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SDCC 2016: Weta

I kicked off my tour of Weta's exhibit with their 2017 Ghost in the Shell display. It contained a life-sized replica of an android that I'm assuming will appear in the film. It was reminiscent of the robots featured in Ghost in the Shell 2:...

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C2E2 2016: Weta Workshop

I kicked off day one of the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo with a whirlwind tour of the exhibitor hall about an hour before closing. Weta Workshop had a large display near the entrance, showing off their requisite Lord of the Rings a...

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SDCC 2014: Weta

Weta's booth always makes a splash. This year, you could spot it a mile away as it was heralded by a giant, sleepy Smaug head. Obviously there would be a lot of merchandise associated with Tbe Hobbit. There were also some new Lord of the Ri...

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Thranduil is seriously judging you

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the 13 dwarves and single hobbit are held captive by the elves of Mirkwood. There, we meet Thranduil, king of the elves and the father of Legolas. He's also kind of a jerk, as this figure made by Weta...

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SDCC 2013: Weta

Weta had a large display at Comic Con, showing off a lot of replicas and props for movies they've been involved in. The biggest ones are Elysium and The Hobbit. They had some life-sized replicas of a few characters, including Gollum, Azog, ...

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SDCC list of exclusives is now online

Open the floodgates! The list of exclusives for the San Diego Comic Con has gone online and, while it is not yet finalized, the thing is still pretty dang long and already has me dreaming of the exhibit hall. Within the scrolling page of li...


Weta Collectibles' 1/6 Gandalf journeys into pre-orders

Entertainment Earth announced via Twitter that they've put Weta's 1/6-scale Gandalf the Grey up for pre-order. This is, of course, to tie in to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in which Gandalf's a central character. The sculpt is pretty i...


Weta cooks up a new Hobbit statue with Bombur

Weta's latest limited edition The Hobbit statue is here, and it's perfect for you dwarf fans out there. Bombur the Dwarf is limited to 1,000 pieces and stands just over 9 inches tall (1/6-scale) and, of course, is carrying his ladle as...


Weta's Barad-dr (Sauron's fortress) is terrifyingly cool

Say what you will about Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, but they were visually stunning. And no area were they more appealing than the absolutely epic buildings, such as with Barad-dûr. Weta appears to have painstakingly recr...


Check out upcoming merchandise straight from The Shire

With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hitting theaters in December, it's no surprise that we're seeing an influx in upcoming merchandise. Funko and Weta have plenty to offer: Funko Pop!, Wacky Wobblers and Plush: Gandalf, Gollum and Bilbo...


Weta's new Dota 2 collectibles open for pre-order

You might remember our earlier post on the Dota 2 license being picked up by Weta for collectibles, and now, all of that first wave is available for pre-order! But what does that include? Check out the four items listed on the Weta Limited ...


Weta announces acquisition of Dota 2 collectibles license

Well, this is unexpected and pleasant: Weta have just announced that they're partnering with Valve to release statues, weapon and armor replicas from the-eternally-in-beta Dota 2. It's not the first time the two have collaborated, as W...


SDCC 2012: Weta - Tintin and miscellaneous

Weta's booth, in addition to the Middle-earth stuff, featured some other properties that the studio had worked on. I understand the desire to show hobbyists your portfolio, but I don't think anyone's exactly clamoring for Tintin busts. Mayb...


SDCC 2012: Weta - The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

Weta, a.k.a. the visual effects studio that brought The Lord of the Rings to life, definitely had a ton of Middle-earth replicas on display at SDCC. The big one is the Barad-dur, the tower above which the Eye of Sauron floats... except the ...


SDCC 2011: Of rayguns and rings at Weta

The folks from Weta came all the way from New Zealand for Comic Con, and with them came a few Lord of the Rings pieces. Both Gollum and the forthcoming Gandalf the Grey were behind the glass at the Weta booth, along with three huge collecti...


Glamdring slays evil, available in limited quantities

I love The Lord of the Rings. I've grown up reading the books and when the movies came out in the early 2000s, I was there opening day in line with the rest of the fantasy nerds. One of the things that made me love the movies so much was th...


SDCC 2010: Weta Workshop's District 9 Figures

District 9 might have been my favorite movie of 2009, but for some odd reason there is not much merchandise from it. Films like Avatar get figures out the wazoo, but District 9 seemed left out of the crazy movie merchandising that has been ...


Dr. Grordbort's at it again with "The Unnatural Selector"

If ray-guns seem too ordinary for you and you've been wishing for something a bit more punchy, then look no farther than Dr. Grodbort's latest infallible aether oscillator: "The Unnatural Selector". This ray-blunderbuss was origin...


Weta's Prince Caspian figures limited to only 100 each

As a kid I read the Narnia series as one of those mandatory kid-like experiences, but I've never really been a huge fan of the books. Recently, however, on a very long trip overseas, it just so happened that on two flights in a row I was su...


SDCC 2008: Weta and their shiny toy guns

If there is one booth at Comic Con this year that is made of Sci-fi win, that booth is Weta. Weta had tons of great licensed items on hand this year at Comic Con, including some amazing stuff for Chronicles of Narnia, Halo, and Doctor ...


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