Thursday, June 30, 2011

Collecting the Precious: Sideshow Collectibles Gandalf the Grey Maquette Review

As you can see, I've changed yet again how the posts work. I may flip-flop because some days I have more time than others to work on this blog.

June 30th, 2011 by elessar

During Toy Fair 2010, Sideshow Collectibles announced they would be going back to their roots in their The Lord of the Rings license by once again doing maquettes of the characters in Middle-earth. What Sideshow told us was that this line would give us different aspects of the characters we have grown to love. Also during the video (view it here) from Toy Fair we got a tease of the concept drawings of several early pieces in the line.

Then in December of last year, during the twelve days of Sideshow, we got a beautiful look at protos of the pieces to come. The image included: Aragorn as Strider, Gandalf The Grey, Arwen, Legolas, and a hidden character in the back. The hidden character was Gimli, Son of Gloin and shortly after we got a great preview video of the upcoming Boromir maquette. We’re now two pieces in hand for this line with Aragorn already in our collections and now Gandalf the Grey joins him.

Gandalf is one of the most important characters in the world of Middle-earth. From his role in helping to get Bilbo to go on the unexpected journey to his role as leader of the Fellowship in The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf was there. Now, we’ve gotten several versions of Gandalf over the course of the last decade plus, but as Sideshow stated this piece gives us a look at old grey beard in a way we’ve not seen him done before.

Sideshow has done this with Gandalf perfectly and it’s quite a refreshing look. This maquette shows Gandalf’s power as Gandalf the Grey, which we only saw a glimpse of during the Fellowship of the Ring before he fell in Moria, The Hobbit, and the Fellowship of the Ring book. So adding this version of Gandalf to your collection is a wise choice.

Read more about the Gandalf Maquette.

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