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. Wētā Workshop was thrilled to return to Middle-earth once again, contributing design, specialty props and specialty costu


Miniature statue
(W x H x L) 10.5 cm x 6.8 cm x 10.5 cm
Weight: 0.705 lbs (0.32 kg)
Principal Sculptor:
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When the Dwarves of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield are captured and imprisoned by King Thranduil, Bilbo Baggins must conceive a bold plan to secure his friends’ freedom. 

Stealing keys and leading his friends to the Elven King’s cellar, the hobbit bundles his companions into empty barrels and sends them careening to freedom down an underground river. As guards rush to prevent their escape, Bilbo leaps bravely after them, into the black waters and the new dangers to which it will sweep them all.

Released in the lead-up to the opening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, our Barrel Rider collectibles are scaled to match the exclusive The Desolation of Smaug Collector's Edition DVD statue featuring Thorin, Kili and Bilbo.

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, Wētā Workshop

Bilbo Baggins Barrel Rider is an Open Edition piece.  

Please note: images are of a pre-production prototype. Each statue is hand painted and minor variations will occur.

Wētā 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. Nice and small!
    Great attention to detail once again all the way to the hair on Bilbo\'s foot. The water is really well done as well! Quite small but that was expected. Weta still manages to bring out plenty of great details even if the piece doesn\'t have a lot to work on.

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  2. very good
    got 3 barrel riders now and love each of them wonderful craftmanship goes into each one of them cant wait for them to bring out new ones to complete the collection

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  3. Bilbo Barrel Rider
    I got this amazing product from Weta Workshop Wellington for amazing price buy 4 for $100! This statue is a very nice looking piece if you look very close you can see on Bilbo\'s coat it has a dark red texture that it shows that is wet. This statue is very detailed and awesome to display

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  4. I'm new
    I meant to give him 5 stars. Forgive me as I'm new to this. Thanks

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  5. Hang on!
    I love this little statue. I would recommend everyone add him to their collections. He is small but mighty :)

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  6. good looking statue!!
    Second barrel rider ive added to my new it...lot,s of detail would look good in anyones collection

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  7. Very nice!
    I "won" this little statue at San Diego Comic Con. I tend to collect larger figures, and wouldn't have been drawn to this one, but I loved it on arrival. The paint detail is lovely, and the sculpt really catches the action and his facial features. Very happy with it. Might buy another in the series so he isn't lonely.

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  8. Bilbo rocks!
    The Summer of Smaug is in full go, as we get closer to Comic-Con 2013. We have had the first teaser poster, first trailer, and the first of Sir Peter Jackson’s Vlogs for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now, we get the first product for the second film capturing a key moment in the Traveling Party’s journey to Erebor. The moment captured in this mini-statue is one of the participants in the barrel escape. The first character to be done in this series of mini-barrel riders is our loveable Hobbit Bilbo Baggins. This statue is a pre-release before the movie and shows the awesomeness of the collectibles to come from what we will see in the second film.


    The overall graphic for this mini-statue box is the same as we’ve seen from other statues for The Hobbit be it smaller than say a normal 1:6th statue box. Per the format we’ve come to know the front of the box gives you a great shot of Bilbo, the title of the movie (now saying though The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), a special wax looking stamp saying it’s a preview collectible, and of course the Weta logo. As we’ve seen before you get a couple of shots of the statue on one side of the box. However, the other side gives you information about the statue and how it’s tied to the second film. While the back of the box gives you a look at a couple of items that you can buy from Weta.


    Brigitte Wuest is a name many fans that have collected statues based on the characters of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit should know quite well. Ms. Wuest is back with another amazing piece. Doing a statue of this size and its smaller than even some of the previous mini-statues you’ve seen reviewed here before is a challenge. Well, the job done to make this statue detailed and capture a likeness was a successful one. When you look at this piece you see Martin Freeman and at a full 1:6th scale that’s a great thing, but even more so when you look at the size of this statue. Ms. Wuest did a superb job of making sure that we are able to have a great likeness of Mr. Freeman as he plays Bilbo in this moment.

    The outfit is also very well done and there is great amount of detail within what you do see with this statue. His jacket very much looks like its real cloth, as do his pants. His hair also has some great detail in it very much looking like the hair he has on his head as we see it on screen. The barrel Bilbo is holding on to is a very detailed piece with all the little bits and pieces we see in barrels here in the real world. You also get the rushing water of the river, which we will see all these barrels making their way through. There is quite a bit of detail here when you examine the statue seeing how it’s made to look as if the water is a treacherous ride for the company.


    The skin tone on this piece is well done as usual by the folks at Weta Workshop. You look at Bilbo and you see someone who very much looks healthy and alive, which is something you want in your collectibles. Aiding the sculpting detail of the clothing is the paint job, which puts the final touches to create the cloth look we expect. The barrel as I said has a great sculpting job done to give it the proper details, but the job to put the cherry on top comes with the paint job. This allows for the barrel to look like its truly made of wood and something you would see in the real world. Of course you have the water, which is, has a great blue paint job creating the illusion of water. However, the coolest aspect of the paint job is the clear lacquer that’s been applied to this statue. In order to give it the proper wet look Weta applied a clear lacquer to the Bilbo, the barrel, and the water. Weta did a fantastic job of doing this so it has the proper wet look but not something that looked slimy.


    Bilbo retails for $65, which is a fantastic price along with something most collectors can fit into a tight budget. The price will also make it much easier for collectors to get all the members of the Traveling Party. As I said the sculpt and paint on this statue is really well done and even more so when you factor in the size of the piece. I want to add that with every release in this line Weta is just continuing to show how great they with these statues.


    Bilbo is the first in this series of mini-barrel rider statues. He is an open edition and can be purchased for just $65.

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  9. hold on little hobbit!
    do not let the size of this piece put you off buying it. it's a little gem and just make me smile >=:) the way the water laps up against the barrel makes this piece very believable ie: the rest of the barrel is under the water \m/

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