Lord of the Rings: 1980's Releases - Blister Packs - Collectors Guide

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See also the guides for Boxed Sets and Alternative Figures.

ME1 & ME2: Fellowship Heroes

ME11 - ME15: Gandalf, Strider, Frodo, Legolas, Gimli

ME21 - ME25: Boromir, Elrond, Rohirrim Knight, Gondor Citadel Knight, Rangers of Ithilien

ME31 - ME 35: Silvan Elves, Noldor, Dwarfs, Hobbits of the Shire, Beorn

ME41 - ME45: Goblin Warg Rider, Orcs of the White Hand, Half-Orcs of Saruman, Uruk-Hai, Dunlendings

ME51 - ME56: Orcs of the Red Eye, Olog-Hai, Southron - Haradrim, Easterling, Mouth of Sauron, Sauron, Saruman, Nazgul

ME61 - ME64: Sauron - The Dark Lord, Saruman the White, Lord of the Nazgul, Black Rider/Ringwraith

ME71 - ME75: Corsairs of Umbar, Deadmen of Dunharrow, Barrow Wights, Snagga Goblins, Knight of Dol Amroth

ME81 - ME85: Aragorn the King, "The Hobbit" Personalities, Tom Bombadil, Great Eagle, Treebeard

075003 Heroes Oddity

The blister shown below is unusual in several ways. Firstly the numbering - the product code 075003 was not in use while Citadel held the license for LOTR figures. The last comprehensive listing of LOTR figures from Citadel appears to have been the Spring 1986 Journal although occasional releases showed in flyers and White Dwarfs until the last listing, that of Uruk Hai in the March 1988 flyer. That style of product code was not used until July 1989.

Secondly, for the contents. Given the label of "Heroes", it might have been expected the blister would contain the figures from the ME-1 or ME-2 blisters but that is not the case. The blister contains the Strider on foot miniature from the ME-12 Strider the Ranger release, the Gimli on foot miniature from the ME-15 Gimli Dwarf Hero release and a wizard from the general ranges (No. 18 on page 1201 of the 1988 Catalogue).

It is suspected Games Workshop USA were trying to clear out old stock and so made these blisters to use up figures already cast that they were unable to sell otherwise. It would be interesting to know if other, similarly unusual, blisters were made.