Funko is releasing a variety of new Lord of the Rings Pop! figurines and Mystery Minis. The new collection will be based on the original Peter Jackson trilogy, some of which will be exclusive to various outlets. Depending on where you purchase them, the characters range from a glowing Galadriel from The Fellowship of the Ring to a crowned Aragon (a.k.a. King Elessar) from The Return of the King.
The Mystery Minis exclusive to Hot Topic will include Frodo, the Witch-King of Angmar, Galadriel, Eowyn, Gimli, and Lurtz, Saruman’s first-born Uruk-hai. The Barnes and Noble exclusives will include the glowing Galadriel from The Fellowship of the Ring, a Nazgûl, Lord Sauron, Arwen, a clear Frodo (made invisible by the One Ring), and a gold Gimli (a nod to Middle-earth Dwarve’s affinity for gold). The Mystery Mini boxes will also include Gandalf the Grey, Legolas, Saruman, Gollum, and cousins Merry and Pippin.
If you prefer figurines slightly larger in scale, you can broaden your Funko Pop! collection with Lurtz, Merry and Pippin, and Aragorn. A 6-inch Treebeard will also be available. You can also get your hands on a Gollum Pop!, and if you’re lucky, you might even find one of the rare copies that includes him holding a fish (raw, but “juicy and sweet”). Your chances of finding one are 1-in-6, so may Eru grant you good fortune on your quest. You can take a look at images from Funko’s official website below:
However, if you aren’t entirely satisfied with the collection (or if your Funko addiction is tempting you like the Ring of Power) Barnes and Noble will offer two exclusive Pops! They will offer an invisible Gollum (thanks to the Ring), as well as the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor himself (upright, not kneeling).
The Lord of the Rings was a massive success in the early 2000s, both critically and commercially, pulling in up to $3 billion collectively and receiving a total of 17 Oscars. Since then, Peter Jackson returned to the franchise in 2012, adapting J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit into a trilogy, and earlier this month, Amazon optioned a new series based in Tolkien’s Middle-earth universe. Details regarding the new series are sparse at the moment, but intrigue is ramping up exponentially. Even former Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin is intrigued. That said, not everyone is quite as gung-ho. John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli in the original trilogy, worries that the upcoming series is motivated by money, not genuine creativity, adding that Tolkien is probably “spinning in his grave.”
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