The Bridge Direct sent over some new images from their figure line based on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and they look solid and should make for some decent complimentary additions to Toy Biz’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy collection.
I’m getting more and more excited about the start of this next trilogy and can’t wait to see how Peter Jackson makes this first glimpse at Middle Earth as engaging as his previous trilogy.
I haven’t paid too much attention to the character announcements and such so this preview shot of Legolas as a nice surprise. I haven’t read “The Hobbit” yet so I don’t know how major a role Legolas has or if this will just be a glorified cameo. Legolas is my third favorite character (just trailing Aragorn and Boromir) so any additional appearances for him is always a treat.
I do know that Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”), is a movie-created character so there’s at least one person the Hobbit-philes won’t know way more about than I do.
Of course, I knew about Gandalf playing a major role in this, but I’m intrigued by Richard Armitage (“Captain America: The First Avenger“) who plays Thorin. He has this air about him that makes me suspect he’ll be one of my favorites from this new trilogy.
Here’s The Bridge Direct’s write-up: From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit™, by J.R.R. Tolkien. As master toy licensee for the films, The Bridge Direct has created a stunning collection of authentic and highly-detailed products that capture the thrill and adventure of the timeless story and bring the fantasy to life for fans of all ages.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released beginning December 14, 2012, with the second film releasing in December 2013 and the third film slated for summer 2014. The films are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).