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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


1:6 scale statue - Limited Edition of 500
(W x H x L) 36 cm x 35.5 cm x 30 cm
Weight: 9.259 lbs (4.2 kg)
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Imprisoned by the Necromancer, Gandalf the Grey finds himself at the mercy of the savage Torturer of Dol Guldur. Exhausted and brutalised, the Wizard is dragged from his gibbet by the huge Orc, who makes ready to cut the Elven Ring Narya from his hand.

At another time the vile slave of Sauron would be no match for Gandalf, but the weakened Istar can do little to resist in his current state.

Unusually tall and straight-backed for an Orc, the Torturer has long served the Dark Lord through his servant Azog, leader of the great Orcs of Gundabad. The Torturer fought in Azog’s campaign against the Dwarves and partook in the conquering of Moria, where he received a grievous wound.

The brute lived despite his horrific injury, though his skull had to be bound together with crude straps of iron, nailed into his bones. As jailor of the fortress of Dol Guldur, he adorned himself with macabre trophies, including a skirt of flayed Dwarf faces, bears’ claws and a chest plate fashioned from a ribcage.

Available in a Limited Edition of just 500, The Torturer of Dol Guldur joins Weta Workshop's 1:6 scale line from Dol Guldur; sculpted in monstrous detail by artist Sam Gao.


Our authentic prop replicas and collectibles are created 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

Please note: this statue was designed and prototyped here at the Workshop. Images show a pre-production prototype. Each piece is painted by hand and slight variations will occur.


One of the challenges of adapting The Hobbit for the screen was the lack of an antagonist throughout much of the original story. This led to expansion of the character of the Orc chieftain Azog into a persistent nemesis for Thorin who would dog the Dwarves’ trail all the way to Erebor. Azog’s look went through a lot of development at Weta Workshop before the director signed off on the entirely digital version seen in the films, but that design journey yielded a number of alternate concepts too cool to waste.

The character known as the Torturer of Dol Guldur was one such design to have come out of that process, eventually being assigned to the Orc jailor of the Necromancer’s lair in The Battle of the Five Armies. Also sometimes referred to by crew as the Red Orc, in reference to his blood and pigment-soaked armour, the distinctive look was conceived by designer Nick Keller, who chose the colour palette to help differentiate the character from the many other Orcs seen in the films.

Seven foot-tall actor Conan Stevens donned the costume and Orc prosthetics created by Weta Workshop’s artists, amply filling out the broad-shouldered villain and towering over his co-stars.

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  1. Don\'t live with regret - buy this Masterpiece while you can!
    Where do I begin? First off, I must concur with my fellow collector in these reviews: How is this piece not sold out yet? Are so many unfamiliar with him because too few people catch this guy\'s scene in the Extended Edition? Does nobody watch the Appendices to learn that the Torturer was actually one of the proposed character designs for Azog? Do people not truly love exquisite works of art? I don\'t know.
    Whatever the reason, dear tentative shopper, do yourself a favor and buy one of the very limited 500 before they\'re gone. Here\'s why: Azog\'s far less detailed final appearance may have been a good choice for his characterization in the films, but when it comes to putting that image to a sculpture, it pales in comparison to the Torturer. You want detail you can pore over for hours, fall in love with, end up forgetting because there\'s so much, and consequently fall in love with a piece over and over again when you take the time to drink it all in? The Torturer is for you. The design of this piece is such a testament to the Orcs\' hatred of all this good in Middle Earth, and Sam Gao once again knocks it out of the park by managing to craft this piece in such a way that it actually conveys Morgoth\'s original intent in creating the orcs -- to desecrate and horrify all of the goodness created by the other Valar; and in the Torturer, that malice shines through, undimmed by all the ages since the Chaining of Morgoth. From the dried, encrusted blood with which the Torturer has shaped his beard hair into tusks, to the pauldrons made from what appear to be bear or warg paws, to fact that his torso armor and grieves are made from the bones of his victims, this piece leaves no brutal detail unvisited! The paint is spot on, and the assembly design was excellent -- great fits, positive connections, and wonderful balance. I could go on and on. Instead, I\'ll just go back to saving up for the next bad guy from Middle Earth, because in my collections, they are the indisputable champions of detail, design, and beautiful execution!

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  2. Monstrous
    The best one yet facing Galadriel

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  3. WOW
    I have no idea why this isn\'t sold out yet? It\'s great and only 500 edition size. If you can get it, please get it. You\'ll be so happy you did.

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  4. Perfect
    0 default. A perfect statue. His face really expresses hatred, and it\'s very successful!

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  5. Fantastic
    Think I need to massage this into the collection.


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  6. At last! The original AZOG!
    Never thought Weta might ACTUALLY make this one, but make it they have! And it looks fantastic! Immortalizing this original version of the Azog character in polystone is cool enough, but it also rounds off the quartet of iterations begun with Yazneg, Bolg and the finalised Azog version.
    Cheers Weta!

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