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Monday, July 29, 2002

Anyone For Bowling? - Xoanon @ 14:05 PST
By the way I bowl you'd NEVER want me on your team, but that didn't stop us from getting these amazing bowling shirts made from the best Bowling Shirt maker online, BowlingShirt.com. They documented the process for us to show you just how these masterpieces are put together!

The shirt Design

The first step is the design of the shirts front and back logo. The wornderful designwork was done by Elwing and the shirt layout by Calisuri.

Creating the screens

The second step involves actualy making the screens that will be used to print onto the shirts. This is where the design goes from a computer sprite to an actual physical layout, fun stuff!

Setting Up the Screen

Next the screen needs to be setup and ready to print onto the shirt.

Underlay Print

The underlay print is done first, this is the basic print on the shirt, and the first step in the actual making of the shirt.

The White Print

Here is what the underlay print looks like, white with no other colors.

Setting Up the Color Print

The color print is the next step in this process. All colors used in our design will be done seperately using this whirly-bird looking contraption.

The Color Print

Here is the color print, the shirt is almost ready to go!

In the Dyer

The shirt is dried to ensure the ink doesn't smudge or run, looks like a pizza oven to me.

Out of the Dryer

After the pizza..er shirt is done in the dryer...slip it on!

The Final Look

And here we have it! The TORN Bowling Shirt!

We may be selling a slightly different version of these shirts if interest is high enough. Email calisuri@theonering.net and tell him you're interested!!

Here is more about the extremely nice and personable people at BowlingShirt.com. (Of all the companies we work with, they were probably the easiest and most accomodating to date.)

BowlingShirt.com offers the largest selection of retro style unisex bowling shirts on the Web -- available blank, theme-printed, hand-embroidered, & with personalized chainstitched names. We have over 25 years experience creating custom printed bowling shirts for corporate events & bowling league teams. BowlingShirt.com has made its mark in the media and corporate world, recently creating custom bowling shirts for NBC's Today Show, ABC's Nightline, Playboy, Newsweek, MTV's Rock & Bowl, Lucasfilm Ltd., PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, and countless others. BowlingShirt.com is your one-stop shop for gifts, collectibles & accessories -- Rental style bowling shoes, bowling bag purses, martini shakers, sport pin-up girl gifts, Hawaiian shirts, catseye glasses & shades, vintage Vegas collectibles, & our Cruisin' USA brand of poodle skirts, Pink Ladies & T-Birds jackets, chenille emblems, and fifties party decorations. Voted #1 E-Commerce Bowling Site by TIME Magazine (Dec. 2000).

Thursday, July 25, 2002

LOTR Books For 2002 - Xoanon @ 14:03 PST
Rayvah writes: Here is a list of titles that I've found so far scheduled for release 2002:


Frodo's Quest: The Lord of the Rings as a Myth to Live By (Robert Ellwood--Reference/Art Sci-Fi) -- $18.95


Lord of the Rings Creatures (R. Taylor) -- $8.95


Making of the Lord of the Rings (Brian Sibley) -- Paperback (17.95) Hardcover (29.95)


Brother's Hildebrant's Lord of the Rings: A Pocket Companion (Brian Simmons) -- $4.95


Magical Worlds of Lord of the Rings (David Colbert) -- $13.00


Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders of LOTR (Michael Stanton) Paperback -- $12.95


Lord of the Rings Calendars/Planners/Datebook, etc.


Two Towers Photo Guide (A.Sage) -- $8.95


LOTR: The Two Towers Visual Companion (Jude Fisher) -- $18.95

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

New 2003 FOTR Calendar - Calisuri @ 10:50 PST
Welp, its the time of the season for new calendars! The Official Shop has released a new The Fellowship of the Ring wall calendar covering from Sept 2002 - Dec 2003. Here is the description from the shop:

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"Take your journey through 2003 with this stunning Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 16-month calendar. Featuring 13 striking, full-color images from the pulse-pounding epic, this stunning Lord of the Rings calendar is certain to get your blood pumping and your imagination racing. Measures 11 inches by 12 inches when closed, a full 22 x 12 inches when opened. Covers the months September, 2002 through December 2003."

Use the following link to purchase your copy today. Just click on the 'Books, Maps and Calendars' link on the right side of the page. [More]

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

WHEN Is 'The Annotated Hobbit' Coming Out? - Xoanon @ 08:43 PST
From: Entmaiden

I posted this a couple weeks ago on Main, but here's more official word about the delay in publishing The Annotated Hobbit. I got this from Amazon re: The Annotated Hobbit publication date. The Houghton-Mifflin site says publication is Sept.9, so I'm not sure which is right! Original shipping date was late June/early July.

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We have contacted the publisher by phone concerning the status of your order for "The Annotated Hobbit."

The representative we spoke with indicated that this book has not been published and is not expected to be released until August 16, 2002.

Release dates tend to fluctuate, however, so there is a chance that this will change. If we receive additional information about this, we will let you know.

Best regards,

Sara J.
Earth's Biggest Selection

Monday, July 15, 2002

LOTR Chess Set Pictures - Xoanon @ 14:21 PST

NewLine is now advertising a LOTR:FOTR chess set on their web site.

I picked up the chess set while in London a couple of weeks ago. So, here are some pictures of the pieces, and one of the board.

The NewLine picture shows a great shot of the board, but I'm sending along pictures of all the pieces, front and back.

Here's the URL for the chess set at the NewLine shop:

Chess purists please confirm this - should the board be rotated a quarter?

I thought the white square (Heroes) has to be on the bottom right corner, which would mean the the pieces can't be played as shown.

(sigh) my ten-year-old nephew knows more about this than I do...



LOTR Toy Update - Xoanon @ 13:32 PST
Audric writes: I just wanted to give you a news update on the status of some of the Lord of the Rings toys. I have a small toy store here in the Netherlands and am a big collector myself. Especially all thing LOTR .However, things were getting more and more confusing on several assortments that Toybiz would release. So here is an update I got from a Toybiz representative :

Fellowship of the Ring 6” assort 4 (Galadriel, Haldir, Orc Brute) cancelled

Fellowship of the Ring 6” two-packs assort. 4 (Gil-Galad/Elendil a.o.) cancelled

Balrog 10” figure cancelled

The reason given is that these items would come out too close to the release of the second movie.

The second 12” figure assortment should hit the stores any day now. (Galadriel, Aragorn)

Also the 10” Sauron figure has not been cancelled (yet)

The first two assortments from the Two Towers will be released in November, along with the 14” Treebeard figure.

Which surprised me, I would have thought they wouldn’t want to show him before the movie was released.

Anyway, I hope this info is useful.

Audric (www.audricstoys.nl)

Friday, July 12, 2002

Two Towers poster deal - Calisuri @ 23:12 PST

The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers

Thanks to Jessie for the heads up on this great deal at Allposters.com. Get the Two Towers teaser poster for only $9.99! [More]

Sideshow Orc Hide Helm! - Pippin_Took @ 18:09 PST
The Sideshow Orc Hide Helm can now be purchased individually. Made of stretched skins, bound with sinew, Hide Helms were a light weight alternative to the clumsy metal bowls typically employed by Orcs. Many of Saruman the Wizard's Orc servants wore Hide Helms of varied design during their daily existence in the grounds of Isengard. 5" H (126mm). [More]

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Orc Legion Helms - Calisuri @ 01:44 PST
Last week we posted about our first exclusive product offering with Sideshow/Weta Collectibes: The Orc Legion Helm. Since then they have been shipping like crazy! The run is limited to 2500pcs, so if you wanted one, act fast. The helm, available only online through TORn and the Sideshow/Weta website, is $25 US and is now shipping. Follow the link to see close up images of the helm. [More]

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