Last week, the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Box Set was announced, and while it certainly has some appeal, the $800 price tag has scared off or angered many fans, especially when they learned that director Peter Jackson was not involved in the release.
Many wonder why they should bother getting more of the same discs they already own. Some have proposed that you could make your own Collector’s Edition for much less. James at A Tolkienist’s Perspective created three bundles of Middle-earth collectibles that come in at under $800 and seem to give you much more for your money. It was James’ post that inspired me to fantasize about how my Tolkien Collection could be expanded if I had a spare $800 lying around.
You may have noticed that this blog has been quiet for some time, but this Tolkien collecting crisis has re-energized me. Not only that, but I have been joined by two other collectors with a passion for Tolkien, and I am pleased to introduce them in this post! Myla Malinalda and Tolkien Britta have been featured in collector spotlights previously, and today they join me as we each share what we would like to buy instead of the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition.
- Tolkien Classics Set (Easton Press) – $370
- Dwarven Ring of Power (Badali Jewelry) – $199
- Galadriel’s Flower Necklace (The Noble Collection) – $79
- Galadriel’s Headdress (The Noble Collection) – $129
- Russian translation of The Hobbit 1992 (Etsy) – $18
- Number 3 Bagshot Row (Middle-earth Collection) – $66
- Stansborough Gandalf’s Scarf (Weta Workshop) – $100
- Map of the Shire (Weta Workshop) – $35
- Recipes from Bag End (Weta Workshop) – $12
- Fellowship Brooch (The Noble Collection) – $95
- The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set (Official J.R.R. Tolkien Book Shop) – $119
- The Hobbit (Official J.R.R. Tolkien Book Shop) – $20
- The Atlas of Middle-earth (Easton Press) – $147
- Middle-earth Coins (Shire Post Mint) – the remaining $206 (I want to have a whole bag of Middle-earth currency!)
- Contract Replica (Weta Workshop) – $449
- Acorn Pendant (Weta Workshop) – $99
- Bag End Environment (Weta Workshop) – $130
- Bilbo’s Pipe (Weta Workshop) – $79
- Disturber of the Peace art print (Weta Workshop) – $35
Obviously, we each are partial to different items (and we also have varying items in our collections already), but it just goes to show how far $800 could go in Tolkien collecting. In fact, we noticed a dangerous feeling creeping up on us — some of our selections didn’t seem so expensive when compared to the pricey box set, and we had to stop ourselves before making impulsive shopping decisions!
Now we want to know your feelings about the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition set. Will you be buying it or would you rather save your cash for something else? And what Tolkien items would you buy with an extra $800?