ago, when this ancient planet was not
so ancient, long before man recorded his history,
it was the time of Middle-Earth, and man shared
his days with Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, Goblins,
Dragons,... and Hobbits,..."
...And so began The Hobbit;
an animated made for t.v. movie,
produced by Rankin-Bass in 1977; which was based on the
book of the same name, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Set in Middle-Earth it told the story of an adventure
which would set
the standard for the realm fantasy for years to come. I remember
first seeing this as a child and have had many
happy memories of it since.
With the upcoming movies based on the Lord
Of The Rings trilogy,
an extension of the original Hobbit novel, I've found a new spark
of interest in Middle-Earth and its inhabitants.
For those of you who may not know, a company called
The Toy Vault currently has the right to make figures based
on the Tolkien novels and has done so under the name
Middle-Earth Toys. While some of their work was quite
good I didn't feel that it lived up to the vision created by
Tolkien's words, or that created by Rankin-Bass,...
As a result I give you THE HOBBIT,
done in the style of the
Rankin-Bass movies, and sculpted by John Eggena
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When I'm done these figures will be about 1:8
scale which would make the men
approx. 9 inches tall, and dwarves and hobbits about 5-4 inches tall. so far the
only articulation I can see happenning with this figure is the arms and head as I
don't quite have the resources that the major toy companies have,...
Even though my favorite character would have to
be Gandalf, I decided that the
main character should probably be done first of all. So,.. I've started with the
central character of 'The Hobbit', Bilbo Baggins. Meanwhile Gandalf is in
sights and will be the next one I work on.
Here's an early scan of what I've done so far,...