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Winner of seventeen Academy Awards, The Lord of the Rings was brought to the big screen by New Line Cinema and directed by Peter Jackson. Wētā Workshop was intrinsically involved in the design and physical effects manufacture for all three films.

MASTERS COLLECTION: THE DEAD MARSHES

1:6 scale statue – Limited Edition of 550
Low Stock
Dimensions:
(W x H x L) 37 cm x 64 cm x 37 cm
Weight: 16.535 lbs (7.5 kg)

The site of an ancient battle, the grey wetlands between Mordor and Emyn Muil are a labyrinthine bog of sodden ground and choked pools. No bird call cuts the windless air, nor the tail of any fish disturbs the weedy ponds. The Dead Marshes they are called, a stagnant morass, where only the foolish or desperate dare pick a wary way.

In this dank swamp the dead warriors of long ago lie as they fell: Orcs, Elves and Men. Cold flames flicker over their unnaturally immutable remains and lifeless white eyes beckon travellers to a watery doom.

With no other way open, Sam and Frodo must make their way through the marshes with Gollum as their guide. Mount Doom is their goal, and the One Ring their precious charge: a quest demanding secrecy and stealth.

The Hobbits must trust the word and eye of their treacherous advisor, who has been this way before and knows its secret ways. Yet with each step the Ring weighs heavier on Frodo and the eldritch magic of the mire calls out to him, drawing him to the water, where green hands hang ready to pull him under, dragging him down to a cold wet grave

FEATURES

  • Limited Edition;
  • 1:6 scale statue;
  • Made from high quality polystone;
  • Clay sculpted by Middle-earth veteran Brigitte Wuest, with support from Gary Hunt and Shaun Bolton;
  • Depicts both the natural and mystical sides of Middle-earth, as seen above and below the water;
  • Including five characters and three unique materials, within a dynamic environment;
  • Spirits of the dead can be seen beneath the water, tucked within the gnarled roots;
  • Unique lighting combined with expert paint application brings the underwater action to life;
  • LED powered, flickering flames and ambient underwater environment (USB-C cord included).

 

It’s particularly challenging to create weightlessness in a sculpture, so my favourite component of this piece is the illusion of Frodo slowly sinking and the flowing movement of the eerie spectres trying to grab hold of him. Pulling him down into the dark, dead waters.

Brigitte Wuest – Senior Sculptor, Wētā Workshop

CREATING THE DEAD MARSHES

As we follow Frodo’s journey with the ring, Sam and Frodo were far from home, far from friends, and far from safety.  Although the young Hobbit had many brushes with death, the Dead Marshes were a visceral and physical manifestation of his decent into despair.

Capitalizing on the environment’s mystical nature, and undead spirits haunting the waters below, we wanted to display the two worlds that often overlap in Middle-earth: the magical and the mundane. Above the waters, Sam and Gollum desperately reach out to rescue the sinking Hobbit. Below the waters, wraiths pull Frodo further into the depths. Representing those two contrasting worlds in one scene proved pivotal in creating this collectible.

Using every tool and technique available, exploring lighting options and paint schemes, experimenting with materials, and pushing the boundaries of how we make collectibles elevated this Masters Collection to a new level.

The Dead Marshes invites you to explore every inch, view from every angle, with every component laid bare, to truly do the scene the justice it deserves. In an instant of terror and tension, no detail can be missed.

Please note: images show a pre-production prototype. As each sculpture is hand-painted, variations may occur.

ABOUT MASTERS COLLECTION

Designed for discerning collectors, our Masters Collection represents the pinnacle of Wētā Workshop craftsmanship.

Embodied in each of these extraordinary statues, you’ll find an exacting attention to detail. Materials of the highest quality. The latest technology, meshed with the finest handcraft. A reverence for the source material that can only come from artists who have lived and breathed Middle-earth for over twenty years.

More than collectibles, these are sculptures of fine art.

SHIPPING UPDATE

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  1. The best
    Quality
    100%
    As a collector, I try to stick to my Elves, otherwise I had to space to move around this place anymore. But the moment this piece was announced, I knew I had to have it. This is such an iconic scene (and, in a way, there ARE Elves included!)

    After hours of unpacking this incredibly fragile piece of art and spending a long time sitting in front of it in awe, both in bright daylight and in the dark, admiring its illuminated magic, I can honestly say that this is weta's masterpiece. The details are just incredible, and while putting the estimated five bazillion pieces together took a lot of time, it was a labour of love. I love, love, love it, Hobbitses and all!

    There is really only one criticism, and that is the smell. Think chemical-plant-go-boom kind of eye-watering-smell. I solved the problem by airing out the pieces for two days on the balcony before assembling them, and keeping them now in an almost airtight vitrine. But if you intend to display this piece without a container: the Dead Marches come with authentic smell!

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