18 August 2016

Middle-earth Limited Collector's Edition Set

Coming soon from Warner Bros.: Peter Jackson's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies in one limited edition collector's set!

For the first time ever, Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson's epic adventure is available in one spectacular limited collector's edition box set!

- The Limited Collector's Edition includes 30 discs featuring all six Middle-earth films in their extended edition forms, housed in six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. The one-of-a-kind wood shelf is crafted from solid wood with design selected by Peter Jackson.

- In addition to the extended edition release of every film, the collection also includes all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended editions.

- Exclusive premiums designed for the collection include: Spectacular 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, filled with original film sketches and new artwork; Original reproductions of exquisite watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe, framable and wall-ready

The limited collector's edition box set is available for pre-order and is currently listed at $799.99; the theatrical Hobbit and Lord of the Rings set will only set you back $68.99. Items will ship on 1 November, 2016. 

While this set looks incredible and would be a must-have for any extreme collector, the price tag is simply too high for me. Some of the extra features are nice, but I don't think they warrant a $730 price jump from the theatrical set. It would be nice if a third version became available, at least a boxed set of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit extended editions. Unfortunately, I'll be sitting this one out, as I didn't like the Hobbit films enough to even buy the original Blu-ray films. But for the collector with lots of money burning a hole in their pocket, this seems like a good purchase. If it's really a "limited" edition set, then its value will only increase over time.

Several folks have already weighed in over on Twitter; what do you think of the $800 price tag? What other item(s) would you like to see included for such a high value? More importantly, which set will you be purchasing?


  1. I agree. I would not pay $800 or anything near that for this set. I don't think they will sell many at that price point.

  2. Personally, I prefer paying that amount of money for an original WETA sculpture. Minas Tirith if you ask me :)

    1. Same here. Sculptures are a solid investment :)

  3. There is no way in Utumno or Mordor anyone would dish out $800.00 for this collectors set.

    1. I know a few people who will, but the majority of fans will/can not. It seems pretty unfair to make it so inaccessible to the masses, if you ask me :(

  4. Well, if it had been a true collectors' edition - with new material available and we all know how MUCH there is still out there and would be appreciated by the people who love the films - then one might have considered a $399 price tag for films, shelf and extra bits.

    However, like this - particularly when Warner Bros. did an Amazon account for a publication in Oct which is now dead (sold out?) and then silently added a second one for Nov 1 where you can buy the thing - it really sounds like one of Warner Bros. obvious attempts to simply bleed wallets all over the globe for nothing spectactular.

    It's a over-priced repackaging of what people already have. Why spend $799 on it?

    They should reprint the Howard Shore scores instead - didn't do enough of those! :)

    1. I whole-heartedly agree! Nothing about this set warrants an $800 price tag. New material, perhaps. Right now it just seems like WB's usual antics - put out an inferior product but expect people to shell out an insane amount of money.

      And I agree - the music was the best part of the films! I'd love to see them focus on those instead :)



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