The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson, is almost upon us, and The Bridge Direct’s first wave of figures have finally started showing up at Toys ‘R’ Us stores in my area! I collected the old Toy Biz The Lord of the Rings trilogy figures, and I could not help but pick up some of Bridge Direct’s 6-inch line to see if they complement my LOTR collection.
Showcased today are the elf, Tauriel, and the dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield. On to some pics!
At 120 pounds and 40 inches long, this custom built Rivendell outweighs that stupid fat Hobbit and would be nearly as tall as him if stood up. Fifty thousand LEGO bricks went into this stunning piece by Blake Baer and Jack Bittner. Check out Blake’s Rivendell photostream for more incredible pictures.
There hasn’t exactly been a lot of previews of the Hobbit action figures from The Bridge Direct, so I was happy to find that Bridge had their own corner of the Hobbit booth nearby some of the other Hobbit collectibles. VeeBee and Sandman are big fans of the Lord of the Rings toys from Toy Biz, so they were really excited to get to see some of the new stuff first hand. You can see VeeBee’s Hobbit pics at the Fwoosh.
Bridge mostly had the 3.75-inch figures on display, as that will be the bread and butter. But they also had the three 6-inch figures they previewed shortly before SDCC – Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield, and Gandalf.
We sought out The Bridge Direct, Inc., the master toy licensee for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again at Toy Fair yesterday. Unfortunately, they were not available for any unexpected parties and were not allowing pictures taken of product on display in the back of their hobbit hole.
Luckily for us, we did get to talk to an industry insider who has direct knowledge of the little known toy company, and I’ve put together some of their comments on what we can expect to see when Hobbit toys start hitting shelves in 4Q this year.
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Right Actor. Wrong Figure.
If you are setting up recreations of movies or TV shows with your action figures and you don’t quite have all of the actors in the scene, you can always substitute those actor’s action figures from appearances in other things.