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The Hobbit Figure Radagast Wave 2
The Hobbit Figure Radagast Wave 2

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "What if it's a trap?", "It is undoubtably a trap!", 7 Dec. 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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With the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released in cinemas, not to forget to mention published now on DVD and Blu Ray (including an extended cut), much has been desired from the 3/3 4" and 6" figure line from fans and collectors.

So has the (almost) year long wait been worth it?
Comparing what we were shown early 2013 at Toy Fair for the Desolation Of Smaug figure line; to what we have ultimately been given, it's a tad bit disappointing.
A tone of re-packs, from figures we got from wave 1, leaving 3 new figures for the 3/3 4" scale:
Azog, Radagst and Thranduil (who's been sneakily put in a 5 figure pack consisting of 4 re-packs), it's a head-scratcher of a move seeing as most of the figures from the Unexpected Journey Line simply haven't sold, so what's the point in releasing them again?!
Lets just hope and pray that wave 3 gives us all dwarves that we were shown at Toy Fair...

So here we have Radagast The Brown; the figures likeness to Sylvester McCoy isn't too bad, however could have defiantly been better, some nice details have been added such as the bird excrement on the side of the face as the character does in the film, (OH it's not actual bird excrement though), the detailing on the coat is rather nice.
He comes with a removable hat, which shows the figures 'birds-nest hair style' (like in the movie) and a staff which has a bright blue crystal stuck onto it

The sculpt itself is nice, they captured the miss matched clothing well, though just a side note that if you open the coat, next to no detailing is on the inside of the figures body.

The figure is packed with 12 points of articulation, however unfortunately the plastic is rather hard on the coat that it's tough to move some of the joints below the waste. Though my biggest peeve with this figure is that the miss matched long sleeve (right arm) sticks out, opposed to having a natural flow.

Radagast is a good addition to the hobbit figure line, Just a shame he didn't come with his Sled pulled by Rhosgobel Rabbits.
Overall though it really depends on how you feel about the character, I.E if it's enough to consider a purchase.


The Hobbit Figure Azog Wave 2
The Hobbit Figure Azog Wave 2
Offered by Toytrader UK
Price: £44.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The highly anticipated 3/3 4" white orc is FINALLY here!, 30 Nov. 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
With the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released in cinemas, not to forget to mention published now on DVD and Blu Ray (including an extended cut), much has been desired from the 3/3 4" and 6" figure line from fans and collectors.

So has the (almost) year long wait been worth it?
Comparing what we were shown early 2013 at Toy Fair for the Desolation Of Smaug figure line; to what we have ultimately been given, it's a tad bit disappointing.
A tone of re-packs, from figures we got from wave 1, leaving 3 new figures for the 3/3 4" scale:
Azog, Radagst and Thranduil (who's been sneakily put in a 5 figure pack consisting of 4 re-packs), it's a head-scratcher of a move seeing as most of the figures from the Unexpected Journey Line simply haven't sold, so what's the point in releasing them again?!
Lets just hope and pray that wave 3 gives us all dwarves that we were shown at Toy Fair...

At-least we FINALLY have Azog, the main antagonist of Unexpected Journey (and most likely one of the main antagonists for Desolation Of Smaug),i'm assuming they didn't want to spoil who the villain was for the film so they decided to hold out on releasing him.

The figure comes with two accessories, his bone mace and a removable 'wire' hand, just a shame he didn't come with a normal left hand so you can re-enact 'that flash back fight scene' between him and Thorin.

He has the standard articulation you'd expect from this figure lines scale, ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, a swivel right hand, ball jointed hips (which are hindered by his loincloth / skirt) and ball hinged knees.

The sculpting and detailing is fantastic and incredibly screen accurate; donning battle cuts and markings all over his body, this is simply one Ork you must add to your hobbit collection!
I just wish the bridge direct made the multi-figure pack of this figure and the white warg that the character rides in the film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Heavy!, 16 Aug. 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Created on Lego Cuusoo, a website where users can upload, share and potentially pitch their ideas to fans to have them made, with enough interest (10,000 supporters required) the set / idea gets reviewed by Lego.
The Back To The Future DeLorean is the 4th Set to be approved and after a VERY long wait, we finally physically have it!
Straight off the bat it's a stunning piece of work from Lego,
It features easy transformation; simply change out some of the parts to create the DeLorean from BTTF parts 1,2 and 3
Has opening doors, fold up wheels, printed pieces (no stickers hear which gets a BIG thumbs up from me!), some transparent pieces which act as a display stand when the DeLorians in it's 'flight mode' and also comes with two Mini-Figures;
Marty McFly (which comes with his skateboard) and Doc Brown, both being based on their appearances from Back To The Future part 1!

The instruction booklet is easy to follow and has some info on the creators and film / DeLorean itself!

Some minor nit picks are the mini figures don't sit well together in the car and also one of the printed pieces has some miss spelling though they may have corrected this after the first run.
I also feel perhaps some small accessories could have been included I.E a Film camera and Hover Board? but thats just a personal preference and i'm sure it wouldn't be hard to create these using lego...
I do however think that they should have included the long arial / pole that they attached onto the DeLorian in BTTF 1... But again, not too hard to mod up using other lego parts if you so wish...

Over all i'm really impressed with this, certainly one for BTTF fans / collectors!
Get it while it's hot folks!


Devils of War [Blu-ray]
Devils of War [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jerry L. Buxbaum
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £3.50

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If I could give this 0 stars... I would, 6 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Devils of War [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Devils of War, a film that tries to be 'so bad its good' yet falls completely flat
I understand that this is a low budget movie; however that doesn't stop a director from putting any effort and thought into a story.
Don't get me wrong a film can have a simple story, It doesn't have to be incredibly intelligent or thought provoking (I mean what do you expect with a title "Devils of War") so long as the execution is there.

Unfortunately for Devils of War this is not the case, it's a 74min snooze fest of long tedious action sequences which add no suspense or danger to the characters.
I say this because the actors in some instances stand shooting at each other in plain sight of each other, and somehow at the end of the gun fight our `heroes' come out unscathed...
OH and I say heroes but there's nothing likable about these three characters; a priest soldier, an katana wielding African American (yes because there was plenty of those in WW2) and a typical red neck fellow.

After an abysmal action sequence (which then goes on to be repeated not long on) The film starts off almost like a porno, satanic ritual with overly sexualised female Nazi officer Solvig Von Bosch (Apple Lee) and Thorn (Jeff Richardson) performing a ritual using a nude virgin for sacrifice to the devil and some how the blood can be transferred to soldiers to create 'demon soldiers'...

At times the actors really seemed like they didn't care, case in point a scene where Claudia Klum (Carly Kingston) the busty polish undercover operative is `driving' a motorbike to the rendezvous point, laughing slightly in front of a poorly done green screened backdrop.

Seeing as this is Eli Dorseys first flick, it's a pretty poor attempt...
Paper thin story, tedious action, dumbfound comedy, repetitive soundtrack and at times abysmal acting which isn't helped by the poorly written script (presuming they were even given one), in short It's a mess of a film with shaky to non shaky camera work, though the only redeeming feature I can pick up on is 'some' ok cinematography...

Overall though I don't recommend this film for the pure fact it feels like a waste of time... A massive skip...


Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game
Offered by Fun Collectables
Price: £22.07

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An superb table top game for Star Wars!, 6 April 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I'm a huge star wars fan and have always been curious about this game, after doing some research: watching videos on youtube by Fantasy Flight games and various other reviewers, I decided to bite the bullet and pay the price tag for this core set.
For anyone looking at this product unsure what this game is about, check out the Fantasy Flight Games videos on it which can be found on youtube.
It's also good to note that this is an expandable game: you buy (this) the core set and then if you so wish you can invest in the expansions, as of writing this we currently have available X-wing, Tie Fighter, Tie Advanced and Y-wing which make up wave one, for wave two: Millennium Falcon, Slave 1, A-wing and Tie Interceptor.
These vehicle's have upgrade cards and various other special abilities which can make you're games perhaps longer and diverse!

This box set includes:
2 Tie Fighters
1 X-wing
3 bases
6 (if i remember) sticks
pilot cards
upgrade cards
damage cards
Manoeuvre Dials
Manoeuvre rulers
1 firing ruler
3 attack dice
3 defence

Play time with the standard core set going by the basic rules (really an introductory) which are included with the game, about 10-30mins?

The best way with this game (if you're a newbie to stuff like this) is to follow the starter rules then when more confident, introduce and gradually learn the more in-depth rules (which are also included with this box set).
Jumping in with the more in-depth rules will perplex you (though they really aren't confusing once you get the basics down).

The vehicles themselves are absolutely stunning and are superbly painted, however they do look a little brittle so be carful.
The tokens / guides need to be removed from the spools and the manoeuvre dials need to be made, a little time consuming however once done future set up is fast.
I would recommend saving the zip lock bags as they are great for storing these various bit's and pieces.

My only complaints are that the vehicles do feel a little flimsy and that the rulers / tokens / dials ect could have done with being made in plastic to justify a little more the retail price however over all this is a great game and a must for Star Wars fans.

I'm excited to see what vehicles Fantasy Flight games makes next, especially considering within the pilot / upgrade cards they've included expanded universe (EU) characters n' stuff so I hope they design and make some expansion packs of vehicles from the EU such as Outrider.
Heck! It would be cool to see them sometime do some from the prequel trilogy!
Allot of potential for this game!
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The Hobbit Adventure Pack Kili and Fili
The Hobbit Adventure Pack Kili and Fili
Offered by Mytoyfactory
Price: £16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but awesome, 2 Jan. 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I feel the first wave of hobbit figures in terms of dwarfs have focused on the ones that have had the most screen time in the first instalment: Unexpected Journey.
Thorin is the main dwarf, then you have Dwalin and Balin (of which is a pack I still have to get as of writing this) who have fought along side Thorin in the past.
Then we have these two: Kili and Fili, two of the younger from the company who essentially act as look out.
Film aside, these two figures have good articulation as well as accessories.

Starting off with Fili who in my opinion is the more plain one out of the two.
His likeness to Dean O'Gorman is quite good like wise with the 11 points of articulation however their are some limitations in terms of movement in the head due to the hair and hips due to the tunic.
The figure has a weapon storage feature, of which you can put his daggers into a sheath located on his back.
The pack comes with a large hammer which isn't made clear as to which character is meant to wield it, most imagery online shows the other figure (Kili) holding it, however a prop website I found (globalgear) lists it as Fili's.
Its also cool to note that Fili has some tomahawks sculpted onto his boots, would have been cool if they were removable... maybe asking too much but it's very nice they put the detailing there

Kili in my opinion is the more interesting of the two.
The likeness to Aidan Turner is quite good and like with Fili he has 11 points of articulation, having the same limitations.
Much like Fili he comes with a weapons storage feature on his back which holds his sword and bow in a nicely designed quiver which doesn't look too bulky at all.

Over all both figures look stunning and the accessories are so well thought out.
A must for any hobbit fans / figure collectors!
I will note however the wrist articulation on both figures were a little tough, be careful when trying to move them: I suggest pulling slightly then trying to twist.


The Hobbit Adventure Pack Legolas and Tauriel
The Hobbit Adventure Pack Legolas and Tauriel
Offered by Heathsonline
Price: £13.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Figure Pack, 2 Jan. 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Despite these two characters not being in The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey (the first instalment of the film series), it's a great teaser as to whats to come.
Included are two elves: Legolas and Tauriel, both figures have good articulation not to forget to mention some fantastic accessories!

I'll start off with Legolas, who has some superb detailing and sculpting as well as a superb likeness (especially in this scale) to the actor Orlando Bloom.
Articulation in the head is limited due to his long hair and from the hips down their is restriction due to his long tunic, which is a problem with the majority of figures from this line however from my experience so far, i've had no problems with him standing on my shelf.

He has about 11-12 points of articulation and the accessories he comes with:
A beautifully gold detailed bow, An attachable quiver of arrows which also has some space to fit in his two swords / daggers (of which have gold detailing - almost looking like elvish writing).

Tauriel has some nice detailing and sculpting, I can't quite comment on likeness isn't too bad to the actor Evangeline Lilly.
Articulation once again from the hips down are restricted however not as bad as Legolas, as she has spacing in her tunic for movement. Tauriel also has a bit of restriction in the head but not as bad as Legolas.

She has 12 points of articulation (a swivel in the torso of which isn't quite clear on the Legolas figure) and accessories she comes with:
A detailed bow, An attachable quiver of arrows and two swords / daggers, which don't fit into the quiver unfortunately.

Both figures are absolutely stunning, come with some superb accessories.
A must for The Hobbit fans / figure collectors!


Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection
Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection
by Steve Sansweet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 26 Dec. 2012
I feel this book to be quite disappointing considering it's by Stephen J. Sansweet (god of all Star Wars collector items) and how much praise i've heard about it from other fellow star wars collectors.
To begin with It has no real detail in terms of card-back (packaging to you an me) variants let alone figure variants; a no, no for carded collectors.
nor does it have any pictorial details on accessories that come with each figure.
It's essentially a book with pictures of just 3/3 4" figures that have been out over the last 35 years, and that's (unfortunately) not including vehicles despite figures that come with vehicles are in the book.

I must also say I've stumbled upon some missing figures within the book; Malgus (vintage collection no 96), Tarkin (vintage collection no 98) - yet figures from later waves within the vintage collection line are included, (Starkiller no 100 and Republic Trooper 113), also not to forget Clone Wars Cybernetic Maul.

Don't get me wrong you can tell it's by someone who's passionate about star wars (well it's by Sansweet after all) and when reading it, it's like being sat with a incredibly passionate friend briefly talking about each and every item in his collection with some reasons why he likes it, but thats the thing.
It all feels so brief that it's like a friend rushing around his / her room pointing things out giving a couple of reasons why they like it, In that sense the book seems rushed...
And it pains me to say that, and I feel I can't slate it any more to this point as I understand that each year it becomes increasingly hard to make a comprehensive book on an ever increasing toy line.
35 years and onwards...
which leaves me questioning; why not just make an yearly figure Annual opposed to one "big book"?
separate books dedicated to ONE year of 3/3 4" figures / vehicles that were out in that set year?

So is this book worth getting?
To a newbie loose collector, I'd say get it as it offers enough information you require as a starter.
Collector's, I can only say it's up to you... but I will say have a flick through it in store and judge it in person before buying to decide if it's any worth to you.

I rate it 2.5, however 3.5 if you're a newbie to collecting star wars 3/3 4" figures.
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This Must Be The Place [Region B] [Blu-ray]
This Must Be The Place [Region B] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sean Penn
Offered by zoverstocks
Price: £5.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!, 14 Oct. 2012
Love this film, i don't think it will be everyones cup of tea however it's worth watching.
the comedy is quite dry / subtle and the story might be a little slow paced for some people.
However Sean Penn's acting is flawless, un-like anything he's ever done before (that i've seen)!
Very different road trip movie and a well told story of a character who's trying to find himself.


Lost Temple of Akator Playset - Indiana Jones
Lost Temple of Akator Playset - Indiana Jones

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars indiana jones and the ok playset, 21 July 2010
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This "play set" is good for the price I paid for it £11.99 though I'm sure you can get it cheaper now.... so you would probably think I would say "pick it up now"..... Not the complete case...
I will start off by saying, I am an Indiana Jones fan - although I discovered the franchise early 2008 - and I love it.
I am 15 and collect figures to display them.
I collect star wars figures that are also made by Hasbro.
This play set is VERY loosely based on the near end scene of Kingdome of the Krystal skull.... however it looks nothing like any of the temples seen in... Well... any of the Indy films, so we'll just say its non cannon play set.
another fact is this is a re tool / re paint of a star wars play set released when ep 3 was out named mustifar lava duel (as I can remember)

Now let's get on with it.....
This "play set" I will say is big but not too big.... (Ok) it's big enough to get in the way! So if you don't have much space doesn't bother.
Now there is some assembly required and I may say it was a pain, the instructions where fine, just some bits need a bit of force to make them fit. an adult I may just say may need to help construct this (if you are buying for a child under 10)a 11+ year old may be able to build this but may need a little help I'm 15 as I write this, and I didn't need any help (well done me) but on a serious note, the play set when built is pretty sturdy with the accept ion of the 4 steps that go at the front - which do come off easily and also one experience I had was one peg / grip that fits one section to the other wouldn't fit in to the other sections hole - just something that annoyed me a little.

onto the play features, there's a fold down stair way (completely random)a couple of foot pegs (figures have holes on the soles of their feet so they can peg them in (good for people who like to display figures), a 'sand pit' which is a plastic disc that when you drop a figure on the disc will flip over an reveal a reaching out hand. some boulders which can be launched out of the volcano, also the breakaway door... breaks apart really easily and doesn't really stay fixed on to where its meant to be when you move the play set around.
And something quite cool a tree branch with string attached that has a 'grip' at the end for Indy to swing on
And that it.... inside.... nothing... I really would have liked a little more inside but... that Hasbro for you.

now two figures come with this set- everyone's favourite (although I have like 8 of him - including the one in this set - sorry to brag, but Hasbro's done tons of variations of him from each film) Indiana Jones, which is the raiders Indy figure (single carded one) which I think is the best one and the one that I now have 2 of... but the one in this pack had nice paint apps.. better than the single carded one I got... paint apps I will just say vary figure to figure, Indy comes with a gun which can be put in his holster, whip and coiled up whip which can be attached to his belt.
Now figure no 2... usher warrior, disappointed is all I can say, we received this figure as a single carded one (which I might add didn't have a variant figure - i.e. grey coloured, I will also say I have the single carded figure- no differences so I know) and this is the exact same paint scheme / sculpt as that one...
So if you want an 'army of these' you're going to have allot of clones... it would have been nice to see are paint of this figure exclusively in this set... but that's Hasbro for you.
ugha warrior comes with stones attached to a 'plastic' rope and an axe sort of thing. Painting on this guy was meh... allot of runn's where the paint had run / been smudged - this may not be like with yours - quality control is random on these guys.
These figures however compliment the set well.

With all this said.
For collectors who open their figures and like to display them. you might want to get this as your other Krystal skull figures will look ace with this 'play set' but the figures aren't the focus of this set. So I'm going to give this 4*

Kids may need help and play value is pretty good so I'm going to give this a 4 and a half *

You shouldn't slander this product 100% ok it's a re paint and re sculpt - but at least Hasbro did something different and creative


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