BOOK REVIEW: Weta - The Collector's Guide 2011
A decade of collectible creativity cataloged in one book...
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If you’re as passionate of a collector as I am, you live for the days when a good book about figures and collectibles is released. Be it Steve Sansweet’s look at the Star Wars action figures or a catalog of every G.I.Joe toy released. Now there’s a great new book that was recently released from WETA Workshop, the design and effects house based in New Zealand and famous for their work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, District 9 and many others, that brings to their fans a book with a similar goal: to deliver a complete documentation and catalog of every one of their collectible art pieces in the past ten years, be it released or unreleased.
Written by Daniel Falconer with an introduction by WETA co-founder Richard Taylor, this book of 300 pages contains over a thousand photographs of the astonishing work from this studio. We are treated to different angles, materials used, what scale, sculptor and designer. We are also treated to anecdotes from the artisans themselves, giving a unique behind-the-scenes look at how some of these collectibles were made.
What’s most incredible about this book is that it really is a collection of every one of the studio’s fine art from the past decade and found all in this one easy to enjoy coffee-table book. Remember the amazing busts from The Muppet Show? They’re all in here. Fans of that line can also read about the decisions made for one sculpt versus another or what would have been in the next batch if they decided to go forward.
This collection of art is truly a collector’s guide to WETA and a tribute to all of the artists that work there (the book highlights many of the artists along the way). If WETA made it in the past 10 years, it is in this book. The WETA Collector’s Guide 2011 is an amazing resource and a highly recommended journey into ten years of fantastic collectibles. This book is in-stock now through WETA's website priced at $25.
Review and Photographs by David Yeh
Review Sample Courtesy of WETA