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Disney Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset
Disney Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset
Price: 124.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great quality but very overpriced!, 17 July 2014
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This Disney Frozen castle is lovely and big. My niece, who is an absolute Frozen fan, loves it! It is a pretty large with lots of little features to play with. It also looks like the one in the film.

It does take quite a bit of time to put together and the instructions are not very helpful, but it is large down to common sense, so I got it together in about an hour.

The real downside to this is that the dolls are not included and you have to spend an extra 45 for both dolls, if you want the good quality ones from Disney. So, for the price (125 at the time this review was written), I would expect at least one doll to be included. Just to highlight that this castle works better with the 12" dolls. Of course, you don't have to buy them. My niece doesn't have them and still loves to play with it. She uses her other dolls and it's just all the same to her.

In summary, you will be very popular with your daughter/granddaughter/niece if you buy this, but you need to decide if it is worth the money.

Trunki Travel ToyBox (Pink)
Trunki Travel ToyBox (Pink)
Price: 13.03

1.0 out of 5 stars Just a fancy and expensive way of putting toys away, 26 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is basically a plastic box. I was expecting higher quality from Trunki as I had heard lots of good things about the suitcase. However, it's not big enough to take any big toy (we have just filled it in with balls) but it's bulky enough to take quite a lot of space in the boot of the car. The wheels will only work properly on a hard surface and not on carpet. Also, they make a grinding noise occasionally.

There are lots of better alternatives for taking toys with you when travelling. For us, a large bag with a zipper works wonders!

Logitech Pro Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro
Logitech Pro Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro
Price: 109.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid build but a few flaws, 19 Jun 2014
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This is a well built case and lightweight with it.

However, I wasn't keen that the case, when folded, had the keys brushing the screen. Too early to tell if this would have long term repercussions but I wasn't keen on that design. I didn't like the lack of flexibility with this product - lay it flat or one upright position does not provide enough options. Finally, it seems seriously overpriced for what it offers.

Ultimately, if you can try it first, you might find this comfortable and solidly built. For me, it worked fine but a few underlying concerns and a miss-judged price tag stops this being anything except adequate.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: 61.80

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Implausible, overhyped and simply average, 8 Jun 2014
You've probably been in this situation yourself: a family member or friend starts raving about the brilliance of Breaking Bad: "Best series ever!" et cetera. When that fails to convince you, their fall-back position would be to compare it favourably to something they know you already like: "It's better than The Sopranos / Oz / Deadwood / [insert name of your favourite series here]!" This was how Breaking Bad was positioned to me.

The first series was dull but I thought I'd stick with it because first series are often as much about laying the foundation as they are about telling stories - characters, situations and so forth. Things didn't improve with the second series but people kept saying that it gets better. It didn't and I finally stopped watching with the penultimate episode of the fourth series.

It's not that Breaking Bad plagiarises other, better films or television shows, though it does, blatantly. The "fixer" role of Harvey Keitel's character Mr Wolf from Pulp Fiction is transposed to a much less verbose character in Breaking Bad but it's essentially the same function; the theme of a person deeply immersed in organised crime but trying to keep his domestic suburban family arrangements as normal as possible is one of the themes more memorably played out in The Sopranos; the gun purchasing scene is taken directly from Taxi Driver; the DEA agent Hank Schrader is incredibly familiar as Vic Mackey from The Shield (minus that character's deep corruption) and sleazy clichéd lawyer Saul Goodman seems a composite of every ambulance-chasing shyster you've seen a dozen times before, even Lionel Hutz from The Simpsons.

I could accept all these things because if you're going to steal, steal from the best. My issue with Breaking Bad is that I kept waiting for the "wow" factor and it never happened. I wanted to like this programme a lot, I was expecting to be hugely impressed with it. Perhaps if the hype around it hadn't been so overblown, I would have enjoyed this a lot more. The bottom line is that there are far better series around than this implausible tale of a high school chemistry teacher who teams up with a drop-out and they beat the Mexican cartels at their own game (if you've read anything about the Mexican cartels, you'd realise how comical and unrealistic this is).

For me, Breaking Bad was oversold and underdelivered. If you want a tale of organised crime in the suburbs, go for The Sopranos. If you're after a detailed, rich story of a drug empire and its ramifications on the city, try The Wire. If you want a safe, unchallenging fairy tale about an everyman who becomes a drug kingpin, you'll love Breaking Bad.
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Ultralieve Personal Ultrasound Therapy
Ultralieve Personal Ultrasound Therapy
Price: 113.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for troubled knees but useless for sore wrists, 15 May 2014
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My wife, despite her short age (she is only 34) suffers from joints pain. The pain comes and goes depending on how much she exercises.

One of her knees gets locked and it becomes very painful. This is when this little gadget comes in. She has had physiotherapy using ultrasound waves before, which is why this is perfect for her. She uses this every time that her knee is sore and swollen and after just a few days of treatment it feels so much better.

However, it is pretty much useless for her tendonitis in her wrist, which is due to a repetitive strain injury. She has tried using it on a regular basis but it just doesn't improve. Maybe this therapy is more useful for larger muscles or joints but it just didn't help.

It is ergonomically designed and very comfortable to use, even when using the injured wrist. An improvement would be for the handle to be rechargeable rather than have to depend on being near a socket. Saying that, the cable is long enough to sit comfortably on the sofa whilst using it.

Overall, a good investment if you can't be bothered to wait for 3 to 6 months to be referred to your local hospital for physio.

Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Karl Urban
Price: 6.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Respect the badge - he earned it with his blood", 4 May 2014
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As a longtime 2000AD reader (since the Block War story line for about ten years), I can honestly say that I loved this movie. For my friends who've never read a single Judge Dredd story, they loved it too. When I watched this in the cinema, it was filled with mostly thirty-something males like myself. I sat there with clenched fingers, thinking, "Please be good, please be good." This film didn't disappoint! When Dredd states the line, "I am the law" the cinema erupted in cheers. This wasn't the ridiculous buddy movie of the awful, stagey, Stallone version, this is the gritty Dredd lifted straight from the comic.

For the record, this was actually filmed before the movie The Raid (a great work of martial arts cinema); Dredd was released after The Raid because it had more complex post production work.

Dredd follows one bloody drug bust, contained in one city block. Dredd goes in the megablock with rookie partner Cassandra Anderson, they get trapped and have to shoot their way out. If this excellent films reminds me of anything, it's those classic 1980s 18-rated action films that were made on modest budgets and told lean, vicious stories: think John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct Thirteen, or Paul Verhoeven's Robocop, which of course, borrowed a lot from Judge Dredd.

Dredd is a brilliant, efficient action film; every actor embodies their role (Karl Urban in particular, is incredible in his understated grimacing), director Pete Travis evokes a sweaty atmosphere of a city on the brink of anarchy, held together by the unflinching, remorselessness of the Judges and writer Alex Garland crafts a great script that introduces us to a brutal world laced with dry humour. The only downside is that this film is clearly the introductory first part of a planned trilogy, one that may never see the light of day, which is a huge shame, considering that is rumoured to feature the Dark Judges.

If you love old school action films before everything started to get watered-down to fit a child friendly rating certificate, Dredd will appeal to you. If you ever read 2000AD, you'll love Dredd. If you want a film where people "reach out" to each other and learn to connect with their inner feelings, give this a wide berth! Dredd is bloody and grim but laced with that black humour that Dredd fans will cherish.

Obersee Kids Pre-School All-In-One Backpack with Cooler Bling Rhinestone Star
Obersee Kids Pre-School All-In-One Backpack with Cooler Bling Rhinestone Star
Price: 25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very popular for young girls, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Our seven year old niece loved this. It's got an appealing design, perfect size, it's got a cooling compartment for drinks and snacks and it's sturdy enough to survive being thrown about.

Our niece takes her books to school in this bag, as well as putting stuff in it when she goes off on trips. Recommended all round.

Galt Dr Miriam Activity Centre
Galt Dr Miriam Activity Centre
Price: 22.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Just too similar to other products on the market, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This activity centre was fun for our daughter for a very short period of time, for two reasons.

The first is that she already has a walker that is very similar to this - things to turn, spin et cetera, that she already knows and loves.

Secondly, the shelf life of this toy was very short. The box advises that it's for babies from six months but I'd say that any baby over one year old will either already have something like this or if they don't, they'll get bored of it very quickly.

Ambi Toys Lock-a-Block
Ambi Toys Lock-a-Block
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Chunky, simple and fun, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This toy has coloured shapes that drop in to their respective holes and there's a key (on a fabric chain, so it won't get lost) to unlock the door to get them back out. It's simple, colourful and repetitive, just what babies like. Perhaps the only downside is that as the whole thing is made of plastic, it doesn't have any tactile sensations for our daughter; if this toy had textured sides, it would provide that extra bit of stimulation.

Chicco Twist Armchair (Sea Green)
Chicco Twist Armchair (Sea Green)
Offered by BabySecurity
Price: 61.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish design, well built, versatile but just not popular!, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This padded chair looks great and has a versatile design: the rear flips back and the seat unfolds, so it becomes more of a lounger than a chair. It's soft and feels very well made. The only issue is that my daughter just didn't take to the chair!

Several weeks later, after the chair had been neglected, my daughter finally climbed on the chair and then quickly got off it. Not sure why, as other babies who've visited seem to get on with it. These kind of things happen all the time with babies, of course but because the chair just didn't appeal to my daughter, I can't give it a five star review, even though if I had an adult version of this, I'd probably love it!

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