United Cutlery has signed on to create weapons replicas from the upcoming The Hobbit films.
United produced a collection of more than 50 licensed weapon, helm and prop replicas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The new Hobbit line will include Dwarven and Elven weapons and arms replicas, along with signature icons, such as the Staff of Gandalf and Sting. Each collectible will be exactly replicated from the actual film props created by Weta Workshop for the film production.
The first replicas to be released will be Sting and the sword of Thorin Oakenshield, Orcrist, set to hit stores later this year.
"We are thrilled to return to Middle-earth and continue our partnership with Warner Bros," says Clint Kadel, chief executive officer and owner, 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."
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released Dec. 14, with the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, slated for release a year later on Dec. 13, 2013. The films are being produced by New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.