Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Product Review: Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)
GRINGOTT'S DRAGON: Also known as the Ukrainian Ironbelly species. Gringott's Dragon is used to guard several high-security vaults, including the Lestrange Vault, at Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Number Of Sheets: 2 Sheets
Assembled Size: 7.48" x 5.39" x 2.36"
Visit the Metal Earth website for more information
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 Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
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)
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)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)
Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information
I've never made a model like this before but I'm a huge HP fan and I collect dragons so I couldn't resist this kit! The kit contains 2 sheets of metal with all the pieces you'll need to make the model, and a full instruction sheet. It recommends using proper tools like needle nose pliers and clippers to help remove the pieces from the metal sheets they come in but to be honest I didn't want to pay out the extra money when I wasn't sure the tools would be used again in the future.
It could possibly have made my life easier if I'd had the correct tools but I managed to build this kit using a couple of pairs of tweezers and a sharp crafting blade to cut the metal (please be very, VERY careful if you do the same thing as it would be incredibly easy to slice your finger open!). To be honest you need to be a little careful anyway because the tiny pieces of metal do have quite sharp edges and my fingers ended up with loads of tiny little cuts from building this dragon. I also used a variety of sized pens, pencils and even a metal kebab stick to bend the metal around to get the curved edges I needed.
Like I said I've never made anything like this before so I had no idea where to start but the instructions were clear and easy to follow. It was quite fiddly at first but once I'd got used to how to bend the metal it got much easier and, apart from the legs (I never did manage to get all the tabs in place for the knee joints!), I found it fairly easy to work out how to slot everything together.
It was great to see the dragon slowly come to life as I built it and I'm really pleased with the finished results too, the dragon looks great on my Harry Potter shelf!
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