A French Tolkien site has laid its hands on a couple of very intriguing images that may reveal Barry Humphries’ Great Goblin and one of his minions. As you can imagine, they look appropriately gruesome, and its not the image above.
Here’s the English translation of the description from the German action figure leak which we understand from Herr-der-Ringe to be true:
The Goblin King is a huge, grotesquely bloated monster that in the years of his tyrannical rule over the miserable inhabitants of the Goblin town grew fat and flabby. The Goblin town is a collection of skew-whiff ramshackle huts deep in the caves of the Misty Mountains. He commands a bunch of foul, polluted, with scars and ulcers studded goblins.
Basically, they are bandits, they live by what they can pick up from passengers on the passes through the mountains. The Goblin King and his followers manage to capture Bilbo and the dwarves. The Goblin King is more wily and smarter than it seems. He takes pleasure in torturing his prisoners — he almost succeeds to finish off Thorin Oakenshield and his companions.
The Goblin King
And his minions
Notice the resemblance in picture below from the very first Hobbit production video