“Skull Trophy Helm of the Orc Lieutenant”
Although this is technically a gift for my birthday last year, I’m showing it off now because there’s a bit of a tale behind it.
Sitting amongst my other gifts and cards, I found a rather ominous tiny scroll that featured a variety of #MiddleEarth / #Tolkien /Orcish markings. -swipe to pic 3 to see- I later found out that it was from Lil’ Sis saying that a preorder for the #SkullTrophy of the #OrcLieutenant (or “ #Guritz” as he’s known to some, or “ #Catapult” as he’s known to my sisters and I) had been made, and will be coming soon. I don’t collect the miniature helms in particular, but this one was special. On top of being a badass #mordor #orc #helm of one of the most memorable orcs in the films, the #skull trophy bit makes it a 2 for 1 kinda deal. *laughs* The helms soon started shipping out, and before I knew it, I had received mine earlier this year. Unfortunately, mine was missing a single padded foot at the base. I unboxed the piece as carefully as I could, but the little foot was nowhere to be seen. After messaging @wetaworkshop for support, I was contacted by an incredibly dedicated support member named Anthony Upton. Over the course of a few months, Anthony frequently kept in touch with me over the progress of finding replacement feet somewhere in the warehouse, and sent them over once he had ‘em. Though I didn’t mind the wait, I was incredibly impressed with how thorough #WETA is with their customer support. Anthony was continually helpful and reassuring over the course of this missing foot issue, and if I had the opportunity to, I’d buy this man a drink. Thanks so much, Anthony!
Now that I can properly display it, this helm is proving to be one gorgeous piece. Though a bit morbid, the details are absolutely beautiful, from the rotted flesh and hair still stuck to the poor sap’s skull, to the rusty, pitted iron of the helm itself. It genuinely feels like they shrunk down the screen used prop! As a fan of the Guritz orc design overall, this is one very proud addition to my humble #TolkienCollection.
#LotR #TheLordOfTheRings #LordOfTheRings #WETAWorkshop #MordorOrc #TheReturnOfTheKing #ReturnOfTheKing #RotK