Sunday, 10 June 2018

Collecting Tolkien Guide - Metal Figures

These are smaller metal figures, larger than the metal Roleplaying/Wargaming miniatures, they could almost be counted as Ornaments (some of the scale figures are quite large, but are included here as they are part of a series) and/or Toy Soldiers.

They are normally larger than the Roleplaying/Wargaming figures and concentrate more on individual characters rather than armies.

Some of these are in similar packaging to their corresponding Roleplaying miniatures.

There are also a lot of pewter chess pieces (see Chess Guide).

I have not included any of the many unofficial generic fantasy series figures which are often passed/based on Tolkien characters.

Fellowship Foundry
Kevin and Shannon O'Hare
Limited 3000
Bilbo, Gandalf

Elan Merchandise (American Express)
12 pewter figurines (ranging in size from 2"/5 cm to 3"/8 cm), based on the characters from the Ralph Bakshi cartoon movie The Lord of the Rings. The set consists of: Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Gollum, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn, Saruman, Nazgul, Orc, Galadriel. With the wooden display cabinet the set came with to hang on the wall. Made by Elan Merchandise exclusively for American Express

Perth Pewter (Fantasy 9000 range)
Produced by Superior Models Inc
This series is not totaly Tolkien related but does contain some characters. Unauthorised, hence some names changed.
Varying sizes
Bilbo (Bill), Billbo 2, Gimli (Dwarf), Galadriel (Elf Queen), Legolas (Elf Archer), Frodo (Frothi), Gandalf, Gandalf 2, Sam, Strider, Hobbit, Thorin, Gollum, Treebeard (Tree Monster), Dark Lord, Orc, Balrog

Heritage/Elan Merch
Based on the Bakshi movie
75mm Collector Personality Figures
Produced alongside their Wargaming miniatures, in the same packaging style.
Hobbit
Gimli
Legolas
Boromir
Aragorn
Gollum
Bilbo
Sam
Gandalf
Galadriel
Frodo

Mithril
Example figures (see link for full list)
Specials

Tudor Mint

Hobbit

Bilbo (5001), Gandalf (5002), Gandalf (5003), Great Goblin (5004), Gollum (5005), Beorn (5006), Elvern King (5007), Smaug (5008), Bard (5009), Good Morning (5010), mood Letters (5011), Finding the Precious (5012), Capture of Bilbo (2013), Riddles in the Dark (5014), Escape from the Wargs (5015), Barrels out of Bonds (5016), Courage of Bilbo (5017), Prisoner of the Elven King (5018), Enchanted Door (5019), Wrath of Beorn (5020), Journeys End (5021), Troll Clearing (5022), Bilbo Steals the Great Cup (5023), Farewell King Under The Mountain (5024)

Lord Rings
Series 1
Frodo (5025), Bilbo (5026), Gimli (5027), Sam (5028), Aragorn (5029), Orc (5030), Leglas (5031), Galadriel (5032), Saruman (5033), Balrog (5034), Gandalf on Shadowfax (5035), Black Rider (5036), Pippin (5037), Merry, Boromir (5038), Treebeard (5039)
additional II characters
Gandalf (5037), Gollum (5038), Bilbo (5039)

Series 2
Galadriel an Frodo (5040), Frodo (5041), Gandalf and Frodo (5042), Gandalf (5043), Legolas (5044), Gimli (5045), Aragorn (5047), Gandalf, Frodo and Strider (5047), Frodo (5048), Boromir (5049), Treebeard (5050), Orc (5051), Saruman (5052), Frodo, Sam and Golumn (5053), Merry and Theoden (5054), Escaping the Balrog (5055), Frodo and Shelob (5056), Elrong (5057), Wormtounge (5058), Balrog (5059), Eowyn (5060), Arwen (5061), Faramir (5062)

Rawcliffe
I believe that some of these figures are based on Mithril miniatures.
Lord of the Nazgul
Scatha the Worm
Vengeance of Smaug
Smaug Guarding Treasure
Balrog
Individual Characters
Double characters

Royal Selangor
The Gaurdian and the Thief
Limited 500
Escape from Orthanc
Limited 500
Smaugs Destruction of Lakedown
Limited 500
Treebeard Shepherd of Trees
Limited 5000
Battle of Zhazad-dum
Limted 500
Shieldmaiden and the Ringwraith
Limited 500
Bilbo and the Trolls

Noble
11in long
Fellowship
16in long

NECA
Balrog
Limited 400
16in
Aragorn
8in
Limited 5000
Legolas
8in

Les Etains Du Graal

Britains
Based on the Fellowship movie
Balrog and Gandalf
These figures are of a lot smaller scale then the rest of the series.
Cave Troll
Ringwraiths
Uruk-Hai
Orcs
Hobbits
Gandalf
Aragorn
Gimli
Legolas
Boromir
Bilbo
Arwen
Galadriel
Saruman
Orc Overseer

Eaglemoss
Lord of the Rings Movie figures
These figures came with a magazine and were published bi-weekly.

First Run
The first run was stopped after 6 issues.
Gandalf, Lurtz, Ringwraith, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir.

Full Run
The full run was in different packaging and continued for 180 issues.
Example figures only (see Links for full list).

A binder and plinth were available

Special Edition
Gandalf and Shadowfax, Cave Troll, Warg, Ringwraith, Ringwraith Galloping (only available in Germany)
The Warg and Cave troll were also distributed together as a convention give away

Lord Rings Chess Companion figures
As part of the Eaglemoss chess series some special edition Companion Collectors figures were also produced. These were figures and not chess pieces.
Balrog, Fell Beast, Armoured Troll, Aragorn, Mûmakil, Treebeard

Hobbit Movie figures
Each figure came with a magazine
Subscription came with a Binder, Plinth and Map


Pack Releases
They were also available in packs.
Series 1 - Leaders of the Company
Gandalf, Thorin, Bilbo
Series 2 - Orcs
Yazneg, Bolg, Azog, Narzug
Series 3 - Men of Laketown
Bard, Master, Alfrid
Series 4 - Travelling Dwarves
Dwalin, Dori, Bofur
Series 5 - Istari
Saruman, Gandalf the Grey, Radagast
Series 6 - Allies of Gandalf
Elrond, Beorn, Galdriel
Series 7 - Under the Misty Mountains
Grinnah, Gollum, Goblin
Series 8 - Armoured Dwarfs
Fili, Kili, Gloin, Oin