With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow, and Target having their exclusive version that comes with an exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifigure, and with the announcement of the exclusive Special Forces Commander Clone Trooper minifigure included with The Yoda Chronicles book, I figured now would be as good of a time as any to make a checklist for all the exclusive minifigs that came with a book, video game, or Blu-ray/DVD release.
Posts Tagged ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’
Okay, I originally wanted to get this review done back when the movie was in theaters and fresh in everyone’s mind, but we’re going to have to settle for the upcoming BluRay release to refresh it for everyone! You know, life and what not.
After the achievement that was “The Return of the King,” the standard is set pretty high for The Hobbit. How do you follow-up the first Fantasy picture to ever win best picture? I mean, come on, the Academy didn’t even give best picture to The Wizard of Oz (okay, granted, it was up against Gone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, and Of Mice and Men). More than that, how do you follow-up on the book that defined pretty much the whole of high fantasy after it? While The Lord of the Rings was an epic tale, The Hobbit is the granddaddy of pretty much all high fantasy.
While I reviewed a good number of the LotR sets, a sad confession is that I’ve never actually read the books. I’ve tried before, but I’ve always held that Tolkien was a brilliant linguist and a below-average writer. However, I did read the Hobbit twice… once in High School, and once in college for a Fantasy Literature class (never let it be said that a Creative Writing doesn’t have it’s uses… okay, say it a lot, because it’s very true, but that was a very cool class). And that experience really solidified in my mind that I felt about Tolkien the exact same way I felt about Michael Crichton: great ideas and concepts… but iffy stories at the very best.
Now that I’ve fired a broadside across fans of The Hobbit and Jurassic Park like, let me say that the movies that were born out of those ideas have been fairly awesome. The Lord of the Rings can be called a work of absolute art. It’s one of those movies that actually gets better when you peel away the illusion of how it was done (unlike, say, the PT Star Wars films that are basically a bunch of actors standing in front of a whole lot of green screens). More than that, the LotR trilogy captured the essence of what Tolkien put into his books (at least the stuff that I could bring myself to read), and it remains to be seen if The Hobbit can do the same.
Oh, and obviously, there will be some spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk. Also, there will undoubtably be jokes about walking… and it’s going to be a long, long, review (like a lot of the walking scenes).
I’m very conflicted about this review. I’m going to try very hard to judge this set on it own merits, but I may veer off into a mini rant about the movie from time to time. I’ll try to keep it focused on how the set and flick pertain to one another, but I’ll apologize in advance
if when I stray from the path. One way or another, this is going to contain spoilers so keep that in mind before you proceed and once more unto the bricks.
Target.com has listed their exclusive edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey DVD/Blu-ray/Ultraviolet combo pack. That ultraviolet is WORTHLESS. Gimme an iTunes copy any day of the week. Pre-order asking price is $24.99 for the trio and you get an exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifigure and a featurette. DVD release is set for Tuesday March 19th. Got a REDCard? You can save an additional 5% and also get free shipping.
For more Hobbit related goodness, Pate-keetongu over on Cycloptic Bricks has begun building large scale Dwarves from the Hobbit and has three under his belt already. The detailing on Balin and Oin’s clothes is inspired and I really hope he finishes the company regardless of my opinion of the film.
Add in Iain Heath’s Bilbo & Gollum and the fan community is off to a fine start!
I can only assume that this massive sculpture was built to promote the release of sets based The Hobbit, but I have no idea where it is (or where it’s going to be) displayed. I certainly hope it shows up at the NY Toy Fair in February though. You can view the original gallery on LEGO’s Facebook page, or on Flickr by clicking the image. Hopefully some better pictures will be forthcoming very soon.
This is what LEGO had to say about it:
It took a team of 12 model shop employees 3,000 hours to build this life size model of the LEGO Bag End set. In addition to containing over 2 million 1×1 bricks this model has working lights in the fireplace and over the bookstand as well as a chimney that really smokes!
Sorry to say, I like this a lot more than the movie itself.
At some point in the near past, and I say that ambiguously because I honestly have no idea when this happened, the cast of The Hobbit all received little gifts and inside were their minifig counter parts. I imagine it happend while filming since everyone was in costuem… or at some type of release party since the people in the background appear to be regularly-dressed humans? I have no idea. In any case, the pics are fun to look at cause they look genuinely surprised and delighted. The Facebook gallery has more pictures of the rest of the cast; I’ve re-uploaed them to our flickr account.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out in theaters this Friday December 14th.
The second trailer for the highly anticipated first film of the (now) Hobbit trilogy has arrived and it’s full of wizards and dwarves and trolls, Oh My! Looks to be exactly as I expected, but a thought occured to me while I watched it. With the unexpected and sudden splitting into three movies, how will that affect the release of the first wave of Hobbit sets and will we see any spoilers from the second movie. Doubtful, but with everything going on in this trailer alone I’m sure they’ll have plenty of material for this theme. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for more LotR sets.
According to this forum post on theOneRing.net, John Callen of The Hobbit trilogy posted the above picture to his Facebook page. I have no way to verify that since I can’t seem to find him on there but thanks to him, we now have a sneak peak at the Oin minifigure.
Sets based on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit store shelves on December 1.
It begins. With the looming release of Hobbit themed LEGO sets, I expect to see many fantastic creations pop up between now and next year’s release and this is a good place to start. Fat Tony 1138 started re-reading the Hobbit and got inspired to build another Smaug and has plans to finish the dragon though I think the presentation of what he’s already finished is great the way it is. The look on Smaug’s face as he lays atop his lonely treasure captures the creature perfectly in a neat little package.