Given the recent outcry at the $800 price tag for the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition, and inspired by TheOneRing.net’s recent Facebook post, I thought it would be fun to see what $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products.
Bear in mind that this is just a very selective list and may include other items that have been overseen. Prices are also based on approximations.
So, imagine you have $800 in your hand, or next to you and you’re ready to splurge on Middle-earth. Instead of choosing the Limited Collector’s Edition, you decide to purchase one of the following bundles …
- The Lord of the Rings (Deluxe Edition)
- The Hobbit (Deluxe Edition)
- The Silmarillion (Deluxe Edition)
- Unfinished Tales (Deluxe Edition)
- The Children of Húrin (Deluxe Edition)
- Tales from the Perilous Realm (Deluxe Edition)
- The Complete History of Middle-earth (Deluxe Edition)
- The Hobbit (Paperback)
Rough approximate total: $799.50
- Lord Elrond at Dol Guldur (WETA statue)
- Gandalf the Grey (WETA statue)
- Nazgûl (WETA miniature figure)
- The Balrog T-Shirt
- Nenya, the Ring of Galadriel (Sterling Silver)
Rough approximate total: $798.70
- The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition (Blu-Ray Box set)
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition (Blu-Ray Box set)
- The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set (Paperback)
- Chronicles 1: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
- Chronicles 2: Creatures & Characters (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
- Chronicles 3: Art & Design (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
- Chronicles 4: Cloaks & Daggers (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
- Chronicles 5: Art & Design (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
- Chronicles 6: The Art of War (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide (Paperback)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide (Paperback)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Official Movie Guide (Paperback)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion (Hardback)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion (Hardback)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Visual Companion (Hardback)
- Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
- The Art of Film (20 Years of WETA)
- Bag-End (Miniature Set)
Rough approximate total: $792.70
There are hundreds of possible combinations, so take your pick. What’s certain is that $800 can buy you loads of other items.
Still, the fact remains the the Collector’s edition price tag is there to remain and nothing we say or do will change that.
All we have to decide is what to do with the price that is given to us …
What would you spend that amount of money on? Comment below!
10 thoughts on “What $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products”
Since I have all of the extended editions on Blu-Ray (thanks to a huge sale on Amazon a few months ago 🙂 ), I’d probably opt for a book/paraphernalia mix, starting with a new Evenstar. The Evenstar that my husband bought me when I was sixteen has been losing a stone repeatedly over the last couple of years. After the last time (when I was sure it was really lost for good), I decided it was time to put it in a case and leave it there. But seriously, I loved that necklace and wouldn’t complain about having one that doesn’t lose stones to wear. 🙂
Anduril, Flame of the West (replica)! With Gandalf’s staff and a Sting replica. And while I’m at it I might get Legolas’s Bow. Oh and Orcrist! And if there’s any money left I’ll get the History of Middle-earth series (ANY edition – I still have not bought this series!!! Dreadful!!!) I shall nobly resist the temptation to splash all the money on Isildur’s Bane…. but then again, why not? Why not use the ring? Let us use the weapon of the enemy against him! Give Gondor £800 to splash on this ring!
I’d buy some more of the Cryptozoic Hobbit trading cards on ebay — they have some really neat artwork.
$800. EIGHT. HUNDRED. That right there tells me it’s going to be a long time before any sort of Tolkien film is made again. (sigh)
Bundle #3 would be my choice! ^_^
I would definitely go with the first bundle. I’d take those gorgeous editions of the books over some hyped-up collectors editions of the films any day.
I admit, Bundle #1 seems pretty awesome… except that Hobbit paperback won’t be needed…ok, maybe a gift for someone 😛