“From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak I fought with him, the Balrog of Morgoth. Until at last, I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside. Darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time. Stars wheeled overhead and every day was as long as a life age of the Earth. But it was not the end. I felt life in me again. I’ve been sent back… until my task is done.”
Following their Hobbit friends, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli enter the gloom of the ancient forest of Fangorn. Dark and dangerous is this old wood; a remnant of the great forest that once covered much of the wild lands east of the mountains. As the gnarled trees that hang over them begin to groan ominously to one another, the three hunters are alerted to the presence of a mysterious, robed figure.
‘The White Wizard approaches,’ warns Legolas, and expecting their foe Saruman to appear, the trio let fly sword, axe, and arrow, only to be thwarted by a blinding magic. Quickly overcome, the friends’ thoughts turn to the worst, and in exasperation and fear demand their enemy reveal himself.
But the end has not come this day, for as the brilliant light fades and his grey mantle falls, standing before them is no fallen Wizard, but a friend from beyond the borders of the mortal world; Gandalf has returned.
‘I am Gandalf the White, and I come back to you now at the turn of the tide.’
GANDALF THE WHITE WIZARD
With the fellowship broken and scattered, the forces of Sauron and Saruman growing in strength, Merry and Pippin taken by enemies, and the Ringbearer lost in the east, Gandalf returns in radiance to shepherd the fragmented heroes of Middle-earth towards their future with renewed hope.
For this incarnation, we turned to expert sculptor Gary Hunt, who has applied his craft to many of our previous Gandalf statues, including the original Gandalf the White bust, sculpted over twenty years ago.
The moment where Gandalf the White first reveals himself was such a pivotal one, that I just knew we had to revisit him for the Classic Series. My first time sculpting Gandalf the White was before the film’s release, working with photos of Sir Ian McKellen posing. Now that we have digital scans of the actors, it allowed me to really hone in on the majesty of that moment.
To celebrate upcoming 20th anniversary of The Lord of The Rings, the team at Wētā Workshop have created a special line of polystone statues featuring Middle-earth’s major characters in their signature pose and clothing.
The Classic Series is Open Edition and has been tailor made to fit beautifully on your shelf.
Please note: Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each piece is hand painted and some variations will occur.
A NOTE ON OPEN EDITION COLLECTIBLES
This figure is an Open Edition piece, meaning it is not restricted to a specific number of reproductions. However, this does not guarantee Wētā Workshop will continue to produce the statue in the future. We recommend purchasing your Open Edition statue early to avoid disappointment. Should you miss out, please contact us at support@Wētānz.co.nz. Demand will determine if this collectible is reproduced.
Please note: You may see a number on your shipping carton that says "0123/1,000" - this is just the serial number of your piece in its particular production run and does not mean it's a limited edition.