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Mel doesn't really consider herself a geek but contributes randomly for the love of gadgetry, cute stuff, and well, because she can. Mel doesn't really consider herself a geek but contributes randomly for the love of gadgetry, cute stuff, and well, because she can. She has more to say about noms, as can be seen (read?) in her blog over at www.bacontunamelt.com,  where she talks about bacon, tuna, and all kinds of nomz.

Harry Potter Funko Pop! Wave 2 Is Out

Hey everyone! I just wanted to show you guys the new Harry Potter Funko Pop!s which were released recently. Pre-ordered mine from Big Boys Toy Store (Why can't it just be a Big Kids Toy Store?) and had no problems claiming them. 

The Harry Potter Wave 2 Funko Pop!s set includes the following figures-

  • 10 Harry Potter in his Triwizard uniform
  • 11 Hermione Granger in Yuleball outfit
  • 12 Ron Weasley in Yuleball outfit
  • 13 Draco Malfoy in Hogwarts uniform
  • 14 Luna Lovegood in Hogwarts uniform
  • 15 Albus Dumbledore in Yuleball outfit
  • 16 Sirius Black
  • 17 Dobby <3<3<3
  • 18 Dementor

Exclusives:

  • 19 Draco Malfoy in Quidditch robes
  • 20 Cedric Diggory
  • 21 Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat
  • 22 Neville Longbottom <3

This time, I didn't get the entire set because 1) I live in a small apartment, 2) My budget is finite, and 3) I want to maintain my sanity. It's almost a given that there will be several waves more to come and that I will continue to burn money on them so I've set some ground rules for myself- I promised myself that I would only get one of each unique character and just collect all the Harrys that they come up with until I reach seven (I'm already on my fifth Harry, so I'm not sure how strong my willpower will be).

Because of said ground rules, I've opted out of the Yule Ball figures. Giving up the Dumbledore one was particularly difficult. His lilac dress robe is quite lovely. In contrast, the Triwizard outfit Harry is pretty plain and uninteresting. They also got Sirius' hair color wrong, it should have been black instead of dark brown but I guess they copied Gary Oldman's hair color in the movie. I love that they included Luna's dirigible plum earrings which really help capture her character. The Draco Pop! is kind of boring too, but then again it's not easy to capture a snarl in a figure not known to have mouths (the variant is way better).

Dobby <3<3<3 is pretty perfect, it's just funny that he's about 1.5x as wide as all the other Pop!s. The Dementor is also one of the better figures in this series. The robes (+ paint) in particular are nice, the boxed figure is tilted to one side because of the long flowy robe. I'm still missing Neville Longbottom <3, Cedric Diggory, and Draco Malfoy in Quidditch robes which are exclusives and are unfortunately not easy to find in these parts. But even if I did have them, I think the winner for the best figure in this set would still be exclusive Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat. 

Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat takes the cake for best figure of this wave.

The Pop! has Harry sitting on a stool with the Sorting Hat atop his head mulling whether to put him in Gryffindor or Slytherin. Just looking at the figure makes you relive the scene- eleven-year-old Harry begging the Sorting Hat to put him anywhere but Slytherin, and then eventually the Sorting Hat thunderously shouts GRYFFINDORRR! Incidentally, my main display now features this scene, with Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Snape flanking Harry and the Sorting Hat while fellow first-year students Luna, Ron, Hermione, and Draco hover close by.

"Not Slytherin, not Slytherin."

*If anyone can point me to where I can get the exclusive figures around here, I'll be one very happy big kid.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition Now Available in Manila!

If you haven't heard yet, it's about time you get in the loop. The illustrated version of the first book in the Harry Potter series is now available in the Philippines! And at Php1600+/-, it's even cheaper here than if you get it in the US (SRP is $39.99 and at P46 to $1, that's about 1800 something local bucks).

There are two titles available, the British version "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and the American version "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

My copy is the Sorcerer's stone edition which is supposedly the American version (they changed some colloquial terms) but interestingly enough, the text seems to be from the original British version with words phrases such as "sherbet lemon" instead of "lemon drop" and "shan't" instead of "won't" among other minor differences.

 

There's also a deluxe set with a slipcase. The covers on the deluxe set is gorgeous with gold etching of the Snitch on the case and Hogwarts against a purple backdrop on the book itself.

Rereading material you know nearly by heart is made doubly interesting by Jim Kay's beautiful art, breathing new visuals to favorite characters and scenes. What I like about it is that the artist seems to have created his illustrations based on the book instead of simply patterning from the characterizations in the movies, which in my opinion are two very different things.

"Jim builds little models of every character with plasticine and places them gently in his cardboard Hogwarts so he can test out the way the light hits each one at different times of day. To get Hagrid right, he lined up a set of those little plastic army solider toys to represent the kids at Hogwarts and then built his own Hagrid figurine to the right scale." -Pottermore

I love that the illustrator is a total nerd.

One of my favorite illustrations is the one of Severus Snape. While I do like what Alan Rickman brought to the role in the movies (may he RIP), he's not entirely what I pictured when the character was first introduced in the book. Jim Kay's depiction is EXACTLY how twelve year old me imagined Professor Snape to be like the first time I read the book. It's on page 110, in case you wanted to take a quick peek. 

Pages are thick and glossy. <3

I've been meaning to reread all the books again and I've found the perfect reason to do so. I gotta get going because it looks like the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is set to come out in October! Exciting!

Should you or should you not get the Harry Potter Funko Pops?

Hey Potterheads! This particular geekdom has been running a little dry these days- the last book was released 8 years ago, the last movie was shown 4 years ago, and let's be honest, Pottermore didn't exactly fly. We get tidbits of news from JK Rowling every so often like when she revealed that Dumbledore is super gay, and that she almost killed off Ron Weasley (//_T) but the Harry Potter world has been relatively quiet until Funko announced in February of this year that Harry Potter pops were going to be released later during the year. That got the media buzzing.

Being the spendthrift that I am, I scrambled to get these figures into my hands the quickest way possible. That's where GeekOut author Baddie came to the rescue. Through his website Collectiboss, he let us reserve the set way before anyone ever did. By July, all seven figures were sitting in my living room all cute and cuddly (THEY BE!).

Please indulge me as I show them all off to all y'all.

01 Harry Potter

The first figure of the set, of course. Harry's a little boring but I guess this is so he can have variants (see below). He has the trademark scar, round glasses, Hogwarts uniform, and his Phoenix feather wand.

What's missing: Lenses on his glasses (see Dumbledore), a Gryffindor scarf, and Hedwig.

02 Ron Weasley

The second figure is Harry's perennial partner-in-crime Ron. He's a carrot top (as he should be), gray Hogwarts robes (possibly because it's a hand-me-down?), and his Spello-taped wand.

What's missing: Freckles, a cheeky grin, and Scabbers.

03 Hermione Granger

Hermione completes the original Hogwarts trio. Her figure is the most boring of them all with mousy brown hair, a standard Hogwarts robe, and nothing else to tell us that she turned out to be one of the best witches of her year.

What's missing: Bunny teeth, a know-it-all look, and Crookshanks (or the History of Magic book maybe).

04 Albus Dumbledore

Dumbledore's outfit is so flamboyantly him. From the half-moon spectacles, the gold stars in his magenta hat and matching robes, this is the Dumbledore we know, love, and miss. 

What's missing: A crooked nose, Fawkes, and durr, THE ELDER WAND.

05 Severus Snape

While many might say that the Snape figure is the least interesting one, I would argue that this is the Severus Snape that JK Rowling envisioned. Greasy black hair, pale skin, black robes with navy undertones, expressionless face. Adding unnecessary frills to the Snape Pop! would make him not him, if that makes sense. 

What's missing: I can't think of anything.

06 Lord Voldemort

The Voldy Pop! is pretty spot on. Graying skin, sour face, pointy bald head, lack of a nose. His outsretched arms make him look like he's dancing in the below GIF. Kyot~

What's missing: Translucent, veiny skin (?), Nagini.

07 Rubeus Hagrid

The Hagrid Pop! is my favorite of the set (also of the series, but that's irrelevant)! The pink umbrella is here, and that alone has me satisfied. Oh, he's also a sturdy, chunky 6" Pop!. He's perfect! 

What's missing: Rock cakes, Norbert.

08 Quidditch Harry Potter - VARIANT

Harry is in his Gryffindor Quidditch robes, holding a Golden Snitch, and the famous Nimbus 2000. ADORBZ~

What's missing: Again, lenses on his specs but I'm just nitpicking.

It's probably not a big deal for some, but it made me happy that they went into a lot of trouble to get the skin tones right. If you notice, Dumbledore in particular is tan and translucent, Snape is pale and translucent, Ron is red head pale, Harry and Hermione pinkish, Hagrid is a solid tan, and well, Voldemort is obviously gray. The Pop!s could use some more accessories, specially Ron and Hermione but that's what variants are for. All in all, it's a pretty good set, especially for a fan thirsty for Harry Potter collectibles. *points to self* 

Funko, please give us Draco Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, the whole Order of the Phoenix, the whole Hogwarts faculty, the whole Weasley family, and all the pets. 

To answer the title question, should you or should you not get the Harry Potter Funko Pops? A true fan would have known even before looking at the pictures reading the post that the only acceptable answer is yes.

Nexus 7 Review

Recently, Google released new versions of their well received mini tablet, the Nexus 7. I say 'mini' because until recently, our benchmark for a tablet has been the iPad and all of its successors. Let's not kid ourselves, no other tablet has been up to snuff since Steve Jobs released that chunky first iPad. The seven inch tablet market has been particularly sore, what with all the China-made versions choosing that size to China-ize (Is that racist? You all know what I mean though, right?). Until the Nexus 7 was released, the 7-inchers were pretty much considered a joke. Google did us all a favor by offering updates at no additional cost. The Nexus 7 is now offered in 16GB for US$199 and 32GB for US$249 (the 8GB has been discontinued). I was able to get my hands on a 32GB one early this week and after a few days of relatively heavy use, I'll attempt to share my two cents.

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The Mini Avengers

A whole lotta things has happened since the last time I added something to this blog. A number of geek posts have been logged, a major franchise has been thoroughly dissed, a local movie has been reviewed  o_O, and not more than a week ago, Geek Out! won as Best Geek Blog from Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011! So before starting out with this post, I just want to congratulate all the contributors of this blog, you're all awesome (to the moderators, we're still waiting for the announcement for the celebratory party). And now, to the topic on hand.

Never mind the stray clotheshanger I forgot to blur out

I can't say I'm the kind of geek that most of you are. I don't collect toys, I don't follow a comic series religiously, nor do I spend hours lost in a video game or dissecting a movie. But when I saw these SDCC 2011 exclusives, I came as close to being a toy geek as I could be. I wanted, nay, needed to have them as soon as humanly possible.

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