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5pcs Arrow quiver quick lock mounting bracket ,fully adjustable
5pcs Arrow quiver quick lock mounting bracket ,fully adjustable
Offered by sportsworld-global
Price: £20.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you can get it on, it's awesome, 27 Nov. 2014
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Like other reviewers, i struggled to get this on. To be honest, it's only on my crossbow now because my Dad performed some sort of technological wizardry and got it on, because he has experience of this sort of thing, but what comes in the bag is simply not enough. You get given the quiver itself, two brackets, two spacers and four different sized screws, and critically, no instructions. I was sat there for at least two hours trying to figure out how it fits (i have an Armex Jaguar 175lb Rifle Crossbow, from Blades and Bows UK), and came up empty. I messaged the sellers, who in all fairness replied extremely promptly, but while they did their best to resolve the issue, it was ultimately unhelpful for me. Lucky for me my Dad managed to fix it on. I wish i could explain how, but i genuinely don't know. As for the quiver itself when it's fixed...

It's great, and exactly what i needed. It holds five arrows very securely and comfortably. They are held in place at two points by rubber grips, and secured in holes at the bottom. As secure as they are, they are also very easy to slide or pull out when needed, they've achieved a good balance here. The quiver does jiggle about a bit and move, but it is minimal and doesn't bother me at all. It is the perfect size and adjustable so you can move it further along the length of the limbs to your liking, which is a nice bonus. It also isn't heavy and doesn't throw off the weight of the crossbow at all. There really isn't much more to say, it works perfectly for what it's meant to do, holding five bolts securely in place underneath the bow for quick access, that is if you can get it on in the first place!


Morning Glories Volume 6 TP
Morning Glories Volume 6 TP
by Nick Spencer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Just can't do it anymore, 26 Nov. 2014
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I've been following Morning Glories since the beginning, i really enjoyed the first couple of volumes, as it portrayed a really enjoyable, tense atmosphere and promises of great things to come in the future. But 6 volumes on and i just cannot do it anymore. The storyline has become so convoluted and up its own ass with philosophical statements and reasoning behind everything, while refusing to explain any of it. I get that this is meant to be a 100 issue story, but are we seriously expected to wait until about 70 issues in to start getting any answers? By the reviews of the next two volumes, there are still no explanations of any kind to come, so i simply cannot do it anymore.

What you get here in the volume is essentially what you got in the last two. A whole lot of confusing nonsense that jumps and skips about with no real rhyme or reason, at least none that is immediately visible. I can't even remember exactly what happens in these issues, they were that memorable. But basically things at the Academy are back to "normal" like they were at the beginning, with the truants having been subdued, the original five back to their classes as normal, and the academy running like usual. But of course, as this is Morning Glories, there's always something crazy and confusing going on. And everytime it seems like things are starting to make sense, they always throw a curveball on the final page of an issue that completely ruins it. I don't mind complications and mysteries, it's why i loved this series to begin with, but it's all becoming so unbelievably convoluted and impossible to keep track of that it's just really frustrating at this point. Another thing is that the characters are becoming increasingly hard to tell apart, espeiclally Jun and Hisao. I have no idea who is who at this point, as they seem to have flipped identities several times. The women all look really similar too, ever since the truants got mixed up in it. I don't even know who is really dead and not any more, as again this seems to change like crazy. It's just all becoming one giant mess that is impossible for even the most astute to follow. I apologise that isn't much of a review of this particular volume, but i just don't get it anymore. I guess if i had anything to say about this specific volume, it's simply thats it's more of the same as the last few, you won't get anything different here, and that's very much a bad thing. I simply can't do it anymore. It was fun while it lasted Morning Glories, but no more.


Cross bow Aid 2 Handled Cocking Rope for crossbow archery arrows outdoor
Cross bow Aid 2 Handled Cocking Rope for crossbow archery arrows outdoor
Offered by Archery West
Price: £7.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute life saver!, 26 Nov. 2014
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This is an absolute life saver. I was having trouble cocking my 175lb crossbow as it took herculean amounts of effort to do so (i don't have particularly great arm strength), which was in turn really ruining my levels of enjoyment in using the bow. I bought this due to the previous good reviews and it is one of the best purchases i've made. As others have said, it halves the amount of effort needed to cock the bow, which makes it so much easier to get the bow ready. It took me a while to figure out how to get it to work, as stupid as it sounds, but i found out what i was doing wrong. As a heads up to anyone who might buy this, you have to wrap the centre of the cord around the back of the crossbow(look for a little notch at the head of the stock, underneath the iron sights), and then clip on the hooks and pull them, bobs your uncle. It makes cocking the crossbow so so so much easier and the whole experience so much more enjoyable as a result. Could not reccomend this enough. Get it, get it now!


ButterFox Deluxe 12-in-1 Accessory Travel Pack / Case For the New Nintendo 3DS XL Console: Red (New Nintendo 3DS XL - 2015 / 3DS XL)
ButterFox Deluxe 12-in-1 Accessory Travel Pack / Case For the New Nintendo 3DS XL Console: Red (New Nintendo 3DS XL - 2015 / 3DS XL)
Offered by BROXY
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What more could you ask for?, 7 Nov. 2014
When you get a new handheld, generally you want a case and some other extras to go with it just so you can protect it while going out. When i had a Vita i made the perfect purchase in this regard and i did it again with the 3DS. The case is tough and secure without being too weighty. Your 3DS is well protected inside this, while two straps hold it firmly in place. I can stuff it in my pocket or chuck it in my backpack and not have to worry about scratches or bumps as it is well protected. The headphones are pretty low quality but that is to be expected, they do the job well enough. The big stylus is a nice alternative to the slimmer one, of which you are also offered a spare, and having the USB cable is also a bonus so you can hook it up a PC. I didn't use any of the other items but they seem of good quality and like they'd do their job well. Overall it's a great deal with plenty in it for a good price. You definitely get what you're paying for here, and i wholeheartedly reccomend it to anyone.


Larfleeze Volume 1: Revolt of the Orange Lanterns TP (The New 52)
Larfleeze Volume 1: Revolt of the Orange Lanterns TP (The New 52)
by Scott Kolins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, Goofy, Very Orange Fun., 11 Aug. 2014
Larfleeze is usually a very comical character in the DC universe. His unrelenting greed and desire to own anything and everything oftens plays off humorously against other, more complex characters, most recently in Green Lantern: New Guardians, but here, for the first time ever(i think), Larfleeze takes centre stage and it results in a highly entertaining story set in the cosmic part of the DC universe.

For those that don't know, Larfleeze is the wielder of the sole Orange Lantern, the light of avarice and greed, and has spent an eternity hoarding possessions and artifacts together to satisfy said greed. That's all you really need to know going into the comic, as it does a pretty good job of introducing the character and his single mindendness and borderline insane personality, so if you're worried about not knowing much about the character, don't be, they explain it well. This graphic novel collects "The Larfleeze stories from threshold #1-5", which is essentially one long issue that introduces the main story, followed by Larfleeze #1-6, the main show. The story all ties together, starting off with Larfleeze being tricked and robbed of all his possessions, to which he does not react very well. We then follow Larfleeze and his reluctant butler Stargrave across the galaxy as he tries to get his possessions back, before running into the all powerful cosmic entity "The Laord Of The Hunt", and his sister "The Wanderer", both of which have travelled to this dimension from their own, which has been utterly destroyed by millions of years of fighting. The story then followed multiple strands, as we are introduced to the feuding family which intends to take over this universe and their mortal enemies "The Ten", as well as following the main strand as we discover the truth about Larfleeze's past and how it comes full circle when he has to face off against his own, ressurected Orange Lantern corps.

This Larfleeze comic, is first and foremost, a comedy. And there are laughs in spades, primarily from the banter between the titular character and his butler, Stargrave, who have a great rapport, and despite the differing circumstances, a special kind of bond between them which neither wants to admit. Adding to the humour is the dim witedness of Larfleeze, which is apparent in almost every panel, clashing with his quite intelligent butler. As more characters are introduced, they all have their role to play and each one bounces off each other well, creating humorous moments as they go, making this a thoroughly enjoyable read. The creators of the comic clearly do not want this to be taken seriously, and have included many references to themselves in the covers and in jokes regarding how crazy and silly the comic is. Despite the grave circumstances of the threat and the somewhat dark tones of slavery and injustice in the comic, you will still find yourself thoroughly enjoying it and laughing along the way. It reminds me a lot of the current Wonder Woman comic, where some of the best parts are the constant bickering between the gods of olympus and their humurous personalities, but the difference being that this time around, nothing is taken seriously. The creators go to great lengths to remind you just how silly all of this is, and it plays out extremely well in the end.

I would definitely recommend Larfleeze to any comic reader for a good laugh or at the very least an entertaining couple of hours of reading. Although i do have a couple of niggles about it, such as having to be reminded of the main premise of the plot with every new issue, and the fact that the comdy may well get stale if it goes on too much longer, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read that is very different from the rest of the New 52, and is a good break from the heavy tones and more serious atmopsheres of the more traditional cosmic comics like Green Lantern. If you're looking for something light hearted and fun, this is definitely the comic for you.


Invaders Now
Invaders Now
by Alex Ross Christos Gage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple fun for those new to The Invaders, 16 May 2014
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Unlike most who might purchase this fringe comic, I knew very little about The Invaders other than the basics like the normal roster and that they operated during World War II. But the only reason i needed to buy this was that both Union Jack(Joseph Chapman) and Spitfire were in it, as i am a huge fan of Marvel's British super heroes. What I recieved was a pleasant surprise that i thoroughly enjoyed reading, and while it won't exactly blow you away, it is a pretty fun story.

The story is a standalone one that takes places over 5 issues. It follows the original Invaders of World War Two being brought back to life in the modern day to combat a threat that only they can fight. The Golden Age Vision, who looks a bit like DC's Martian Manhunter and feels really out of place, gathers together Bucky Barnes, who has taken on the mantle of Captain America, Toro and the Original Human Torch who are both pretty much the same person as far as i could tell, Namor The Sub Mariner, British superhero Spitfire and Steve Rogers(in his Winter Soldier uniform but apparently not captain america in this iteration). He also recruits the modern day Union Jack, Joseph Chapman, as he cannot bring the World War II iteration Brian Falsworth back from the dead, to join the team. Chapman provides a very helpful perspective as someone new to the Invaders and is unaware of what they went through back in the war, so in some ways Chapman is like new readers to the series and provides their eye into the events.

What the story eventually revolves around is the fallout of The Invaders darkest hour during the war, where they were forced to do something they would never have done if they had a choice. I won't go into specifics, but it involves a deadly viral weapon unleashed by Arnim Zola and an entire village paying the consequences. This is fully covered in a flashback in issue 2. The same atrocity that plagued them in the war has returned in the modern day, and The Invaders are the only ones who can stop it. They return to the site of the original fight and find themselves having to face the past full circle while asking questions about the morality of their decision and whether they can do it again. I can't explain much more without going into spoilers, but it is a highly entertaining series of fights and is really engaging towards the end. Plus, it involves none other than SHUMA GORATH himself, which was a great highlight. As the story is only 5 issues, it is actually quite short but manages to achieve everything it wants to in that time, but character development does suffer as a result, with both Toro and Human Torch in particular being shunted to the sidelines and becoming muscle. But it is not too major and overall the story is highly entertaining and a very interesting read.

I'm not usually one to criticize a comics artwork but i do feel that here it is somewhat subpar and would have benefited from some extra detail and colouring, but it isn't too noticeable, at least for me. The story flows well and is engaging, the characters are handled well and Joseph Chapman stars as the teams newest member with some memorable scenes. My only fault would be that Spitfire is a bit too emotional and...well, girly in this. After her turn in Captain Britain and MI13 it seems somewhat out of character. The Golden Age Vision is a bit strange and like i mentioned earlier feels out of place against these soldiers and heroes, but i would just chalk that up to not being used to him. Some reviewers seem to criticize The Invaders as feeling out of character or some such, but that obviously didn't affect me being a newbie, and for other people new to The Invaders, i would reccomend Invaders Now as a fun, exciting romp that's well worth the read.


Tactical 20mm Rail Folding Foregrip Hand Grip
Tactical 20mm Rail Folding Foregrip Hand Grip

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a grip, and it folds!, 17 April 2014
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I bought this to attach to my SR-15 airsoft rifle. It fits snugly onto the 20mm RIS rail just fine with a single screw. It is a tiny bit loose but it's barely noticeable when in use. It took some getting used to but it is a very nice grip to have on your rifle as it provides you with two different grip options on the go. Either holding it while folded up and flat, or down like a traditional vertical grip, it feels strong and secure and provides the balance you are looking for to keep your gun steady. All it requires is a simple press of a button to loosen the grip and move it to the desired position where it will secure itself. It only loses the 5th star because of the small looseness and it's a shame you can't put it at an angled 45 degree position which i would have liked, but otherwise it is a top notch grip to have on your rifle and provides two good options for balancing your gun on the fly, rather than being stuck with just one.


Viper Security Belt System
Viper Security Belt System
Offered by Dallas Wear Ltd
Price: £18.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal For It's Purpose, 17 April 2014
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Unlike most others here, I didn't buy the belt for a conventional purpose, rather I bought it to go with a costume I was putting together for MCM London Comic Con, but I have to say that it would be fantastic for any purpose, and is the ideal utility belt for almost any situation.

With the belt itself, you get a small holster for handguns(mostly for airsoft players i'd presume), although it was a bit small for what i needed, and I had to purchase the Viper Modular Adjustable Holster as well, a double pistol magazine pouch, a small glove pouch, a long and thin pouch intended for Torches or Batons but will hold many other different things of the same shape, and what i presume to be a water bottle pouch, although i'm not entirely sure what it is for, it is almost circular shaped so could hold many numbers of things i guess. In addition there is also a small clip for holding dangling keys which i personally didn't need but i could see how it'd come in useful for other people.

The belt itself is incredibly hard wearing and tough, and is adjusted to whatever size you want by a velcro strap(don't worry, it's extremely secure), and can be taken on and off by a secure clip. It fits snugly and securely onto your waist and can be adjusted to anyone's size with great ease. The pouches are attached to the belt by press studs that wrap over the belt and secure underneath, with the added bonus of the velcro helping secure them in place. They are easy to access, open and close, and can be customised so any pouch can be placed anywhere you want on the belt. As an added bonus, you can purchase more different kinds of pouches to add to the belt, like utility pouches of any size, radio pouches, more mag pouches etc. Overall it is a very secure and strong belt and is perfect for the purpose it serves, and with the customization options, it is fantastic to suit a wide range of purposes.


Men of War, Vol. 1: Uneasy Company
Men of War, Vol. 1: Uneasy Company
by Tom Derenick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Potential, 10 April 2014
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Men Of War is...frustrating. It tells a decent enough story but you feel like it could have been so much more than it ended up being, and given this was an early cancellation of the new 52, that potential will never be realised. I was really looking forward to reading something set in the DC universe from the perspective of ordinary soldiers who are now more or less forgotten in a world where costumed heroes are the earth's foremost protectors, but Men Of War never really does this, and it is a great shame because i feel this story had potential to be very interesting.

I'll clear up exactly what you get with the book first. The first 6 issues follow the "uneasy company" story arc, which is the main bulk of the volume, and the rest of the book is made up of various one shot stories and shorts. These include an SAS soldier in afghanistan going after a ruthless taliban warlord, a squad of Navy SEAL's, again in afghan, fighting to save their squad mate, a knife fight between a man and a woman of two seperate, unnamed organisations, a very odd and random story about a new type of prototype robot in afghan, a post war story of a man trying to get a job back in the states after losing all his men and being wounded in the war, and a story about Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE, set in World War Two, and for some reason, split up into 4 chapters, each about 2 pages long. So in total, you get one 6 issue story arc, and 6 short stories. (If i've missed anything i do apologise, some of them were highly forgettable)

The "uneasy company" storyline follows Joseph Rock as he leads his platoon of American soldiers on black ops in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. They have to deal with the fallout of a superhero destroying the area and flying away, leaving them with the resulting mess, but this is about as far as the superhero element goes. There's a few forgettable fight scenes and characters, including a very confusing scene with some sort of weird white naked lady that isn't really explained, but the story reaches a point about halfway through where Rock and his men have to deal with the supernatural, and this is where things get more interesting. Rock and his men find themselves overpowered by stronger, tougher, far more experienced soldiers that, while i wont spoil, have a mildly interesting background story, although it is never fully explained. The last few issues follow the struggle between the stronger soldiers and rock's men, it leads to a fairly predictable ending, and that's it. It's not very satisfying, but you feel that with a few more issues, it could have been expanded upon and made far more interesting, but sadly, that never happened. Uneasy Company had the potential to be something much better, but the end result is a mediocre, run of the mill, predictable and confusing story arc that won't be leaving much of an impression on you either way. Characters are very generic and none are explored or developed, and overall it's just...meh.

The short stories are, thankfully, much more interesting. By condensing each story down into one issue, you dont have to worry about character development or a greater plotline, and you can just enjoy what you're given. The particular highlights for me were the "knife fight", which is well done, and follows two equally matched operatives fighting each other over one long battle with no dialogue, just their thoughts being described alongside each other, it's a well done story and entertaining overall. Another highlight was the final story in the book, which depicts a soldier fighting in the Afghan war as well as his time in the future when he has returned home. This is quite powerful as it paints a stark portrayal of what life can be like for injured soldiers returning to civilian life, where they are told they are respected and honoured, but still cannot get a job or fit in with normal folk anymore. It is a strong story and really benefits from not being drawn out, and ends on a positive note. "Hunting the Leopard" was also a nice story, if a bit bland, but the rest were forgettable and dull. Frankenstein's story feels massively out of place and very unnecessary, and the one about the prototype robot is just trash. The Navy SEAL storyline is ok but nothing to write home about.

Overall, Men Of War Volume 1 is a mixed bag, with some entertaining short stories and a decent enough, if rather plain and confusing main arc. But unfortunately it is clouded by the poor short stories and a lot of lost potential throughout. It is a great shame because, like i have said, it could have been far more interesting, but Men Of War was always destined for an early cancellation, and that's exactly what happened. I would recommend it if you can get it real cheap but you won't be missing anything if you don't, it's highly forgettable overall and you'll soon be wanting to get back into Batman or Aquaman.


30" Canvas Tool Bag, Holdall with rope handle
30" Canvas Tool Bag, Holdall with rope handle
Offered by Springfields Bushcraft & Survival
Price: £11.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Not as big as i was hoping, but still excellent, 26 Feb. 2014
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I was hoping for something a little bit larger than the real product, but it is still an excellent bag that I would highly recommend. It is very tough and there's no danger of it tearing or breaking, the handle is firm and secure and the fastenings, while they don't look very secure to begin with, do the job just fine and are very easy to secure. You could stuff plenty inside it and it would work perfectly fine, ideal for a weekend trip and I plan on using it for just that later this year. Other than that, not much to say. If you need a strong, secure bag at a very reasonable price to transport stuff in for a weekend or short trip then this is perfectly ideal and I would highly recommend it.


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