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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug "Guards of Erebor" Bookends - Where To Order Guide
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TheHutt
Gondor


Feb 22 2014, 12:55pm

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug "Guards of Erebor" Bookends - Where To Order Guide Can't Post

I thought I'd write a quick guide about how to get hold of this juicy mouthful:



USA

The Guards of Erebor edition has a list price of 105.43$ and contains two bookends and the standard 3D+2D BluRay Combo box. It is limited to 25000 pieces (USA edition). I suppose the Amazon price should drop soon to the level of WBshop.

International delivery possible:

No international delivery possible:


Germany



The German edition is different from the USA as it has a much lower limitation number; the edition included in the packaging is a 3D+2D steelbook with lenticular magnetic cover. It is exclusive to Amazon.de; the list price is 119 EUR. It has been sold out in pre-order; however, sometimes copies pop up (when someone cancels his order).



As soon as this edition gets listed in other countries, I'll update this thread.

Russian LOTR & Hobbit Site: Henneth-Annun.ru


Glorfindela
Valinor


Feb 22 2014, 1:20pm

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Thank you for posting this [In reply to] Can't Post

I like it that the German edition disks are illustrated – why can not all the disks be illustrated, for all editions?

I do, however, see an image inside the box that would very much turn me off buying this product. Crazy


Shagrat
Gondor

Feb 22 2014, 1:47pm

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Canada [In reply to] Can't Post

I read that it would be an HMV exclusive there.

I wonder if this will be a total worldwide edition size of 100,000? I think France might get it, but on past form the UK probably won't.


Avandel
Valinor

Feb 22 2014, 5:19pm

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3D glasses too on Amazon [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for the buying guide HeartHeartHeartHeart Amazon.de has the BEST image I've seen of the bookends and I am really liking what I am seeing - hope they are as good as the picture re the details and color wash.

Re the 3D glasses
Not sure how useful these are for the home viewer

  • •For use in all RealD and Passive Technology Cinemas.
  • •For use with all Compatible Passive 3D Televisions and Electronics.
  • •Warner Bros Licenced
  • •Not for use in IMAX and Active Technology Cinemas
  • •For use with compatible LG and Vizio 3D home theater systems.



I'm not a techie so what's "passive technology"? Another thing for me to look up. Still this was the Best Buy exclusive and some sellers have them for $10
http://www.amazon.com/...ds=hobbit+3d+glasses

(This post was edited by Avandel on Feb 22 2014, 5:30pm)


Avandel
Valinor

Feb 22 2014, 5:37pm

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But Thranduil is there! [In reply to] Can't Post

Ha ha - love it - Thorin everywhere - hope the U.S. version is the same - so far no image up on U.S. Amazon - will make it a pleasure to handle the disks.


Kim
Valinor


Feb 22 2014, 6:53pm

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Just what exactly [In reply to] Can't Post

do you think you'll be "handling"? Tongue


Off to put in my pre-order! Woohoo!


MasterOrc
Rivendell


Feb 22 2014, 6:57pm

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If you buy it at [In reply to] Can't Post

WBshop.com...you can use this coupon code for another $10 off....DEALS10

Mine was $74.54 shipped including tax.. Smile


TheHutt
Gondor


Feb 22 2014, 10:43pm

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What image? [In reply to] Can't Post

I am curious. :)

PS: the AUJ discs were also colourful in Germany.

Russian LOTR & Hobbit Site: Henneth-Annun.ru


Glorfindela
Valinor


Feb 22 2014, 11:40pm

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Hmmm [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, Thranduil is there, but who is that standing next to him? And I believe there will be another figure in that picture (it looks like just one of the standard pictures that used with all the other spam visuals last year).

I think I am going to cancel my Blu-ray DVD, which I ordered from UK Amazon, for now. The exterior shows a lovely picture of Thorin, but I am now concerned that underneath that will be you know who x 2.


Glorfindela
Valinor


Feb 22 2014, 11:44pm

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What image? [In reply to] Can't Post

I do believe there is an elf-spam picture shown in the box. It's one of the standard pictures that was used in all the elf marketing last year. It does show Thranduil. However, he is not the main part of the image, which is Legolas, and I do believe there is another crouched elf in the picture too.

I'm cancelling my order for the UK Blu-ray DVD (the one featuring Thorin), until I know that there will definitely not be an elf-spam image underneath the Thorin one. It is not something I want in my collection.


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I am curious. :)

PS: the AUJ discs were also colourful in Germany.



TheHutt
Gondor


Feb 22 2014, 11:54pm

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The Legolas/Thranduil montage... [In reply to] Can't Post

...is clearly the backside of the steelbook.
Underneath Thorin, there is Gandalf in Dol Guldur.

Russian LOTR & Hobbit Site: Henneth-Annun.ru


Glorfindela
Valinor


Feb 23 2014, 12:13am

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Thanks very much for the clarification. [In reply to] Can't Post

I have actually ordered the steelbook as well from Amazon UK (the one showing Gandalf on the front). Unfortunately, judging from the picture shown in the German box, it may have the things I do not want to see on the back…


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...is clearly the backside of the steelbook.
Underneath Thorin, there is Gandalf in Dol Guldur.



Avandel
Valinor

Feb 23 2014, 12:36am

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Sad ): [In reply to] Can't Post

So Amazon got a picture of the U.S. collector set disks up, and they are black with a rune border, while the picture from German Amazon the disks have images. I know that really shouldn't matter but it just seems so CHEAP - it's always cheaper to print B & W than color. Not to mention why would the disk art differ from country to country? Or is this where it seems Europe always seems to end up with better artwork (like the awesome German DOS calender) than the U.S.? Makes me nervous about the disk quality since the material used in making an actual disk can vary.

Not to be overly negative as I am happy I finally got my pre-order in, but just hate seeing the continued cheapness of WB even for an expensive gift setMad


Avandel
Valinor

Feb 23 2014, 12:51am

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Any chance for a retail exclusive U.S. Steelbook as release data gets closer? [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't usually pay much attention to stuff like this, and WB's press release seems pretty cut and dried. But I would like as steelbook for DOS w. Thorin - any hope for special editions?


KingTurgon
Rohan


Feb 23 2014, 1:56am

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I'd like one with Gandalf [In reply to] Can't Post

Hopefully the Gandalf at Dol Guldur one I've seen a few times.


Imladris18
Lorien


Feb 23 2014, 5:37am

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Glasses: [In reply to] Can't Post

These are the equivalent to the plastic ones they give you at the theater (though they are higher quality). They are "passive" meaning the glasses do not actively filter the images, but rather the 3D "technology" is solely produced via the projector. The image that is perceived is the only thing that gets changed with passive glasses.

Most home systems use active glasses (they have batteries in them) and work in a variety of ways; some IR, some Bluetooth. In these systems, the glasses themselves help produce the 3D "technology."



TheHutt
Gondor


Feb 23 2014, 8:51am

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I think this is due... [In reply to] Can't Post

...to the German rating logo (FSK) which HAS to be printed in color. So they can't go with the cheaper black-and-white disc label here.

Russian LOTR & Hobbit Site: Henneth-Annun.ru


Glorfindela
Valinor


Feb 23 2014, 1:22pm

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Europe [In reply to] Can't Post

Europe in general doesn't end up with better artwork than the US – though Germany does, and I seem to remember that the disks were illustrated for the German editions of the AUJ DVDs (cinema edition).

The UK doesn't have illustrated disks for the cinema edition, nor does it have the products with the figurines (luckily I am not particularly interested in those).

The UK did, however, have the best packaging for the EE DVD of AUJ in my view (the edition that was most like those for the LotR EEs, with a plain external case and acorn).


Avandel
Valinor

Feb 23 2014, 5:04pm

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Thank you for the post - that was great (: [In reply to] Can't Post

And it makes sense. I wanted these glasses anyway as I loathe the cheap ones the theaters use, but too bad they don't seem to be useful for IMAX ): which was my favorite DOS theater. *Sigh*.
But great description!


Elessar
Valinor


Feb 24 2014, 2:13pm

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Ordering from Amazon now [In reply to] Can't Post

Love these bookends.



TheHutt
Gondor


Feb 24 2014, 9:20pm

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Amazon is down to 79.99$ [In reply to] Can't Post

Amazon.com has dropped to $79.99!

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smtfhw
Lorien

Feb 25 2014, 7:30am

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It has indeed... [In reply to] Can't Post

And if, like me, you're in the UK, given the relative exchange rates it is considerably cheaper to order from the US. It was much cheaper even before the price drop, so the US it is for me.


Eleniel
Grey Havens


Feb 25 2014, 7:39am

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That's what I thought when ordering AUJ EE... [In reply to] Can't Post

But as I've posted before, I got a friend in the States to order for me, and Amazon US simply passed the order on to Amazon.de to send the item from Germany to the UK. Meanwhile I got a letter from HM Revenue & Customs asking for another £20 import tax before it could be delivered!


"Choosing Trust over Doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened."
¯ Victoria Monfort


(This post was edited by Eleniel on Feb 25 2014, 7:40am)


smtfhw
Lorien

Feb 25 2014, 7:41am

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I paid around £13.00 import tax... [In reply to] Can't Post

...and it still came out cheaper to order direct from Amazon.com.


DanielLB
Immortal


Feb 25 2014, 9:03am

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But as I've posted before, I got a friend in the States to order for me, and Amazon US simply passed the order on to Amazon.de to send the item from Germany to the UK. Meanwhile I got a letter from HM Revenue & Customs asking for another £20 import tax before it could be delivered!


If it will be sold on Amazon.co.uk - greendragon seemed to think it will be available in the UK at least. I was stung with the import tax for the EE as well.


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