Toy Biz released one of the most detailed articulate toy lines ever produced with their Lord of the Rings action figures. It was the first line to ever bring in the actors to have their faces scanned, so that the action figures could be sculpted as accurate as the on-screen character. In addition the figures were produced with accurate paint schemes, detailed accessories, and added articulation. The figures were highly sought after from their release date, and the demand continues to go strong to this day.
With each movie release, there was a new wave of action figures released, each more impressive than the previous, and after the end of Return of the King line, Toy Biz re-released figures from all three movies in what’s known as the “Trilogy” series. This series contained figures from all three movies, Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers and The Return of the King. Most were re-releases on new packaging, some with new paint schemes, some identical to their first release, but each wave usually contained at least 1 or 2 entirely new figures that were never released before.
At the end of the Trilogy series, Toy Biz released one final series, known as the “Epic Trilogy” figures. The “Epic Trilogy” series consisted of two waves, and were packaged on a new grey packaging scheme. To this day these remain the rarest out of all previous releases, because at the time of their release a lot of the demand had died down for the line, and retailers weren’t as willing to order in large quantities as they did previously. This lead to an overall decrease in quantities of Epic Trilogy figures being produced, which resulted in a terrible supply and demand dilemma. It left collectors scrambling about trying to complete their collection, but having to pay secondary market prices for the most sought after figures. There was also supposed to be two additional waves to the Epic Trilogy series, that unfortunately never saw the light of day due to lack of interest from retailers. The figures that were announced for the two canceled waves are listed in the Epic Trilogy section, and only one picture is available of the never produced series.
Most figures were released worldwide, but there were a few overseas exclusives that were not available to US customers, making them very hard to get. Packaging came in both English only and English/Bilingual (French Canadian) packaging.
While we tried to track down and note every single action figure released by Toy Biz, to make this list as complete as possible, if you happen to come across any errors or additions that need to be made, please send us an email (we’d really appreciate it) on our About Us page and we’ll fix or add in the discrepancy.