Games Workshop taking advance orders for new sets for The Hobbit

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy
Jan 28th, 2013

Games Workshop is taking names for those that want their latest releases for The Hobbit as soon as they’re available. Be the first gamer on your block with these new models.

From the announcement:

Games Workshop’s epic journey through Middle-earth continues with another wave of releases for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Available for Advance Order today are two new plastic kits and four models in our premium Citadel Finecast resin.

First up in plastic, the Grim Hammers are stout and sturdy Dwarf figures, and come appropriately equipped for defending the halls of Erebor. They’re covered from beard to toe in heavy armour and wield pick hammers or sharp axes in a range of unique poses.

The plastic kits also include the Knights of Rivendell, which are an elite band of Elven warriors. These highly dynamic miniatures ride into battle sporting elegant armour and long lances – though the kit has options for one to carry a banner or a war horn, as well as casualties.

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  • Grindar

    I’ve not seen anybody with one of these models except the display at World of Battle (kinda nice living by their factory, nice speedy delivery to store…). Does anyone actually buy this stuff?

    • Piston Honda

      I have yet to hear anyone buy it, at my local shop it just sits there.

      The Wizkids version has sold plenty.

      Which is embarrassing to be out done by wizkids.

      • grimbergen

        Well WK stuff is available in more traditional retail channels like Target so that’s to be expected, and of course the prepainted + no extra rulebook purchase needed makes it that much easier to get into.

        • Nightbee

          I think he was talking about sales at a game shop, though. It’s the same thing at my local shop: WizKids’ thing is sold out and the GW display is largely untouched. And that’s despite the fact that the shop is pushing GW’s version very hard.

          Your other points are valid, but I still have a feeling that GW’s Hobbit ine is going to take a loss.

          • grimbergen

            Yeah… I see.

            Well it doesn’t surprise me. The regulars at my FLGS are either testerone-driven min/maxers obsessed with crushing the competition in warmahordes or warhammer, or more younger ccg/cmg players. Really nothing imbetween, i.e. the skirmish wargamer or historical gamer who likes to try something different.

          • KelRiever

            I’m not sure why a skirmish style player who wants to try something different wants to pay this much money just to play with figures from the hobbit, is the problem I see. For the price of Bilbo, Golum and a boat you can go get a starter set in pretty much any new skirmish game you want to try, right? That’s the problem I see here…that almost no matter who you are, who looks at 3 midget figures for $45 and thinks that is competative pricing?