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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Toy Review: LOTR Gandalf vs. Balrog Dioramma

 Toy Review: LOTR Gandalf vs. Balrog Dioramma

About the product: A limited edition of 1000.  Sideshow Collectibles proudly presents ‘The Duel of Light and Fire’ – Gandalf vs. Balrog Diorama, the newest piece to join The Lord of the Rings Diorama series. This powerful diorama depicts Gandalf’s selfless act as he places himself between the demon Balrog and the Fellowship of the Ring. Each piece is cast in high quality polystone, hand-finished, and hand-painted to exacting standards. ‘The Duel of Light and Fire’ – Gandalf vs. Balrog Diorama is a fine addition to any The Lord of the Rings collection.
Our Take: The dioramma features the epic scene eluded to in the Fellowship of the Ring, but shown fully in the Two Towers. Gandalf and the Fellowship are crossing through the dark dwarf-controlled mountain inards around the bridge of Khazad Dum, when they encounter an ancient evil…the Balrog! Gandalf battles with the creature, but his grey wizard magic isn’t enough, the two fall into the deep depths of the earth engaged in an epic battle that eventually evolves Gandalf into a white wizard!
The Balrog has been rarely featured in Lord of the Rings merchandise, until now. The detail work on this full-scale dioramma is absolutely breathtaking. The Balrog is featured in all its glory with heat enfused flesh and an encompasing wingspan. Gandalf is a tiny addition, to show the scale difference between the two characters
When we saw pics of this one online it wasn’t that impressive. Pictures honestly can’t do it enough justice. This is one of the most amazing pieces I’ve ever seen and its definately a tops for Sideshow Collectibles. They really outdid themselves on this one.
Its large..I won’t lie to you. About 18″ in height alone, not to mention the width. I recommend having a large, enclosed display case for it or a VERY sturdy bookcase for it to go on the top of, but you must own this piece before its gone. The Hobbit is coming out in a year or two, and Funko is already producing some LOTR product, so Lord of the Rings fever is going to strike again!  I cannot recommend this one enough!

Product Size: 18″ H (457.2mm) x 14″ W (355.6mm) x 12″ L (304.8mm)*
How to buy: Sideshow Collectibles Website
Product Provided by: Sideshow Collectibles