Bilbo's old friend, an ancient and powerful wizard, Gandalf was a guide to the Fellowship and mentor to Frodo in his quest to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom.
Deep in wisdom and foresight, Gandalf was first to discover the true nature of the ring and took it upon himself to orchestrate the forces of light against the evil advance of Sauron, the dark lord.
Last seen by Frodo and his companions plummeting towards certain death from the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm, entwined in struggle with the Balrog, Gandalf's demise seemed inevitable.
But wizards are remarkably resilient...
Gandalf was sculpted by Steven Saunders. Read an interview with Steven about creating collectibles.
Created by the same artists and craftspeople who work on our movies, Gandalf is the second character in our range of miniature figures. It exists in two versions - the other is exclusively available in person at our Weta Cave store in Wellington, New Zealand.
Gandalf The Great!
"A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He... Read more.
"A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to."
-Gandalf to Frodo while entering into Hobbiton for Bilboâ€™s 111th Birthday
During Comic-Con 2011 fans of The Lord of the Rings got a chance to see the second statue from Wetaâ€™s character statue line. The character fans can now get their hands on is none other than Gandalf the Grey. This version of Gandalf captures the Wizard while thinking which route is the right route to take during their trip through Moria.
The importance that Gandalf plays to the events that happen in Middle-Earth from the time of The Hobbit through the events of The Lord of the Rings is huge. Without the leadership that Mithrandir Sauron may just come to power and events in Middle-Earth play out much differently. Leadership is what comes through loud and clear when you look at this statue.
The graphics on the front of the box for Gandalf has the elegant look weâ€™ve come to expect with items from Weta. The Lord of the Rings logo appears in the upper left hand corner while a screen capture of Gandalf from The Fellowship of the Ring in the upper right hand corner. In the center of the box you have a great picture of the Gandalf piece itself with the name of the collectible under the screen capture of Gandalf. On one side of the box you get a great picture of Gandalf while the other contains multiple great images of items that you can find on Wetaâ€™s website. The back of the box has one final image of Gandalf with a bit more on the collectible as well as the sculptor.
Steven Saunders was the superb talent behind sculpting this piece and bringing this version of Gandalf to life. Mr. Saunders was more than successful in his task making sure this is a must have version of a beloved character. The likeness to Sir Ian McKellen who played Gandalf is among the best jobs weâ€™ve seen on any collectible. The texture added to his outfit is also really wonderfully done and makes the polystone have a look of wool. Finally, to complete statue we have some nice additions like Gandalf holding his smoking pipe and his hat lying at his feet while trying to figure, which is the best route to get through Moria.
The paintwork on Gandalf is as exceptional as the sculpt work. The effort put into sculpting the polystone so it resembles cloth is truly maximized by the paintwork on this statue. Then you have the work done on the face, which gives the proper amount of character to Gandalf. The skin tone on Gandalf looks truly as life like as you will see on any collectible, and gives the statue just that little something to make it a must have purchase.
Gandalf costs $70 retail via Wetaâ€™s web site, which is a steal for something as superb as this collectible is. So do yourself a favor and hope over to Wetaâ€™s site and place your order now for a fantastic Gandalf statue. Hide.
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