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

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane, 13 Jun. 2013
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Anyone who grew up in the 80's will find the content this book familiar. There was no escaping the legend of Star Wars, and for good reason. Those of us who couldn't get enough of the facinating creativity that is George Lucas's universe will immediately take a trip down memory lane when opening this volume. Younger enthusiasts will also love the fact that Clone Troopers and Yoyo Droids line up next to characters their Mum and Dad will recognise.

For collectors this book is a must and I hope there are many more editions to come. My only criticism is that it would be good to have a bit more detail contained about each character, even if this did bulk the book out a bit more and up the cost. I think those in the market for this type of book would happily bear the additional price for a bit more detail. Aside from this, an excellent book that covers most Star Wars figures out there, although not all!


Star Wars The Clone Wars Republic Attack Shuttle
Star Wars The Clone Wars Republic Attack Shuttle

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Play Value, 11 Mar. 2013
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I bought this for my 8 year old as a Christmas present and it was easily his favourite toy on Christmas morning. The space ship comes with a clone pilot that is fully articulated and would be worth about £9 if purchased separately, making the £45 I paid really great value. I saw the same toy in Toys R Us for around £100 a few months before Christmas but felt this was a little too much to pay. Judging from other Star Wars toys, I would say that around £70 is a fair price for what you get.

The shuttle requires batteries as it makes a variety of battle sounds. The key advantage this toy enjoys over other Star Wars spaceships is that it can open up into a clone base which has fantastic play value. The main difficulty with Star Wars figures is that they have always been awkward to stand up so the foot pegs that are dotted all over the shuttle in "base mode" really help in creating a battle scene that isn't going to collapse prematurely when anyone walks past.

The only real design flaw is that the detatchable front mini ship isn't attatched to the body in a secure fashion. It is attached by being squeezed between two bits of plastic, which gives the toy a flimsier feel than if it were to click into place. Aside from this, I would recommend the shuttle to any young Star Wars fan as a great addition to their collection.


LocoRoco - Platinum Edition (PSP)
LocoRoco - Platinum Edition (PSP)

5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Little Game, 23 Aug. 2010
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Loco Roco is very simple in concept but creatively designed and well constructed. The PSP lends itself well to this type of game with bright graphics and good sound quality.

This game has a real charm to it with easy flowing game play, interesting levels and delightful music that will captivate children and adults alike. It is true that the game is a little short but this has to be preferable to a long drawn out title that becomes too tedious to conclude.

I bought this as a present for my 5 year old son and he absolutely loved it. He couldn't put the game down without wanting to pick it up again 5 minutes later.

In short, this is a suberb little game that has quite rightfully become a PSP classic. Given the platinum price tag this game is an absolute bargain outshining more recent Nintendo DS games that cost a great deal more.


Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Complete (PC DVD)
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Complete (PC DVD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, 19 July 2010
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If you are reading this then you will almost certainly like the idea of turn based strategy games, so that being the case Civ 4 is just about as good as it gets right now, at least until Civ 5 is released in October 2010.
This game offers tremendous value for money with a massively in depth range of historical era's and difficulty levels to be selected. You can explore a randomly generated map or develop the civilisation of your choice on a large earth map. Britain can belong to Saladin's global Islamic empire or the whole of Europe and Africa can be ruled from Nottingham, the choice is yours.
The balance and feel of this game is just right, you can win by war and territorial expansion, by cultural developments or through the development of advanced technology. There are so many aspects to this game that it never becomes tedious or repetitive. The only real drawback to Civ 4 is that it is highly addictive and you could easily write off whole days playing it so just keep an eye on the time!
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Age of Empires III - Complete Collection (PC CD)
Age of Empires III - Complete Collection (PC CD)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £24.99

5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and unrewarding, 12 July 2010
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This is what strategy gamers call a Real Time Strategy game (RTS). The problem I had with this RTS game is that the "real time" element offered no pause for thought, no consideration could be made about building a great empire as you are constantly under attack and need to keep repetitively clicking on the same combat units each turn. I found this to be very dull and unrewarding.

To my mind the balance of this game is all wrong, it is more like an arcade game than a serious strategy title. Indeed, having played AOE 2 on the PS2, this seemed like a far more fitting format for this type of shoot em up. AOE 2 on PS2 was actually quite good and my reasons for buying AOE on PC was that I thought the balance of the game would be altered for PC much as the excellent Sid Miers Civilisation title has an arcade oriented style that works well on the PS3 but a more in depth set up for PC.

I'm sure there are plenty of gamers who will like the shoot em up style of this game but if you prefer a more considered strategy title, as I do, then avoid this completely.
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Samsung R780 17.3-inch Laptop (C2D i3 330M 2.13 GHz Processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVDRW, 6 Cell Battery, HD+, HDMI, eSATA, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium, Red)
Samsung R780 17.3-inch Laptop (C2D i3 330M 2.13 GHz Processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVDRW, 6 Cell Battery, HD+, HDMI, eSATA, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium, Red)

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but flawed, 8 Jun. 2010
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The first impression I had on opening the box and pulling out the new laptop was how cool and elegant the design was. This laptop offered a very good spec for the price I paid for it, although I notice it is about £80 more expensive now which is odd as technology usually falls in price rather than increases in cost. It's new price makes it less of a bargain as it now sits with some seriously good competition including the well established Sony brand and the reliable Dell Studio 17 range.

The NVIDIA graphics card was a big selling point for me as I liked the idea of having a lap top I could also play games on. Unfortunately, the graphics card proved to be the Samsungs achilles heel and frequently caused the screen to freeze and crash when playing games or watching video's. For this reason, I had to return the lap top and cannot offer a particularly high star rating for a laptop that began to fail during its first month of use. Fortunately, Amazon have a very good after sales service and dealt with the matter very efficiently so top marks to them.

Judging from the other reviews, you could be lucky and get a good lap top with a fully functioning graphics card. Yet at the increased price is it worth risking the hassle when for another £100 you could get an i5 processor from a more established lap top manufacturer?


Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses
Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses
by Alison Weir
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book by a first rate author, 19 May 2010
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The problem with author historians is that their proven academic ability does not always match their ability to write a good book. This is not so with Alison Weir who it seems could create a great book out of just about any subject she was given.

The complexities and numerous factions involved in the Wars of the Roses offer a hard challenge for anyone to translate into a concise and gripping story but Alison Weir has managed the task in style. The book is clearly laid out with well spaced chapters that seamlessly link in a way that offers the reader a desire to read on to find out what happens next. Frequently, I would read two or three chapters at once when I only intended to read one.

I find Alison Weirs style of writing refreshingly clear, concise and accessible. Not once was I left wondering what was meant by a phrase or reference. The editing is also good with only material that has a direct and informative impact making the cut.

In conclusion, this is not only a good history book but also a great story and a gripping read.


Star Wars Classic Ultimate Sticker Book (Ultimate Stickers)
Star Wars Classic Ultimate Sticker Book (Ultimate Stickers)
by Rebecca Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little sticker book, 17 May 2010
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This is an attractive little sticker book that any child who loves Star Wars should be delighted with. My 5 year old son spent a good deal of time naming all of the characters before he even thought about using the stickers,appearing a little relucant to spoil his smart new book by removing pieces from it. Although there are perhaps too few stickers in this book to warrant the description "ultimate sticker book", the stickers are of very good quality and well worth the asking price.


Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time (PS3)
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time (PS3)
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £22.90

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but lacks the game play of it's predecessors, 12 May 2010
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My son and I are huge fans of Ratchet and Clank so I naturally looked forward to getting my hands on what is said to be the last game in the series. Whilst we played the other Ratchet and Clank titles until our fingers were sore, a Crack in Time became boring and tedious far too quickly.

The graphics are as good as ever but the gaming style has departed from the hugely successful formula that made Ratchet and Clank so popular. The game designers have borrowed ideas from other successful games such as Grand Theft Auto with a radio in Ratchets free roaming space ship, but instead of the cool 80's classics of GTA Vice City, Ratchet can only tune into truley awfull easy listening music of the type that might be piped out in a low cost local supermarket.

The Clank missions are the most frustrating. The puzzles are far too difficult and dull for the younger children the cartoon styled characters appeal to. My son thought it was more like doing maths homework than an exciting blast on a new video game and although I could do the puzzles for him, there was really no fun in it. You can skip these puzzles, but why include them in the first place when they add nothing of value to the gaming experience?

I understand that there are some who might get more out of this game as the graphics are good and the planetary Ratchet missions can be fun, particulary the hover boot challenge. Yet, for myself and my son at least, this was a dissapointing end to what had been a brilliant series.
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Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Platinum (PS3)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Platinum (PS3)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plasma Beast v Mr Zurkon, 21 Jan. 2010
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I bought this game as Christmas present for my 5 year old and he absolutely loves it. I usually play it with him as some of the puzzles are a little advanced for his age but he is fine with most of the battle scenes.

I am really impressed with this game, the HD graphics are superb and I always get the feeling that a great deal of thought has gone into crafting each level. You can collect an array of very cool weapons including a disco ball that inspires your foes to dance instead of fight. The plasma beast is my sons' favourite, although the shard reaper and Mr Zurkon are also very impressive.

If you like the look of this game, then buy it as you won't be disappointed.


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