Our First Look at Rather Ugly 'Hobbit' Exclusive RealD 3D Glasses

August 1, 2012

The Hobbit 3D Glasses

What the heck are these? Okay, before we really get into this, know first that I am a huge Hobbit/LOTR fan. I am kind of excited for three more Middle Earth movies from Peter Jackson, and love everything we've seen so far, it looks wonderful. But all that changes with these glasses. Our Italian friends at found photos of a pair of "limited edition RealD 3D glasses" that will be given out at "selected cinemas in December" with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Unfortunately, they don't look that great, they look kind of weird. I get it, they're all Middle Earth-y, but who would want to wear these? Take a look below.

So here's the thing - we don't know if these are limited to certain area, just in Europe, or are a mock-up version. But I don't like them much. They remind me of those cheap plastic glasses given out in birthday goodie bags when you're six. But maybe that's the demographic they're aiming for with these. Why haven't designer 3D glasses caught on? Here is one big, glaring example of why. Who wants to wear big, clunky, square-edged 3D glasses that should sooner be worn by Elton John than any movie audience. Here they are:

The Hobbit 3D Glasses

The Hobbit 3D Glasses

My hope is that these are just early versions and they design some other glasses with a Hobbit theme. Why not Gandalf's hat version, or Gollum's eyes version? (I'm joking, I hope?) Either way, I'm not going to enjoy wearing these things if they're as uncomfortable as they are ugly. I do get the whole idea behind fun themed 3D glasses like this, but now they're just stretching, just for the sake of saying "oh and here they are." Let us enjoy The Hobbit in its likely 3-hour run time comfortably, without distractions like obnoxious 3D glasses. That's all I have to say. Maybe I'll warm up to these in time, we'll have to see. What do you guys think?

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 14th.

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They aren't just "all middle earthy." They're distinctly dwarfish, and they do a great job of capturing the dwarf style of architecture and apparel and whatnot. I think they're great lol.

Charles Oosterhouse on Aug 1, 2012


Exactly!! Dwarves are the stars in TH so the glasses couldn't have been designed in any better or more appropriate way.

Alfredo Mayer on Aug 1, 2012


haha...they're so ugly, but I love them!

Danimal on Aug 1, 2012


If they get rid of that "O ring" they might look decent.

Chris Amaya on Aug 1, 2012


Ehhh, pass.

Phillip Gockel on Aug 1, 2012


Why do the looks matter? You won't be watching your glasses during the'll be watching the movie. All that matters is if they will produce higher quality images to the eye as compared to the standard 3D glasses theaters provide. That's what I want to know.

Keith Harmel on Aug 1, 2012


Hah true, but I can at least comment on the aesthetic... Plus, I'm concerned about how awkward and clunky they're going to be to wear. 3D glasses are already annoying/awkward to wear, and these have all kinds of jagged edges and funky shapes of plastic. I don't know, doesn't look good, doesn't look good to wear, I prefer the plain ole regular 3D glasses.

Alex Billington on Aug 1, 2012


lol wut. why would anyone make these. at least the lenses look bigger (what am i saying? down with 3D!)

fem!anon on Aug 1, 2012


I think they are on to something marketing wise for little kids with the design for 3D glasses in general for a specific movie like Harry Potter they would design a Harry glasses frame with 3D lenses. That particulary design is just ugly for the Hobbit.

BinaryChaos on Aug 1, 2012


The lenses look larger, so that is welcomed.

David Banner on Aug 1, 2012


Less pressure on my temple for 3 hours is a plus

kevinfungz on Aug 1, 2012


Id kick my own ass if I saw myself wearing that. -Happy Gilmore

mooreworthy on Aug 1, 2012


They look like something you get during a tour of Willy Wonka's factory.

rennmaxbeta on Aug 1, 2012


Because ur going to be wearing them in public? lol they r awesome for a souvenir, and very classy in the movie theater.

Henery007 on Aug 1, 2012


At least they're making RealD Passive 3D glasses for this movie. The idea of XPAND active glasses shuttering at the higher frame rate is staggering, and I can only imagine how fast the batteries the drain.

Walrus on Aug 2, 2012


They are Dwarven 3D Glasses! I love them and am very happy they are starting to make custom glasses for movies.

10Ninjas on Aug 5, 2012

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