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C. A. O'Sullivan "Breffni O'Sullivan" (Dublin, Ireland)

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WALL-E - Rusty WALL-E Action Figure
WALL-E - Rusty WALL-E Action Figure

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small, but solid and highly detailed, 1 Dec. 2008
This review is to address the aforementioned issues of the scale of the figurines. I uploaded 2 customer images to help out. The model itself is about 3 inches tall. Things like the Transforming WALL-E are much bigger and chunkier.

I work in a toy store in Ireland and these are very popular toys, as is most WALL-E merchandise. As a fan of Pixar and the film, I opted to buy one. The box is fairly big in proportion to the figure, but I was taken aback at the quality of the figurine when I opened it. The figure is heavier than you might imagine with small, hidden wheels, poseable arms and a head that swivels. I thought the film was fantastic and I can't recommend it highly enough. For it's size, it appears expensive though. It may be very well made but the head and arms wouldn't be hugely hard to break off for a heavy-handed kid. It's not flimsy at all, mind you. Overall, Vivid make around 16 different figurines, although I have yet to find any others apart from "Factory New WALL-E", "EVE" (which is about an inch taller), "M-O" and "GOPHER". Hopefully my store and Amazon will start selling the additional models, as from first hand experience I know these toys sell very well.

Even as film memorabilia the model is of a high standard. Highly recommended, but not for younger fans of Pixar's truly amazing robot.
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The Dark Knight featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script
The Dark Knight featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script
by Craig Byrne
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent product, but not an art book., 12 Oct. 2008
On principle, I want to give this book 5 stars. If you buy it, as I did, you will certainly not be disappointed. I, like many of the other reviewers, have an issue with that this book is supposed to be; "The Art of The Dark Knight". This isn't an art book; it's a combination of an art book and the screenplay; but not the final shooting script as far as I can assess. One nice detail, however, about the script is that effort has been put into the presentation of the script, with the pages littered with shots from the corresponding scenes alongside the script itself. There are a few differences between the script and what was executed by the cast, but overall it's very similar. If you loved this movie, then there is no reason why you shouldn't get this. It's a big, heavy book perfect for coffee tables, which is most likely where you'll want to keep it face down due to the superb back cover taken from one of the movies posters; namely that featuring Batman doing a wheelie on the Batpod. The quality of the photos is top notch, as is the page quality. Also, for this price it is very reasonable.

If you want a final selling point; this book is worth it's price alone almost solely for the early concept drawings and computer-generated images of The Joker. From original concept to execution, the evolutionary process is quite staggering. The original Joker concept looks more suited to David Tennant than to Heath Ledger. One disappointing thing though is that I didn't think that enough attention had been paid to the transformation of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) into Two-Face.

In closing, if you are buying this book solely as an art book, then you may be disappointed. It really lacks substance in this regard, with only about 60 pages of artwork and limited text before it launches into the script. However, if you're buying it out of interest for the film as a whole; then this book is a great addition to your collection, and a very good companion piece to the film.

A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex
A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex
by Chris Jericho
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel Is On It's Way, So Buy A Lion's Tale Right Now~!, 12 April 2008
This book is superb. It's the most entertaining wrestling book I've ever read, and as a journey there are few as unique as that of Chris Jericho. If you are looking at this page and therefore have a modicom of interest in this book, buy it immediately.

The purpose for this review is actually to address one issue. In a number of the reviews you'll read on this page; the principle gripe is with where the book ends; i.e. with the countdown to Jericho's August 1999 WWF debut. There is good news. A second book is in development.

Jericho has confirmed the release of a second book via Lance Storm's official website, StormWrestling.com. He wrote an article on Storm's website regarding his book and the reaction to it thus far. Jericho said the first book left the book open for a sequel because the first one only focuses on the stage in his life in which he is trying to achieve his dream of joining WWE. Once he got to WWE, that stage in his life was over. He has signed a new book deal for the second book with Grand Central. The second book will be called "Undisputed Attitude," which as you would imagine, will be an indepth look into his WWE tenure. The title is a reference to both the Attitude Era and his Undisputed Championship reign. It is also an homage to the Slayer compilation album of the same name. The second book will be released in the US and Canada in Autumn 2009, with a UK release following shortly after that.

Hope that helps you guys out. In the meantime, pick up this book. Even if you've never watched professional wrestling, this book will entertain you. Jericho's writing style is very inviting, witty and down to earth, with more Spinal Tap references than you can shake a stick at.

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