United Cutlery announced that it was awarded the licensing agreement to produce replicas of weapons used in the highly-anticipated films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, each directed by Peter Jackson. The films are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
United Cutlery, of course, held the license to reproduce weapons from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and BLADE Magazine ran several of the weapons, stills from the movies and images of characters on the covers and in features of several past issues.
The new line will consist of Dwarven and Elven weapons and arms replicas, along with signature icons, such as the Staff of Gandalf, Sting, and the legendary sword of Thorin Oakenshield, Orcrist. Each collectible will be exactly replicated from the actual film props created by Weta Workshop for the film production. Sting and Orcrist will lead off the line, which will be released in late 2012.
“We are thrilled to return to Middle-earth and continue our partnership with Warner Bros,” said Clint Kadel, CEO and owner of United Cutlery. “With Peter Jackson at the helm, the two films based on The Hobbit™ are sure to be a hit. We are very excited to have the opportunity to give the fans a line of collectibles they will love, while at the same time creating a consistent extension of our The Lord of the Rings line.”