I’d mentioned in my 2012 wrap-up that the Bridge Direct’s Hobbit line was an amazing little thing that took me by surprise last year. I was very excited to find out they would be showing off their new figures at Toy Fair this year, so I did not hesitate to attend their panel today. The Bridge Direct showed off new toys for both the 3 3/4″ line as well as the 6″ line and then stayed and chatted with us, answering questions and taking comments and suggestions.
WARNING! I am going off memory so if something ends up wrong I apologize.
We were told that the new figures should be in stores around October/November 2013. The new characters that we know of for the 6″ line will be Azog, Bolg, and Radagast. Yazneg, who was previously only released in the UK will be joining Bilbo in a two-pack. Azog will be packed with Thorin and Bolg will be packed with Gandalf. These 6″ two-packs will be priced at $19.99 MSRP which is only five dollars more than the current single packs. It is also worth noting that both Azog and Bolg are almost an inch taller than any other Hobbit figures to date. Radagast with removable hat and staff will be single packed. I asked if Azog, Yazneg, and Bolg would see a single pack release and Bridge said this is definitely a possibility if retailers want it. We may also see new figures packed in “Desolation of Smaug” packaging when they do come out later this year.
As far as the 3 3/4″ line we will complete the company of Thorin Oakenshield by releasing two packs of Dori, Nori, Ori, Gloin, Oin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur. If you have somehow bought NONE of these there will be a huge box set of the thirteen dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf for around $80. Azog will come packed with his White Warg and good old Radagast will join the smaller scale as well.
We spoke with the owner of Bridge Direct and he seemed very keen on the idea of doing a Smaug for the 3 3/4″ line. The line of thinking was that he would probably be a cheated scale but very large. They considered the Fel Beast from the Toy Biz line a good starting point when considering size. However, they have not gotten any source material yet from WETA so they would need that soon if there is any chance of a Smaug this year. They are also very interested in feedback so if this sounds like something you want Bridge Direct wants to hear from you. They also said it doesn’t hurt to email WETA so they can get some Smaug reference points!
A SDCC exclusive as well as a DVD tie-in is planned. The Bridge Direct also told us they are sold out of the six-inch figures so that is a good sign. Check out the gallery below: