Forever upset that my tour with Red Carpet Tours is over, luckily I bought lots of souvenirs to help me remember it. Looking back I wish I bought more stuff, especially books! I have no idea how I managed to stop myself from buying more copies of LOTR and The Hobbit.
First group of items I bought were from the Hobbiton movie site store. The fact that I managed to spend only about $60 USD is a miracle. This was only the second day of the tour so I knew I had to pace myself, if I didn’t I would have easily spent all of my NZ budget. Kicking myself that I didn’t buy that two-volume edition of The Hobbit, that store was the only place I’ve seen it! Next time — that’s what I keep telling myself. So this is what I bought:
- The Hobbit cap – I never wear hats, but I bought this so I wouldn’t a get sunburn on my face. I gave it to my dad when I got home.
- Green Dragon mug – Every mug was different, the colors were never in the same exact spot which I loved.
- Green Dragon shirt – The back has some lyrics from the song.
- Hobbiton postcard – I should have bought more!
- Hobbiton Movie Set pen
- Hobbiton Movie Set bottle opener – I don’t drink often so I don’t see myself using this any time soon but it’s so pretty! Obviously I needed it.
- Hobbiton Movie Set magnet – I love that it’s made from wood.
It’s been about a year since I first started doing Tolkien Collection Haul posts! This haul is definitely a big one, and it’s mostly because I went a little crazy at New York Comic Con in October.
We all know Weta Workshop creates and sells great stuff (I want it all). I wish I had the opportunity to get a lot of the cool items that were being sold during the LOTR-high era but I was young and didn’t have access to my own money…and my parents didn’t want to spend their’s, haha. Can’t blame them, it gets expensive. I was going through Weta’s website today and started to look at a bunch of SUPER COOL LOTR merch that is sadly sold out. So here are some of the items I wish were still being sold:
Look at these beauties! I’ve looked them up on Ebay before and it’s not being sold for $60 let me tell you! I also do want the Argonath bookends but anything Bag End I want more.
I spent way too much money at NYCC last year and I spend most of it at the Weta booth because of obvious reasons. One of the items I purchased was the Mirkwood Gaol Key that you can see in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I don’t own the key to Erebor, I was going to get that but I just really really love the design of the Mirkwood key. You can find it on Weta’s site here.
A few weeks ago my mom told me she has saved up enough miles for me to visit New Zealand!!! This would be my graduation present since I’m planning on finishing college by December and graduating next spring. When she told me I could go to NZ I was in shock because my mom hardly ever acknowledges my love for Tolkien. I was touched and I think I started to tear up a little because she gave me a weird look haha.
I don’t want to rush into it because I want to have enough time to plan what I want to do and how much money I will need. Also because I don’t know what my life will be like after becoming a college graduate, will I have a job? An internship? Will I even be able to have time off? Or maybe I won’t have anything that will keep me busy…but I hope I will! As of right now I am aiming to go to NZ sometime in December of 2016. I was told it would be better to go during my winter, NZ’s summer, so the weather is nice and warm and Hobbiton is green and lush. I can’t even grasp the fact that I will actually get to walk along the paths of the Shire and walk up the steps to Bag End. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it, I have no idea how I will react when I am actually there. Continue reading
As stated in my last post, one of my goals for 2015 is to do a Tolkien haul post every three months and what better way to start than the beginning of the new year?! There are some items that I have added to my collection within that last few months but because I’m lazy and don’t feel like taking them out to take photos, they won’t be shown in this post.
I’ll start with figures first. I didn’t realize I added so many to my collection within the last three months, but it’s mostly because of New York Comic Con.
The list will be from left to right:
- Strider figure
- The Balrog – Flame of Udun Polystone Statue by Sideshow Collectibles
- Prologue Bilbo
- Sauron Funko Pop
- Pippin and Ugluk
- Frodo and Sam with Lothlorien boat
- Arwen, Frodo and Asfaloth
- Orc and warg battle scale figures
- Rohan battle scale figure
- Frodo doll
- Arwen doll
- Aragorn doll
- Frodo Funko plushie
- Invisible Bilbo, Gollum and Frodo