'The Lord of the Rings'(TM) Trading Card Game to Feature Original
Images From Weta Workshop
The Award-Winning Studio That Created Special Effects for the Film Trilogy
Will Design Images of Characters Not Yet Seen Exclusively for the Game
Weta Workshop, the Academy Award- winning special effects studio responsible for
creating many props and special effects used in New Line Cinema's "The Lord of
the Rings" films has now created unique photographic images of characters not
depicted in the movies for use in "The Lord of the Rings" Trading Card Game.
The award-winning crew cast, costumed, and created character images earlier this
year at their workshop in New Zealand for the popular strategy card game created
and manufactured by Norfolk, Va.-based Decipher.
Characters included in this exclusive photo shoot included: Tom Bombadil, the
enigmatic character who saved the Hobbits before they got to Bree in the first
novel of the J.R.R. Tolkien epic; Goldberry, Tom Bombadil's wife; Radagast,
Gandalf's wizard peer; Glorfindel, the original elf who took Frodo to Rivendell;
and Elrohir and Elladan, sons of Elrond; among others. The original images will
begin to appear on cards introduced in trading card game sets beginning in May
"We are extremely honored to have Weta involved in bringing these characters to
life through our trading card game," said Warren Holland, Decipher's Chief
"Richard Taylor and his team in New Zealand have created some of the most
outstanding special effects in the history of film. We are looking forward to
the wonders that they will create for our game, further extending Middle-earth
for TCG players, as well as J.R.R. Tolkien fans and collectors."
Richard Taylor, Director of Weta Workshop, said, "Weta Workshop is very excited
about the challenge of creating these wonderful new characters for Decipher's
'The Lord of the Rings' Trading Card Game. We wanted to create many of these
characters for the films, but obviously the limitations of screen time prevented
that from happening. These are characters the fans have been clamoring to see
and now they can exclusively through Decipher's game." He continued, "Staying
loyal to the words of J.R.R. Tolkien has been enormously important to us in
everything that we have created for the film trilogy -- and we intend to do the
same with the images that we will create for Decipher."
Creating almost every aspect of Middle-earth, Weta Workshop designed and
produced over 1,200 hand-made suits of armor, 2,000 weapons, miniatures, and
prosthetic feet and ears that helped create the authenticity manifested in the
films. In addition, Weta Workshop was responsible for the creation of 12 major
creatures, including such computer-generated characters as Gollum and Treebeard.
Source: Decipher Inc.
Date: March 15, 2004
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