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Diamond Select Toys New to Pre-Order: Cobra Kai, Rick & Morty, TMNT and More!

It’s almost February, which means it’s time for the new Previews catalog to hit stores, with new pre-orders from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD! There are items from Cobra Kai, GI Joe, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, plus their first-ever product from Rick & Morty!

Cobra Kai Deluxe Action Figures Series 2 Asst

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to kick back! Series 2 of deluxe action figures based on the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai features two all-new characters, and the newest look for the main character! New figures of Miyago-Do sensei Chozen and Cobra Kai sensei Terry Silver are joined by a new figure of Johnny Lawrence in his red Eagle Fang Karate gi! Each deluxe action figure features over 16 points of articulation as well as interchangeable hands, and each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg and Rocco Tartamella!

Action Figures   SRP: $24.99/ea.

GI Joe Legends in 3D Profit Director Destro 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Profits are up, and Destro is raking it in! The Cobra officer, who is also CEO of M.A.R.S., must be having a good year, because he’s tricked out his outfit for 2023! This ½ scale, approximately 10-inch bust captures Destro in his Profit Director duds, with gold helmet and leopard-print collar. Plus, he also sports his famous medallion, all atop a pedestal designed after his wrist rockets! Limited to only 1000 pieces, this Legends in 3D bust comes in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza!

Bust     SRP: $175.00

Lord of the Rings Deluxe Action Figures Series 5 Asst

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Fellowship continues! Boromir of Gondor joins the quest to Mount Doom in this all new assortment of figures, and he’s pitted against his bane, the Uruk-hai named Lurtz! Each 7-inch figure features over 16 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories, and each comes in a full color window box. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

Action Figures   SRP: $29.99/ea.

Marvel Comic Brown Wolverine 1/7 Scale Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Snikt! The berserker X-Man known as Wolverine is the newest 1/7 scale mini-bust in the Marvel Comics line! Wearing his classic brown costume and with his claws bared, this resin mini-bust of Logan stands approximately 5.5 inches tall atop an adamantium claw base, and features real metal claws! Limited to only 3000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Nelson Asencio, sculpted by Juan Pitluk!

Mini-bust           SRP: $90.00

Marvel Animated Venom 1/7 Scale Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Look out, Spider-Man! Spinning out of the 1990s classic Spider-Man: The Animated Series, this 1/7 scale mini-bust of Venom captures him in his animated appearance, and he’s ready to feast on Spidey’s brains! This approximately 6-inch mini-bust is limited to only 3000 pieces and comes packaged in a full color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding!

Mini-bust           SRP: $130.00

Marvel Gallery Comic MODOK Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The leader of AIM has arrived! MODOK, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, brings his swelled head to the line-up of Marvel Gallery Dioramas with this all-new PVC sculpture. Standing approximately 11 inches tall, this deluxe diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson Asencio, sculpted by Alterton!

Diorama            SRP: $75.00

Marvel Legends in 3D Comic Moon Knight 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Fist of Khonshu is a legend in Egypt, and now he’s a Legend in 3D! Marc Spector is the newest entry in the L3D line, with a 10-inch, ½ scale bust of him in his tattered Moon Knight garb. Set atop an Egyptian-inspired base, this portrait features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 1000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna!

Bust     SRP: $250.00

Rick & Morty Gallery Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Look out, Morty! In this, the first Rick & Morty collectible from Diamond Select Toys, Rick and his grandson Morty are caught in the spiked tongue of a mysterious creature, even as Rick levels his portal gun at the monster. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this Gallery Diorama is made of high-quality PVC, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Casen Barnard!

Diorama            SRP: $75.00

TMNT Minimates Turtle Blimp Deluxe Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! The heroes in a half-shell are back, for an all-new box set of 2-inch Minimates! This time, the set captures five classic 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon characters – Donatello, April, Shredder, Bebop and a Foot Soldier – in a slipcover box set, depicting the iconic Turtle Blimp from the show! Each Minimate features multiple points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Limited to 1,987 pieces, this is the first set in a series! Designed and illustrated by Barry Bradfield!

Box Set            SRP: $39.99

Star Wars Clone Wars Savage Opress 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

A Gentle Giant LTD release! Once a common Nightbrother, Savage Opress rose to become the Sith apprentice to Count Dooku, and later the right hand in his brother Darth Maul’s criminal empire. Now, he’s an all-new 1/6 scale Mini-bust from Gentle Giant LTD! Measuring approximately 6.5 inches tall, this detailed mini-bust captures the Dathomirian with lightsaber leveled at his opponent, and is limited to only 3000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Mini-bust           SRP: $130.00

Star Wars Triple Zero Jumbo 12” Figure

A Gentle Giant LTD release! Don’t shake his hand! The droid 0-0-0, a.k.a. Triple Zero, is more than a protocol droid – his specialties include etiquette, customs, translation and torture. A deceptively murderous artificial intelligence, “Trip” is now the latest 1/6 scale, 12-inch Jumbo figure! Inspired by the vintage Star Wars figures of yesteryear, this 12-inch figure comes packaged on a resealable blister card with retro-style card art.

Figure   SRP: $80.00

Diamond Select Toys New in Stores: Gargoyles, Gandalf, Green Goblin and More!

It’s a new year and that means new toys have begun shipping to local comic shops! This week, Diamond Select Toys’ first Gargoyles mini-bust arrives, as well as two new Marvel Gallery Dioramas and the newest assortment of D-Formz!

Gargoyles Goliath 1/7 Scale Resin Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Soaring out of your childhood Saturday mornings, the Gargoyles have landed at Diamond Select Toys, with a new line of 1/7 scale mini-busts! Measuring approximately 7.5 inches tall and 9.75 inches wide, this bust of team leader Goliath is based on his cartoon appearance, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios! SRP: $120.00

LoTR D-Formz PVC Figures Series 1 Counter Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! Form the Fellowship! The members of the Fellowship of the Ring come together in the first-ever series of Lord of the Rings D-Formz! Packaged in blind boxes, and arranged in a counter display, these 12 figures include two each of Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, and Frodo, plus one each of Gollum and Smeagol! Each figure stands 2-3 inches tall, and stands on a disc base. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! SRP: $8.99/ea.

Marvel Comic Gallery Green Goblin Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Release the Goblin! Spider-Man foe the Green Goblin soars out of a cloud of smoke on his Goblin Glider, preparing to hurl a pair of pumpkin bombs at the web-slinger! This all-new Gallery Diorama is made of high-quality PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Plus, it features a hole in the back so you can mount it on the wall! The perfect companion to your Pumpkin Bombs Spider-Man diorama! Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. SRP: $125.00

Marvel TV Gallery Captain Carter PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Sentinel of Liberty joins the Marvel Gallery line of dioramas! As seen in the very first episode of “Marvel’s What If…?”, Captain Peggy Carter charges into action in this all-new Gallery Diorama. Cast in high-quality PVC, this sculpture stands approximately 10 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed and sculpted by Paul Harding! SRP: $49.99

Once Kings among Men, check out the Nazgûl figure from Asmus Collectible Toys

Lord of the Rings will want to check out the Nazgûl 1/6 Scale Figure by Asmus Collectible Toys. Once Kings among Men, they were tempted with nine Rings of Power by Sauron and fell into darkness. Becoming Nazgûl, or Ringwraiths, they were forever bound to do his bidding. Neither living nor dead, they are drawn to the One Ring, sensing its presence. They are relentless in their search. 

Inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Nazgûl 1/6 Scale Figure exquisitely captures the chilling presence of a Ringwraith. Clad in highly detailed alloy armor, the imposing figure includes forearm and calf braces as well as a selection of gauntleted hands in a variety of poses. The Nazgûl is also draped in a black hooded robe made from fabric which has been expertly distressed to replicate the ghoulishly tattered cloaks as seen in the films. The figure comes fully armed with a Nazgûl sword, a Morgul blade, and a Witch-king sword, all of which include scabbards and are made from alloy.

Don’t hunt Hobbits alone! Take the Nazgûl 1/6 Scale Figure with you. Available to pre-order now!


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Review: Rings of Power S1E8 “Alloyed”

“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky.”— J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings

Rings of Power

In its series finale, Rings of Power resolves its lingering mysteries (Who is Sauron? What’s the deal with The Stranger?) and sets up new paths, both dark and light, for its characters. Writers Gennifer Hutchison, J.D. Payne, and Patrick McKay predominantly focus on the Harfoots and Elves/Halbrand storylines with a slight side trip to Numenor showing how the defeat of their armies by Adar has started to destabilize this great human kingdom. However, “Alloyed” is mostly focused on setting up an epic conflict between good and evil that isn’t resolved until millennia later in the Lord of the Rings, and it nails this aspect while not neglecting the characters’ emotional arcs. Translation: this episode features quite a few hugs.

In their few appearance this season, the mysterious female mystics that popped up around the Harfoots’ storyline have been a bit of an annoyance, and in the end, just become a plot device to reveal more information about the Stranger (Daniel Weyman), namely, that he’s not Sauron, but a wizard like Gandalf, Saruman, or Radagast. (A closing piece of dialogue hints that he’s the first of those.) This sets up a really cool set-piece where the Stranger wizard-duels the three mystics, who are from Rhun in the east of Middle Earth, showcases his full power, and starts to speak in complete sentences while keeping his bond with the Harfoots, especially Nori (Markella Kavenagh). Kavenagh continues to be a delight as the reluctant hero, especially towards the end of the episode where she doesn’t know which direction to go with The Stranger. Rings of Power‘s writers have done a wonderful job making the Harfoots delightful, eccentric characters, and it’s fun seeing Sadoc (Lenny Henry), Malva, Poppy (Megan Richards), and Nori confuse the mystics even if there ends up being a sad cost in the end. They definitely embody ordinary bravey and will be (presumably) missed next season although I’m 100% here for The Stranger and Nori’s road trip through Middle Earth because Weyman and Kavenagh have adorably odd chemistry.

The main meat of “Alloyed’s” narrative concerns Elrond (Robert Aramayo), Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards), and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) working together to find a way to save the Elves from fading and dying forever using the one chunk of mithril that Elrond got from Durin IV before Khazad-Dum decided to sever their alliance with the Elves. This ends up being a hopeless situation with Gil-Galad (Benjamin Walker) telling Elrond to shut down the forges and give up on Middle Earth until Halbrand somehow has all the answers. Celebrimbor treats him like some kind of savant even quoting his frankly creepy ideas about power over the flesh to Galadriel. Coupled with the smoky interior of Celebrimbor’s forge, Galadriel starts to figure out that something isn’t quite right with the supposed king of the Southlands. Credit definitely has to be given to director Wayne Che Yip for using Clark’s body language and glances between her and Vickers to build the big reveal that shifts the status quo of the series while also returning Galadriel to her original motivation of defeating Sauron.

Yes, the early season theories are true, and Halbrand is actually Sauron as his lies of omission all flood back to Galadriel in a powerful scene by the river when he reveals that he’s been manipulating her all along all culminating in a dream sequence featuring her dead brother Finrod. Everything from accepting kingship of the Southlands to helping him on the raft was all orchestrated. Yip, Payne, McKay, and Hutchison explore pivotal scenes from their relationship this season and twist it as Sauron offers Galadriel a place by his side to heal/rule Middle Earth featuring dialogue that is very close to what Galadriel says when Frodo offers her the One Ring in Fellowship of the Ring. And speaking of the One Ring, that idea is very much in play in a more subtle way than, say, the Death Star plans showing up in the Star Wars prequels as Halbrand wants to place the mithril alloy in Gil-Galad’s crown instead of spreading it out among three Rings, which is what Celebrimbor, Galadriel, and Elrond eventually do.

The Sauron/Halbrand reveal works because he acts like has all along this season instead of immediately turning into a mustache twirler. Halbrand’s ability to work the room and get out of dangerous situations has been a part of his personality and is aided by Charlie Vickers’ charisma as a performer. He got Galadriel to persuade Miriel to send Numenorean ships and armies to help the Southlands so, of course, he’s going to ingratiate himself to Celebrimbor and use it as a learning opportunity to expand his own powers after his failed experiments in the north of Middle Earth. Visually, Wayne Che Yip uses the dream/mind sequence to set up the rivalry between Galadriel and Halbrand with a glimpse of the classic Sauron armor in the river where they’re arguing. But it’s also failed friendship with Galadriel bringing aid to the Southlands, and everything that she did for him being worth nothing. Thankfully, she has a real friendship with Elrond, and the writers share a sweet anecdote from his childhood to show that Galadriel and Elrond have a genuine relationship to go with their political connection too.

True to its title, Rings of Power and “Alloyed” end up being about different kinds of power whether that’s the mystics’ fire and shape-shifting and helping the Stranger remember his abilities as a wizard, Celebrimbor’s craft in forging the Elven rings, or the darkness that Halbrand has only hinted at. But there’s also the power of the community of the Harfoots who work together to put the Stranger on the right path and feel sad when Nori leaves with him, but look for her return as Poppy takes over as trail finder. Rings of Power is at its best when it focused on the relationships at its heart instead of fanning the flames of fan theories. However, “Alloyed” pulls off both the Sauron/Halbrand reveal while also reinforcing the friendships between Nori and the Stranger and Elrond and Galadriel.

The first season of Rings of Power ends in a dark place, but not without hope, which is definitely what I expected from a Tolkien adaptation as Payne, McKay, and Hutchison make an origin story for the Elf rings, Mt. Doom, and eventually the One Ring compelling and watchable on a weekly basis and even added nuance to “evil” characters like Halbrand and Adar while finding shades of darkness and doubt in characters that appeared in Lord of the Rings like Elrond, Galadriel, and Elendil. Plus the show looks damn good from the costume choices matching Galadriel’s mental state in this episode to the almost ASMR feel of Eregion’s forge not to mention the various other locations in the show, like Forodwraith, Khazad-Dum, and especially Numenor and Valinor.

Overall Verdict: 8.4

TV Review: Rings of Power S1E6 “Udun”

Udun

Although it’s not as single-location focused as some of the battle episodes of another certain fantasy show, writers Nicholas Adams, Justin Doble, J.D. Payne, and Patrick McKay center “Udun” around the battle between the humans of the Southlands and Adar (Joseph Mawle) and his Orcs plus a last minute save from the Numenoreans and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark). At times, “Udun” feels like a cover version of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, but it distinguishes itself from other Tolkien adaptations by giving psychological depth to one of the Orc characters and its use of the television medium for stronger characterization and long-form mythmaking beyond a feature film. For better or worse, it’s blows Rings of Power‘s storyline wide open and confirms that evil is something that infects the bones of Middle Earth as well as the hearts

Although, at times, he feels like a hybrid of Aragorn and Legolas, Ismael Cruz Cordova continues to nail both the role of action hero and romantic lead with his performance as Arondir throughout the episode. For example, he gets to be part of the big, yet poorly lit opening setpiece where he shoots a flaming arrow and brings down the Elven watchtower. Then, almost immediately he shares a tender moment with the quite badass Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) where they bond over planting a special kind of seed before the battle with the Orcs and save the other seeds for after the battle. This symbolizes them having a future after the war ends. I love that the writers give Brownyn and Arondir a love of growing things in common, and it makes their relationship more organic and believable instead of the usual “crisis bond” in these kinds of movies/TV shows a la Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock’s characters in Speed.

Before they become the literal cavalry saving the day, Adams, Doble, Payne, and McKay use some of “Udun’s” running time to explore the relationship between Galadriel, Elendil (Lloyd Owen), and Isildur (Maxim Baldry). In contrast with the darkness covering the Southlands at the open and close of the episode, the scenes with the Numenorean ships coming to Middle Earth is bathed in the rosy fingers of dawn courtesy of director Charlotte Brandstrom as Galadriel watches Isildur sneak out and look at his first glimpse of land. They have a real general/younger soldier moment with Galadriel reminding him to be humble and the difference between current and idealized Numor. Then, she and Elendil share a terser exchange. The meter of Rings of Power‘s dialogue can be all over the place, but the writers and Owen really nail Elendil’s grief about his wife when asked about her by Galadriel, he mumbles “She drowned”. For now, Elendil is focused on the task at which is liberating the Southlands and installing a quite noble and less roguish Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) as king.

Udun

Although, “Udun” excels at the quiet character moments, it falls back on devices and scenarios that appeared in previous Tolkien adaptations. Basically, with the exception of the Orcs dressing up the men of the Southlands as Orcs and using them as cannon fodder and up to the confrontation between Adar and Galadriel, the battle is kind of a Wish.com Battle of Helm’s Deep with a much more TV-budget friendly location and less characters to root for and connect with. For example, Bronwyn telling Theo (Tyro Muhafidin) to protect those who can’t fight is basically verbatim the conversation Theoden has with Eowyn in The Two Towers except Eowyn is a compelling hero, and Theo is a craven brat. And like Gandalf and Eomer, the Numenorean cavalry comes in and saves the day and looks good doing it. The charge isn’t Peter Jackson levels of epic, but Brandstrom does a solid job showing an empire that’s not quite at its peak, yet still pretty glorious. Think the opening battle scene between the Romans and Germans in Gladiator showing the last gasp of imperial power before the decline and fall begins with Marcus Aurelius’ son Commodus.

However, “Udun’s” most powerful scene isn’t a chase scene, cavalry charge, or multi-volcano eruption (Mt. Doom Origins!). It’s an interrogation sequence between Galadriel and Adar where Clark digs into a darker side of her character, and Mawle finds a more sympathetic side of his until it’s undermined by the aforementioned mass murder and environmental destruction. Adar reveals that he was part of the first generation of Elves turned into Orcs by Sauron, but prefers to be called an “Uruk” and still says that he should be treated like humans and Elves instead of something twisted or evil. He just wants a homeland for Uruks while Galadriel wants to exterminate his entire race so maybe she’s the bad guy. The conversation grapples with the problematic aspect of Orcs being “Other” and their one-dimensional characterization throughout the works of Tolkien and its adaptations, but the writers end up back-pedaling once the flames start falling and the episodes wrap up. Still, by the end of “Udun”, Adar is a three-dimensional character who is crafty, yet a father figure to his Uruks and not just a walking fan theory or Sauron Jr. I’d love to see him share a beer with Killmonger, Magneto, and Shylock from Merchant of Venice if he survived the volcanic eruption.

Although not a perfect episode, “Udun” shows that Rings of Power is at its strongest when it digs beneath its surface-level good vs evil conflict and looks at the light and darkness in each major player from revenge-driven Galadriel to unlikely king Halbrand and even Uruk daddy/postcolonial theorist Adar. But, when lit properly (Aka when the Numenoreans arrive), it succeeds on a spectacle/action level as well, especially in its fiery closing moments.

Overall Verdict: 8.0

TV Review: Lord of the Rings – Rings of Power S1E4 “The Great Wave”

The Great Wave

Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power hits the midway point with portents of doom and unexpected alliances in “The Great Wave”. Writers Stephany Folsom, J.D. Payne, and Patrick McKay continue the focus on the kingdom of Numenor beginning with a powerful, opening dream sequence where the queen regent Miriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) sees the island destroyed by the titular giant wave while she is blessing babies in the palace. Although she jails Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) for sedition, she is more open to working with the Elves and being faithful to the gods of Middle Earth, the Valar, then she initially let on leading to a surprising conclusion to this episode. As well as spending time in Numenor, “The Great Wave” turns its eye to how the humans of the Southlands are faring and offers a first glimpse at the mysterious Adar (Joseph Mawle) plus a return to Elrond’s (Robert Aramayo) visit to the Dwarves. The episode is chock-full with references that fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien-penned source material will appreciate, but lacks the visual wow factor and emotions of the previous episode as it sets up the back half of the season.

Miriel’s decision to either side with Galadriel and help the humans of the Southlands or continue an isolationist stance is at the center of “The Great Wave”. Galadriel might have great power, but she’s a terrible diplomat and gets a lesson in interpersonal communication from her cellmate Halbrand (Charlie Vickers). The characterization is a little condescending and feels like the writers needed some conflict to spin their wheels until the real reason why Miriel decides to help the Elves comes into play. Clark does get to show off Galadriel’s sheer presence and unyielding presence when she handles a palantir (A magic, seeing stone that can see far-off locations/possible futures) like a champ impressing Miriel, who is revealed to be barely hanging on by a thread because of her sick father Tar-Palantir. As regent, she’s very much an interim head coach, who wants to keep the country/team sailing smoothly and not tear everything down and start a new status quo. It takes an unsettling portent in a moment of visual splendor from director Wayne Che Yip to disrupt this.

The Southlands’ scenes explore the effects of the supernatural on Middle Earth’s status quo from a different perspective. Building off last week’s fog-obscured character reveal, Folsom, Payne, and McKay stay mystery-shrouded around the character Adar letting makeup and costume design shows that he’s been through some hard time and has an affinity to the Elves, hence, the name. These visual touches cause Arondir to freak out a little bit and have spawned even more fan theories. Mawle plays Adar with unyielding authority offering no terms except surrender to Arondir, who is to run the message to the humans of the Southlands. However, the real supernatural stuff comes from Bronwyn’s (Nazanin Boniadi) son Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin) and his Morgul blade as he and his friend/bad influence Rowan (Ian Blackburn) go to the village to get supplies for the starving Southlanders.

The Great Wave
this kid is so fucking annoying for no reason…

However, I have mixed feelings about the Theo storyline. The inclusion of the blade and the namedropping of Sauron from tavern owner Waldreg (Geoff Morrell nails the creepy old man vibes.) add an air of menace and a connection to what’s going on with Galadriel and Numenor. Theo himself doesn’t get much characterization beyond being a scared, annoying brat, who has the plot armor to get around a legion of Orcs and return to the tower of Ostirith where the people of the Southlands are taking shelter. There’s a point about the seductive nature of power in his hunger to hold onto the blade, but mostly, I think the cool, evil sword is wasted on him. The final chase sequence does add to Brownyn’s mom of the year case as she runs through hails of arrows to find Theo with Arondir (A potential future step-dad?) in tow doing cool slow-mo ducks and dodges and tricks worthy of another heartthrob Silvan Elf (Legolas). I like that the writers and Yip keep showing how vulnerable the Orcs are to light, which could come in handy down the road.

Definitely compared to my reviews of the first three episodes, I’ve been a bit negative of this one, but “The Great Wave” wasn’t in a total wash, and lot of that was thanks to a return to Khazad-Dum. Elrond thinks there’s something secret going on in the mines and doesn’t buy Prince Durin IV’s (Owain Arthur) wife Disa’s (Sophia Omvete) excuses and ends up going on a mini-adventure through Khazad-Dum finally finding out that the dwarves have discovered a new metal named mithril. However, this series of events is more than just an origin story for the metal that corrupted the dwarves and saved Frodo’s life in Fellowship of the Ring, but further develops Prince Durin and Elrond’s friendship that they must balance with duty.

Both Elves and Dwarves think that they’re spying on each other, but Elrond also helps with Prince Durin’s strained relationship with his taciturn, my way or the high way father King Durin III (Peter Mullan) by saying that he wishes that he could have had one last conversation with his father, Earendil. Earendil didn’t actually die, but was placed in the stars by the Valar so Elrond has to basically relive the grief every time he sees the night sky. This anecdote isn’t just fan service for Silmarillion, but adds a dimension of grief to Elrond’s character, especially when he tells Durin IV to just have a conversation with his dad: something he could never have again. However, despite Prince Durin IV giving Elrond mithril as a token of friendship, or Disa’s gorgeous song to save the caved-in miners, there’s a darker edge to wrap up this plot as Durin IV basically comissions Durin III as a spy on the Elves. Duty comes before friendship yet again.

Even though it doesn’t do it in the most entertaining way with time-filling arguments and focuses on one-dimensional characters like Theo, “The Great Wave” gets Rings of Power to its mid-point goal with the Elves and humans of Nuemnor allying to fight evil in the Southlands. Thankfully, it’s not all sunshine and roses with some of the humans of the Southlands being followers of Sauron plus the whole vision of Numenor underwater, its feeble king Tar-Palantir, and Pharazon using the military expedition for political opportunism promising his men that they’ll be giving the Elves orders. However, hopefully, later episodes have more of a personal or emotional connection like the scenes with Durin IV and Elrond aren’t just focused on getting from narrative point A to point B.

Overall Verdict: 7.6

TV Review: Lord of Rings – The Rings of Power S1E3 “Adar”

Adar

The stakes rise in Rings of Power‘s third episode “Adar” that opens with the Silvan Elf Arondir (Ismail Cruz Cordova) and his comrades far from the humans they used to protect or their watch tower, but in the chains of the Orcs that have been living in tunnels underneath the Southlands because the sun burns their skin. They serve a mysterious being called Adar, who may or may not be the Sauron, the Big Bad of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Arondir’s plotline is a true plunge into darkness and mirrors the show as a whole taking a more tense tone with little bits and bobs of hope, especially in the Harfoots’ plotline with the Stranger (Daniel Weyman) being a little more helpful than he initially let on. However, the big highlight of “Adar” is the introduction of the island kingdom of Numenor that makes Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) arcs more compelling than floating around the Sundering Sea, introduces a bunch of new characters and political intrigue, and finally gives director Wayne Che Yip a chance to show off the sheer glory of this kingdom that makes its later offshoots, Gondor and Arnor, look like pale reflections with waterfalls, giant statues of former kings, and cool towers and architecture.

Even though it’s nice that Galadriel and Halbrand get picked up by sailor Elendil (Lloyd Owen) instead of floating on a piece of drift wood, Numenor is no picnic and is quite charged political situation. During a walk and talk exposition sequence, Galadriel explains to Halbrand that Numenor was given to the humans who helped the Elves in the war against Morgoth, but their relationship has disappeared. The current ruler of Numenor, Miriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and her advisor Pharazon (Trystan Gravelle) perpetuate a very boot straps-y myth of self-reliance and instantly call out Galadriel’s explanation of Numenor’s origins. Coupled with their xenophobia towards Elves and other humans, the parallels to the current day United States are pretty clear, especially in the individual treatment that Galadriel and Halbrand. Miriel’s xenophobia also comes out when she interacts with Elendil giving him grief because his name means “Elf-friend” and generally treating him like a land mine about to go off.

Because of her reputation and abilities, Galadriel is kept as a political prisoner, but, of course, she uses her Elf parkour abilities to break out and try to escape on a small skiff until Elendil finds her. Even though they’re initially both wary of each other, Elendil breaks the ice by speaking the Elf language Quenya and mentioning a Hall of Lore that becomes incredibly important in the young season’s overarching plot. With the exception of a really weird slow-mo riding sequence, the interactions between Elendil and Galadriel are one of the highlights of the episode and show that maybe there is a chance for Elves and humans to work together against an evil that is still very much present in Middle Earth as evidenced by what’s going on in Arondir’s story.

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However, Galadriel doesn’t occupy all of Elendil’s time in “Adar”. Writers Jason Cahill and Justin Doble explore his family life too, including his relationship with son Isildur (Maxim Baldry) and daughter Earien (Ema Horvath). They introduce Isildur by him staring out into space during the middle of an intense exercise that’s part of his training to join basically the Numenorean navy, but he has the instincts and hero’s heart to save one of his comrades who almost falls overboard and goes out to sea. Later, we learn that joining the navy was Elendil’s idea, and he really wants to sail west to Middle Earth, which is why he was staring over the sea and fanboys over Galadriel. Isildur’s explorer spirit also inspires his sister to join the builder’s guild, and Baldry brings a lot of youthful energy into his performance while establishing that he’s light years from the Isildur, who famously cut the One Ring from Sauron’s finger in the prologue of Fellowship of the Ring. The family interactions already add depth to Elendil’s character, who might be all laconic and no-nonsense about his job as a sailor (and more recently Galadriel’s minder), but also has an air of nobility to him.

Speaking of nobility, Halbrand has his own side-plot and semi-big reveal in “Adar” as he is turned away from working from a blacksmith because he doesn’t have a guild badge, attempts to con a smith out of a badge, and ends up in a back-alley, bare knuckle brawl. Vickers plays Halbrand like a pot put on simmer for most of the episode, but towards the end, Yip finally has him cut loose in a literal bone-breaking street fight that ends up putting him in prison where Galadriel ends up visiting him and regaling him with his true background. He’s a survivor and tries to do heroic things like rescue Elves from drowning because Halbrand is making up for the actions of his ancestor, the king of the Southlands, who cast in his lot with Morgoth. But, despite this reveal, Halbrand remains a slippery figure and the subject of many fan theories. Charlie Vickers brings a roguish charm to the role, especially in the scenes where he’s manipulating Numenoreans from Queen Regent Miriel to the local barflies to try to get what he wants in contrast with Galadriel, who is more straightforward due to her power and reputation.

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Numenor might be the flashier storyline in visuals and running time, but “Adar’s” emotional core finds its emotional core with Arondir and the Harfoots. Wayne Che Yip gives the scenes of Arondir and the Elves in captivity the look of a fever dream that works with the more raw and unhinged character designs for the Orcs, who are incredibly vulnerable to the sun and wear hoods and helmets of bone to protect them. More so than the Peter Jackson films, Rings of Power leans into the fact that the Orcs are a twisted reflection of Elves, who destroy instead of preserving natural life. This comes to a head when the former Watchwarden (Simon Merrells) passionately refuses to cut down a tree for his captors, but tearfully, Arondir agrees to do it so he can scope out a possible escape route.

Ismael Cruz Cordova’s facial expressions are heartbreaking as he prays in Quenya and feels the guilt of taking a life while also having a glimpse at freedom. However, some well-placed arrows and a slobbering and genuinely terrifying take on a warg puts an end to this although Arondir ends up living if only to be brought before Adar as the episode comes to a close. Although both the Watchwarden and Arondir’s partner Medhor (Augustus Prew) end up dying in the several escape attempts this episode, “Adar” redeems them as heroic figures instead of the Silvan Elf equivalent of narrow-minded paper pushers like in the first episode of the series. It also shows the futility of resisting Adar and the Orcs in small groups and the need for a concentrated resistance effort like Galadriel has mentioned to Halbrand and even Gil-Galad and Elrond throughout the series.

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Finally, Yip, Cahill, and Doble continue to explore the quirkiness and tragedy of the Harfoots as the caravan’s leader Sadoc (Lenny Henry) finds out that Nori (Markella Kavanagh) and Poppy (Megan Richards) have been harboring the Stranger while busting them stealing a page of star charts from his book. This leads to the serious consequence of the Brandyfoots being sent to the back of a caravan, which is a virtual death sentence because Nori’s father Largo (Dylan Smith) has a bad injury and can barely lift his cart. Although, tempered with gentle humor and even a bit of innuendo, Sadoc’s big speech to the caravan (Apparently, the hobbits’ ancestors loved public speaking too.) that includes a memorial for all the Harfoots lost on the trail shows how difficult life is for them in Middle Earth.

She doesn’t speak, but Richards’ face is heart-breaking when Sadoc mentions that the entire Proudfellow family passed away, and Poppy can see a similar fate for the Brandyfoots. “Adar” spends a little more time with Nori’s parents Largo and Marigold (Sara Zwangobani), who we find out is Largo’s second wife and really fears for what is going to happen to the family. Smith still brings the great comedic timing and wisecracks, but there’s definitely an air of sadness, especially as he strains and falls behind when the caravan leaves towards the end of the episode. However, this is where the Stranger comes in handy, shows that he can help and not just put out fireflies’ lights, and spawn even more fan theories. The Harfoots’ plotline seems a bit disconnected from what’s going on in Numenor, the Southlands, Khazad-Dum, and Lindon, but they represent kind, good, and definitely eccentric folks, who work together to survive in a (literal) big world that could be shattered if Adar’s evil is allowed to spread.

With its glorious introduction of the very flawed kingdom of Numenor as well as the emotions, tension, and tragedy in the Harfoot and Arondir storylines, “Adar” is easily the best hour of Rings of Power so far this season. The show’s theme of the need to put aside past differences and unite in the face of rising evil starts to emerge, and writers Jason Cahill and Justin Doble really get what makes the different factions of Elves, humans, Orcs, and Harfoots tick adding depth to characters as different as Elendil, Halbrand, Arondir, and Sadoc Burrows.

Overall Verdict: 8.7

TV Review: The Lord of the Rings : Rings of Power S1E1-E2 “Shadows of the Past”/”Adrift

The Lord of the Rings : Rings of Power

After much hype and anticipation, Amazon Studios’ adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories dropped with its first two episodes this past week. The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power isn’t an adaptation of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, or even The Silmarillion, but instead uses the appendices and prologue from The Lord of the Rings novel to weave a story set after the defeat of Middle Earth’s first great foe Morgoth, but before the forging of the Rings of Power and the return of Sauron as seen in the first few minutes of the Fellowship of the Ring film. There are some familiar faces like Galadriel and Elrond, but also new ones like the Brandyfoots and Proudfellow families, Prince Durin IV, and the mysterious Halbrand and the Stranger. The first two episodes have a general through-line of evil rising across Middle Earth affecting all races from the High Elves of the West to the humans of the South and even the nomadic Harfoots. (Someone in the comments will probably say, “Harfeet!”) They generally do a solid job of introducing the characters, conflicts, and location in a visually dazzling way ; honestly, the show has better visuals than dialogue except for the Dwarves and Harfoots.

“Shadows of the Past”

The first episode of Rings of Power opens in a similar manner to the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring with a voiceover from the Elf queen Galadriel. However, she’s played by Morfydd Clark in the show, and her voiceover tells the story of her childhood in the deathless land of Valinor where two trees kept everything in perpetual light until they were destroyed by Morgoth, an evil so strong that he’s not even shown on screen and just depicted as a dark rot. This evil leads to an epic war where Amazon Studios has shown that no expense is spared in regards to CGI eagles, dragons, ships, and fireballs and also gives Galadriel her motivation in the series because her brother Finrod was killed by Sauron, who may have survived after the war and is being hunted by Galadriel and her Elves.

However, writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay subvert the epic quest narrative of both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and instead show a world between two wars from a variety of perspectives in a kind of “People’s History of Middle Earth”. Using a cool visual of the map of Middle Earth to transition between each location, director J.A. Bayona introduces different groups of characters, including the aforementioned High Elves Galadriel, her king Gil-Galad (Benjamin Walker), and his herald/speechwriter Elrond (Robert Aramayo) plus the Harfoots, a kind of proto-Hobbit people, two mysterious Hunters, and a village of humans watched over by the Silvan Elf Arondir (Ismael Cruz Cordova), who is romantically interested in the town healer Bronywn (Nazanin Boniadi).

Even though they’re from disparate locations, they’re connected thematically by the lingering effect of evil on Middle Earth although Sauron is supposedly defeated. This theme is handled directly in Galadriel’s plot lines as she takes her battalion to the farthest Northern wastes of Forodwaith to seek out traces of evil. Elves using their weapons to scale a beyond icy cliff is a powerful image to show the extents that Galadriel will take in her quest for revenge as she repeatedly waves off her compatriots’ requests to take shelter and return to Gil-galad the next day. This leads to danger and a sleekly choreographed battle with an Ice Troll in a cave that is so cold that the Elves’ torches give off no heat and, of course, a mutiny.

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Throughout the episode, Galadriel is perceived as a rebellious figure, who still believes in the pervasive nature of evil even as Gil-galad holds a ceremony for her and her soldiers as well as giving them the opportunity to return to Valinor and basically live in Elf heaven forever. Through her tone of voices and the pain in her eyes, Morfydd Clark’s performance nails the fact that Galadriel is older than, say, Elrond and has seen true, primal, light-destroying evil and can tell it’s coming back even though this isn’t convenient politically for the Elves of Middle Earth. It all builds up to a spine-chilling climax where she would rather leap into the cold water of the Sundering Sea than have peace in Valinor. Bayona and cinematographer Oscar Faura flood the frame with life as the other Elves accept their eternal rest while Galadriel flinches, grabs her brother’s sword, and peaces out. Clark brings a lot of conviction to the role of Galadriel. I’m definitely invested in her story moving forward even if some parts of it are weirdly structured like Finrod doing a Bill Murray in Lost in Translation whisper to her at the beginning at the episode and revealing it at the end.

The scenes with the Harfoots and the humans of the South plus Arondir are more atmosphere-setting than jumping head-first into the series’ plot. And that’s totally okay for a first episode because we get to see the effects that the Elves’ war against Morgoth had on ordinary, mortal folks. The Harfoots have chosen the hiding in plain sight route, and a clever little setpiece shows why they weren’t mentioned in the great stories and tales. Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavanagh) is the standout in this episode with her firecracker energy and curiosity about the outside world, but Lenny Henry’s Sadoc Burrows brings wisdom and good humor as he pores over a book of symbols to explain the natural, or supernatural phenomena around him. They don’t get as much screen time as the Elves or humans, but a strange visitor is sure to change that.

Arondir, Bronwyn, and the various Silvan Elves and humans of the Southlands lack the charm of the Harfoots or the charisma and wow factor of the High Elves, but provide the most interesting perspective on the nature of evil with a side of colonialism and Elf/human tension. The reason why the Silvan Elves watch Bronwyn’s village is because they supported Morgoth ages ago and are afraid that they’ll turn to evil again. It’s super paternalistic and reminds me a lot of why the United States still has military bases in places like German, Japan, Italy, South Korea, and to a lesser extent now, the Philippines.

Because Elves are immortal, they see centuries as no time at all and still hold a grudge towards these villages for helping Morgoth even though the only thing that happens in them is the occasional bar brawl. The only reason that Arondir lingers in the village is because he is romantically interested in Bronwyn, who is from a village that helped Morgoth even more during the war. He sees evil as something in the past, but his watchwarden still thinks the humans in the villages are evil people and is glad to leave their outposts behind and return west. The interactions between Arondir and all non-Bronwyn humans show the tension between Elves and humans and their long memories versus short. Throw in the presence of actual evil in the village, and it introduces an intriguing element of moral greyness even if the characters in this plotline are about as compelling as Skyrim NPCs.

“Shadows of the Past” features a compelling protagonist in Galadriel and also introduces a variety of POVs during this era of Middle Earth while featuring lavish production values, especially the sequences in Valinor and Forodwaith. It’s a lovely appetizer before hopefully is an intriguing feast about unlikely heroes and an ever-pervasive evil.

The Lord of the Rings : Rings of Power

“Adrift”

Director J.A. Bayona continues to use imagery to weave together the disparate characters and locations with Galadriel swimming back to Middle Earth under the stars while Nori and the hilarious Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards) investigate an amnesiac stranger (Daniel Weyman) who has fallen from the sky and has some kind of power involving flame, darkness, and other scary stuff. Richard and Markella Cavanagh’s chemistry is a highlight of this episode as they try to help out this “Big Person” while also fulfilling their duties as part of the Harfoot community even though the free-wheeling nature of the settlement is a good cover for them bringing snails and checking on their mysterious visitor. They have the same vibe as Saoirse Ronan and Beanie Feldstein’s characters from Lady Bird, but in the wilds of Middle Earth. Weyman’s performance as the Stranger almost has a Frankenstein’s Monster quality to it with him enjoying a meal of snails and then causing every firefly in Poppy and Nori’s lantern to go out. He will definitely be the source of many fan theories.

Another fan theory spawner is Halbrand (Charlie Vickers), a pretty boy from the Southlands, who Galadriel ends up escaping with on a bit of driftwood after a pretty epic monster destroys the raft of a group of not-so-nice sailors that they were with earlier in the episode. Both Galadriel and Halbrand share a common hatred of Orcs because they had killed someone important in their lives, which causes Galadriel to immediately order him to take him to the last place where he saw them. However, she’s just a wandering Elf on the Sundering Sea, and Halbrand waves this off. The only thing they really have in common is survival at this point, and there’s even a parallel in Galadriel leaving her soldiers in the previous episode and Halbrand leaving his crew in this one as they try to accomplish their goals. Galadriel takes more of a backseat in this episode after anchoring the first one, but Halbrand being from the Southlands welds her storyline to the one of Bronwyn, Arondir, and the village.

There’s not a lot of great characterization and Bronwyn’s village continues to feel like a generic fantasy town setting, but Bayona does do a little mini-horror film with Bronwyn, her son Theo, and and one gnarly, bone helmet wearing orc that has been under the house and is scaring all the rats and mice. There’s jump scares, swarming rats, tight spaces, and this bit of the episode feels more Lovecraft than Tolkien. But it’s nice to see Orcs as slasher movie monsters and not just cannon fodder and to see how they would actually affect regular people in a village versus the trained warriors that usually fight them in the Peter Jackson films. The creature design works fits the recurring them of decay and rot with a bloated head spilling black blood. Also, we get to see Bronwyn be a badass and see her son Theo continue to be enthralled with the mysterious part of a blade he found that behaves similarly to one in Fellowship of the Ring. It’s nice to see that Middle Earth can continue to be home to different genres, especially horror.

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The final plotline in “Adrift” follows Elrond working with Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards), who wants to build a forge and tower to create something with real “power”. Elrond suggests that they visit his friend Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur) in the underground Dwarf city of Khazad-Dum aka the Mines of Moria. Writer Gennifer Hutchison uses some wonderful intertextuality with Elrond talking up Dwarven hospitality a la Gimli in the Fellowship of the Ring only to get spurned at the gate and only allowed in if he takes part in a ceremonial rock smashing contest, which he loses to Durin, but still gets to spend time with him thanks to the kindness and his good humor of his wife Disa (A warm, yet humorous performance from Sophia Nomvete aka the first female Dwarf to have a speaking role in any Tolkien property.)

When Durin and Elrond interact, the politics are cast aside, and Elrond gets berated for being a bad friend and not being there for his wedding or the birth of his two children. In another excellent use of how Elves see time differently from other races because of their immortality, Elrond basically treats 20 years like not seeing someone for a couple months or so. However, he still genuinely cares about Durin and spends the dinner asking questions about how he and Disa met (At work, of course!) before broaching the topic of working with the Elves. Of course, Durin III isn’t thrilled with and thinks that the Elves will exploit them although Elrond and Celebrimbor are genuinely curious in learning their methods that include singing to the stone to figure out where to sculpt or carve. This anecdote shared by Disa continues to show how Rings of Power is genuinely interested in showing the day to day life of the folks of Middle Earth along with its slow-burn return of evil/mystery men overarching story.

“Adrift” has good humor, a few scares, and Markella Kavanagh continues to be a delight as Nori Brandyfoot. The appearance of an Orc raises the return of evil stakes, and Bayona and Hutchison wisely show its impact on ordinary people instead of badass heroes like Galadriel. Plus seeing Khazad-Dum at the height of its glory is a genuinely cool use of set design and visual effects and puts Elrond in a different context than the first episode adding depth to his character.

In conclusion, the first two episodes of Rings of Power use the television medium to tell an epic fantasy story of good and evil from a variety of perspectives even if it is only starting to scratch the surface of this era of Middle Earth. The dialogue can be hit or miss, especially when the Elves start speaking in Fran Walsh/Tolkien-esque aphorisms, but this is a gorgeous, immersive fantasy story that reminded me why I fell in love with this world as a kid a little over 20 years ago. It also gives more prominent roles to women and characters of color than the source material, which is refreshing as well.

Diamond Select Toys Coming in 2023: The Black Panther, the Scarlet Witch, Andor and More!

It’s almost June, which means it’s time for the June Previews catalog to bring forth its bounty! This month, there are a bunch of items from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. up for pre-order, and they’re all must-haves!

Gargoyles Xanatos 1/7 Scale Resin Mini-Bust

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Mini-Bust          SRP: $120.00

GI Joe Gallery The Baroness PVC Diorama

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Diorama            SRP: $59.99

LoTR D-Formz PVC Figures Series 1 Counter Display

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Figurines           SRP: $8.99/ea.

LoTR D-Formz PVC Figures Series 1 Counter Display

Marvel TV Gallery Wandavision Scarlet Witch PVC Diorama

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Diorama            SRP: $59.99

Marvel Comic Gallery Vulture PVC Diorama

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Diorama            SRP: $59.99

Marvel Avengers Endgame Black Panther 1/6 Scale Resin Mini-Bust

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Mini-Bust          SRP: $90.00

Marvel Select All-New Red Hulk Action Figure

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Action Figure     SRP: $29.99

Star Wars Rebels Ezra Bridger 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

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Mini-Bust          SRP: $120.00

Star Wars Rogue One Cassian Andor 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

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Mini-Bust          SRP: $120.00

Diamond Select Toys In Stores This Week: Common and Gollum!

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John Wick Gallery Cassian PVC Diorama

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Lord of the Rings Gollum Deluxe Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Gollum gets the deluxe treatment in this new action figure release! Based on his appearance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gollum comes packaged with three interchangeable heads, interchangeable hands, a rock formation to climb and perch on, plus other bonus character accessories, including a fish, an axe for Gimli, and knives for Legolas! Gollum features 16 points of articulation, detailed sculpting and paint, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUL212509, SRP: $39.99)

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