Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings by Sideshow

Samwise Gamgee was Frodo's faithful gardener and volunteered himself as Frodo's companion for the journey to Rivendell, after being caught eavesdropping on Gandalf's conversation with Frodo regarding the dangers of the One Ring. He was Frodo's loyal companion on his quest to destroy the ring.

Sam in his tray - no twisties and totally collector friendly. He comes with an extra fist hand and open gesturing hand, just like Frodo. The hands swap pretty easily (think Hot Toys True Type bodies).

Sam comes with a ton of stuff and this time, you can literally say he comes with the kitchen too!! There's his sword and scabbard, water sack, sling bag, pipe and backpack.

Sam has a large backpack which opens and you can put even more stuff inside. There's a small bedroll tied to the top, pans and a ladle hanging off one strap, with a cooking pot hanging off another. They are all attached with actual hooks and can be removed or rearranged. There are also several pouches and bags sewn to the backpack and a string of sausages. If Sideshow can make opening pockets and backpack for Sam, why couldn't they do the same for Frodo?

Samwise Gamgee also has multiple layers of clothing, starting with his grey vest over his shirt and pants

Next he's got his brown woolen sweater and his hooded cloak

Samwise Gamgee was played by Sean Astin in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He was Sergeant Richard "Rascal" Moore in "Memphis Belle (1990)" and very funny as Doug Whitmore, Drew Barrymore's "brother" in "50 First Dates (2004)"

Sam with his Lothlorien cloak and Elven leaf brooch

The Elven leaf brooch was worn by Frodo, Legolas, Aragorn, Boromir, and the other members of the Fellowship in Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings. It symbolizes the spirit and bond of those entrusted to save Middle-Earth.

Sam with pipe

The pipe is for smoking pipe-weed, legal in Middle-Earth.

Sam drawing his sword. Sam's sword, scabbard with belt was a gift that he and the other three hobbits received from Strider at Weathertop, after they had fled Bree and were on their way to Rivendell. Actually daggers for men, they became swords in the hands of the hobbits.

Sword drawn. Bring on the Ringwraiths, Orcs and Uruk-hai

His nicely sculpted water sack slung by his side

His pots and pans - the whole kitchen

Sausages anyone? Some Bangers & Mash perhaps?

Sam also has a sling bag, as if Frodo hasn't loaded Sam down with enough stuff

Frodo and Sam, enjoying a smoke. They who puff together "huff" to go together to Mordor and Mount Doom.

And Sam makes up five of the Fellowship (Boromir, Aragorn, Frodo and Legolas, not counting Faramir) - four more to go.


Little Plastic Man said...

Hi Alex, saw on Michael Crawford's website that Sideshow is releasing Gandalf the grey. Now selling is the exclusive edition.

alex teo said...

thanks for the heads up, Adrian. just waiting for Gandalf to come over to Singapore. From what I hear, Sideshow may not be continuing with this franchise, which means an incomplete Fellowship :(

Little Plastic Man said...

Thats too bad...just needed 2 more hobbits...the Fellowship is really broken...

alex teo said...

yeah, kinda sad. other than Merry and Pippin the hobbits, was really looking forward to a 1/6 scale Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) - that would've been so cool!

Little Plastic Man said...

Oh yar I forgot about poor Gimli!! How could I!!Horror!