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One Ring To Rule Them All

June 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Lord of The Rings, Movies

I have too many bootleg toys. Seriously. I have toys I don’t even remember buying. Like the ones in this post. How I could forget I had these is beyond me.
The bootleg toys in this post are from one of my all time favorite series of books that was made into some fantastic movies. Yet I forgot I even had them? WoW! Really. Just WoW!

Now I never bought the toys from the Lord of The Rings movie. But I am pretty sure that the card art work has been taken from the original Toybiz packaging. Arwen up top comes with a sword and a Frodo card. All the figures come with a card. But the cards are put in at random. So the character in the card doesn’t match the actual figure it comes with.

Above is the Ringwraith. On the back of the card, the bootleg toy makers posted pics of all the figures in the bootleg toy series. For some reason, they did not include the Ringwraith or Arwen. Why? I guess only the bootleg toy makers know.

I think this is Pippin or it could be Merry. Not quite sure and I’ll explain why in a bit. But this guy has some kind of elbow disease. Which would explain the look of pain and anguish on his face.

Now the back of the card features other figures available in this bootleg toy series. I couldn’t find a couple of them. So I’m guessing I don’t have the complete bootleg toy series. Like I mentioned before, Arwen and the Ringwraith are not pictured on the back.
Now about my confusion as to who the hobbit I think is Pippin or Merry…  There’s a figure in the top row of five figures that is identified as Ran (or maybe Ban? I can’t tell, the text is kind of blurry on the card). Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t remember this character. So I’m leaning towards the idea that maybe the bootleg toy makers just misidentified the figure.

Now for the close ups…

This Arwen figure just gives me the creeps. Brrrrrrrr……..

I’m sorry, but did people actually pay good money for the ‘real’ Ringwraith figure? I can see why I paid for a bootleg toy (the novelty of the thing). But why would anybody want a figure with no head? I bet Toybiz got a good laugh when they created this figure. Still, I can see it being really easy to customize.

Finally, Merry, Pippin, Ran or Ban. You pick the name. Yup! This guy’s just not feeling very well. Maybe it’s the anguish of knowing he’s not a ‘real’ toy, but instead, just some cheap knockoff.

Anybody who knows anything about Hobbits, knows they have hairy feet. Well, above is a pic of the bootleg toy makers attempt at Hobbit feet. I’d give them an F for effort. But come on, at least they tried to give some detail to the feet.

Well, that’s it for this first batch of LOTR bootleg toys. More are coming and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.
The Lord of The Rings series is one of my all time favorites. I still remember when I read The Hobbit and then found out there were more books with Hobbits. I was just a kid and the trilogy was a bit more for me to grasp. But I enjoyed it and since that initial reading, I’ve read the series five more times.
Yeah, Lord of The Rings is special to me cuz it led me to reading other fantasy series (and this from a guy who prefers science fiction!)

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 monoloco35 // Nov 12, 2009 at 1:02 am

    those “hairy” feet look like they’re covered with mud

  • 2 Wonder Waffle // Jun 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    looks like foot fungus to me 0. 0

  • 3 That One Person // May 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t know if anybody will even see this, but could “Ban/Ran” actually be Sam?

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