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Lord of The Rings - Action Flipz Tins Artbox - 2003
Notes: In 2003, Artbox began issuing exclusive factory tins covering the three series. Each set contained a tin with an exclusive image, either two packs of flipz cards or a complete set of 60 flipz (as shown below), and (except as noted) an exclusive promo flipz. Note that the "TS1" series was issued both with the full ROTK set or with two flipz packs. Many thanks to Dona Peacock, Joann Girard, Dérik Dufour, and Angie Clough for updates!
Exclusive Flipz Packs Title / Image on Tin Fellowship of the Ring ciT1 FOTR+FOTR Ringwraith: on horse (Cards Inc.) ciT2 FOTR+FOTR Frodo: with glowing Sting (Cards Inc.) DC1 FOTR+FOTR Fellowship: Gandalf the Grey facing to his right FotR1 Set of 60 Gandalf: dominated by Balrog FotR2 FOTR+FOTR Sauron FotR3 FOTR+FOTR Prologue: battle scene The Two Towers ciT1 TTT+TTT Fellowship: Gandalf the White facing forward (Cards Inc.) ciT2 TTT+TTT Gollum: in dark, crawling downard (Cards Inc.) DC1 TTT+TTT Frodo: meeting Fell Beast TT1 TTT+TTT Barad-Děr: Eye of Sauron Return of the King ciT1 + ci1 or ci2 FOTR+TTT Legolas/Gimli: drawing bow (Cards Inc.) ciT2 + ci1 or ci2 FOTR+TTT Aragorn: riding (Cards Inc.) DC1 ROTK+ROTK Aragorn: standing ML1 ROTK+ROTK Gandalf: on Shadowfax P1 + P2 ROTK+ROTK Aragorn: with sword Narsil [no exclusive flipz] RotK1 Set of 60 Arwen: in red RotK2 ROTK+ROTK Gollum: facing forward RotK3 ROTK+ROTK Fell Beast: flying RotK4 ROTK+ROTK Mordor: Mount Doom in background TRU1 ROTK+ROTK Hobbits: Merry and Pippin (Toys 'R Us) TRU2 ROTK+ROTK Gollum: facing to his left (Toys 'R Us) TS1 Set of 60 Frodo: with Sting raised (QVC-UK) TS1 ROTK+ROTK Frodo: with Sting raised PROMO ITEMS -- (dealer sell sheet) Large Action Flipz This card came out at about the same time, and I don't know where else to list it. Produced by Artbox, it is marked "Distributed exclusively in Canada by Motion Picture Distribution LP." It's titled "Lord of the Rings" on the front and "Seigneur des Anneaux" on the back. Has anybody spotted any other cards that might indicate this was a larger series? The markings are similar to some I've seen in some phone cards and other collectibles, meaning that Artbox issued a lot of items for different markets beyond the hobby-card business. -- (Gollum; 5" x 7")©2004, 2005 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!