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Hasbro Star Wars Stocking Stuffers: Anakin, Obi-Wan & Shocktrooper 01/11/2011

Would you like something shocking in your stocking ???

Hasbro Star Wars Stocking Stuffers: Anakin, Obi-Wan & Shocktrooper ~~~ Introduction ~~~ Star Wars Galactic Heroes are miniature cartoon-like versions of our favourite heroes, villains, droids and creatures from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Originally aimed at younger Star Wars fans these two inch characters are now just as popular with adult collectors too. Whilst being fun to play with they look fantastic displayed (I know several fellow Star Wars Geeks who have the odd Galactic Hero figure strategically placed around their work place). However, what makes these figures particularly suitable for younger children is the fact that they are solidly made and do not have tiny weapons or accessories that could so easily become a choking hazzard (like the regular Star Wars figures do). Usually Star Wars Galactic Heroes are sold in packs of two although you can buy larger sets with several characters in them (and these usually come with a vehicle or as part of a themed playset). ~~~ Star Wars Galactic Heroes Stocking Stuffers ~~~ Stocking Stuffers are Galactic Heroes with a festive twist ... the twist being that each figure comes with a Christmas themed accessory. They make a wonderful stocking filler for any Star Wars fan (regardless of their age). Worry ye not though ... because if bought as a Christmas Gift the festive accessory itself can later be removed to reveal a standard Galactic Hero figure. Stocking Stuffers come in packs of three ... there are several out at the moment and this particular set is based on the ...

Hasbro Star Wars Stocking Stuffers: Yoda, R2-D2 & Luke 01/11/2011

Silent Night ... Jedi Knight ... All Is Calm ... All Is Bright !

Hasbro Star Wars Stocking Stuffers: Yoda, R2-D2 & Luke ~~~ Introduction ~~~ Star Wars Galactic Heroes are miniature cartoon-like versions of our favourite heroes, villains, droids and creatures from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Originally aimed at younger Star Wars fans these two inch characters are now just as popular with adult collectors too. Whilst being fun to play with they look fantastic displayed (I know several fellow Star Wars Geeks who have the odd Galactic Hero figure strategically placed around their work place). However, what makes these figures particularly suitable for younger children is the fact that they are solidly made and do not have tiny weapons or accessories that could so easily become a choking hazzard (like the regular Star Wars figures do). Usually Star Wars Galactic Heroes are sold in packs of two although you can buy larger sets with several characters in them (and these usually come with a vehicle or as part of a themed playset). ~~~ Star Wars Galactic Heroes Stocking Stuffers ~~~ Stocking Stuffers are Galactic Heroes with a festive twist ... the twist being that each figure comes with a Christmas themed accessory. They make a wonderful stocking filler for any Star Wars fan (regardless of their age). Worry ye not though ... because if bought as a Christmas Gift the festive accessory itself can later be removed to reveal a standard Galactic Hero figure. Stocking Stuffers come in packs of three ... there are several out at the moment and this particular set is based on the ...

Olbas Oil 01/11/2011

Tis The Season To Be Sniffly ...

Olbas Oil ~~~ TIS THE THE SEASON TO BE SNIFFLY ~~~ Tis the season to be sniffly ... Tra-la la-la laa, la-la laa laaaaaa !!! That's right folks the number of shopping days left until Christmas is being hotly debated on mind-numbing daytime TV shows and whilst outside the Autumn scenery is pleasing to the eye it's also the time of the year that many of us start with the snuffles, sneezes, coughs and wheezes !!! In the supermarkets the B-B-Q stuff has been packed away and the medicine section seems to have suddenly become quite congested ... often by people suffering from congestion themselves !!! The lemony drinks, the cough "sweets" and the all in ones are the best sellers of course but let's not forget the natural remedies too ... ~~~ OLBAS OIL ~~~ Olbas Oil is an inhalant decongestant that provides quick and effective relief from colds, catarrh, sinus problems, hayfever and bronchial and nasal congestion. It's a wonderful blend of pure essential oils and contains only natural ingredients. It also has a unique menthol fragrance ... a fragrance that has been created by a 70% blend of Eucalyptus and Mint Oil. The fragrance of Olbas Oil is almost as recognisable as the rather old fashioned brown glass bottle it comes in. However, don't let the "old-skool" packaging fool you as Olbas Oil is a very popular product and is widely used when it comes to fighting the symptoms of a cold. ~~~ SIMPLE TO USE ~~~ The easiest way to get the Olbas Oil straight to ...

Ravensburger Star Wars 500 Piece 01/01/2011

Why not put your control pads down and pick up a piece of puzzle?

Ravensburger Star Wars 500 Piece ~~~ Introduction: Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzles ~~~ My dad has always been a keen "puzzler" and since he retired hardly a day goes by when he is not either doing a crossword, studying a Sudoku Book or standing over the dining room table "studying" his latest jigsaw puzzle. He says it keeps his brain ticking over and, more importantly, he says he thoroughly enjoys the challenge of doing the puzzle and the sense of achievement he gets when he puts the last piece in. He also swears by Ravensburger Puzzles as in his words they're "the best quality jigsaws you can buy" ... which is something I discovered when our son was two and my dad bought him a set of Ravensburger Thomas The Tank Engine Mini Jigsaw Puzzles. Personally, I have never been a massive jigsaw puzzle enthusiast at all ... I'm a "give me an Xbox 360 controller and I'm happy" kinda guy !!! ~~~ The Star Wars Villians 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle ~~~ The Star Wars Villians Jigsaw Puzzle has 500 pieces and on opening the box you can clearly see that it has been produced to the highest standard. Each individual piece is quite thick (making them both strong and sturdy) and the picture side has an almost glossy finish which highlights and enhances the stunning colours and detail which make up the completed picture. As for the picture itself, where can I begin ? Well for starters, as a Star Was fan, it's an absolute joy to look at because it features three of the Star Wars Saga's most iconic "bad guys"; An ...

Mattel Animated Batman Series Batmobile 22/12/2010

Holy Ciao Review, Gotham's in trouble ... to the Batmobile !!!

Mattel Animated Batman Series Batmobile ~~~ INTRODUCTION ~~~ In 1939 artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger collaborated on Issue 27 of Detective Comics and introduced a new character called "The Batman". Now, 71 years later, the character they created is still going strong ... In the seventies Batman was given his own cult TV series and from the late eighties he was given his "silver screen" debut and quickly became an iconic movie character (who to this day is still constantly being re-invented). He also appears as an cartoon hero for younger viewers in "Batman: The Animated Series" and is still a DC Comics "regular" on the shelves of any comic shop you wander into. Now, you might not be a Batman enthusiast yourself but you will surely have heard of the "Bat-Cave", the "Bat-Signal" and of course the "Batmobile" ... ~~~ THE BATMOBILE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION ~~~ The Batmobile is possibly one of the most iconic vehicles that the superhero genre has ever created and over the years it's had numerous designs. One thing, however, that has always remained the same is the fact that like it's owner the Batmobile is sleek, powerful looking and packs an array of state of the art technology and weapons. Toy manufacturers have, of course, constantly kept up with Batman and the Batmobile has been a bestselling toy since I was a kid. These days Batmobiles appear in many different toy lines, from the small die cast vehicles that school children can keep in their pockets to large scale remote control cars ...

Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 20/12/2010

Wired For Sound !

Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 ~~~ INTRODUCTION ~~~ I have owned an Xbox 360 for around four years now and I am an avid gamer. I often play online games and (as any online gamer will know) using a headset is an essential part of the process as it allows you to communicate with your fellow gamers whilst experiencing the soundtrack and sound effects of the actual game itself. Up until a couple of months ago I had simply used the standard Xbox headset that came with the console but a friend of mine had recommended "upgrading" to a Turtle Beach Headset as (in his words) I would be "blown away" ! ~~~ THE TURTLE BEACH X11 HEADSET: INITIAL SET-UP ~~~ On opening the box I was initially quite disappointed to see quite a few wires. One of the reasons I love my Xbox is that unlike previous consoles I have owned the Xbox 360 has both a wireless wifi system as well as wireless controllers. I personally hate wires and had enjoyed the sense of freedom that playing on the 360 seemed to create. However, the wires were there for a reason and after a quick perusal of the instruction booklet it didn't take me long to set the headset up (essentially, all you need to do is connect the audio wires to the TV and link the TV's audio port with the console). I also discovered that the headset has a USB link to the console too ... this link is a strke of genius as it provides the power to the headset so there isn't a need for any batteries ! I am aware that Turtle Beach have also produced a wireless version of this ...

Olbas Inhaler 05/12/2010

It got right up my nose but for all the wrong reasons !!!

Olbas Inhaler ~~ INTRODUCTION ~~ I recently wrote a very positive review about Olbas Oil ... a review in which I whole-heartedly recommended this most magical mixture of natural ingredients to anyone who needed to battle the symptoms of cold and flu. At the moment I feel a little under the weather and whilst at the supermarket noticed a product that I have never tried before ... an Olbas Inhaler. As it was less than a pound I thought I would give it go. ~~ THE OLBAS INHALER: TRIED AND TESTED ~~ The Olbas Inhaler is essentially a small tube with an outer sleeve. It is recommended for anyone over six years old and has a warning on the packaging to use it no more than four times an hour. To use it all you need to do is unscrew the sleeve, insert the tube into your nostril, close your other nostril and breathe in through your nose. As an Olbas "fan" this sounded like a wonderful idea. The soothing vapours of Olbas Oil had apparently been captured inside a handy tube meaning there was no need to be messing around with tissues. In addition to this, it was also a product I could take with me in my pocket and use whenever I needed to clear my stuffy head and blocked nose ... that was the theory anyway !!! In reality I found the product to be hugely disappointing ! To begin with unlike "pure" Olbas Oil it didn't instantly relieve my symptoms. With Olbas Oil all I need to do is gently breathe in the vapours and I find my nose clearing quite quickly and any stuffiness in my head ...

Kotobukiya Star Wars Yoda & Vader Chopsticks 04/12/2010

"Use the FORKS Luke ..."

Kotobukiya Star Wars Yoda & Vader Chopsticks ~~ INTRODUCTION ~~ About a week ago on the journey between work and the railway station I went in Forbidden Planet in Leeds for a quick browse and as it's almost Christmas the store was packed to the rafters with goodies ! The Star Wars merchandise was particularly impressive and, seeing as it was payday I purchased a 2011 Calendar for the house, an Artoo Deetoo Playdoh Set for my son and a Yoda mug for work ... I was just about to pay for these items when I noticed the Lightsaber Chopsticks hanging from a hook behind the counter ... seeing as I am always trying to add new and unusual items to my Star Wars collection I bought a twin pack. ~~ LIGHTSABER CHOPSTICKS ~~ Japanese sci-fi manufacturers Kotobukiya have consistently produced a range of high quality Star Wars gifts and memorabilia over the years and the Star Wars Chopsticks are a great example of a functional product with an authentic movie feel. The two pairs of chopsticks have been extremely well designed because in terms of screen accuracy they are both perfect ! The detail on the lightsaber hilts is impressive and nothing has been missed (every single curve, groove and button has been included). Similarly, the blades themselves are also authentic looking as they have been created using a transparent (almost luminous) material which looks highly effective against the metalic colour of the hilts. The Darth Vader chopsticks are 9 inches long and the Yoda chopsticks are 7 inches long and they are ...

Mimoco Mimobot Star Wars Darth Maul 2 GB 30/11/2010

The Dark Side of Data Storage

Mimoco Mimobot Star Wars Darth Maul 2 GB ~~~ DATA STORAGE ~~~ These days data storage has become an essential part of so many people's daily life. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that USB devices have become the simple but effective way of storing sizeable amounts of data and taking them with you wherever you go. They are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand yet they can hold an entire music collection and your most treasured photos and there's still room for the odd CV, spreadsheet and report ... When data storage devices first hit the market they were of course very utilitarian in appearance but it wasn't long before they started to evolve. These days, of course, they are sold in a variety of different colours, shapes and sizes ... and many are based on popular themes. As a Star Wars fan I was delighted when I realised that Mimobot had released a range of Star Wars USB Flash Drives and I went straight online and bought myself a C-3PO one. However, I also received the Darth Maul USB Flash Drive as a gift and despite being fond of my original purchase I have to admit that it's the Darth Maul one that goes everywhere with me these days ! ~~~ THE DARK SIDE OF DATA STORAGE ~~~ What Mimobot have got so "right" is to combine something very useful with something very cool ... and it's this perfect mix of both substance and style that makes the Darth Maul USB Flash Drive such a wonderful gadget. The Flash Drive itself is a wonderfully designed (and chunky) charicature of Darth Maul. The USB ...

Star Wars Celebration Europe Exclusive Mcquarrie Concept R2-d2 Action Figure 21/11/2010

A celebration of the artist who brought Star Wars to life !

Star Wars Celebration Europe Exclusive Mcquarrie Concept R2-d2 Action Figure ~~~ INTRODUCTION ~~~ In 1977 George Lucas introduced the world to a "Galaxy Far, Far Away". It was a Galaxy ruled by the evil Empire. It was a Galaxy where a young boy would set off on an adventure and discover his destiny. It was also a Galaxy that introduced to us many memorable characters ... a beautiful princess, a happy go lucky smuggler, an enigmatic bounty hunter, a twisted Sith Lord and a wise old Jedi Knight. The Star Wars Galaxy was also inhabited by a multi-coloured array of aliens, creatures and droids. ~~~ ARTOO & THREEPIO ~~~ Two of these "droids" were called R2-D2 and C-3PO. "Artoo" and "Threepio"are perhaps two of the most iconic characters to have been created by any Sci-Fi movie and even today their popularity is a strong as ever ... how many of you who are reading this review have seen them both recently wandering around a certain electrical store in the commercial breaks that provide us all with a few minutes to make a quick dash to the loo during the X-Factor ? What many of you won't know, however, is that at the time that the original Star Wars movie was being created Artoo and Threepio had a very different look ... a look that was originally created by a truly wonderful artist called Ralph McQuarrie. ~~~ RALPH McQUARRIE ~~~ Although George Lucas wrote and directed the very first Star Wars movie it was the artist Ralph McQuarrie that brought many of his weird and wonderful ideas to life. Darth Vader's mask, the armour worn ...

Mattessons Fridge Raiders Roast Chicken Bites 13/11/2010

Raiders Of The Lost Fridge ...

Mattessons Fridge Raiders Roast Chicken Bites ~~~ Fridge Raiders ~~~ A year or two ago I can remember seeing an advert on TV for Mattessons Fridge Raiders. It featured a bloke who turned into a werewolf and spent his nights raiding his fridge ... it was quite an entertaining advert but it didn't make me rush out to the 24 hour supermarket to buy myself a pack. Infact, up until today I have never even bought a pack of Fridge Raiders or even tasted one ... Today, however, I was passing the fridge at my local Costcutter and they caught my eye. I had only popped out for a Lotto ticket and a bottle of milk too, but, you know how it is ! They were on offer so I bought three packs for the price of two. They usually sell at 82p a pack ... so three packs for £1.64 seemed like a bargain. I returned home, popped them in the fridge and sat down to watch the X-Factor ... ~~~ Fridge Raiding ~~~ During an ad break during the X-Factor I jumped up to make a drink and whilst getting the milk from the fridge grabbed the Roast Chicken pack of Fridge Raiders. My initial reaction after opening the packet was "Is that it ?" because despite the actual packet being quite large the "Bites" themselves are quite small and 80% of the pack seems to be fresh air ! In terms of taste they wer actually pretty tasty ... unlike other meat based snacks I have tried they didn't taste artificial and the "roast chicken" flavour tasted genuine rather than tasting manufactured. As I said before, however, each individual bite is quite small ...

Nikko Star Wars R2-D2 08/11/2010

A complete home entertainment package from a Galaxy far, far away

Nikko Star Wars R2-D2 PLEASE READ > Before you read this review I would just like you all to be aware that although I do not own this product I was present at the product lauch and have since spent an entire extended weekend thoroughly testing it out ... essentially as I want to buy one myself ! During that weekend, I used all of the features I have described and was impressed by how well the product worked, it's ease of use and the quality of the visual and audio output. Also, I am in regular contact with one of my best friends who still owns this product and as far as he is concerned it is both durable and efficient and he has had no technical issues, problems or glitches in the year and half that he has owned it. I would not write a review on a product that I had no experience with ... Anyway, many thanks for reading my newly added introduction and I hope you enjoy reading the rest of my latest review. Best wishes, Gray. ~ ARTOO DEETOO, WHERE ARE YOU ? ~ R2-D2 is perhaps one of the most iconic "droids" from the Star Wars Saga and Nikko have created a product that is simply "out of this world". What they have essentially done is to create a fully functioning half scale R2-D2 Unit and packed it full with an impressive amount of technology. ~ R2-D2: THE "ULTIMATE" PROJECTOR ~ Firstly, as a media projector, Artoo performs an outstanding job. This is because just like the on-screen Artoo he can move. The remote control allows you move him backwards and forwards and he can ...

Star Wars A Scanimation Book - Rufus Seder 29/10/2010

Scanimation ... an innovative mix of tradition and technology.

Star Wars A Scanimation Book - Rufus Seder Scanimation is magical ... Scanimation is a wonderful blend of technology and tradition ... Scanimation is bringing the Star Wars Galaxy to life at a bookshop near you ... Scanimation Scanimation was created and developed by Rufus Butler Seder. The technique uses a patented technology that combines jumbled up artwork and images with a black and white striped piece of clear plastic to create a sense of motion and movement when you look at the image. The end result is a picture that literally comes to life when you turn the page and look at it. And, here's the clever bit, you don't need any special kind of glasses, you don't need to twist your neck to a certain position and you don't need to strain your eyes ... because all you have to do is look at the image and the magic of Scanimation brings it to life !!! The Star Wars Scanimation Book In the Star Wars Scanimation book Rufus Butler Seder has carefully selected a dozen of the most iconic scenes from the Star Wars Saga and has magically brought them to life using his Scanimation technique. Open up the book to discover the Millenium Falcon flying towards you as the Death Star explodes in the background, turn the page to watch Luke Skywalker riding a Taun Taun across the icy wastelands of Hoth and prepare to be amazed as yet another turn of the page reveals the dramatic lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. You literally won't believe your eyes as each new page you look at becomes a ...

Nescafe Double Choca Mocha Mug Size Serving 26/10/2010

Money Saving Mocha VS Early Morning Madness !!!

Nescafe Double Choca Mocha Mug Size Serving I am a commuter and every Monday to Friday I travel on the train in and out of Leeds. I am also a coffee addict and my daily walk to work from the train station takes me past a variety of coffee stores. As a result of this I find that I have been spending around £4 each day on "luxury coffees". What I needed was an alternative ... so I bought myself a thermal mug and decided to take a drink with me. I wasn't keen on standard tea and coffee though as I could drink these all day at work. What I really needed was something rich and tasty to replace my early morning dash into Cafe Nero or Starbucks. I tried out a few different varieties but to be honest they weren't that nice and then when I was seriously contemplating ditching the whole "save some money" idea I stumbled upon a hot drink that ticked all the boxes ... and that drink was the Double Choca Mocha from Nescafe !!! Double Choca Mocha is part of the Nescafe Cafe Menu collection and each box comes with eight sachets. The drink itself is simple to make ... you just add hot water and stir !!! Double Choca Mocha is an irrestable mix of cappuccino coffee and chocolate and the end result is a rich and frothy hot drink that tastes delicious. It isn't too sweet and it isn't too bitter either ... it seems that Nescafe has created a perfect balance that will satisfy both coffee lovers and chocaholics. It's a wonderful winter warmer, a tasty treat to have at bedtime and if, like me, you're out of the house at 6.00am ...

Original Source Norwegian Sea Kelp & Rock Salt Rehydrating Hair & Body Wash 26/10/2010

Is there something fishy going on at Original Source ?

Original Source Norwegian Sea Kelp & Rock Salt Rehydrating Hair & Body Wash I love Original Source products and have been using them for years. Their range of products are constantly being created and then re-created and their formulas range from the delicate milky ones that leave you feeling calm and realxed right through to intense menthol solutions that wake you up instantly ! I have been particularly impressed by their "Original Source Men" range too ... and have purchased numerous products that have all left me feeling clean, refreshed and impressed ! *************** *************** *************** *************** *************** **** Imagine then, for a moment, the excitement I felt recently when I discovered and then bought what I felt would be another excellent product from Original Source. And then try to put yourself "in my shoes" and imagine how I felt throwing the container away after using it just the once ! *************** *************** *************** *************** *************** **** The product that I refer to was ORIGINAL SOURCE MEN REHYDRATING SPORTS WASH WITH NORWEGIAN SEA KELP AND ROCK SALT ... a product that claimed to "Put back in what life takes out" ! It was also a product that was described on the packaging as being ... "Inspired by the oceans, this mineral packed formula will have you feeling lively in no time. What fresher way to start the day?" *************** *************** *************** *************** *************** **** The container, like all Original Source products, was both ...
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