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Extended License for LotR/Hobbit


With the changes that seem to be right on the horizon with Warhammer 30k coming, the Hobbit/LotR had a missing piece of the puzzle on why the license was extended. According to this the license was extended or GW would have to destroy unsold models. If that license was getting close to expire, it is logical to extend it for the time being, while phasing it out to make room for Warhammer 30k/ historical battles.


Please remember that these are rumors.

via Steve the Warboss on Faeit 212
-GW have extended the Licence only for sell the rest of their Miniatures.
-Without a license, GW must destroy the unsold Models.
-Lord of the Ring Books will become a last reprint

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18 Comments

  1. Tolkien and New Line really put GW through the ringer on this deal.

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    1. That or GW shit the bed in the first place. Regardless, they should have just melted them down and make all the resin kits out of the LOTR Scrap

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    2. I remember when LoTR came out and for several years after, the pace of releases for both 40k and Fantasy slowed to a trickle. GW seems to have been playing catch-up starting about three years ago.

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    3. GW started doing LOTR as one of those monthly magazines where the first one is 99P and the next about £4, I think it was just after the fellowship. Since then they've had New line going. "What are you making? We didn't say that thing existed." GW Employee: "Yeah you did here. He says "Oh god not Half trolls" So we made half trolls." And the incident with making Smaug bigger. Working for another company who is extremely anal about their IP is never fun.

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  2. Maybe extending the license is just a hobbit for GW...

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  3. I really wish they hadn't ditched Necromunda right before I was about to buy the models. I don't care for the game but the models where cool and now I'm having to pay for it on eBay.

    Still... 85 models and counting isn't a bad start...

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    1. I lament not buying the resculpted Redemptionist gang.

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    2. Now I do actually have those! I did buy them before they where discontinued and some Cawdor gang models but that's all I got to buy before they were canned, so about 20 models.

      Had them tucked away for a few years until the charity shop that I work a few hours a week in had some old models donated including some old Goliath and Ratskin gang models.

      Needless to say I snapped them up in a heartbeat (only about 6 or 7 weeks ago) and now I'm on a mission.

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    3. There are so many other sci-gi gang models you really can't go wrong. Have you looked at some of the Dark Age posts on this site? They're perfect for NM, and you can find them on eBay for a song.

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    4. No because they aren't actual Necromunda.

      Sure they may be great alternatives but there is something about the old cheesyness of the actual Necromunda models. Not to mention that the others are basically like knock offs.

      + I'm probably sitting on an absolute fortune! With no intention of selling it, I might add.

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  4. crap, now I'll HAVE to buy LotR/Hobbit models before they go OOP.

    on the positive side, in a few years I will be able to ramble "How good that old game was, sure thing GW discontinued it, they always do", as is traditional.
    Will feel like an oldfag, finally.

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  5. *buys up Ents and Great Eagles for Wood Elves*

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    1. Bah, the Rocs in the Skycutter kit are the finest great eagles GW ever sculpted, even better than Gwaihir.

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  6. It's a sha.e because, out of GW's big three, it is the best system. It is clean, fast paced, doesn't need bells and whistles to make it function better, hasn't been end times-ed to death. It just feels pure, simple, and whole to me.

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    1. There is a reason for that! The LoTR game system was designed by Rick Priestley, the creator of Warhammer 40,000. Sadly he has long since left the company.

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  7. GW should know by now that crappy looking caricatures of movie characters never sell well. I always dreaded seeing the LoTR models in White Dwarf (other than the Sauron aligned humans). When they released War of the Ring I knew it was a feeble effort to renew interest in poor-selling line.

    Anyway, good riddance.

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  8. After an initial period of excitement I became ambivalent towards it, but now I'm back loving it, desperate to see more. Who knows, smaug sold out farely quickly. Fingers crossed.

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