Chess, the game of kings. From its origins in India fifteen hundred years ago to the labs of IBM where Deep Blue, the computer that defeated grandmaster Gary Kasparov, was built, chess has been played by millions on everything from handmade pieces to commercial sets. Following on the heels of their best-selling DC Chess Collection Magazine, Eaglemoss introduces The Lord of the Rings Chess Collection, a magazine and figurine series that recreates the characters of Middle-Earth as a series of stunning collectible chess pieces.
Based on Peter Jackson's award-winning Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Eaglemoss' The Lord of the Rings Chess Collection moves the epic battle between the forces of good, embodied by Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, from the fields of Pelennor to the chessboard. Each chess piece comes with a magazine that offers a wealth of information that will captivate both fans of The Lord of the Rings and chess enthusiasts with profiles of the characters, the rules of chess and the moves of the pieces about the chessboard, insight into the characters and their world, and chess tactics and strategy. Each chess piece begins like as a hand-crafted sculpture by artist Toby Whiting, is then approved by New Line Cinemas and the actors, and is then moulded and hand-painted based on the original sculpture, making each piece a true work of art.
Eaglemoss' first Lord of the Rings chess collection is based on the battle of Pelennor Fields, seen in the third film of Jackson's trilogy, The Return of the King. The first four pieces in the collection are Aragorn, the White King ; Gothmog, the Black Bishop; Gandalf the White, the White Bishop; and Gollum, the Black Pawn. Future pieces in the 32-piece collection will include King Theoden (a White Knight), Sauron (a Black King), Arwen (the White Queen), and Orthanc (a White Rook).
With Peter Jackson's long-awaited film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arriving in theaters this December to take us all back to Middle-Earth, embark on a journey of your own into the lands of Middle-Earth and the majesty of the game of Chess with Eaglemoss' The Lord of the Rings Chess Collection, offered in September's PREVIEWS catalog. Talk to your retailer today and pre-order the first four pieces to start a collection that will be treasured for many years to come.
|Aragorn (White King)
|Gothmog (Black Bishop)
|Gandalf the White (White Bishop)
|Gollum (Black Pawn)