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A Full-Scale Portal 2 Sentry Turret Replica by Weta Workshop

Miramar, New Zealand special effects and prop company Weta Workshop built a beautiful articulated Portal 2 sentry turret replica, complete with a motion sensor, for the video game development company Valve and delivered it to them for an exciting unboxing on Thursday, September 13, 2012. One of these bad boys would really tie a room together or destroy it with bullets. The unboxing video was originally tweeted by Valve artist Realm Lovejoy.

There You Are - Portal 2 Turret by Weta Workshop for Valve

There You Are - Portal 2 Turret by Weta Workshop for Valve

via Kotaku

‘Rat Queens’, A Sass and Sorcery Comic Featuring Four Women Kicking Butt During Fantasy Adventures

Rat Queens

Rat Queens is a sass and sorcery comic published by Image Comics featuring four women kicking butt during fantasy adventures written by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Roc Upchurch. The comic follows the trials and tribulations of Hannah, Dee, Violet, and Betty as they deal with sex, drugs, and very angry monsters. The full run of the comic as it currently exists is available digitally via Image Comics’ website.

Variety recently reported that Weta Workshop‘s Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal have teamed up to adapt Rat Queens into an animated television series.

Rat Queens Comic

Rat Queens Comic

images via Rat Queens

via Variety, The Mary Sue

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

The Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp is a 21-inch tall replica of Barad-dûr, the fortress of Sauron, complete with an LED gaze. The detailed desk lamp was sculpted by Weta Workshop’s senior model maker David Tremont, and is available for purchase at ThinkGeek.

Sculpted from polystone and coated with a protective layer of polyurethane, each Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp is painted and finished by hand and features cutting-edge LED technology. Plug it into the wall and it will turn its roving eye toward anything it deems worth watching. Its gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh, so you should probably keep it away from children and hobbits.

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

images via ThinkGeek

Outdoorsman Bear Grylls Stars in a Flight Safety Video, Set Entirely in the New Zealand Wilderness

Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild) stars in “The Bear Essentials of Safety,” a new Air New Zealand flight safety video which is set entirely in the New Zealand wilderness.

Watch as Bear explores and encounters many New Zealand natives, including entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste and local animals like the Tuatara (lizard), Kia (bird), and Weta (insect).

The video is filmed along the Routeburn Track, a 32km, 2-4 day track in the southwestern corner of New Zealand’s South Island and highlights Air New Zealand’s association with the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Here is the behind-the-scenes video:

video by Giant Media

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring Replica

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide (The One Ring)

The Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring from ThinkGeek is a replica created by Weta Workshop of the magic One Ring seen in The Lord of Rings film series (the one that was forged in the fires of Mount Doom by Dark Lord Sauron). Various sized rings are available to purchase from the online ThinkGeek and Weta Workshop stores.

Much like the One Ring in the movies, this Tungsten Carbide One Ring replica has the highest melting point of all non-alloyed metals and tough enough to go with you on your daily adventures. You’ll need the volcanic lava of Mount Doom to destroy it… or you could just wear it and see if you can withstand its evil powers. The ring features an inscription in Elvish letters of the Black Speech devised by Sauron when he crafted the all-powerful ring: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Wield your power carefully.

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide (The One Ring)

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide (The One Ring)

images via ThinkGeek and Weta Workshop

Giant Gollum Sculpture Installed at a New Zealand Airport

Gollum Sculpture by Weta Workshop at Wellington International Ariport

Miramar, New Zealand special effects and prop company Weta Workshop built an incredible 2,645-pound, 9.8 foot-high, 43-foot-long sculpture of middle-earth character Gollum to celebrate The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (upcoming Peter Jackson film) and constructed it in only three nights time (completed on Thursday, October 25, 2012) at the Wellington International Airport in New Zealand. The Weta Workshop built scene, which is suspended from the ceiling and hovering over diners in the main airport lounge, displays Gollum as he hungrily grabs at four sculpted ‘juicy sweet fishes’ (also created by Weta Workshop) that are hanging in front of him. You can check out the impressive build process in the making-of video below. We have previously written about Weta Workshop and their creative work.

The Gollum creation was designed and facilitated by Richard Taylor and Weta’s workshop supervisor Rob Gillies to create an unforgettable experience into Wellington Airport, the gateway of the Wellington region.

As stated by Richard Taylor:

“We have had a long and wonderful relationship with the Wellington Airport team, who continually focus on presenting an exciting gateway into our city. We are thrilled to once again be creating something with Wellington Airport that will bring delight to the many visitors coming to our fabulous city.”

Gollum Sculpture by Weta Workshop at Wellington International Ariport

Gollum Sculpture by Weta Workshop at Wellington International Ariport

Gollum Sculpture by Weta Workshop at Wellington International Ariport

photo by Steve Unwin

Gollum Sculpture by Weta Workshop at Wellington International Ariport

photo by Steve Unwin

Gollum Sculpture by Weta Workshop at Wellington International Ariport

photo by Steve Unwin

Gollum Sculpture by Weta Workshop at Wellington International Ariport

photo by Steve Unwin

photos via Weta Workshop and TheOneRing.net

via TheOneRing.net

An Unexpected Briefing, Air New Zealand Hobbit Themed Safety Video

Air New Zealand, WETA Workshop and WETA Digital teamed up to create a wonderful in-flight safety video titled An Unexpected Briefing that was inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film coming out in theaters on Friday, December 14, 2012. It features cameo appearances including Peter Jackson himself and the two great-grandsons of The Hobbit fantasy novel author J.R.R Tolkien, Mike and Royd Tolkien.

An Unexpected Briefing

An Unexpected Briefing

An Unexpected Briefing

Thanks Dave Schumaker!