I'm pleased to be a member of this community. I've spent some time lurking and really enjoying the reading - you guys got me back into the hobby and I spent way more than I should have on LotR stuff in the past few months. Heh... ah well. I'm glad to be here, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone!
So, to start off on the right foot, I'll post a thread I originally wrote for and posted on the RPF and got quite a response on. Just attribute any formatting irregularities or bizarre references to the forum crossover.
Here's a review of three LotR props I picked up during the last few months. What with the semester ending about a week ago and the holidays occurring immediately after, I've not had much time to write up reviews of these props as they came in. I've had these for a while, now, but now that they're all here (the Ring didn't arrive until the 12th) and I have some quiet time this evening, I figured I would write these up together.
A friend of mine on another forum and I convinced each other that, due to the Hobbit's release this December, prices on LotR stuff were likely to soar, so we made our move to collect whatever we wanted before the premiere sent costs through the ceiling. I picked up the Shards first, then he got an Anduril and a MC Glamdring. At this point, I owned an Anduril, Narsil, Shards of Narsil, and a standard UC Sting - so my collection felt a bit off balance.
When my cohort got a MC Glamdring, I congratulated him, but I figured it was a bit out of my reach. I was looking on ebay one day when I happened to run across another MC Glamdring for less than $100. Knowing the price wouldn't stay there, I decided to watch it, and ended up bagging the sword for about $287, which was a pretty decent price considering the original retail was like $1200.
Here it is, Museum Collection Glamdring #696/1000. Pardon the photos; my golden retriever puppy got to the camera and damaged it, so I think the light sensor is a little out of whack.
The hilt is silver plated, and weathered to match the movie prop. It's really well detailed, and the work feels solid, clean, and elegant - like everything else I've owned from UC, this is really top of the line. There are real sapphires on the hilt, and the silver shines nicely. (I do have a question - does the carbon steel blade need any special care, or is gun oil once a month all it needs?)