First published over 55 years ago, Tolkien’s timeless masterpiece The Lord of the Rings has had a profound impact on both the literary world and the cinematic world. It is no wonder to discover The Lord of the Rings has also inspired several lines of dolls, from Burger King toys to the Tonner Doll Company Lord of the Rings figure collection premiering June of 2010.
Photo of Aragorn and Arwen dolls © Kathryn E. Darden
One of the nicest of the Lord of the Rings doll sets was made by Mattel and consists of Barbie and Ken figures dressed as characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy: Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas and Galadriel.
The Return of the King Aragorn and Arwen Dolls
Starting with the Lord of the Rings Barbie and Ken as Arwen and Aragorncoronation set released in 2003, Mattel issued four dolls in beautiful recreations of the sumptuous garments designed by Ngila Dickson and Weta Workshops which the characters wore in the movies.
The Aragorn and Arwen set featured dolls dressed like the characters at the end of the third movie at the coronation ceremony of King Aragorn. Barbie as Arwen wore an elvish gown of green velvet and Ken as Aragorn was dressed in the regal armor and crown of the White City.
Ken as Legolas & Barbie as Galadriel
Photo of Legolas doll © Kathryn E. Darden
Barbie and Ken as Arwen and Aragorn were soon followed by Ken as Legolas from The Fellowship of the Ring and Barbie as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien, also from The Fellowship of the Ring.
Legolas, a princely elf from Mirkwood, wore his sage-colored hunting tunic over a blue shirt and leggings and carried a bow and arrows. Legolas, Arwen and Galadriel all featured pointed elf ears.
Read more about Galadriel and see the Galadriel doll slideshow at Barbie doll as Galadriel from ‘The Lord of the Rings.
Although the Ken as Legolas doll can still be found on the secondary market for $35, the Barbie as Galadriel doll now sells for around $85 and the Arwen and Aragorn set go for as much as $165.
For more info:
Barbie doll as Galadriel from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ – harbinger of new Tonner Galadriel figure
Lord of the Rings dolls: Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas & Galadriel dolls by ToyBiz & Mattel
Tonner Doll Company adds Galadriel figure to Lord of the Rings doll collection
Tonner Doll Company to release Lord of the Rings dolls in June
Finding God in The Lord of the Rings
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