Lord of the Rings Reboot – Prepare for the Hobbit

January 28, 2012 by warzan

So we sat around until 2:30am killing time (and brain cells) on the chat discussing a range of intellectual topics, then @madcowcrazy dropped in ;)

Yes we are that fanatical about toy soldiers, not the Hobbit (yet) if I’m being honest, but definitely Toy Soldiers.

Anyway after a bit (over 2 hours lol) of a delay here is what all the fuss was about…

So, other than the above range of models (a whole heap of finecast – more news on that later) there are 5 new books:

  • The Lord of the Rings: Kingdoms of Men
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Free Peoples
  • The Lord of the Rings: Mordor
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fallen Realms
  • The Lord of the Rings: Moria & Angmar

We’re told that focus is shifting back to the Strategy Battle Game and War of the Ring is acting like an Apocalypse Book. But this is only prep work for the real meat that is bound to start making its appearance soon.

The release for the Hobbit itself could be any one’s guess at this stage, certainly GW know whats in the film and a certain two brothers have known for quite some time what’s in the film and perhaps even seen early ‘stuff’. (Beer is our best friend sometimes)

But what are the options, I would love a Dungeon Crawler Boardgame type thing for the Hobbit, but we are not expecting any ‘boardgames’ this year. But a big box game is almost a certainty (and probably more than one!)

The question is, knowing what happend the last time round (with LoTR Movies causing massive growth) where do we see the industry in the next two years?

Exciting times indeed, if Peter Jackson creates another runaway hit, and GW can do the same thing (i.e. a good game) might just get very busy.

So major movie tie in, Flames of War 3, Warhammer 40K 6th Ed are we looking at the biggest year in wargaming?

The long term is dependent on keeping the players this time though!