.99 version of the map. Nothing fancy, but I may frame it and hang it up.

I'm going through action figure withdrawal right about now, btw. lol


Dec 30 2012, 4:50am

Post #170 of 209 (2444 views)
Thank ya [In reply to] Can't Post

The holidays have been awesome. How about you?

Its very good. I love how it blends new and old. Blunt the Knives is really fun but I have to say of the new stuff the Misty Mountains theme is my fave.

Right it was kind of a lame attempt to bully a wizard but he obviously didn't know who he was messing with. Yeah, you could. Its been several years so its to be expected. Elijah looked thinner to me. Basically he lost some of the baby fat he still had when they filmed The Lord of the Rings.

Thank you! It along with how my Lord of the Rings collection is coming back is making Middle-earth happiness in the ole collection. Nice! That's the one I have as well and I agree its great.

I understand that. Its nice to make room cash wise for the next item but the dead spots is always crappy. lol


Dec 31 2012, 10:40pm

Post #171 of 209 (2450 views)
To The Misty Mountains [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad to hear that! My holidays were fun, thanks.

My buddy and I were listening to Misty Mountains just yesterday. You gotta give it to the dwarf cast!

That's true. I think Sean Astin was the best fit for a Hobbit. He had the right built and attitude, but that helped show how both Bilbo and Frodo were different from the others. I feel that the relation between Merry, Pippin, and Frodo helped to show The Baggins' desire for mischief.

I'm stil waiting for my map. Guess Weta is a long way away. lol

Good point!

Have a Happy New Year, Elessar!


Jan 2 2013, 6:25am

Post #172 of 209 (2503 views)
Great track [In reply to] Can't Post

Good! Glad that was the case. :)

It's very well done. It had me from the time it was used in the trailer.

He did a fantastic job as Sam. It in a long list of great performances in the trilogy. The way Jackson showed them all worked great and I think captured the book stuff really well.

It can take a bit. I'm still waiting on my auto art book.

Thanks! I hope yours was awesome and safe. :)


Jan 2 2013, 2:54pm

Post #173 of 209 (2348 views)
Dwarves vs. Elves [In reply to] Can't Post

Yea, the trailer really did sell the song.

That's for sure! I actually liked Martin Freeman more than I thought I would as a young Bilbo Baggins. The part towards the end when Thorin hugged him was very emotional. I was so happy for Mr. Baggins!

When the dwarves meet the elves for the first time and Thorin whispers to Dwalin, and the part where Thorin has a tough time giving his map to Elrond to review, I could sense the lack of trust between the races. I felt as though it were important for Jackson to stress that and he did a fantasticvjob overall.

I appreciate the heads up. I'll keep an elf eye out for my items then.

Thanks! The atmosphere was a bit quiet hanging with the folks in the new place, but it was nice.


Jan 3 2013, 6:04am

Post #174 of 209 (2488 views)
Emotion between the races [In reply to] Can't Post

That it did. I've sung the song everytime I see the movie. Obviously quiet so I didn't get in trouble.

I wasn't sure about him as well. He sold me though and young Bilbo will forever be Martin Freeman. That was a good moment and helped show Thorin isn't such a jerk.

Between what we saw from Balin's story, that moment, and what's to come it helps explain what we see in FOTR. So he sold that really well,

No problem

That's ok. I don't usually go out then myself. Too many stupid people.


Jan 3 2013, 1:57pm

Post #175 of 209 (2530 views)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Tolkien! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's AWESOME! I could almost see you doing that. lol

Good point! Thorin is very cold towards Bilbo throughout most of the film. Then again, Thorin is a dwarf on a mission and Bilbo is a winer and does complain quite a lot. Even though he got Thorin and Co out of a few jams, he also put them in a few.

True. I hope we get to see Balin's revisit to Bag End with Gandalf in the third film. He's such a pleasant fellow. Dori seemed to be a bit too polite, I thought.

Yea, you really have to be careful around national holidays.

He would have been 121 years old, but Happy Birthday, Mr. Tolkien!

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