The stone walls and wooden gate of Helm’s Deep were all that lay between the defenders and ten thousand bloodthirsty Uruk-hai, intent on smashing their way inside, but these would not hold for long. For the Elf and Dwarf, a little competition proved a welcome diversion from contemplating the impossible odds against which they were set. Legolas armed with his knives and bow, and Gimli with his axes, each sought to outdo his friend in the slaying of the innumerable warriors that hurled themselves against the Deep’s defences.
To their shared surprise, the friends not only survived the night-long battle, but triumphed, thanks to the timely arrival of Gandalf and Éomer’s riders. Morning found Gimli sitting atop a dead enemy, smugly puffing on his pipe, when Legolas approached to boast of his final tally: 42 Uruk-hai. "That’s not bad for a pointy-eared Elvish princeling," Gimli remarked. He himself was sitting pretty on number 43, though Legolas was quick to even the score.
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.
Expertly sculpted by Brigitte Wuest, lead sculptor on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gimli the Dwarf on '43' will make a fine addition to your Wētā Workshop miniatures collection.
It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new Middle-earth 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.
Please note: images are of a pre-production prototype. Each statue is painted by hand and slight variations will occur.