Fantasy loving kids might hope to receive some new Hobbit themed toys and games for Christmas. With the third and final section of this adventure, The Battle of the Five Armies, now released as an extended edition movie, it is a very popular choice for gifts.
It is not difficult to get well and truly hooked on the amazing tale of one heroic little character called Bilbo Baggins with his 13 Dwarf companions and a very cunning old wizard and sorcerer called Gandalf.
For parents who aren't all that familiar with the tale, knowing what to buy is tricky. There are so many new Tolkien items and collectibles coming out and it is easy to get bewildered by the choice. As an adult collector who has tried and tested a lot of products from this range, I have item suggestions from An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and beyond.
The Main Movie Characters to Look For
Bilbo Baggins is the main character and protagonist of this Tolkien tale. Despite his small size, he is quick and clever and a real hero that kids can look up to. He manages to save the 13 dwarves that he's traveling with on several occasions. It is thanks to this little guy that the dwarves get to their destination of The Lonely Mountain. He has a sword called Sting which is a crucial weapon since it helps him to defeat the Giant spiders on his journey.
Thorin Oakenshield is the Dwarf leader and one of the good guys although he doesn't always come across that way. He's tough, he's cool and brave.
Gandalf the Gray is a powerful wizard who picks Bilbo as the 14th member of a party traveling on a quest to reclaim stolen treasure from Smaug the dragon. He looks rather old and frail but no-one should underestimate his magical powers. He's defeated some of the most ancient and powerful creatures known to Middle Earth.
Legolas Greenleaf is not actually in the original book but features extensively in the movies where he often partners up with another elf called Tauriel. His father is the Elven king called Thranduil, a minor character who became highly popular because of the magnificent acting by Lee Pace.
Toy Lights and Sounds Sword
This is an awesome toy sword. It seems a bit rude to call it a toy since it is big enough for an adult to hold comfortably and it is also used for cosplay. It is perfectly sized to suit a small adult and children from around age 8 plus.
I was lucky to get the UK version which comes complete with a hard plastic scabbard. I've used the scabbard to mount this sword in my wardrobe so I can easily pull it out and use it when I feel like a bit of fun pretend sword play with my daughter. The blue light is pretty nice and bright but it is the sounds of slashing and cutting as you swipe the sword through the air that really thrill. If you buy two, you can enjoy some friendly Hobbit duels and matches.
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Toy Action Figures
There are a number of toy action figure sets and they contain more than one character based on the movie versions of this book. One of these sets is fun to play with straight away. These packs contain smaller 3.75 - 4 inch size figures which are very detailed and come complete with weaponry and other items. Since they are smaller, they can make excellent stocking filler gifts.
Out of these toy figure sets, I like the Mirkwood hero version purely because it has the Elven king, Thranduil, who is a favorite character of mine. This set also includes Tauriel and Legolas the Elves as well as the dwarf brothers Fili and Kili. We have Bilbo Baggins who you can get in the Hero pack shown below as well as individually.
Bilbo and Gollum are a very popular duo that you can get and kids can act out Bilbo acquiring the One Ring of power right from under Gollum's nose. They can then act out Mr Baggins trying to safely escape from the creature after he gets just a tad annoyed about his missing ring. This is part of the story that my daughter likes to play out with her figures.
The hero set is rightfully named since it includes the main man of the story, Bilbo. Along with him are four of the Dwarven company including Thorin, Dwalin, Fili and Kili. These are detailed little figures that come with weaponry and other little items appropriate to each character.
Hobbit Lego Sets to Build and Play With
My favorite Lego set of all time is Bilbo's Bag End home. It's adorable and I really love it! This Hobbit home comes with the iconic round, green door. It has round windows and a pretty garden out the front with fencing and a swing gate.
When you turn it around, you can see the interior of Bilbo's home. This is where the 13 dwarves and Gandalf the wizard show up for an unexpected tea party. It is the scene right at the start of Tolkien's book. It comes with 4 of the dwarves plus Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins as minifigure characters. There are lots of little Lego accessories too. This is a great toy for a fan and the recommended age is 9+. 
The Front of the Bag End Lego Hobbit Home
Smaller Set Ideal for a Stocking Filler
The Lego set, Riddles for the Ring, features the part of the story where Bilbo meets Gollum. This gruesome creature is holding a fish because he likes to eat them raw. Bilbo is holding his sword called Sting. He acquires this sword during his adventure as well as the One Ring that he takes from Gollum. There is a rock with a secret compartment to hide the ring in and a little row-boat. Small details include tiny bones that are probably leftovers from the creatures dinner. It makes a good choice for a little stocking filler.
Family Board Games
Scrabble is one of the few family games that we all really enjoy playing and possibly because it is challenging, fun and educational too. Every time our daughter plays, she learns new words and it makes her think a bit harder. There is a gorgeous looking edition with wood letter tiles and a styled game board. I love how they have fashioned the letter 'O' as the One Ring which is very cool. Monopoly is my daughter's favorite and she'd love the Hobbit version.
So Many Fun Toys to Choose From
There are plenty of toys that you can choose from in the Hobbit franchise. I have picked out ones which can suit different types of play whether that is with action figures, construction bricks, role play or sitting down as a family to enjoy a game. Other Hobbit themed items of interest may include books, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and dressing up costumes. For a child, try to pick things featuring their favorite characters.
Image Credits: The introductory image belongs to the author, Marie Williams Johnstone. All other images (unless watermarked with the author’s name) are product photos from Amazon.