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Incredible New Hobbit Issue Of Empire
Five amazing 3D lenticular covers

24 October 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Empire

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Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your hats lest your minds be blown or the hair on your feet stand on end! The December issue of Empire hits shelves tomorrow, and we have five gorgeous 3D lenticular covers to celebrate The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That's right - move over Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Michael, there's a new Jackson Five in town!

Your choices are Bilbo (Martin Freeman), the titular halfling; Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), the elf queen; Gandalf (Ian McKellen) reprising his wizard role; Gollum (Andy Serkis), the twisted Ring addict, and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the leader of the dwarf band setting out on an adventure to reclaim their lost lands from the dragon Smaug.

In other words, our five covers give you a good cross-section of Middle-earth's varied population, and is as non-species-ist as we could manage (except against orcs. No one wants a goblin on the cover).They're also quite beautiful things and they appear to move and breathe on their own, which is rather lovely.

Choose your favourite, collect all five or turn your home into a Middle-earth extravaganza with hundreds - it's up to you! Subscribers will get their own exclusive cover, along with one of the lenticular covers separately from the magazine. It's a double-win!

The new issue of Empire will hit news stands tomorrow, October 25, as well as the iTunes store in the UK and US. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits cinemas on December 14, with two further films following on December 13, 2013 (The Desolation Of Smaug) and July 18, 2014 (There And Back Again).

 

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RE: How to buy back issues?
It does seem buggered. If you go to the 'contact us' link at the bottom of the page on the main site try 'other Empire issues' - it might get you a response that way. More

Posted by elab49 at 14:41 on 08 December 2012 | Report This Post

How to buy back issues?
I can't find a way to buy back issues. The link from the empire site goes to the publisher great magazines, but says nothing about buying back issues. You would think if there is a stock of these Hobbit issues, they could be selling them directly now for specific covers and making some cash? I'd pay more than the cover price to get them all. More

Posted by doitkin at 13:42 on 08 December 2012 | Report This Post

Non Subscription Covers are better!
Got Gandalf with my subscription and picked Gollum up at the supermarket. Sub issue has Empire logo and tag lines as per the pick above, but the supermarket one has a great replica of the Gollum pic with no script at all. That is good enough to cut and mount as a poster. Just seems odd the casual buyers get the better one! More

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..erm, all for an extra pound people!! i wanted gandalf but had to settle for gollum :-( More

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5 Versions of the cover
5 copies in my local T****o and all five of them... Gandalf More

Posted by chris wootton at 13:22 on 25 October 2012 | Report This Post

Australian Empire
We better get those covers on the Australian Empire mag. I be peeved to say the least if I miss out on them -like I did with the Batman one with the giant poster. More

Posted by Fallen Giant at 01:51 on 25 October 2012 | Report This Post

Um, Galadriel?
It looks an awful lot like she's giving us the finger. An awful lot. More

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gollum
Gollum is the best one More

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RE: Subscriptions
I didn't get mine yet but so long as I get the mag on the on shelf date I'm not really that bothered. I have to say I'm a little disappointed, we've had a lenticular cover before and I was expecting something a little.. more. Not sure what though... More

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Subscriptions
Any other subscribers not get their magazine today?? Kinda defeats the purpose of subscribing a bit not getting it early. More

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L: Swedle this is the only time I do't like being a subscriber, i don't get to choose my cover! :( like the time you did the legends or icons issue (can't remember which) and i disctincly recall subcribers getting an 'ALMOST-icon' on the cover, what's the deal with that?! t would be great if we could give people the choice, but logistically it isn't possible. For subscribers we have produced an exclusive cover, plus a loose 3D cover (of one of the 5 covers allocated at random) t More

Posted by Robsingh at 14:46 on 24 October 2012 | Report This Post

Nice!
That's why I love you guys! :-) ......(P.S.: I don't like special subscriber covers....*hush*hush*) More

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L: officerMarc *cough* money grabbing *cough* ollectors be damned! Anyone who buys more than one of these just to get a set of covers is uttely daft! The content of the magazine is the same every time. More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 12:56 on 24 October 2012 | Report This Post

Over-hype much?
Seems like a lot of build up for something you've already done before! (the Spider-man 2 lenticular cover?) o.O More

Posted by LRigby at 11:59 on 24 October 2012 | Report This Post

*cough* money grabbing *cough* More

Posted by officerMarc at 10:49 on 24 October 2012 | Report This Post

Bagsy the Gollum one! More

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Hahahahaha
It looks like Cate Blanchett is giving everyone the finger More

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this is the only time I do't like being a subscriber, i don't get to choose my cover! :( like the time you did the legends or icons issue (can't remember which) and i disctincly recall subcribers getting an 'ALMOST-icon' on the cover, what's the deal with that?! More

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