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Old 08-21-2007, 06:26 PM
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Post SnitchSeeker's Order of the Phoenix merchandise reviews

A while ago I was lucky enough to be sent some Order of the Phoenix merchandise to review; namely 2 tee shirts & 2 sets of action figures. Here's what I thought of them.


Dumbledore's Army tee shirt

The design on this tee shirt, made from 100% cotton, is both attractive and simple. The outlines of the sextet and the names of the D.A. run down the left side of the shirt, with the Hogwarts coat of arms & the D.A. logo at the bottom. The D.A. logo is also on the back just below the collar. Whilst these touches prevent the pale blue shirt from being boring, they are also very light in colour, which makes them hard to identify unless you hold the shirt really close to your face. In my opinion, these features would've been better served in a bolder colour. Aesthetics aside, I have found it comfortable to wear.

Forbidden Forest tee shirt

The design on this tee shirt, also made from 100% cotton, is in comparison both darker and brighter. The browns, golds, oranges and whites are bold enough so that they stand out well against the black fabric. Although some bits are distinguishable, namely the leaves, the tree, the centaur & the writing, the spattering blob of gold & orange is less recognisable - possibly it's meant to be a fire. In terms of the shape, it is a fitted tee shirt which as a woman makes it more flattering than the previous, which means it is not only comfortable but also enjoyable to wear.

To review the action figures I asked my ten year old brother to help me out, as he is clearly more in line with the demographic for these products than I am.

Fred & George Weasley action figures

We both agreed that these action figures bear an incredible likeness to James & Oliver Phelps, who play the twins in the films. It was also nice to see that despite being twins, there were differences between the two in terms of hairstyles, wands, clothing arrangements & facial expressions. This clearly showed that a lot of thought & effort had gone into the making of them. The attention to detail on the uniforms is equally impressive, although the paint job is a bit messy in places. In terms of movement, we found the figures to have a fabulous amount of articulation.

However, the wands that come with the figures are very fiddly & small, making them easy to lose and putting them into the hands of the characters is not easily done. Same can be said for the boxes & the suitcase. My brother was also disappointed to see that the suitcase could not be opened. The packaging that they came in was beautiful but some of it was unnecessary.

Hermione Granger patronus action figure

Again, the likeness of the toy to its onscreen counter-part, this time Emma Watson, is commendable although we couldn't help thinking that Hermione looked a bit bored. Sadly there aren't as many points of articulation, or so it seems. The choice of material for the skirt part of the uniform is a little strange as it gives the impression of denim and is at odds with the rest of it which is plastic.

A swirl of transparent patronus is actually attached to the wand, as if Hermione is in mid-spell. As clever as this appears at first, it means the character cannot hold the wand without it falling out of her hand. The otter itself is gorgeous, with a magical glow and the way in which the spell trails off toward the tail as swirls is a beautiful touch.
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how in the world did you get sent stuff to review???im so jealous...they look awsome though...

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Old 08-21-2007, 07:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I like the first tee-shirt, despite the un-boldyness of the words, I don't think it's necessary to read the character names, since after all, we know who's in the DA, right?

I don't really like the 2nd tee though, the design and colors don't really work for me.

And I really wouldn't go for Hermione, although I might try and cut off the otter, to keep it with me. But I mean, as a ten year old, I'd probably be begging my mom for it. Same for Fred and George.

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how in the world did you get sent stuff to review???
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I like the first tee-shirt, despite the un-boldyness of the words, I don't think it's necessary to read the character names, since after all, we know who's in the DA, right?
We do but it'd be nice if they were clearer, particularly since they're all in different script.

And I really wouldn't go for Hermione, although I might try and cut off the otter, to keep it with me.
The otter is separate but a small bit of the spell is on the wand. If that makes sense.
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I got the pale blue tee for my birthday! But I totally agree when you say that it would be better if the list was bolder. Awesome reviews, Emma!
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I love the shirts! cant say much about action figures though...they look like the actors...but I think Ive outgrown them...
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I'm still clinging to my 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' black tee with print of the trio on front and at the back in yellow letters 'The Second Year Begins November 15'!

I don't like the new tees... I looked for a tee with OotP DA Group photo print, big pictured on the front. But alas, nothing like this for sale.
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I like the blue shirt and the Hermione the most. The black t-shirt is nice but too black for me and the twins things look a bit strange for me.
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It is kinda scary to play with the toy-figure of themselves, so I'll just say that they'll make really good gifts to young children. I really, really want the tee-shirts, though! I really want to buy them!
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I love the first tee, i think it's gorgeous!
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I really like the figurines of the Weasley twins -- they're quite realistic looking! And I think I like the blue shirt the best {the black one kind of looks like a mess, lol} of the two.
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I love both shirts but the first one is the best in my opinion. Though it's not bold it's secretive like the DA itself so I think its good. I love both figure thoug Hermiones' skirt is not of my appeal. Fred and George are awesome!! They look so great. If I was a ten yeard old I would't leave my parents alone until they bought both hehehe
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