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12:00 PM on 07.26.2014

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 Rings statues displayed. Oh, and dwarves. So many dwarves. Click on through for the highlights.

Tianxiao Ma

10:00 AM on 01.06.2014

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 figu...

Pedro Cortes

2:45 AM on 07.21.2013

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...

Tianxiao Ma

SDCC list of exclusives is now online photo
SDCC list of exclusives is now online
by Natalie Kipper

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 links, you will find items we have already previewed, like Super7's Alien ReAction 2 Pack, along with tons of new goodies (doggie Yoda ears from Petco, anyone?). You'll notice that some of the companies have dark blue "Advance Purchase" links at the top of their exclusives page. You may want to consider that if something really catches your eye.

Keep checking back to the list because new information will be added as we approach the con. 

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1:30 AM on 04.24.2013

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 scu...

Tianxiao Ma

9:00 AM on 02.27.2013

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 carryi...

Brian Szabelski

1:00 AM on 01.08.2013

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 pai...


8:30 PM on 10.01.2012

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, G...

Kristina Pino

Weta's new Dota 2 collectibles open for pre-order photo
Weta's new Dota 2 collectibles open for pre-order
by Brian Szabelski

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 store:

  • First, there's the statue of Axe, which will run you US$249 and is limited to 1,000 pieces. The 11-inch-high, 4-pound coldcast statue comes pretty intricately detailed.
  • For those who like replicas, Weta has you covered, too. There's the Butterfly Sword replica for US$249 that's a full 28 inches long and comes cast in urethane that's been hand-painted to look like you could slice someone in two with it.
  • Not big enough? Then try the Demon Edge Sword on for size! A full 50.8 inches long, this urethane bad-boy weighs more than the Axe coldcast statue (4.2 pounds) and comes ready to be displayed on your wall. Or held in your hands as you stare at it. It'll set you back US$299.
  • Or, for those of you wanting to strike a more defensive pose, there's the Vanguard Shield, also US$299. Measuring 26 inches by 23 inches and weighing in at 8 pounds, it is crafted from urethane and fiberglass, then detailed and painted to look like the real thing. It also comes with a wall bracket for display purposes.

Everything is shipping in the second quarter (April to June) of 2013. Also, in news that will shock no one, buying any of these items gets you an exclusive Dota 2 in-game item, something Valve is probably going to keep doing in the future, so get used to it.

[Pre-order at Weta Limited: Axe | Butterfly Sword | Demon Edge Sword | Vanguard Shield]



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Weta announces acquisition of Dota 2 collectibles license photo
Weta announces acquisition of Dota 2 collectibles license
by Brian Szabelski

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 Weta worked on a few special projects for Valve's office and Valve in kind has put Weta's Dr. Grordbort weapons in Team Fortress 2.

A sneak peek of all these Dota 2 wares will be at the upcoming "The International” Dota 2 Championships in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 31, with pre-orders opening at 9 a.m. Friday for the first pieces. Talk about short notice ...

It's not a bad choice at all by Valve, given te precision Weta has put into their Lord of the Rings and Hobbit collectibles. I'm looking forward to seeing the sneak peek pics coming out of "The International", but what about you guys and gals? Any Dota 2 fans out there excited about the news?

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12:30 PM on 07.19.2012

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 Tin...

Tianxiao Ma

12:00 PM on 07.19.2012

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...

Tianxiao Ma