I will get the Hobbit book.
First off plastics. The Mirkwood rangers are easily some of the nicest Elvish miniatures citadel has ever produced, the poses are beautiful and fluid, the female Elves are particularly pretty. This is a set I will almost certainly pick up just to paint.
Palace Guard. Well they look a bit weird to me, now obviously they're based off the movie depictions so the fault isn't with GW here. I like their spears and that's it really. The helmets and masks just don't look right to me, casting that aside the poses and detail are very nice.
Tauriel is gorgeous. Getting it.
Legolas is pretty crap. The sculpt looks fuck all like Orlando Bloom and the pose makes his arms look odd.
Finecasts... Right of the bat I wont be getting a single finecast mini which in this case is a shame. The reason I wont is because of how small the Hobbit mini's are. There's to much that could go wrong and I don't trust finecast anymore. In fact in recent months I've come to despise it.
Thranduil, his pose and robes are very elegant and flowing as he should be. His blade is also very, very nice but once again the facial sculpt doesn't look right at all and that really puts me off.
Palace Guard captains. I've seen these poses in previous LotR and Hobbit mini's, they're a disappointing re-skinned copies.
Mirkwood captains. As much as I like the plastics, the captains once again look like re-skins but not as obviously as the palace guards.
Mirkwood Spiders. Woo more spider mini's.... Can't help but think I've seen these before... a few times.
Beron. Quite a nice looking mini, imposing and savage. Shame about the lack of Bear version.
Thrain the Broken was a bit of a spoiler in my opinion. I hadn't known Thrain was still alive but never mind. The mini is quite nice, a good contrast to the other Thrain. I really like the way the team painted his coat but there's no way I could manage that.
Finally, Barrels out of Bond. These are very characterful and quite funny. Some of the faces don't quite look like their actors, Fili for example but otherwise I really some of these like these. It's nice to see mini's like this, LotR used to do a lot of very specific sets for specific missions and that kinda dropped off a bit so it these are fun change of pace.
Over all quite a lacking release with only two really nice sets and one character, and a disappointingly high ratio of finecast given the supposed move to all plastics.