With the formation of a new Middle-earth department at Games Workshop (now under the Forge World banner, although existing items are still sold via GW), plenty of new things have happened in the range as of late, with much more coming up soon.
To recap what was going on in the period Warseer was down:
Re-released models. The eventual goal is to have every profile in the game playable again, by having at least one version of that character on sale. Models thus coming back into production (molds allowing, otherwise new ones will be sculpted) will return in the material they ware last sold in, i.e. metal (as for the Shade and Scouring of the Shire) or Finecast (Captain of Dale and Girion, for example). Some sets and models will be exclusive to Warhammer World and events attended by Forge World (we've previously had the return of the Final Fate of the Witch-king and Defenders of Rohan, and the old Amon Hen set with the shot down Boromir has now been added to that list - all in metal). I don't know how many re-releases we'll see when new models are being released as well, but iconic characters required to make an army playable and those going for silly prices on ebay (such as Gandalf the Grey on horseback) are a priority. Finally, the Forge World Weathertop kit is also to make a comeback.
Scenery. The Lake Town houses have a seperate thread on here, and they don't require much explanation anyway. Probably the last plastic set for a while, and the same one already in production at the time of Battle of the Five Armies (parts were already visible in the background of various promotional pictures).
A new book. There and Back Again is intended to replace the Desolation of Smaug and Battle of the Five Armies supplements, adding and altering profiles and scenarios to much more accurately follow the films, rather than being based on an early script like the previous publications (that thus contained many errors due to last-minute changes). Aside from a few other revised profiles, it does not alter any material in the Unexpected Journey book or the LotR sourcebooks, nor does it contain the basic rules to the game - it is supposed to be used alongside the Unexpected Journey book. Notable additions to the game include bonuses for armies chosen from a single list, a system that will also feature when the LotR profiles are to be updated and revised later this year - although it has been confirmed thematic alliances should provide similar bonuses, in order to reward thematic lists without banning other types. After huge demand the book went out of stock rather quickly, but it should be back within weeks.
And finally, new models! The first Forge World Middle-earth miniatures to be released were the Iron Hills dwarves, starting with Dain (on foot and mounted on his war boar), infantry and the ballista. They have just been reinforced by a command set with captain and banner. https://www.forgeworld.co.uk/en-GB/T...yId=cat2210039 Their opponents in Azog's Legion have started with Gundabad Berserkers https://www.forgeworld.co.uk/en-GB/Gundabad-Berserkers, and will soon be joined by some Ogres, that were already on sale at the Open Day on January the 2nd: https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...dd&oe=58E09E09
Coming soon are also the massive Gundabad Troll: https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...0e&oe=58E68A77
Iron Hills cavalry: https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...22&oe=58E2F093
(and painted) https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/l/t1...46&oe=58E65765
And figures either to be used as dismounted cavalry or alternative infantry (shields are seperate): https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...c2&oe=58DEA937
After that, we'll likely see the chariot and Thranduil on stag at some point, both of which have been worked on already. Will keep you updated!