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Mass Effect 2 Series 1 Collector Action Figure:Shepard
Mass Effect 2 Series 1 Collector Action Figure:Shepard

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, considering the quality of the others so far, 22 April 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
I own all 4 of the first series ME action figures (with all 4 of series 2 soon to be delivered as I type this), and Shepard is by far the best of them all. His articulation, while limited in his wrists to just rotation, is overall, pretty good. In fact, considering he's wearing armour, it would be strange if he could move any further than he already does. He comes with a removable helmet which is really nice, and his head sculpt is pretty accurate the canon male-shep.
His armour is really well detailed, and is perhaps the best feature, it looks worn and scratched but durable and tough. His shoulder pads can move (in fact on my figure, his right one often pops off it I move his arm too much, but it's a simple clip-on so it's nothing to do with it breaking)
In comparison to the others, his ability to actually hold his gun is great, although it's difficult to get his left arm to reach and support it.
He's by far the most posable, so he's great for displaying in heroic poses.

If you want any of them, go for Shepard, he'll be the least disappointing. A nice collectible for the more devoted ME fans out there.


Dc Comics Mass Effect Series 1: Tali Action Figure
Dc Comics Mass Effect Series 1: Tali Action Figure

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst of the set, 22 April 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
what is there to say about this figure? It's useless. I'll start with the one good thing about it, it's a lovely sculpt, both her and her gun, well detailed and proportioned. But that's it. Although her arms are well articulated, her hands can't hold a thing! so it's wasted on her. Her head can turn, but her hood just ends up covering half of her mask if you do. Her feet rotate, but that's also useless because it's a really unnatural articulation. And the Omni Toll is just hideous really, I'll give them this, it's the best they could probably do with it, but I'm sometimes tempted to just cut it off, it's unnecessary really.

Overall, a collector's item for those die-hard Tali fans out there, I know you guys exist, even so, you lot would possibly be even more offended by it.


Dc Comics Mass Effect Series 1: Thane Action Figure
Dc Comics Mass Effect Series 1: Thane Action Figure
Offered by Comic Cave
Price: 23.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what a shame!, 22 April 2012
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Thane is my favourite character from the Mass Effect games, so I was incredibly excited at the chance to get my hands on an action figure when this line was announced. Unfortunately, he has incredibly restricted articulation (as do the others), but not only that, his neck joint is terrible, he can barely look up, in fact the only way for him to do so is by turning his head to the side.

His hands are very flimsy, barely able to hold his pistol (i resorted to blu-tac), his right shoulder is in an odd position, presumably to allow a nice pose, but limiting any other sort of position.

The image used here is also completely wrong, he does not come with an orange outfit, he comes with his in-game one, so ignore that.

I would only recommend this to huge fans of ME, who are also collectors. There's one nice pose he can achieve, so he can look pretty cool, but it's far from perfect. A real shame.


Dc Comics Mass Effect Series 1: Grunt Action Figure
Dc Comics Mass Effect Series 1: Grunt Action Figure

3.0 out of 5 stars Great detail, shame about the articulation, 22 April 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
It's pretty simple. The mass effect action figures so far are no more than nice statues to display on a shelf somewhere. They're certainly not action figures in the usual sense. Grunt is probably one of the better ones, although he's really heavy, his large feet allow him to be positioned a little more safely than the others. His arms, like the rest, can barely hold his gun between them, and his head does move, but it only rotates in an odd fashion, but you can achieve some nice, if not limited poses with him.

Buy it if you're a huge ME fan, a collector, and simply want to display him.


The Art of the Mass Effect Universe
The Art of the Mass Effect Universe
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning!, 18 Feb 2012
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I love video game concept art work, and I'm a sucker for this type of book, being an amateur artist myself. It's absolutely gorgeous.
It's a fantastic size, giving plenty of room for large full page prints, as well as sections devoted to development processes, showing each stage of conceptualisation from quick sketches, to alternate colour schemes, right through to final renders. A must have for any fans of the game who are also interesting in the creative processes that went into it.

Some of the annotations are also quite interesting, giving you a great insight into the thought processes behind design decisions and how ideas progressed throughout the development of the games.


Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side [Vault Edition] (Star Wars)
Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side [Vault Edition] (Star Wars)
by Daniel Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 59.75

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, a great collector's item, 10 Feb 2012
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For a start, it's far more visually impressive than the Jedi Path Vault Edition. The holocron box it comes in, the mechanical opening, even the sound effects and lights (although I do think the sound is a tad too loud for my own liking).

The book itself is also beautiful, almost identical in size to the jedi path, this time the book is a collection of various writings and diaries for various sith lords throughout the galaxy, all collected by Darth Sidious (and eventually falling into Luke Skywalker's hands). And each section has a different feel to it, which is a nice detail, each appears to have been torn from different books (with different paper).

The one thing I feel lets this product down are the removable items, the lightsaber crystal is a very nice touch, but the rest aren't as impressive as those that came with the Jedi Path, and there are fewer of them. However these aren't exactly an important feature to me, so any are a bonus.

Overall, for anyone who managed to get a copy of the jedi path vault edition, it makes a lot of sense to get this one too to complete the set, you won't be disappointed :)

It was a nice surprise when amazon decided to ship them out a few weeks back, although I'm unsure of the reason for the date being pulled back again.
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Star Wars Easy Kit Anakins Jedi Starfighter
Star Wars Easy Kit Anakins Jedi Starfighter
Offered by MAD4Collectables *FREE UK P&P On Orders Over 0.75*
Price: 15.53

3.0 out of 5 stars A nice size model, fairly straight forward and fun to build, but a little flimsy., 7 Sep 2011
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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As others have said, it's a little stiff in places to push together, and it definitely needs glue to hold the wings to the cockpit as it's held on two tiny pegs each side. Mine came with a broken canopy so that only had one peg, meaning I had to glue it shut (which I don't actually mind but it speaks volumes about the quality). I had to slightly shave a number of pegs which I guess is fairly normal for models, and as it's a fairly small model, the pieces are fairly fiddly so again that's understandable.

Overall it's a very nice looking model, and a nice size, especially for the prices online, it's just lacking a little in durability and the pieces are a little 'off' so glue is required to fill gaps and hold it all together.

I'd actually prefer to give it 3.5 stars. I'm personally going to add custom paint to mine to rough it up a bit, and add some battle scars and grease/oil/blast marks.

I can see how children may struggle a bit with it too, I'd say it definitely requires an older helper. I think I'll definitely be buying the Obi Wan version to go with it however!


Star Wars: The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
Star Wars: The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
by Daniel Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a fantastic book, even without the 'removables', 3 Sep 2011
I've seen many people discussing this online, asking if you'd still get the removable items without buying the Vault Edition. No, you don't. HOWEVER! the book itself is still a fantastic piece of fictional reference material. For those who couldnt afford the Vault Edition, definitely consider this one, at such a reasonable price you will not be disappointed. It's jam packed with information, with plenty of new bits created just for this book (and all considered part of the Star Wars canon).

The one think which lets this version down for me is the cover is slightly different to the vault edition, the material is a dull grey instead of the metallic blue of the original, and it's not quite as nice to hold (the original being slightly padded). I guess the main reason for them doing this was to distinguish between the two, so people couldn't interchange them. Anyway, that being said, it's hardly a problem, just me being picky.

It's the sort of book I want to carry with me everywhere (if not for the ridicule haha)


Imaginary Places
Imaginary Places
by Marco Bucci
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous collection of works, with a few tips for good measure, 29 July 2011
This review is from: Imaginary Places (Hardcover)
I stumbled on Marco Bucci's work a while back, and decided almost immediately that I wanted his book. He's a very talented digital artist, among other things, and this book wont disappoint to any budding artists looking for something a little different, a little more whimsical than the usual fantasy art you see online.

One point I MUST make is that if ordered from his site directly he sends a DVD with 4 video tutorials, which he narrates with tips and tricks as you watch him create pieces from scratch.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [Blu-ray] [2010]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [Blu-ray] [2010]
Dvd ~ Ian Abercrombie
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Season Upped the Ante, 20 Jun 2011
For anyone who saw it, you'll probably agree it surpassed the first series by quite a lot. And for anyone who hasn't, get ready to be impressed!

My main point with this review will be the actual product then, rather than the episodes themselves, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the Extra content! The first series has a 5minute (ish) making of doc. for every episode, and I really loved that feature. So when this series was released and I saw that feature had gone, I was rather disappointed (I love extra features). However, when I finally bought it, I saw there were 4 longer documentaries included, focusing on some more interesting points. Each of these are about 15-20 minutes long.


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