Weta Workshop, the effects house known for outstanding visual work in countless movies, has begun a month-long auctioning effort to put first edition statues into the hands of collectors, while also raising money for charity.

Every week starting now Weta Workshop will put five Lord of the Rings statues up for auction. What makes these even more special than the ones you can buy outright from its site, is the fact that these are all numbered 001.

Each figure sold is the first one to be made and, as with all collectables, having a low print number stamped somewhere drives p the value immensely.

On the charity side of things one of the weekly five auction lots will have 100% of the money raised donated to a New Zealand organisation called Neonatal Trust.

“In support of our local community, we’ll donate 100% of the proceeds from one statue per week to the Neonatal Trust. This wonderful charity, of which our co-founders Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger are patrons, provide support to families of premature or sick babies on their journey through neonatal care towards health and home,” Writes Weta Workshop.

The first batch of auctions is already under way. You can find a list of them along with links to take part below:

Fili the Dwarf has been highlighted above because, this week, it is the special lot which will be bringing in money for charity. You can see some of the amazing detail of the figure in the header image above.

As expected, despite the fact that the auction has only been going on for a few hours, each lot is already climbing high into the thousands of US dollars. Not too crazy considering the nature of each, and the fact that regular versions of these sell for hundreds when they were new.

If you want to see more of each lot and learn a bit more about them, Daniel Falconer has you covered in the video below. Falconer is a designer, author and art director at Weta Workshop and he gives you great little anecdotes about the work that went into these items.