Ob­jets de Smaug

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Since the fi­nal chap­ter of The Hob­bit tril­ogy, There and Back Again, won’t be out un­til Dec. 17, 2014, die-hard Tolkien fans will have to be sat­is­fied with see­ing the first two films over and over again and cher­ish­ing the fran­chise’s many tie-in toys and col­lectibles. Here are a few new items that are se­ri­ously mak­ing us wish we had some stupid money to burn:

We know there are lots of art books, sto­ry­book adap­ta­tions and vis­ual guides to the movie out there, but for our money, you can’t go wrong with the beau­ti­ful hard­cover The Hob­bit: The Deso­la­tion of Smaug Chron­i­cles: Art & De­sign ($24) put out by Weta and Harper De­sign. This 220-page cof­fee-ta­ble book is packed with over a thou­sand im­ages of con­cept art, pho­tos, de­vel­op­ment paint­ings and im­ages from the be­hind-the-scenes craft of this new ad­di­tion to the Mid­dle-earth saga. Short of jump­ing into the sil­ver screen it­self, this book al­lows you to trace Bilbo Bag­gins’ lat­est ad­ven­ture, along with Gan­dalf, the 13 Dwarves, and the un­for­get­table, mag­i­cal crea­tures of Tolkien’s realm.

OK, we all know that the su­per-smart dragon Smaug is one of the sec­ond movie’s big­gest at­trac­tions. But, how much would you pay to own a bronze replica of the treach­er­ous beast? Smaug the Golden is the first sculp­ture in John Howe’s and Weta’s range of art pieces from Mid­dle-earth, which is based on Howe’s orig­i­nal art­work cre­ated for the 1991 pa­per­back edi­tion of the book. The 11.8” x 15.7” x 15.7” ob­ject, which sits on a nat­u­ral wood base, is a real mar­vel to be­hold—but brace your­self for the price—yup, it sells for $4,900. If you’ve stolen a few of the dragon’s golden coins and jewels, you may be able to af­ford this unique col­lec­tor’s item, which is made to or­der and can be pur­chased at we­tanz.com.

For those with less ex­trav­a­gant tastes, there’s an as­sort­ment of new items out in con­junc­tion with the sec­ond Hob­bit pic: Maybe you’d like the Bilbo Bag­gins in a Bar­rel ($65) or the Bow and Ar­row of Tau­riel ($299)? Or maybe you’d pre­fer the stat­ues of the movie’s two Elf King­dom new­com­ers King Thran­duil and that feisty hero­ine Tau­riel ($275 each)? We ad­vise you to visit the Weta web­site soon (we­tanz.com) as they seem to be sell­ing out quickly. More af­ford­able items on our must-have list in­clude The Deso­la­tion of Smaug board game (Play­room En­ter­tain­ment, $28.95), Bridge Di­rect’s The Hob­bit Mirk­wood Hero Set ($49.98) and the six-inch Le­go­las Col­lec­tor Ac­tion Fig­ure ($29.27) all of which seem to be avail­able on Ama­zon. Thanks to th­ese and many sim­i­lar Smaug-themed ob­jects, we can al­most be­lieve that we ac­tu­ally live among Mid­dle-earth’s in­trigu­ing crea­tures.

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