Before the great wizard was turned to the dark side, in the time when Gandalf sought council with Saruman - the head of his order - Isengard was lush and green and its gardens lent themselves well to a contemplative stroll.
This Orthanc is the inspiration for Weta's latest environment from The Lord of the Rings.
Weta has previously created an Orthanc collectible based on Isengard AFTER Saruman and his orc cohorts felled the trees and turned the once-pleasant sanctuary into an industry of war and destruction.
This new Orthanc at just under 17 in (43cm) towers above the old collectible, which has allowed for intricate detail in the tower as well as the surrounding gardens.
In collaboration with our friends on TheOneRing.Net, we ran a naming competition to set this new environment apart from the old.
Christopher Turner came up with the winning entry and wins a Bag End Collector's Edition:
Orthanc - Black Tower of Isengard
Our senior model maker, Dave Tremont has documented the model making process as well as the work done by his colleagues in the paint, mould making and sculpting departments in Weta Workshop. Read the articles about the Making of Orthanc:
Please Note: Product photos are of a pre-production prototype. This product is hand painted and variations will occur.
This is an Open Edition Collectible.
The first 400 Orthanc sculptures ordered online will be individually numbered on the base and the box. Subsequent orders will not be numbered but part of an open edition.
In addition, the first 400 orders will also receive an exclusive Eye of Sauron pin, plated in 24K gold on a commemorative backing card. [Pending Approval by Licensor]
Your order confirmation email will state the name of the product you ordered as "Orthanc 'Pre-ruin' (First 400)". On subsequent orders, the product ordered will only be called "Orthanc 'Pre-ruin'" or "Orthanc - Black Tower of Isengard".
This arrived a few days ago and I was blown away by... Read more.
This arrived a few days ago and I was blown away by the level and quality of detail this version has as opposed to the Orthanc ruins version. Love the contrast and depth of scale the surrounding trees give to this piece. I am very pleased to add this to my collection. The best compliment for this environment would be Barad-dur, which I hope will be in the works sometime in the near future. Fantastic job Weta!! Hide.
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Orthanc = Another Home Run
During Comic-Con 2011 the folks at Weta announced and had displayed the... Read more.
During Comic-Con 2011 the folks at Weta announced and had displayed the newest environment to land in our collections. Then on July 31st 2011 this amazing collectible went up for pre-order to those wishing to purchase this collectible. If you were one of the first 400 people to order Orthanc you would end up with a numbered addition, and a special gold plated Eye of Sauron pin commemorating the day of sale. Originally, this collectible was named Orthanc Pre-Ruin but Weta and TORn teamed up to give it an even cooler name. The winning name choosen by Weta was Orthanc â€“ Black Tower of Isengard. This version of Orthanc shows this place as we see it when Gandalf the Grey arrives to talk with Saurman upon realizing that The One Ring has been found. This look has been amazingly captured by Weta and makes for a great contrast of display with the original Orthanc environment.
The graphics on the Orthanc box once again have the simple but classy look with a picture of Gandalf the Grey riding up to Orthanc and The Lord of the Rings in the upper left hand corner. Also on the front of the box you have a great picture of the environment, full name of the collectible, and of course the awesome Weta logo. On one side of the box you get a great shot of Orthanc while the other side has great shots of many of the products you can get from Weta. The back of the box contains another great shot of Orthanc along with a brief history of Isengard.
A group of Wetaâ€™s most talented artist worked on this project and they did a superb job bringing this version of Orthanc to life. As was the case with the Argonath there is the obvious challenge to take polystone and make it look like real stone. Well, mission accomplished as Orthanc with all of its intricate details is capture nicely as well as giving that carved stone look. Another very cool detail that Iâ€™m glad they added is the design that you see when we get glimpses of the top of Orthanc. Finally, to complete the scene and put the finishing touches on an amazing collectible the trees are sculpted and remind one of real trees. All of this comes together to make what is a must have collectible!
The paintwork on Orthanc is as exceptional as the sculpt work. Yes, Orthanc is all black on the tower but none of the detail is lost on the sculpture. Also the other amazing thing about the paint job on the tower is the job to make the tower appear as it does on screen in the movie. The green work on the trees, grass, and the work done on the gravel are truly the cherry on top of another great paint job by Weta.
Orthanc costs $250 retail and I think is a total steal at that price. I do not have the original Orthanc but having a chance to add this environment was a total no brainer. When you factor in the price, detail, paint, and importance of Orthanc within the story of The Lord of the Rings you must find a way to budget this item into your collection. Hide.
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Orthance - another must have
I have just received my 80/400 piece. I made sure I was... Read more.
I have just received my 80/400 piece.
I made sure I was at home when the pre-orders started and I do not regret.
It is magnificent, the level of detail is just breathtaking - the engraving on the top of the tower is just amazing. I can't wait to put it on display.
I am honored to have Orthanc in my collection. Keep going guys. I hope I will see a day where Minas Tirith is announced. Hide.
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