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From New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. comes J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, brought to the big screen in an epic trilogy. Weta Workshop was thrilled to return to Middle-earth once again, contributing design, specialty props and specialty costumes to all three films.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
(W x H x L) 18.9 cm x 24.6 cm x 1.5 cm
Weight: 1.543 lbs (0.7 kg)

Come face to face with Smaug the Magnificent, the most realistic, breathtaking and destructive dragon ever to appear on screen, in this gallery of exclusive images that tell the story of how he was created.

Smaug is possibly the most memorable character in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: a huge, malevolent, fire-breathing, talking dragon! But while he makes quite an impact in the book, in Peter Jackson's film adaptation he is definitely the most spectacular creature ever to appear on screen. 

So how did the filmmakers manage to take the dragon that has lived in millions of readers' imaginations and turn him into a totally unique and unforgettable living, breathing character?

The answer can be found in Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon. Packed with stunning, exclusive new images, it reveals how he grew out of thousands of detailed and fantastical concept designs into the beast that is unleashed in awesome digital glory.

As extensive and impressive as Smaug himself.

CantonHeroine - Weta Collector

Fitting right into Weta Workshop's series of Hobbit Chronicles, compiled by the Academy Award-winning teams at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, who provide fascinating insights telling the story of the dragon's creation, this is the perfect companion for every fan who was blown away by Smaug, the Magnificent!

Foreword by: Benedict Cumberbatch

Author: Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop

Please note that Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon is smaller than the books in our Hobbit Chronicles series and has 96 pages & a 4 page fold-out.

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  1. Smaug the mighty
    Awesome book dedicated to the best dragon in cinematic history!
    Very cool to see the entire creative process of making Smaug come to life on the big screen!

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  2. He is fire, he is death.
    I was so thrilled that there'd be a book just about Smaug - and it delivered. To see what the artists came up with during the process of finding a right design... wow. And HOW they did it in the end... very special to get such a look behind the scenes.

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  3. He's PERFECT! <3
    Great quality, love his features, kinda wish his wings could bend more, and the fact his tail doesn't allow bending is kind of a bummer, but he's more or less perfect!

    To all the complaints that he's 'too small' or 'smaller' then expected, you guys clearly don't know how to measure. It advertised as 22 inch wing span, that's exactly what it is. From there you should gather just how big his body is based on the photo. Don't know why people were 'shocked' at its size. >_< Just silly in my opinion.

    This is a great toy! I love it!!!

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  4. Doubles both as a movie memorabilia and a standalone dragon art book
    Being a fan of the Hobbit movies and also a fan of fantasy art, especially relating to those taken from the movies that inspired their creation, I knew that this series was going to be a must in my collection. Smaug Unleashing the Dragon is the fourth book in the Hobbit Chronicles series which showcase the art, concept, and steps to get to what ultimately we end up seeing in the movies; while also including the artists input on how they created, what can only be described as, true and magnificent art. Benedict Cumberbatch, the voice of Smaug, has also voiced his ideas and interpretations about playing his role throughout the book.

    Smaug, like the books before, contains fantastic artwork all centered on the dragon who has become iconic in literature and pop culture. He really does need his own book. In the middle of the book is also an outstanding foldout rendering of Smaug and Bilbo inside the treasure hall. It is almost frame-able if not for the fact that it is attached to the book.

    I cannot wait for the next in the series and also wonder if the third installment of the Hobbit will also have two more volumes. This book is both enjoyable to anyone who has fallen in love with the movies and Middle-earth in itself and also to anyone who has a deep appreciation and fascination for fantasy art. Smaug Unleashing the Dragon doubles both as a movie memorabilia and a standalone dragon art book.

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  5. a piece of art
    an astonishing book, it's very complete sience the prototype of Smaug until the final desing and conception in the movie. i wouldn't mind pay more for a bigger book

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  6. Where to begin?
    Really, how do I start???

    This book is absolutely lovely! I've skipped through it, enjoying a bit here anda bit there. But i intend to read from start to finish soon.

    I have four of your books now. Never to be lent out. Anybody wanting to read them, will have to wear white gloves.

    Thanks again!


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  7. Magnificent
    As extensive and impressive as Smaug himself. The progression of his development makes for a fascinating read.

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  8. Wonderful
    I really love the detailed art and how much love they put into this book.

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  9. Smaugerific!!!
    A great and informative look at the painstaking character design behind Smaug the dragon.
    I recommend this to fans of the films and anyone who wants an behind the scenes look at conceptual character design.

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