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LEGO Smaug

LEGO The Hobbit – Smaug the Golden

14322819779 fe4d664ffb k 794x1024 LEGO The Hobbit   Smaug the GoldenThis LEGO build of Smaug from The Hobbit (not modeled on the movie specifically) is suitably imposing to look at. Its creator Shawn Snyder says that the model is 28″ from head to tail with a 35″ wingspan. It is intended to be used as part of a larger LEGO diorama of Smaug’s attack on Lake Town (Oops! Spoilers for a 77 year old story!).

For all that I think its an impressive model in its own right.

Source: Flickr – Smaug


Alternate Smaug Designs From WETA

So, as is common in the movie industry, WETA considered a variety of different designs for Smaug before settling on what we got to see in The Hobbit movies. And designer Andrew Baker has posted a big batch of those designs on his blog under the heading Smaug Fails.

Looking at what he has posted, I think it’s safe to say that he’s being self-deprecating on this one. Not all of the designs would have fit the style of the movie certainly. And some wouldn’t have captured the right feel for Smaug. But they are all visually arresting in their own right.

Make sure to click through and check out the entire collection.

Source: AndBakerDesigns.com – Smaug Fails

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition Will Be Really, Really Comp…

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Let’s face it The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is pretty long even in it’s short form. The Extended edition will come on no less than 5 disks (in DVD format) with a movie run time of 182 minutes. Which makes it 13 minutes longer than the theatrical release.

On top of which there will be directors commentaries and a massive number of documentaries. THe whole thing will be wonderfully packaged just like those Lord of the Rings extended editions.

New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth. From Matamata to Queenstown, travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand, transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-Earth.

The Appendices Part 7: A Long-Expected Journey. A 14-part chronological history of the filming of An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, and the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects:

* The Journey Back to Middle-Earth
* Riddles in the Dark: Gollum’s Cave
* An Unexpected Party: Bag End
* Roast Mutton: Trollshaws Forest
* Bastion of the Greenwood: Rhosgobel
* A Short Rest: Rivendell and London
* Over Hill: The Misty Mountains
* Under Hill: Goblin Town
* Out of the Frying Pan: The Forest Ledge
* Return to Hobbiton: The Shire
* The Epic of Scene 88: Strath Taieri
* The Battle of Moria: Azanulbizar
* Edge of the Wilderland: Pick-ups and the Carrock
* Home Is Behind, the World Is Ahead

The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth. Another selection of documentaries and featurettes await, further detailing the development, design and production of An Unexpected Journey:

The Company of Thorin. Explores the characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and the company of actors chosen to play Thorin’s company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Chapters include:

* Assembling the Dwarves
* Thorin, Fili and Kili
* Balin and Dwalin
* Oin and Gloin
* Dori, Nori and Ori
* Bifur, Bofur and Bombur

Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member. A revealing look at the film’s charismatic and talented lead actor, Martin Freeman.

Durin’s Folk: Creating the Dwarves Reveals the journey and process of designing, conceptualizing and physically realizing the dwarves in The Hobbit.

The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth. Focuses on the realization of new characters and creatures encountered in the first film:

* The Stone Trolls
* Radagast the Brown
* Goblins
* Azog the Defiler

Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town. Follows the creation of the Middle-Earth locations from conceptual design to set and prop building to fully digital realities. Realms explored include:

* Hobbiton
* Rhosgobel
* The Misty Mountains
* Goblin Town

The Songs of The Hobbit. A look at the realization of Tolkien’s songs in An Unexpected Journey.

The extende dedition is set for release on November 5th (about a month before Desolation of Smaug hits theaters) http://amzn.to/15qDTpP

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The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug – Promo Images

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We have a couple of new promo images from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which to be honest really aren’t going to tell you anything you didn’t expect.

Obviously yes Smaug is going to put in an appearance this time round and I think it’s reasonable to assume the trip down the river in the barrels will be one of the major action sequences.

I’m looking forward to both bits.

First Image of Beorn From The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

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This is apparently the first image of Beorn in human (or at least part human form) as he will appear in The Desolation of Smaug.

In the book Tolkien actually keeps it fairly vague as to Beorn’s exact nature and powers. In fact no one actually witnesses him transforming. But I think the movie will be much more on the nose.

It’s interesting that they’re going for such a wild look for him. Actor Mikael Persbrandt is playing Beorn in the movie.

BrickFair 2013 – LEGO Smaug

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LEGO mosaics are sort of an art and skill unto themselves since they combine more traditional mosaic styles with a three dimensional element.

And this image of Smaug from The Hobbit by Sharon Vance of Dexter, Michigan certainly deserves to be called art.

One of the last great dragons of Middle-Earth guards the treasure he stole from the dwarves of the Lonely Mountain.