Tolkien fans can finally see an official movie image of Smaug in all his glory — and he’ll be flying!
Air New Zealand, which has always been a fantastic promotional partner for Peter Jackson’s big screen Lord of the Rings and Hobbit adaptations, has revealed the latest special design Boeing 777-300 emblazoned with a 177-foot image of Smaug himself. The plane will be headed to the United States in time for the Los Angeles premiere of the second movie in The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The airline intends to keep the Weta Workshop-created decal on the plane through next year for the release of the final movie in the trilogy.
Now there are even more reasons to look towards the sky — there be dragons up yonder!
Click here to see a time-elapsed video of the plane in progress.