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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 costu

BALIN™ THE DWARF

1:6 scale statue
Dimensions:
(W x H x L) 23 cm x 23.5 cm x 15 cm
Weight: 3.395 lbs (1.54 kg)
Principal Sculptor:
Lindsey Crummett Lindsey Crummett

Lindsey Crummett

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When Balin the Dwarf spoke in the great halls of Erebor, the wise would listen.

The council of Fundin's eldest son was much revered among the noble Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain and beyond, for he was clear-sighted, discerning and erudite. Even as a young Dwarf, Balin the Dwarf's artful word-craft was equal to the jewellery of the finest Dwarven smith. A lord in his own right, Balin the Dwarf was cousin to the King Under the Mountain and friend to Prince Thorin Oakenshield in the days of the Dwarf realm's grandeur.

But that was before the coming of Smaug. In a single devastating assault, Erebor was consumed by fire and death when the Dragon fell upon them. The heirs of Durin fled and with them Balin the Dwarf and his brother Dwalin the Dwarf. Through the long years in exile, Balin the Dwarf's sage council was depended upon by Thorin Oakenshield, surviving heir to the lost throne and in whom the hope of a displaced people now resided. When Thorin Oakenshield begins making plans to reclaim their home, Balin the Dwarf is with him, resolute, loyal and solicitous, there to provide a thoughtful word in the ear and a sword at his side.

While the old Dwarf is long in beard, his gnarled hands have lost little of their strength over the years and his eyes are still as keen as a hawk's. Upon his hip he wears a wickedly pointed Dwarven mace. Wrought in the smithies of Erebor lost, its edges are as sharp as any sword and its copper-hued faces blaze like fire in the sun.

Our authentic prop replicas and collectibles are designed by the very same artists who have worked on the three films, so effectively they come straight from Middle-earth.

Richard Taylor - CEO & Co-founder, Weta Workshop

Balin the Dwarf is an Open Edition piece. Please note: images are of a pre-production prototype. Each statue is hand painted and minor variations will occur.

Weta Workshop’s high-quality Middle-earth collectibles are designed by the very same artists and technicians who work on our movies. It takes hundreds of hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece. Whether it be a prop replica, beautiful environment or iconic character, we treat our collectibles with the same level of care and attention to detail that we bring to our film work.

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  1. Balin
    I\'ve been wanting this one for the longest, until I saw the special that Weta threw today, and I must say, it was a great special. Since I could order 2 for the price of one. Balin & Dwalin..Woohoo!! Thank you Weta :)

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  2. Daniel
    Overall, I was happy with this purchase. It is a great statue, except for the mace. The end of the mace on mine is very obviously asymmetrical. The mace is also not entirely straight. This is frustrating because the mace seems like the easiest part to get right, but it\'s the only part weta got wrong.

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  3. Excellent
    I love the detail and quality of the figure. I have been looking at it for a long time. Glad I finally bought it.

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  4. As good as I expected.
    The statue is detailed and in great over all quality. I'd still say it does not have as much "life" as some other figures from Weta. Worth the money tho.

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  5. Balin son of Fundin
    Been wanting this for a long time and really glad I get him. Sculpting is just brilliant and its spot on Balin Face, beard, clothes till the smallest detail. Amazing job by Lindsay.
    To me this is the best piece from the company of dwarfs :)

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  6. I'll wager he's a keeper!
    The Dwarves in the Hobbit book had very distinctively coloured hoods along with look and character. Peter Jackson and designers have expanded this to make their whole attire very distinctive and colour coded I think. This is very clear in Balin.
    He wears a gloriously detailed red coat which has finely picked out embroidery markings covering it. His pants and boots also carry subtle little details that add to this little piece. Balins great sword also is inscribed with dwarvish designs and looks sturdy and sharp!
    The likeness to the actor Ken Stott is astounding and the whole statue with it's Dwarven gentry designed clothing lends to the feel of Balin being of a more sophisticated, higher learning type of dwarf. WETA are producing a stand out set of characters for this range. Many say they do not want the full company, but once the figures are seen in hand, many change their mind!

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  7. wonderful
    I'll admit, I didn't give this figure a proper look until I saw it was on sale for $100 off. But after considering how much I love the character and how great the sculpt looked in the pictures, I couldn't resist.

    Having now unpacked him and put him on my shelf today, I can say he's AMAZING and while I am so glad I got such a great deal, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him even at full price.
    Great pose, wonderful representation of the character's face, and the kind of overall stellar workmanship one expects of Weta at this price point. Overall just a fantastic piece.

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  8. fantastic!
    Balin , is an amazing detailed statue!

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  9. Amazing detailed sculpt
    As many reviews done through Internet , it is a very good sculpt.
    I usually don´t collect figures due to lack of space and ítem priorities ( I prefer props ) , but I got a coupon discount for this statue and gave it a chance... And I can say it is quite good. Love the details and paint job.

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  10. Great work Weta!
    This statue is amazing. I initially wasn't too sure based on photos, however I then saw it in person and realized how amazing the sculpt and paint work is. You will not be disappointed with owning Balin.

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  11. Love Balin
    Balin is BEAUTIFUL! The details are amazing. Great work Lindsey Crummett!!

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  12. Balin Rocks


    “Welcome, Master Baggins, to the Company of Thorin Oakenshield!”

    -Balin to Bilbo as he welcomes him to the traveling company

    At Comic-Con 2012 we saw six of the statues that will be released in Weta’s range of statues for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. One of the six statues at Comic-Con was of the character Balin who was a member of the traveling party and would later retake Moria (though many people’s introduction is of him in his tomb). Balin is the fourth statue released in this line. His brother, Dwalin, is the fifth (review to come) and he makes another fantastic addition to the growing line of sculptures associated with this great movie.

    Balin was one of the many dwarves of the Lonely Mountain driven into exile by the dragon Smaug in the year 2770 of the Third Age. Balin would actually make two trips to try and retake the Erebor. One of a venture with Thrain (who was captured), and the second with Thorin Oakenshield in his successful quest to reclaim his legacy. After years of success once Erebor was reclaimed Balin cast his eyes on an even-greater prize — Khazad-dûm. He would be initially successful, but Balin’s new realm lasted a mere five years. The tragic fate of Balin and his kin remained a mystery until the Fellowship stumbled upon his tomb during their journey through Moria.

    PACKAGING

    The graphics on the box with Balin are similar to those that we saw on the box of Thorin. The front of the box features great design work down the side. It even looks very Dwarvish, though the design varies to the one used on Thorin or the Dwalin box. Also on the front you have a great shot of Balin, graphic work for the title of the movie, and of course the Weta logo. The sides present a couple of different looks with one showing great shots of Balin from different angles while the other side show some of the other products that will be coming out for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey like the Dwalin statue, Thorin’s Map, and the Key to Erebor. The back of the box contains a great story on Balin as well as information regarding details of the character and statue. The styrofoam packaging on the inside is typical of what we’ve come used to getting with these statues.

    SCULPTING

    Lindsey Crummett is a new name to me and I would imagine will be to most of you who have been collecting statues based on the characters of Middle-earth. However, after adding Balin to my collection I have to say I am eager to see what else Ms. Crummett has to show us. The spot-on likeness to Ken Stott’s portrayal of Balin is exceptional! The likeness is scary in a good way that it really feels as if he’s been ripped off the big screen and placed on a shelf. While the sculpt and likeness are excellent, Ms. Crummett did not miss a beat ensuring the rest of the statue was equally good. The embroidery work on his outfit is also very well done and you see the great Dwarvish design of his outfit, which looked beautiful on screen. The execution of Balin’s mace is also superb on this statue. The actual prop is finely detailed with Dwarvish designs. I imagine these must be difficult to transfer to a much smaller scale. Yet, having seen the larger prop replica and compared it to the statue, the quality of reproduction is fabulous. Even though we’re now five pieces into this line I’m still loving the Thror/Thorin’s map on the base. So glad that Weta decided to go with this design.

    PAINT

    The paintwork on Balin is strong and I believe the best in this line so far (not that I think any of them have had issues). The quality of the paint job brings out the clean lines and the detailed work on the statue. The skin tones are exceptional with the proper use of tones making it look very much like real skin. The job done on Balin’s outfit is equally as good. The paintwork is what helps this look like it was screen used, with the proper coloring matching the outfit worn by Ken Stott. Even his boots show wear through the the paintwork. They look like they’re dirty. As with Orcrist, Balin’s mace came out looking fantastic. You get a great bronze look to the weapon which it had on screen and it looks like its been used in the real world. Critically, the paint enhances the mace’s sculpted details rather than consuming them.

    Overall

    Balin retails for $230 — a fair price considering the exceptional quality of this statue. This is some of Weta’s best work all around on any single statue and if you enjoyed The Hobbit and the designs of the movie you will want to add to your collection. Even with this statue being an open edition I wouldn’t wait too long to get it, as you never know when the open period could be closed. If Balin and the other four statues are any indication of how this line is going, we’re in for a real treat with the remainder.

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  13. Best Xmas Present!
    Received this statue today, and all i can say is WOW! Love it, the detail and paint application is spectacular!

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