Sunday, 12 February 2017

Review: Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves: Deluxe Book and Model Set - Jody Revenson

House-Elves are some of the most beloved magical beings of the wizarding world. With a special focus on Harry Potter's friend Dobby, this book provides a thrilling behind-the-scenes look at how the house-elves were brought to life for the Harry Potter films, from early designs to film-making secrets. This deluxe book and model set includes everything you need to create your own wooden Dobby model. Features easy-to-assemble laser-cut wood pieces, step-by-step instructions, colouring and crafting ideas, and a character guide book featuring interviews from cast and crew of the Harry Potter films, plus film-making and special effects secrets.

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

Review:
I've been wanting to buy one of the Incredibuilds Harry Potter model kits ever since I built the Firebolt from the Winter at Hogwarts box set so when I spotted a copy of this at a good price I couldn't resist. The set comes with a small (in page numbers rather than in size) hardback book that's full of fun facts about some of the House Elves from the Harry Potter books and movies. Obviously Dobby is the star House Elf of the series but there is some information about Winky (who never made it into the movies) & Kreacher too.

See pictures of some of the artist sketches created when they were trying to decide what Dobby looked like, learn about how the Dobby you see on screen was the first fully computer-generated character in the Harry Potter series (they used tennis balls on sticks as place holders for the actors to interact with during filming!). Although he was a CGI character they still created several life sized models of him to help with placement on set but the only time one of them appears in the movie is during Dobby's final heartbreaking scene. This booklet is only about 40 pages but it's packed full of fun facts and I really enjoyed flicking through it.


Of course the main thing about these Incredibuild sets are the models though. You'll receive a laser cut sheet of wood (whatever you do don't pop out all the pieces before you get started - remove them as you need them so you can easily find the pieces you're looking for!) and an instruction sheet. All of the pieces are numbered and they're very easy to pop out, just follow the simple instructions and slot the pieces together and before you know it you'll have a finished model of Dobby.


You'll find tips on decorating your model inside the main hardback (rather than in the separate instruction sheet which seems a little illogical to me!). To be honest it would probably be easier to paint the pieces before you slot them all together but since I made the model before looking at the book I didn't figure that out until it was too late. I actually quite like my model as it is though so I'm not planning on decorating it further at this time.


Dobby stands about 15cm high and 8cm wide from elbow to elbow, he's very steady on his feet so you don't need to worry about him tipping over and I think he'll make a lovely addition to anyone's Harry Potter collection. I can't wait to make more of these (I've already ordered the Buckbeak and Golden Snitch versions!).

Source: Purchased

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