Sideshow Toys has introduced their first character from their 12-inch Lord of the Rings line. Aragorn as Strider the Ranger is currently up for pre-order. If you have seen the films, you realize that this is Aragorn from the first flick - The Fellowship of the Ring. It's an amazing likeness of Viggo Mortensen. Sideshow has raised their prices a little for this line, as Aragorn is selling for $64.99.
The many heroic and indelible characters who populated The Lord of the Rings film series, are also among the most familiar and cherished images in Hollywood history. Sideshow Collectibles, a specialty manufacturer of iconic television and film collectibles, in association with New Line Cinema, is currently producing a line of Lord of the Rings Premium Format figures. This 1:4 scale figure line follows a very successful Lord of the Rings collectibles line, created when Sideshow Collectibles partnered with award winner effects studio, WETA workshop, to produce more than 180 high-end, collectable statues, busts, and helms. Sideshow Collectibles has worked closely in the past with New Line Cinema on licensed 12-inch figures from New Line's House of Horror, including such films as Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And, starting in second-quarter 2006, Sideshow Collectible's own Lord of the Rings range will expand to include 12-inch figures from the landmark film series.
Sideshow Toys has announced that they have the exclusive US distribution rights for Medicom's Real Action Heroes 12-inch figure lines. They have announced that Sideshow will begin distributing the two red hot characters from Evangelion and the personalities from the Sex Pistols.
If this wasn't big enough news, Sideshow also announced that they will be distributing 12-inch figure lines and model kits from Hot Toys. They will begin their venture with the release of John Rambo and Colonel Samuel Trautman from First Blood: Part 2. Look for these to drop in early 2006. We - children of the 80's - are excited about this one.