I have been an avid fan of Tolkiens' LoTR since mid teens but had read the Hobbit at six. Needless to say I keenly followed the development of Jackson's cinematic adaptations via fan sites like 'theonering.net' throughout their development beyond. Having collected action figures for NBX and Shrek over several years it was a natural to move on to LoTR figures Toybiz began producing.
It took me over six years to collect all the action figures they produced including larger scale figures, dolls and variants. Total collection stands around 260 figures. Friends and colleagues from US have helped me build the collection as not all could be sourced in UK. Internet and E-bay are great sourcing tools for the modern collector.
The collection however did not stop there. I branched into Sideshow Weta's collection of Statues, Busts & Environments. Though very costly for me most of the sculpting is of such great quality that to date I have collected all pieces, much to the chagrin of my wife. Further items in the collection range from Weaponry, Armour, Flags, Bobble Heads, Cinematic Banner & Posters and other paraphernalia - I have complete collections of all the serious merchandise. The value is certainly appreciating better than my company Pension Plan!!
Needless to say it's an addiction but as of yet there is no LoTR Anonymous!! Soon the Hobbit will start production and the feeling of Déjà Vu is never far from my mind nor my Wifes'.
Attached are photos of current display - the Action Figures (sad to say) are all in storage in the loft however as there is no room for display at present - due to a banning order from my wife preventing such further expansions in our living space! We are however looking for new house with proper space for display.