Hobbit Advanced Order Now Live

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Time to welcome in the Hobbit.

Here's what the Advance Order page currently looks like. See many more pictures after the jump

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Bundle. - £447.00

Buying everything will set you back a fair sum. It's a lot to have out, but it's going to be on a lot of Christmas lists.

The Hobbit: Escape From Goblin Town: Limited Edition - £75

Radagast the Brown - Limited Edition
At 56 models the set seems a tad highly priced at £75. We'll have to see what it comes down to post Limited Ed release. I suppose it does at least contain terrain. The goblins look suitably hideous, and I expect we'll be seeing them in many a conversion. Thorin's Company are looking very much outmatched in terms of pure numbers.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - £50

At £50 it's £5 more than the 40K rulebook, and at only 288 pages to the 40K books 452 it's look very overpriced. Considering we'll see another two of these released in 2013, and 2014 to accompany the new film/game edition it seems to be a waste of money.

The Trolls- £50

On 60mm bases these are large models, but the price seems high for models that in all will see little use. They also seem a bit short on detail, although that may be a sympton of translation from screen to model.

Goblin Warriors - £20

It's good to see this sort of kit not repeating models, but this is balanced against them not being multi part. There are some good very nice models in the set, and they don't look too flat for single piece models. I keep saying but these are going to make good ghouls, or chaos cultists, or many other things besides, and they do have a very good price point relative to other plastic kits.

Hunter Orcs - £20

These aren't impressing me as much as the goblins.I can't quite put my finger on why though.

Hunter Orcs On Fell Wargs - £20
 I'm not a fan of the Orcs, or the new look Wargs, with their sticking out ears. The kit comes with the legs already moulded onto the Wargs back, which really cuts down conversion opportunists. We also seem to be getting two of each mount.

Goblin Town - £35

I like this kit. Firstly for being practical terrain with ladders to actually move levels. Secondly, for the idea of putting together lots of kits as White Dwarf has done for some really impressive scenery. Thirdly, and most importantly, the conversion opportunities offered (lots of wooden fencing, or a crude hut, or an Orc fort etc) by the kit are good, or simply altering it's use. I think we're going to see this on more than a few Malifaux Bayou tables.

The White Council - £45

At £11.25 a model the price is a bit steep for my tastes. Of them all, only Gandalf really makes me want to buy the set. GW really need to have worked out the issue with Finecast as we'll no doubt be seeing an influx of new players and selling them expensive model with holes in isn't going to win them over.

Bolg - £15

On only a 25mm base Blog better be a tall and hulking model to justify his cost.


 Another model on a 25mm base, between Narzug and Bolg the White Council are starting to look cheap. His blurb is slighly baffling, as
"Narzug is an expert shot even from the saddle of a racing Fell Warg."
Which suggests he ought to be riding one possibly?

Fimbul The Hunter - £25

A worthy candidate for a Strigoi Vampire Lord model I think. I actually quite like him.

Goblin Captain - £10

 I'm fairly ambivalent to this model. What makes me unimpressed is the horribly worded description.
The Goblin Captain miniature is as wiry, muscular and misshapen as any other Goblin. Notable about this model is his bulging eyes, a satchel slung around the side of his waist, the tufts of hair growing by his large ears, and he is gesturing with one long outstretched arm towards the distance. Standing with his mouth agape, the Goblin Captain carries a large primitive sword. All of these details come rich in the detail of Citadel Finecast.
Just urgh.

The Hobbit Custom Figure Case - £40

Another Limited Ed release, this set is specifically desinged to hold the contents of the Escape From Goblin Town set, and the three Stone Trolls (but not, it appears, their fire). I'll be more impressed by GW figue cases when they start selling the foam separately.

The Hobbit Paint Set - £25

I think this is priced a little high, as it's going to be the first purchase of many people getting into the hobby for the first time off the back of the film. I can also see the new paint names being a paint in the arse for anyone unfamiliar with GW, unless it's all a cunning ploy to get people interested in other systems by subliminal messaging.

And that's the lot. Some interesting releases, and some iffier ones. The boxed game looks fairly good, and well done to everyone who had money down on it containing dwarves, a wizard and a hobbit. I wonder how much Radagast will go for on eBay in a months time?

It would seem, more so than I've thought with LotR figures, that these models have potential for other uses, and I expect we'll see them cropping up in different systems.

The forces of good are going to be hard pressed on the tabletop, unless January brings an influx of models for their side of things. I wonder how much GW's hands are tied by both what will happen n this film, and what they can release without giving too much of the film away at this stage. I wonder when we'll see Thorin's Company in Finecast, as it would be the most obvious release in the months following the launch. Certainly ongoing support will be something to follow closely, as there is only so much that can be done within the confines of the film/book's plot, and I think we'll see a long lull leading up to this time next year, when another big rush of releases comes out. The main thing for GW will be maintaining any increased numbers when the films are done with.