Rebooting the Mithril line?

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Prancing Pony Rebooting the Mithril line?

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  • #929
    mindx2
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    Did anybody else catch this from Michael O’Brien over on the Mithril forum:

    http://mithrilfigures.proboards.com/thread/1588/mithril-classics?page=1&scrollTo=13279

    Quote:
    I believe we plan on rebooting the series rather than keep the current one going, due to the change in production now. We cannot keep making the older classics.

    Is he just talking about the Classics line or a more company-wide reboot?

    #37057
    mindx2
    Participant

    Did anybody else catch this from Michael O’Brien over on the Mithril forum:

    http://mithrilfigures.proboards.com/thread/1588/mithril-classics?page=1&scrollTo=13279

    Quote:
    I believe we plan on rebooting the series rather than keep the current one going, due to the change in production now. We cannot keep making the older classics.

    Is he just talking about the Classics line or a more company-wide reboot?

    #37058
    hsf62
    Participant

    I’m sure he meant the classic line only! It only will take about 10 years or so….:lol:

    #37059
    Theobald
    Participant

    Well, let’s face it. – The LO,LR,LT series were gone for good some “ages” ago. We cannot really believe (hope) that the basic and original M-series will ever be revived. So Helm’s Deep III was the last of it (five figures instead of 10). That “Classic Line” now has obviously run out, too. That’s ok, because it didn’t provide anything new. – I cannot believe that it will never be “rebooted”, as Michael O’Brien said. – The interest (better: willingness ?) in further MX-releases also is gone for good, I think. – – – – So, what’s left? – That now called MZ-fellowship releases (former MS) is all there is left.

    Ah well, Master Hsf62, I don’t think that in 10 years time there will be anything left to cut, close down, sell or “reboot”.

    #37060
    Thingol
    Participant
    Theobald wrote:
    Well, let’s face it. – The LO,LR,LT series were gone for good some “ages” ago. We cannot really believe (hope) that the basic and original M-series will ever be revived. So Helm’s Deep III was the last of it (five figures instead of 10). That “Classic Line” now has obviously run out, too. That’s ok, because it didn’t provide anything new. – I cannot believe that it will never be “rebooted”, as Michael O’Brien said. – The interest (better: willingness ?) in further MX-releases also is gone for good, I think. – – – – So, what’s left? – That now called MZ-fellowship releases (former MS) is all there is left.

    Ah well, Master Hsf62, I don’t think that in 10 years time there will be anything left to cut, close down, sell or “reboot”.

    :/:(

    #37061
    Mornedhel
    Participant

    Mithril is not a commercial viable enterprise and only survive by Lars love for those minis. An Grupa Edman which run the names Prince August, Mithril miniatures, the lord of the ring company, e-tek, the edman collection and the toy soldier factory has a current liabilities of -826.000 euro :-/

    #37062
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    I don’t want to be pessimistic, but that makes me wonder if the Man is still “among us” :/ changing so drastically methods after the man spent years developping templates of his own specific style in the Zbrush software could make his legacy “live” (well somehow…) with the help of any good 3D sculptor without any actual sculpting skills…

    which leads me to ask… has any of you heard any news from Chris in the last two years?

    #37063
    Theobald
    Participant

    Alright, Mornedhel, I think you are right with the fact that Mithril has now for so many years been nothing more than just a hobby for Lars Edman . Some of us might know what it means to have an expensive hobby. At least he kept it alive until now and I am very glad that he still sticks to it.

    Anyway, what I simply wanted to say with my last entry is, that I’m aware of the fact that production and a concept for further developments of the PA “Mithril” range has been declining for quite some years and now there’s just the MZ-series left.

    #37064
    Thingol
    Participant

    …. lots of pessimistic thoughts is written here…. but all of them are completely based on real feelings… I think soon we’ll have possibility to tell one loud and decent “farewell” to Mithril…. miniatures….

    #37065
    Theobald
    Participant

    Well, dear Thingol, I wouldn’t call those thoughts pessimistic. I think realistic might be the better word. Anyway, you know my thoughts well enough when you remember your recent stay at my place when we discusssed these matters together with Turambar.
    No, I don’t want to spread any pessimism about the future of Mithril among all of us collectors, diorama-builders, table-toppers, etc. as I have really enjoyed collecting the miniatures for some decades.

    #37066
    Thingol
    Participant

    You are right Master Theobald… it is better not to think about this “realistic” situation… as collectors we need to enjoy as much we can… …. so until it goes, it goes… 😆 tomorrow does not exist anyway…

    #37070
    mindx2
    Participant

    Well here is Michael’s reply over on the Mithril board:

    Quote:
    A new line of miniatures for key characters, not simply remakes of the older ones. I cannot give you specifics but the classic series cannot be continued as it currently is, as we have changed production methods.

    So it looks like they’re going to try one more “Classic Character” line of new sculpts. Maybe similar to the old LT or LR figures? I specifically asked if Chris T. is involved with this new line. We’ll see if he answers…

    #37071
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    I must admit my interest (I should say my passion rather than interest which is still there) in Mithril has dramatically dwindled in the last two years since I lost contact with Chris. Whatever the issue or reason of this lack of communication won’t change the fact this interest has grown from passionate to nostalgic … I don’t even check anymore if I have received the last releases in the mail or if they are in good shape. I simply open the letter, put the blister in a box on a shelf in a dark room with the hundreds others taking dust… and that’s all … :( when I think about it that makes me sad… but that’s the cycle of life …

    #37072
    Thingol
    Participant

    I’m not 100% sure yet but first time when somebody announce that Chris is not officially sculptor of our beloved mithril miniatures, I will stop buying them… :-/
    Actually old handly sculpted figures are much better for me than the recent MZ products…

    hooummm…the first time I mentioned word “product”… instead miniatures…. that’s no good

    #37073
    Theobald
    Participant

    Thank you for those words, Gildor. You found good words of what I have been feeling about the devolpment of Mithril for quite some time, er, years. Though I still open the blisters to check if they contain all parts. Of course, after that I prime the figures with a primer Mithril once provided (spray primer from a company in Manchester, I think) just to let them fit into the last space of my MS/MZ glass cabinet.
    Indeed it is very much disappointing that Chris Tubb does not react any more. We have seen much better times about this in the past, haven’t we. And I have learned that we’re not the only ones. – Yes, it also has been making me sad for a long time.
    I will try not to forget to cancel my “autoshipment” next week, as the frequent annual sales (there are about 3 or four every year, I think) are better than keeping up that autoshipment for some decades.
    Sorry to be that honest with this entry.

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