Friday, December 3, 2010


So, I was digging through a few of the gazillion boxes that we moved from storage to the new house and I came across this figure that I had bought 2 years ago at the Emerald City Comic Con and never opened and I thought, "Oh snap! I'm gonna open this up and take pictures of it!"

So I did.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Gandalf the White from Middle Earth Toys!

Who the hell is Middle Earth Toys, you ask? Good question. I do remember these toys hitting retail about 2 or 3 years before the movies came out, but at that point, I had only read The Hobbit so I didn't really care about them. Soon after, I would devour all three novels in one Summer and be a true blue Tolkien fan forevermore.

As I said, I spotted this figure in a cheap-o bin at the ECCC, and despite the $9.00 price tag, I got him for $3.00.

Looking on the back of the card, these folks had some high hopes for their toy line, with their claim of "Over 40 figures planned!" Yeah, I bet there were. But it looks like they only made the first 6 or so.

Here we see the figure itself, which actually has some nice features and details, like the stitching on the hem of his cloak and the real metal chain around his neck. Not bad for a 6" figure. Oddly enough, however, he only has one elbow joint, on his right arm.

He come with a slew of accessories, and as an accessory junkie, I admit that this is what pobably sold me on him in the first place. He come with his Sorting Hat (Gryffindor!), his staff, what appears to be a money pouch, a bag of marijuana, a pipe to smoke it with and of course, Glamdring, his bad ass shiny sword complete with scabbard.

Here he is all decked out, calling Pippin a "fool of a Took!"

And I wanted to make this cool group shot of him with all of the nine Fellowship members, but since I don't have any Lord of the Rings figures (isn't that kind of weird?), I had to make do with what I had. Here we see the Fellowship; Boromir, Gandalf, Legolas and Aragorn in the back row, and in the front we see Gimli, Merry, Pippin, Frodo and Sam.

Now that's a fine group of adventurers!