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prince caspian 3 3/4 inch trumpkin and trufflehunter figures - very rare!
prince caspian 3 3/4 inch trumpkin and trufflehunter figures - very rare!

5.0 out of 5 stars Trumpkin, the DLF (Dear Little Friend) and Trufflehunter; ' "I'm a beast I am, and a badger what's more" '. (I love that quote)!, 9 Jun. 2016
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This is a lovely double figure pack of two of the most memorable characters from "The Chronicles Of Narnia", Trumpkin the Dwarf and Trufflehunter the Badger. I love the film, "Prince Caspian" and think they both look great; you can see the likeness of Peter Dinklage in Trumpkin's face and also in the way he stands. His costume is very earthy, in colours of green and brown, and he comes with a bow and arrows that are permanently attached to his back, and a short dagger that can be put into the sheath on his belt. His hair is a nice shade of gingery blonde with darker ginger highlights thrown in. Trufflehunter has a lovely, long nosed, wise face and stands exactly as badger would stand when upon his hind legs, and as he is the smallest of my figures in my collection, he's also very cute to look at. (Both of these two figures are more or less for collective purposes than for playtime because they're so small). I've wanted these two figures for a good long time and since this figure pack has been priced more reasonably at £25.99 rather than £70 odd or more, being one of the rarest in the entire series of the "Narnia" figures, I am very pleased to have gone for the cheaper version.


Ella Enchanted [DVD]
Ella Enchanted [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Hathaway
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "Ella Enchanted", 25 May 2016
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This is one superbly spellbinding film! Anne Hathaway stars as the free spirited, spunky Ella, who is blessed with the virtue of obedience. Unfortunately though, this means that whenever she is called to obey, she must do it, making it so that it is also a very poorly constructed spell destined to get her into trouble (and this starts to take effect when her new stepmother Dame Olga and stepsisters Hattie and Olive start to dominate her a great deal). Finding that this is way too much, and that she would rather not have to be quite so obedient, Ella is determined to find her fairy godmother Lucinda who blessed her in the first place.
A great, contemporary twist on the classic "Cinderella" tale, this time with a young woman who, in spite of her unfortunate predicament is incredibly funny and is still able to learn to stand up for herself as the film goes on, "Ella Enchanted" shows that all things that can prove to be both good and bad can be overcome. Joanna Lumley makes a darkly glamorous and nasty stepmother, while Lucy Punch is wonderfully eccentric as Hattie who is both Ella's real bully and the self professed wife to be of Prince Charmont, played by Hugh Dancy, who is forever chased by her and other wildly screaming girls (talk about obsessed)! He is just gorgeous; hard not to love him, especially when he's not being followed by them. Jim Carter, who seems to pop up in almost everything (and not just "Downton Abbey") gets a cameo as a man eating ogre; I could just tell it was him by the voice. I seriously love Vivica A. Fox as Lucinda because she's just so hip, sexy and has a real attitude problem. Put that next to Minnie Driver who plays yet another fairy who has a serious spell casting issue and is joined with Jimi Mistry as the voice of her disembodied lover, Heidi Klum as a well stylish giantess with a grudge on the Grimms Brothers and Cary Elwes as the totally weird and wicked Prince Regent Edgar, and you've got yourself a right one way wicked ticket to a magically captivating film.
Also on the DVD is a whole set of Special Features, which are well cool, apart from perhaps the "Prince Charmont's Fan Club" game (in my opinion we see enough of his fans in the film altogether)! Aside from that though, there's a nice selection of extended and deleted scenes (check out the one where Hattie gets her comeuppance for having been so nasty to Ella)! The film featurette "Making The World Of Ella Enchanted" is terrific fun, as it covers all of the music that made its way into the film and some other information about it, and Kari Kimmel's music video "It's Not Just Make Believe" is well worth watching, and she's got an awesome voice too! I'm very happy with this film; it's full of non - stop action, magic and pure family entertainment, and I recommend it to anyone who loved Anne Hathaway in "The Princess Diaries"!


The Fox And The Child [DVD]
The Fox And The Child [DVD]
Dvd ~ Luc Jacquet
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "The Fox And The Child", 23 May 2016
This review is from: The Fox And The Child [DVD] (DVD)
A beautifully made film about the friendship (and the consequences that come with it) between a pretty and adventurous young girl and a mischievous but adorable fox, I received "The Fox And The Child" as a Christmas present in 2015. I love the narration done by Kate Winslet; not only is she a brilliantly talented British actress, but she also has a lovely, feel good factor voice that is wonderful to listen to. The scenery is just stunning, from up on the high untamed hills and rocky gorges to down in a deep, dark underground cavern and in the woods, in all kinds of weather and through the seasons. I am genuinely happy with this film as it isn't your typical nature documentary; it actually made me cry with the first viewing since the relationship between the two main characters is just so touching, and I am not ashamed to admit it! It really makes one think again about what it is to appreciate and befriend wild animals in their own natural environment, and I would love to see more of this myself instead of just going to the zoo. I also highly recommend "Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale" which is equally fantastic and narrated by Kate Winslet; yes, I am a big fan of hers and of nature films!


Lord Of The Rings The The Fellowship Of The Ring Figure Elrond Of Rivendell
Lord Of The Rings The The Fellowship Of The Ring Figure Elrond Of Rivendell
Offered by OAKES_COLLECTABLES
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Elrond of Rivendell, 29 April 2016
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Elrond is one of those characters within "The Lord Of The Rings" who is not only brilliant but also essential. Without him, there would be no Arwen to want to defy the long life he stands by, and even Aragorn would probably be nothing, having been raised by him, and then goodbye to that love story. Yet it is also interesting that for all of his own longevity and his encouragement that Aragorn become the greatest example of a Man, Elrond finds the idea of losing the memory of his equally long lived daughter in her choice as an Elf to face the harsh realities of life, and particularly that of death, unbearable. No wonder she does her best to convince him otherwise!
This is a truly amazing figure of Elrond. Not until I actually received it did I find out just how tall Elrond is even as a toy; he positively towers even over other relatively tall figures from the same brand such as Boromir, Eomer, Aragorn and Gandalf. The likeness to the actor, Hugo Weaving, is incredible, what with the facial structure and the serious expression there, the eyebrows being particularly expressive.
I love Elrond's robes; he comes wearing three layers, the bottom - most being a plain silvery grey in colour. On top of this is a lighter, pale lilac robe, and over it a gorgeous, deep brown one with wide, golden sleeves like on a kirtle, with red detailing around the collar and the long red sash of the layer beneath decorated with a touch of intricate silver patterning. Considering that he is simply a new addition to my collection, his figure is one that, because it is in the nature of the character as shown in the films, has a truly breathtaking presence, and I think it is pretty much down to how well the toy manufacturers managed to capture that same overall look (you can see that with each model for these characters, the people who made them had a very good look at how the actors all held themselves physically in their respective roles), and this model of Elrond stands very proud and erect, like a great king among elves. At the price of £9.99 as a used, good figurine, it was delivered well within the estimated date and came in excellent condition; the paint job is brilliant and the colours are all as bright and vivid as in the photograph here on Amazon. Elrond will always draw my eyes towards him; it is very hard not to notice how much he stands out!


The Princess and The Goblin [DVD] [2007]
The Princess and The Goblin [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Joss Ackland
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £9.02

5.0 out of 5 stars a childhood favourite, "The Princess And The Goblin" is a truly mesmerizing film!, 18 April 2016
I have always loved this movie ever since childhood, so it came as a real surprise to me when, considering how easily accessible it is here on Amazon, and yet by no means a recent film, I found it in a charity shop this year! Based on the book of the same title by George MacDonald, "The Princess And The Goblin" has not by any means lost its charm for me and continues to capture the imagination with its superb voice acting, delightful musical score and beautiful animation. Princess Irene is a pampered young girl with a few airs and graces, and Sally Ann Marsh provides this character with a certain glamour in her voice. As the story progresses, Irene finds, with the help of her mysterious great - great grandmother, (voiced spectacularly by Claire Bloom) that she must draw on her own inner strengths and develop faith in herself for when she offers Curdie (Peter Murray) a helping hand after he gets permanently lost in the mines where the goblins live, and later finds out about her own part in the goblins' wicked plans. Adding to the cast of memorable characters are the hideous and repulsively mannered Goblin Prince Froglip, renamed as he is here from his original name of Harelip in the book, the better to suit his incredibly frog - like voice (and he makes it no secret that he's got problems with spit either)! The character that I love after Irene and Curdie, however, is Irene's cat, Turnip (he doesn't feature in the book and I wish he did! He's hilarious)! A hugely entertaining film for all ages and for the family, "The Princess And The Goblin" has got the right balance of the sentimental and the scary and introduces a different (and much younger) Princess figure compared to those in Disney films along with a male hero of the same age and quality as she, therefore showing that heroics do not necessarily start just a few years before adulthood and can be just as easily found in children well before they get there!


Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Strider with sword slashing action figure
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Strider with sword slashing action figure
Offered by kinj88
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars ' "He's one of them rangers! Dangerous folk, they are, roaming about the wilds; he's not from around here. His name is Strider", 9 April 2016
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This is a gorgeous figure of Aragorn as he first appeared in "The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring", in the mysterious garb that earned him the shady name of "Strider". It's got to be my favourite look compared to when he is all decked out in his kingly attire in "The Return Of The King", because even though he does indeed decide to take up the kingship of Gondor in the end, he still chose exile in the first place, and it suits him, as you can see in that famous scene in "The Prancing Pony" when the innkeeper points him out. He comes wearing yet another hugely film accurate outfit from the Toybiz range (each and every one on all of the figures I've bought from this brand so far are exquisite), which include his dark grey, hooded cloak, a long ranger's coat for rambling about in, a tunic and leggings and immense black, weather stained boots. The likeness to the actor, Viggo Mortensen is amazing; it is for this reason, as I have read about in other, more detailed reviews that I went for this particular figure of Aragorn. He even wears the brilliant green ring, Barahir on one hand, which is well cool; little details like this stand out really nicely with him. You can easily fit his sword in his hand, and also take it out and put it in the included sheath, and the sword action is very neat. The bed roll and his bow and quiverful of arrows that come with him can be slung over his neck if you take his cloak off, or he can hold them by the straps as well, and he stands alone pretty well. He's a very nice size, and the hood of his cloak is big enough to make him look darkly handsome without being too big. It does look just a little bit bulky if he's wearing it over both his bed roll and his bow, but that's a very small quibble as you can take one of them off. The sword did at first look a little bent, but I am sure that after having been in its sheath for a while it will be fine. He looks great standing between Boromir and Gandalf; because of the peak in his hood, Aragorn stands at the same height as Gandalf with his hat on and, being of a much slighter and more agile build, just a very tiny bit taller than Boromir. I am very happy with this purchase; I bought it on the strength of the other reviews about this character, and it's everything I expected it to be, and just that bit more, being the best looking version of Aragorn I've seen in a long time. At the price of £10 as a brand new collectable when I got it, it was well worth it, and the delivery was really quick, coming well before the estimated date, so yeah, it's definitely one to watch out for!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 Bookmark
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 Bookmark
Offered by Retro Styler
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Hermione Granger Bookmark, 9 April 2016
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This is a lovely bookmark depicting Hermione Granger from the "Harry Potter" franchise. Showcasing her as played by Emma Watson and with a pretty beaded, bright orange tassel hanging from it, it makes a nice addition to my collection along with the bookmarks of Harry and Ron.


Magic Beyond Words: Die zauberhafte
Magic Beyond Words: Die zauberhafte
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £14.07

5.0 out of 5 stars "Magic Beyond Words: The J.K Rowling Story", 3 April 2016
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A gripping and insightful televised film based on the titular book by Sean Smith, "Magic Beyond Words" follows the life - story of J.K Rowling, the celebrated author who rose to fame with the successes of her "Harry Potter" series and is currently still writing other works. The start of the film sees her at her first ever public outing as an author. From there, it goes back to her childhood, when she was playing make believe games with her sister Dianne, and introduces her mother and father (her mother being the key parent in her life with whom she had an exceptionally close bond). Going on from here, she has to try and fit in at school, which she fails at spectacularly as she moves up each year considering her compulsion to dream and draw fantasy pictures while in class in spite of obvious intelligence. She doesn't make any friends either, with the notable exception of Sean P.F Harris, whose turquoise Ford Anglia would go on to inspire the character of the Weasleys' family car in "The Chamber Of Secrets" and in which we see her take a ride with him to the river. Other people whom she dedicated her writing to, Jill Prewett and Aine Kealey, the "Godmothers of Swing" also feature by the time she is an adult woman and has gone to Portugal to teach English, and you find out very quickly the reason they gave themselves this title - they loved going out of an evening to dance clubs. Covering the start (and end) of her relationship and marriage to Jorge Arantes, the birth of her daughter Jessica and the loss of her mother, this film certainly does not shy away from the conflict and emotion that ruled Rowling's life before she moved on to express her deepest thoughts and feelings in the written word. It also shows an equal amount of unsympathetic approaches from publishers to "The Philosopher's Stone"; it is by no means an easy job to get a book, especially the first in a series a lot of publishing approval. Christopher Little, the agent, is at first sceptical, but later starts to develop a liking for her after he is encouraged to read her manuscript, and he, Dianne, and her mother Anne and father Peter all provide the encouragement and support that Joanne needs in the film. With moments of sheer magical, computer animated genius, such as the one in a cafe when she is writing and she steals a glance at the chess board on the nearby table of two other customers or when she is sitting in her chair with her feet planted in the firm ground of her fantasy dimension, a spell binding dream sequence on the train after she has an interesting encounter with the sweet trolley and the simple and yet powerful magic of family love and finding the one recorded story from her childhood that her mother had cherished up to the day of her passing, this is one truly touching film that marks the experiences of a fabulous author, through good times and bad, and especially her greatest achievement in creating a simply marvelous series of books that would contribute to daily reading. The portrayal of Rowling's mother as she battles Multiple Sclerosis is incredibly realistic, because even though I may never really know what it was like I think I can imagine it (I have an auntie with the same illness). True, the information on the back of the DVD casing is in German, however, considering that my first impression was that it was all in German, this is not the case - you can watch it in English as well, and because it is a Region 2 disc, it works just fine on my computer and should do the same on my television. Also, I have to say that considering the whole of this film is set in Canada, and I have never been there in my life, British Columbia does look very like a place in Britain to me. It doesn't look like there are any studio set locations in this film either. Poppy Montgomery is excellent as J.K Rowling, along with Emily Holmes as Dianne, and both of them in their teens are played just as brilliantly by Madison and Sarah Desjardins. Janet Kidder plays Anne beautifully, bringing out that strong motherly role that is essential to the plot, and other such stars like Wesley MacInnes as Sean, Marie West and Lisa Norton as Aine and Jill, Antonio Cupo as Jorge and Andy Maton as Christopher Little are equally talented. No fan of J.K Rowling should pass this film up, even if you already know her story, it's well worth watching and very entertaining, and gives you an idea of what it was like for her, because considering what's written about her on Wikipedia, the film content is pretty accurate. Of course, she may well not be as open about her past in real life at this moment in time, having moved on from it now, but there's nothing quite like going back to her humble beginnings from a fan's point of view.


Magic Beyond Words: Jk Rowling Story [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Magic Beyond Words: Jk Rowling Story [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £5.07

2.0 out of 5 stars a magic beyond the British DVD Player, 1 April 2016
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This is not a review on the actual film content (which is great) but of the disc, because as easy as it was for me to make an order for it to be delivered to the United Kingdom from America, it would not play on either my television or my computer. I later found out that this was because it is a Region 1 DVD (and I am still getting my head around there being different regions with films at all). It was only made to be watched in America and Canada! If you're a fan of the honourable J.K Rowling and are living in Britain, and would like to have the chance to watch this film, buy the Region 2 DVD; it is well worth watching!


GB Eye "Little Mix, Flag" Mini Poster, Multi-Colour
GB Eye "Little Mix, Flag" Mini Poster, Multi-Colour

5.0 out of 5 stars "Little Mix" Poster, 28 Mar. 2016
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This is a cool looking poster showcasing the celebrity singers from the funky musical band, "Little Mix", and with their own authentic signatures too! I got it as a Christmas present for a "Little Mix" mad young girl in 2015, and she is very happy with it.


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