United® Cutlery Unveils First Line-Up of Replicas Inspired by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug-Full Scale Prop Replicas are Now Available for Pre-Order

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United® Cutlery announced today the availability to pre-order replicas inspired by the highly anticipated motion picture The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

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United® Cutlery, manufacturer of licensed edged and adult collectibles for the entertainment industry since 1981, announced today the availability to pre-order replicas inspired by the highly anticipated motion picture The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

Under license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, United® Cutlery, the industry leader in collectible film and game replicas, has meticulously crafted the replicas of a variety of weapons from the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy. The line will consist of signature icons, such as several replicas of the weapons brandished by the Elves of Mirkwood, including the Fighting Knives of Legolas Greenleaf™, the Fighting Knives of Tauriel, the Mirkwood Bow of Tauriel and the legendary Sword of Thranduil the Elvenking. In addition, the Mirkwood Double Bladed Polearm, used by the Mirkwood Guard, and the War Mace of Azog, the weapon used by Azog as he and the Orcs continue to hunt Bilbo and the Dwarves, will also be produced. Each collectible is precisely replicated from the actual film props created by world renowned physical effects house Weta Workshop for the film, and each piece includes a wood wall display and a certificate of authenticity. These six replicas will lead off the line, which will be released in late 2013 and early 2014. To pre-order any of the six authentic collectibles, go to http://www.budk.com/Hobbit. Additional replicas from The Hobbit™ Trilogy will be released in the future, so look for more information concerning these new products from United® Cutlery.

"We are sure that the second film in The Hobbit™ Trilogy is sure to be a hit," said Clint Kadel, CEO and owner of United Cutlery. "We are very excited to have the opportunity to give the fans a line of collectibles they will love, while at the same time creating a consistent extension of our line inspired by The Lord of the Rings Trilogy."

About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

About United Cutlery
United® Cutlery is distinguished as the world leader in movie prop and video game replicas, fantasy collectibles, traditional samurai swords, the most innovative sport and tactical knives in the field and our unique designer line of knives and swords from Kit Rae and Gil Hibben. Often imitated, but never exceeded, we strive to make our products to the highest standards in the industry, with superior value, quality and performance! The United licensed replica philosophy is simple - to create the most accurate and visually stunning replica possible using modern materials and production methods, but at a price the average person can afford. We strive for accuracy not only in exactly replicating the film props or game designs, but in replicating the exact look as seen in the property. This includes weathering and distressing effects to accurately produce the worn and well-used appearance some replicas require to satisfy collectors. Our other film licenses include the The Expendables, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, GI Joe, Indiana Jones, Highlander, Hellboy, the Rambo films, the Blade films, Terminator 2, Total Recall, Mortal Kombat , The Mask of Zorro and the Heroes television series. Our video game replicas include God of War, Devil May Cry and Darksiders.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organization in the world.

For more information, or to request a free United Catalog, click here.
You can learn more about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again and follow their progress at http://www.thehobbitblog.com. All photos appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.        

© 2013 New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.

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