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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.

THE BALROG™

Classic Series
Special
Dimensions:
(W x H x L) 21 cm x 30.5 cm x 21 cm
Weight: 7.187 lbs (3.26 kg)
Principal Sculptor:
Victor Gully Victor Gully

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Of all the terrors to confront the Fellowship of the Ring on their journey, none would compare with the Balrog. A demon of flame and shadow, the creature had lain entombed for countless ages in the deepest darkness, far beneath the Misty Mountains.

Deep within the earth, tunnelling for Mithril in sunless black rock, the Dwarves disturbed something that had remained safely entombed since ages past. A being of unfathomable terror, a relic of a time of gods and giants, a creature of which the like should never walk again in Middle-earth and for whom there were few equals remaining in the world. A Balrog of Morgoth. The Balrog could be harmed by no blade or device of Dwarf design. By the hundreds, Durin’s people and the Dwarf King himself fell before the beast, after named Durin’s Bane. 

When the Fellowship of the Ring sought to pass beneath the Misty Mountains and thereby thwart the attentions of the fallen Wizard Saruman, it was against Gandalf’s grave misgivings, for the Grey Wizard suspected what haunted in the shadows of Moria. Secrecy alone might secure their safe passage, for if the Balrog were alerted, Gandalf knew their escape would only be bought at a great price, and he would not again pass through the Dwarf realm’s doors. 

THE BALROG

When design work began on The Lord of the Rings in 1997, the look of many of Middle-earth’s most evil creatures was open to interpretation. Loose descriptions in the books, plus rough sketches by seasoned Tolkien artist John Howe, helped guide Wētā Workshop concept artist Ben Wootten in his development of the Balrog. 

Ben Wootten’s background studying both art and biology informed his designs and rooted the Balrog in a tangible anatomical reality, while the flaming mane and cracked lava hide gave it an elemental savagery -  elevating the creature above the rest of the trilogy’s less fantastical monsters.

In 2001, the epic clash between this titan and Gandalf the Grey thrilled audiences and left us with the immortal phrase: “You shall not pass!”

20 years on; the Balrog has been reimagined once more by the team at Wētā Workshop as part of our Classic Series line.

FEATURES:

  • Made from high-quality polystone;
  • Initial clay sculpt by Victor Gully, digitally enlarged by Steven Saunders, then touched up in clay once more by Shaun Bolton;
  • 12” / 30.5cm tall;
  • Creative paint scheme to bring the Balrog’s flames to life;
  • Scaled to be displayed alongside the rest of the Classic Series line.

The 20th Anniversary of The Lord of the Rings movies has special significance to us here at the Workshop, and we are delighted to commemorate the upcoming event with a brand new series of iconic Middle-earth figures. Let the celebrations begin!

Richard Taylor - Co-founder & Creative Director, Wētā Workshop

CLASSIC SERIES

To celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, the team at Wētā Workshop have created a special line of polystone statues featuring Middle-earth’s major characters in their signature pose and clothing.

The Classic Series is Open Edition and has been tailor made to fit beautifully on your shelf.

Please note: This product was designed and prototyped here at Weta Workshop. Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each piece is painted by hand and some variations will occur.

A NOTE ON OPEN EDITION COLLECTIBLES

This figure is an Open Edition piece, meaning it is not restricted to a specific number of reproductions. However, this does not guarantee Wētā Workshop will continue to produce the statue in the future. We recommend purchasing your Open Edition statue early, to avoid disappointment. Should you miss out, please contact us to be placed on the waiting list at support@wetanz.co.nz. Demand will determine if this collectible is reproduced.

Please note: You may see a number on your shipping carton that says "0123/1,000" - this is just the serial number of your piece in its particular production run and does not mean it's a limited edition.

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  1. Immaculate sculpture!
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    For the price that you pay, this statue is very high quality. It's got some weight to it, but it truly is one of Weta's best and is my favorite piece I've ordered so far!

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  2. Wonderful beast!
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    This is a weighty little monster and quite heavier than I initially thought it would be! The sculpt is very nice and if you’re looking for a balrog that won’t take up too much space, this guy does the trick!

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  3. Really amazing
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    So for this in my opinion is totally worth the reduced cost for HOW MUCH you are getting here. Just a beautiful piece and designed Balrog to add to anyone’s collection. It’s very well made and heavy! Can’t believe the price of this. Get them while they last!

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  4. Amazing
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    Just amazing. So realistic colours.
    WETA quality is always the best

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  5. A Masterpiece of Craftsmanship: Weta Workshop's Balrog Statue
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    Weta Workshop has truly outdone themselves with their magnificent creation of the Balrog statue from Lord of the Rings. As a fan of both the films and collectibles, I can confidently say that this statue is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

    The level of intricacy in the design and creation of the Balrog is awe-inspiring. Every aspect of this statue reflects the dedication and skill of the artists at Weta Workshop. The dynamic pose captures the essence of the fearsome creature, making it a striking centerpiece for any Lord of the Rings collection.

    One of the most challenging aspects of creating a statue like this is capturing the essence of flames without sacrificing realism. Weta Workshop has not only met but exceeded expectations in this regard. The flames surrounding the Balrog are incredibly well-executed, showcasing the team's ability to balance artistic expression with a keen understanding of the physics of fire. The play of light and shadow on the flames adds a dynamic and lifelike quality to the statue.

    What sets Weta Workshop apart is their commitment to authenticity. The Balrog statue stays true to the source material, with meticulous attention paid to every detail, from the creature's demonic features to the finely crafted texture of its skin. This attention to accuracy ensures that fans and collectors alike can appreciate the statue as a faithful representation of the iconic Balrog from the films.

    Furthermore, the choice of materials and the quality of craftsmanship are evident in every inch of the statue. The durability and weight of the piece contribute to a sense of solidity, making it feel like a true work of art. This is not just a collectible; it's a testament to Weta Workshop's dedication to producing high-quality, premium pieces for their customers.

    In conclusion, the Weta Workshop Balrog statue is a triumph in the world of collectibles. It stands as a testament to the skill, passion, and dedication of the artists and craftsmen at Weta Workshop. If you're a Lord of the Rings enthusiast or a collector seeking a truly exceptional piece, this Balrog statue is an absolute must-have.

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  6. Amazing!
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    This statue is absolutely gorgeous. And it’s big! It barely fits on my shelf. The detail in the statue itself and the paint on it is stunning and I can’t see any flaws. 10/10 would recommend

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  7. An absolute steal of a deal, get one quick!
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    I can't believe the quality of this statue. I've ordered many from Weta before, but none that were in the $300+ tier. I got this one since it was marked down, and that mark down is absolutely genuine. This is clearly both larger and of higher quality than the miniature statues you can get around $100. This, simply put, is way too cheap for what you are getting.

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  8. Absolutely Stunning!!????
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    This is my second Balrog statue from Weta, I bought this statue due to the scale as it fits perfectly in my Moria shelf, I am impressed with the details, size and weight you cannot go wrong by adding it to your collection, buy it while stocks last!!

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