I remember when my wife took me to watch the first Lord of the Rings film at the theater and afterwards she asked me what I thought about it. The first thing I could think to say after seeing the books come to life on screen were "I wish we lived in Middle Earth." I still stand by that sentiment, even though we technically do, as Middle Earth was based on Midgard from Norse Mythology, which is the world of man. But I want it as it looked in the films: endless breathtaking scenery filled with magic and adventure. My biggest adventures now are trying to figure how to pay my student loans and not starve to death like the government seems intent on, and trying to figure out why Instagram keeps crashing on my iPad. Sigh.
Everyone out there knows that whenever Weta Workshop is involved in a film that everything they touch will be a highlight, and there collectibles are some of the most impressive I've ever been able to see in person. Now they're expanding their horizons into the world of vinyl toys and I couldn't be happier. Each of the first five figures from their new Mini Epics line offers a stylized take on classic characters from The Lord of the Rings. Choose from Gimli, Frodo, Gollum, a Uruk-Hai Berserker, and a Moria Orc, or just get them all and start your new obsession off properly. All five are available for preorder now at http://wetaworkshop.com