Today I went down to the Weta Cave. It's the Weta Workshop shop/mini museum/small theatre that shows a great film on the growth of Weta. Surprise, from today they'd opened a new section that takes you skirting around the inside of Weta Workshop for $20. We saw loads of props, costumes, sculptures, weapons, models used in the movies like "District 9", Narnia Chronicles, LOTR, "King Kong", "Meet the Feebles", etc. We saw the armoury, and there were also two sculpters working on Weta collectable sculptures. We were told by the guides that they didn't know how long the display would be open for, maybe just this week or a little bit longer. It looks pretty permanent to me.
Here is a photo of the two guides (notice the LOTR sword) in front of the newly painted outside wall of Weta (the design wasnt there a few days ago). Guides are rotating a bit this week. The woman works in Costuming, the guy in Armoury.
I bought a new t-shirt advertising the world premier of The Hobbit. Here is front view (hobbit burrow) and back view stating premier date, etc.
Also, too, there was a pin (that I heard about on the grapevine) advertising the premier, but you had to ask for it. Apparently it's a collectable. I wouldn't be surprised if they passed some of these out to the crowd by the red carpet on Wednesday.