Boswells Blog - December 2015

14th December 2015

Star Wars Your Life With Boswells

Star Wars Your Life With Boswells

Cinema ImageWhen Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope first hit the screens in 1977 it was one of a handful of milestone films that redefined what a Hollywood blockbuster was, and what it could be. Its director, George Lucas, was little known with very limited success already under his directorial belt, but his fresh take on the Sci-Fi film shot to the top of the global box office and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1978. To date it is still the the 7th highest grossing film of all time in the American box office. And here we are, 38 years on, once again eagerly awaiting the release of the latest Star Wars instalment, J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But your excitement needn’t be reserved exclusively for the film itself, there’s plenty of great memorabilia available to help you to fill your life as full of Star Wars as you like!

Image copyright of L'Odéon.

Everyday Ideas

Wookie Cookie Tin ImageFor those of you looking to filter Star Wars in to all corners of your life, we have lots of suggestions to help you along. What kitchen is complete, after all, without its very own Wookie Cookie Tin? And what fridge doesn’t need a Return of the Jedi magnet? Our cookshop department has everything from mini Star Wars character glasses and C3PO and R2-D2 egg cups to Star Wars themed tea towels, Death Star lunch trays and Darth Vader and Stormtrooper coasters. Or, if you want to go all out with the décor, we have several The Force Awakens posters to choose from too.

Darth Vader Light ImageIn fact you can now enjoy official Star Wars memorabilia even on the go, with a Darth Vader Thermos flask, one of a selection of Star Wars lunch tins, or a handy LEGO® Keychain Light shaped like one of a number of characters from the films (ideal for dark winter nights). We also have some fun Star Wars Legends suitcases from American Tourister with a Darth Vader design (available in three different sizes).

Toys and Models

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As far as toy releases for the new film goes though, we couldn’t be more excited about the new range of Star Wars LEGO®. From some of the smaller, simpler builds like Rey’s Speeder to the complex but very cool LEGO Millennium Falcon, or the newly released character builds, there’s a lot here to keep you busy over the holiday season—not to mention they’re pretty great as gift ideas.

If models are your thing though, don’t worry, Disney haven’t forgotten about you, and neither have we. Big or small, we have an array of models for you to choose from and build. Revell have produced model kits of some iconic Star Wars spaceships, such as the Millennium Falcon, which have sound and light parts. The models all snap together, so they’re suitable for children and adults alike. For those up for a different kind of modelling challenge, you might like to try one of the Metal Earth 3D models, like the AT-AT Walker.

LightsaberIf you happen to fancy a lightsaber fight with a friend (we don’t blame you, they’re really rather fun) we have a selection of character specific extendable lightsabers to choose from. And if you really want to get into character we also have some Darth Vader and Chewbacca masks with sound, as well as an array of kid’s character costumes: from Finn and Rey, to Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers

Luke Frywalker Image

And if that doesn’t whet your appetite for The Force Awakens, we also have plenty of character figures, die cast spaceships and Hot Wheels Character cars, not to mention some very special Mr Potato Head Star Wars Toys—Luke Frywalker anyone?

Games and Puzzles

For those of you that love puzzles, we have some great items for you too! Ravensburger have produced some stunning official jigsaws to keep you occupied. From 200 piece, 500 piece, and 1000 pieceThe Force Awakens jigsaw puzzles to the really rather cool Darth Vader Silhouette puzzle, there’s plenty to get stuck into. Or if you’re looking for the perfect board game to play with the family this Christmas, we have some fantastic Star Wars versions of some classic games

Star Wars Monopoly Image

It’s hard to go far wrong with any edition of Monopoly, it’s true, but we think the Star Wars edition is really quite special. Not only can you choose to play as one of a selection of characters, you can also play for the Rebel or the Empire side, the ultimate goal being to conquer and dominate the universe for either good or evil—no pressure! We also have Star Wars Risk, and a brand new Star Wars X-Wing game, amongst others, that you can find online and in store in our Toy and our Gift departments.

And if, after all of these suggestions, you still feel the need for more Star Wars in your life, you could always consider going to see Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which is released in cinemas for your viewing pleasure on the 17th of December 2015. We suggest booking in advance, its only, y'know, the biggest film release of the year! See you there!

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9th December 2015

Lego® Ideas & Dr Who the perfect combination?

Lego® Ideas & Dr Who the perfect combination?

James from our Toys department writes about the latest in the Lego® Ideas range and it's new Entry Dr Who!

Being a passionate fan of both Lego and Doctor Who I have been following the progress of this Ideas set since its birth on the Lego Ideas website (Lego Cusoo at the time). Lego Ideas is a way for people to design their favourite set and have the chance for Lego to produce it, if it culminates 10,000 supporters. The few sets that reach this target are then reviewed and if Lego see’s it fit for mass production, it is finally made into a set. So far we have been treated to such sets as 21301 Birds and 21303 Wall-e which are both amazing to builds but Doctor who for me tops them both. So let’s allon-sy with the review!

Lego birdsWall E Lego

Minifigures

For starters the set includes many minifigures, all of which are exclusive. We are treated to not one, but two Doctors, the eleventh and current twelfth doctors, complete with sonic screwdriver and fez. Clara is indeed present, although she has just departed the series and features a double sided head with a perfect quizzical look.

12th Doctor 11th Doctor Clara

As for the Villains the set includes three. The weeping angel has large wings and a brilliant double sided head to represent both the calm weeping and the horrendous shrieking face that makes them so chilling. And what doctor who set is complete without the daleks, two of which are present, both the same gold design and brick built. You are also able to move the eye stalk which is an added bonus giving them crucial articulation.

Dalek Left  Dalek RightWeeping Angel

 The Console room


Tardis Console Room

The centrepiece of the set which will use up most of the bricks is the console room, a large room with railings and the striking console column. The column is outstanding thanks to the unusual use of transparent blue light-sabre bars which create the slanted effect of the column. Two monitors are attached near the bottom featuring Galiffreyan text and each sector of the hexagonal console is highly detailed with the dematerialisation/re-materialisation lever present and even a printed purple plate to represent… well the purple round bit on the console.

Blue Box

Last and certainly not least is the Tardis that we all recognise (thanks to a broken chameleon circuit). As you can see above the blue box is able to open and attach to the console room, revealing ‘those round things’ to be on the inside as represented by blue and orange pieces. The piece when finished is highly satisfying and with the ability to place a minifigure inside, you can fly the doctor wherever you want.

Tardis outsideTardis inside

Final word

11th Doctor with FezOverall I think this is a fantastic set. You’ll get a lot of build value (It took me close to four hours!), the minifigures are great and you can really see the dedication and fan service the designers at Lego have put into the set. From including a fez to something as simple as being able to open the Tardis up, this is a fun build and is sure to bring a smile to any whovians face. In the words of the ninth doctor: Fantastic.

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