The release of the extended DVD version of the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey a couple of weeks ago has inspired me to paint a few models off my pile of Lord of the rings figures, the star of which is the mighty ent treebeard, but I've painted a few smaller characters as well.
The DVD was worth waiting for rather than getting the standard edition earlier in the year. The extra scenes themselves are OK, but I can see why they got cut from the theatrical release. The extra features are however fantastic and I've sat through and enjoyed around 8 hours worth of the documentaries plus the full length directors commentary. I'll defiantly be getting the extended versions of the other films.
The first miniature releases for the desolation of Smaug are out now as well, the elf rangers look fantastic and I'm planning on getting some at some point (although not straight away as I have all those deadzone models to paint).
The sons of Elrond, Elladan & Elrohir.
Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, a high elf spearman and Grima Wormtongue.
Gorbag & Shagrat.