Metal Earth Cinderella Castle, craft project

Finally, a craft update for you all. This one is a little different to my usual craft attempts. On my recent trip to Disneyworld I picked up a Metal Earth project. I had never heard of these before but I was intrigued. They all looked stunning on the pictures and I had to buy the Cinderella castle model. I did forget to take pictures of things before I started the project so I apologise for that, however I have taken one of the metal frame the pieces came from and the packaging.

I have never attempted anything like it. No glue or tools needed apparently. Utter rubbish! I needed tools. I used a pair of tweezers to manipulate the pieces and a scalpel to remove the bloody things from the frame. I also needed to used glue four times overall, mainly because I broke the tiny pieces when I became angry, but that’s not my fault! They’re small! A word of warning, the pieces are quite sharp so this kit is really not suitable for younger people. The packaging says 12+ but I know a few 12 year olds that wouldn’t be great with this so use caution. The instructions that come with the kit took a tiny amount of figuring out but that may just be because I don’t usually do this type of thing. They were really straight forward once I realised what the colours of the pieces meant. If they are in a certain colour that means there are more than one of that shape, so they are not just spares as I initially thought. Woops.

Anyways, its finished and honestly, I’m pretty proud of myself. It’s a bit lopsided in places and wobbly but look at it! It’s really pretty. It’s going on my newly cleared shelf that I am hoping to fill with things like it. I am looking at buying a few more of these as I did enjoy building it despite my frustration. I have my eye on a Star Trek Enterprise one as well as a great looking Tiger Tank. There are a lot of them that are available on Amazon, I even saw a few in Waterstones on my last visit. Price wise they are around £15 I think. This one was bought on site in Disney Florida so it was probably around $30, think they had a deal on if you bought two but I had a voucher that only covered one so I didn’t bother. A nice little project, doesn’t take long to complete, maybe a few hours for beginners like me. I probably took around 5-6hours to complete it.

And there we have it, a little crafty update. I’ve done a few other things which I’ll try and write about soon, but for now please let me know how you got on with these kits. Send photos! Would love to see the results. Also, to find out if I’m the only one that resorted to super glue.

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x

 

World of Wizardry May 2017 Review

I was really excited for my Harry Potter box this month. I’ve been a bit let down in recent months and so I was expecting a good box, finally. Overall, I’m pretty happy with this box. For those of you that don’t know, the World of Wizardry box is a monthly subscription (or one off) box from GeekGear. They cost around £25 a month but I pay every three months. They are posted around the 21st of every month, around payday for me which is great.

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I’ll dive right into it this month and start off with the t-shirt. They are a good quality t-shirt and you receive an exclusive shirt every box. This month was in either a grey or light blue. Mine was blue and a really nice winged key design on it. It’s a bit different in design to the normal shirts and it was nice to have a bit of a change. Usually it’s a block print, I like it.

That’s it for the wearables for this box. Next, we have a metal storage/lunch box. Perfect for me as I’ve been debating buying a lunch box to take my lunch to work, rather than carrying my food and dropping it as I am now. I’m not blown away by the design or the quality. It is my favourite exclusive to this box item so far. It will do its job. Its big enough to fit in a decent sized lunch and a small bottle of water. It will be used, unlike many of the other items I’ve had recently.

Another thing I liked was the chocolate frog moulds. I probably won’t use them with chocolate but I will make some jelly in them this summer. They aren’t terribly detailed but what do you expect from food moulds? They are cute and unique so again, a nice little addition to the box even if they are a bit tacky.

I’m going to stay on the positives of this box and go straight to the next exclusive item. I really nice print of Hogwarts castle. The box always has some form of poster and this is my favourite so far. It’s a very nice quality and it doesn’t look tacky or childish as some of the others have. I like a lot of the posters I receive in these boxes, this one just stood out as being better.

My final positive is the house specific notebook. I really like the design and feel of this book as well as the fact the house insignia is on each page. Not sure what I’ll use it for but as I’m going into my final year of an English degree, I’m sure it will come in handy.

Now on to the negatives, the space fillers. There is a tacky little wristband that displays your house characteristics. It’s a nice thought, but pointless for me. For people that wear these, it is quite a nice quality and the design is unique and well done. Just not something I will wear.

The next item is not a box filler but I wasn’t blown away by it. The exclusive Harry Potter mug. It’s not the first mug from these boxes and is definitely a better quality then the previous one, but I’m not a fan of the design. This is personal preference though! It is a well-made and nice looking mug in good packaging. I just thought it was a bit predictable, I would like more unique items in these boxes.

This is it for this month. In my opinion, the good outweighs the bad for the first time in months. I love this box, it’s just been letting me down recently. I really hope they keep getting better rather than going back to what it was. I’m not jumping for joy over this box but I did breathe a sigh of relief when I saw good quality items that I could actually use. Not just stuff put in a box to meet a quota. Next months hint is a lightening bolt so it could be anything Harry Potter at the minute. IMG_2183

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these boxes then feel free to use this link: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU I receive a free box for every 5 subscribers so I appreciate anyone that uses this.

Next month is potentially my last box. I am happy with the improvements so far and so I might renew after June’s box but for now, I have one more to come. I am looking into other subscription boxes so feel free to leave any recommendations. Even if it’s because you want to see a review on it before you purchase for yourselves, that’s fine with me. At the minute, I am looking at these boxes: Popinabox, Doki Doki, Japan crate, or Akibento. I really don’t know yet though. I will do a review on whichever box I do purchase though.

Thanks as always for reading!

Charlotte x

World of Wizardry April 2017 review

Sorry that this review is a week overdue but I’ve been on holiday. Had 10days in Disneyworld Florida and so I’m now a little jetlagged. Sorry for any errors or ramblings that may occur as a consequence of my lack of decent sleep.

The subscription box that I am reviewing is a monthly box by Geekgear. It is called the World of Wizardry box and costs £24.95 per month on subscription. I pay in quarterly instalments so it is very slightly cheaper than a monthly payment. If you are interested, you can follow this link: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU  If you purchase through this link I get a point towards a free box so I greatly appreciate it. They have other boxes, one of which is a Harry Potter wearable box, filled with Potter themed clothes. Or a standard GeekGear box, I think next month’s theme is Power Rangers.

There has been one major change that I can see in this box and that is its new booklet. It now has a magazine type guide which shows you the items you will receive, the next month’s box hint, and all others details. It makes the box feel a little more professional but other than that I was once again disappointed with this month’s box contents.

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The first item that I opened was yet another wand. They always feel a bit cheap and to make it worse, this was a GeekGear Exclusive. It was a lot better than last month’s exclusive item in my opinion but, they seem to include a lot of wands which is a bit boring after a while. You could get different shades of wand to dictate its rarity, gold or silver. Mine was a sort of woody colour so I’m not sure if it’s the standard wand or if it was supposed to be gold. It’s pretty but a bit pointless (no pun intended) I have a previous two from this box and this is a better quality then those, but still nothing special. It’s not at a displayable quality like wand replicas are but it will go in a box to be played with if there are ever any kids around.

This wasn’t the only Exclusive item in the box, there were also…shoelaces. Hmmm, now don’t get me wrong! They’re very nice quality, house themed shoelaces. I’m just 99% sure that I have seen them before, or at least, very, very, similar. They will be used and I liked them, just not sure they could be classed as ‘exclusive.’

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This box was really treating us, there is a third ‘exclusive’ item, socks. I’ve not tried them on yet but if they’re anything like the last socks I received in this box then they’ll fit but not be very elasticated once on. It’s a nice little design so I can get away with Potterfying myself at work which I usually can’t. I like them and it is a nice thought.

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There a key with wings pin badge, which is also, alright. Nothing to jump up and down over, nice quality, fairly heavy, kind of useless, pin badge. It will probably go on my Uni wall just so I can flick the moveable wings when I’m in procrastination/boredom mode.

As usual we had some posters, there is always one as standard, this month there were three. The A4 print that is a nice depiction of Aragog, and two rolled up posters. The poster depicting the graffiti type image of the houses was double sided and one of my favourite items of the box. It’s very vibrant and if I get bored of one side I can turn it over. This is coming back to University with me in September. The other was a J.K.Rowling quote. To be fair, it’s nice, but I found it a bit cringe worthy. I’m not a big fan of ‘inspirational’ quotes, I think I’m too cynical for them. This one just seemed a bit forced, but it looks okay on paper.

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One of the nicer but non-fancy items in the box, were the Vinyl Stickers. I can see these going in the car once I feel like I can stay awake long enough to drive again. They are subtle and nicely designed. I can’t comment on the quality as I don’t really buy vinyl stickers so I don’t know what is classed as good or bad. I like them, and I will use them, so I’m happy.

Then last but not least we have the t-shirt. It’s a nice colour and I like the printing around the bird. I’m being a bit fussy with this box but, the bird was not representing the majestic eagle (or raven according to some) very well. In fact, it looks a bit too much like a long beaked Pidgeon. It’s a nice t-shirt though and always good quality so it will be worn.

Overall, I’m sure you guessed that I really wasn’t blown away by this month’s box. It’s been too long since I’ve had a ‘wow’ box and I’m really hoping that Geekgear pull their thumb out for next month. I look forward to the boxes but I now have a feeling of doubt when they arrive. I want the old excitement back. Please let me know what you guys think of your boxes, I want to know if it’s just me being really ungrateful or if everyone is less than thrilled with them recently.

Thank you as always for reading, I apologise once again for my rambles, to make up for it I share with you my purchases of Universal Studios Harry Potter world. It’s Crookshanks and Scabbers! Oh, and Peppermint toads! Now going in there was exciting!

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Thanks again!

Charlotte x

World of Wizardry March 2017 review

I’ve been waiting for two whole days for this box to arrive. It’s here, I was so excited. This is a review of my March World of Wizardry box which is a monthly box by GeekGear. You can subscribe or buy as a one off box. I pay £24.95 a month. If your interested in purchasing a box, the link is: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

You can choose which house you want your box to be themed. Mine is Ravenclaw once again as even though I am a Hufflepuff, I wear more blue. They deliver worldwide as well so it’s available to all my readers.IMG_2040

I’m going to admit that I really wasn’t impressed with this one. I was really looking forward to the exclusive item that we were promised. It is the cheapest looking, plasticy figure of Hedwig, that I have ever seen. I saw the little box it came in and I couldn’t wait to open it. It is very poor quality. There are apparently two different birds you can get, a gold of a silver. The gold is 1/50 rarity and the silver is 1/25. I got a weird dirty grey colour. It’s likely to go either at the back of a shelf or in the bin if I’m being honest. I think mine is supposed to be silver as it says it only comes in two colours. Oh dear.

Next up is the exclusive tshirt that you receive in every box. This is just as lovely as usual. Good quality, lovely design, and I love the use of colours on this shirt. One of my favourites so far.

There were some very cute stickers, about the size of my palm. Again, good quality. I’m not sure what I’ll use them for but I think I’ll save them for when I start doing some craft projects, maybe over the summer.

There is a decent enough, elder wand necklace. It’s a good weight and not a bad quality. It’s a nice piece of costume jewellery that I will add to my wall display.

Next, we have a Fantastic Beasts keyring. According to the booklet there were two possible keyrings that you could get. The one I received was of the Magical Congress logo. It’s a nice little keyring but a bit boring. They’re made of rubber so it’ll probably get added to my car keys, but it is a little plain. The other keyring you could receive is a little more interesting but not by much. It’s a Newt Scamander keyring, with the initials forming the central symbol. I don’t know a lot about Fantastic Beasts as I’ve only watched it the once, but it might have meaning behind it, let me know!

The set of coasters came next. Nice cork backed metal coasters in the house colours. I’d have liked it if the animal insignias had been on them as well but they’ll definitely get some use. They also came in a nice little black, geekgear tin. This will also be used.

As a little extra there were two pin badges in this box. A Ravenclaw for my house and a Dobby. Now don’t hate me but, I really don’t like Dobby. Found him a bit annoying to be honest. Cute badges none the less. Another addition to the Potter wall.

That just leaves the poster. Every box has a unique poster and this one was no different. I actually really liked this one. I love Hedwig and it shows her flying with a stunning Hogwarts in the background. Really pretty.

So, that’s it for the box. As I said, wasn’t impressed, don’t get me wrong, I liked the items for the most part, I just didn’t think they were worth the money I paid for the box. If the owl figure had been of a better quality, maybe it would have made the box better overall. Who knows. My favourites in this one were the tshirt and the poster. Let me know what you guys thought.

My next review will be a little later than usual as I am away at the end of April but I will upload once I get back. The hint for next month is an image of Hermione even though they have put that it is a March hint, I think they meant April. There were a few typos in this leaflet, but I’m not one to talk. My grammar sucks.

I apologise for the picture quality, the lighting in my room is awful tonight. I have included my Potter wall from my University hall as it will be coming down in a few weeks when I move out. All items on the wall have come from these boxes.

Thanks as always for reading, if you’re interested in one of these boxes the link is: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

Charlotte x

 

Bomb Cosmetics, Sky High gift set

 

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Let me start off by saying thank you to my wonderful friend who purchased me this box as a Christmas/Birthday gift. She had seen my blog and thought it would be perfect for me to be able to review. She was right, as always. So as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I can’t comment on the purchasing side of this box. I had no dealings with the company directly but I will attach their website here: http://bombcosmetics.co.uk/ and for this particular box the link is: http://bombcosmetics.co.uk/skyhigh

It apparently cost £14.99, which I shouldn’t know and I hope my friend doesn’t kill me for looking this up! I did it for review purposes only so you can blame my readers, not me! The products are all handmade and use essential oils only. They also don’t test on animals which is great! Although, not all of the ingredients are natural, only where possible.

The packaging is stunning, its wrapped in a way that you feel like everything inside is a luxury item. I’m not a fan of the use of plastic to wrap them, but that might just be the Eco side of me talking. I did think it extracted from the overall look of the product, but that’s just my issue with plastic. The smell when you open the box (even before you open it) is amazing. I keep the box at the bottom of my wardrobe before I used them all and it made everything smell great.

As I’ve mentioned before though, I do not own a bath, only a shower. So these products are being used as bath soaks instead. Please bare that in mind when your reading as I can only comment on how they are as foot soaks. This means they will dilute a heck of a lot more in your bath then they do for me in my little dish tub that I use for my feet. Before I begin, here is what is to come. A list of the product details from the leaflet that comes with the box. This comes in different languages.

The Chai High Bath Mallow was my starting point. If I’m being honest I found the smell of this one a little overwhelming. My room stank for days and it just smelt like an overpowered cleaning product. It left my feet feeling oily and I didn’t get any of the ‘nourishment’ that was being promised in the booklet. The only good part was the little fake flower on top that I use to decorate my noticeboard. It’s cute! I loved the design of it but was disappointed with it overall.IMG_1950

My next foray into this box was with the Incense & Sensibility Bath Blaster. Which I Have to say, love the name. I’ve unfortunately been studying a bit of Jane Austen in my lectures this week along with other Victorian writings and so a product that plays on the title ‘Sense and Sensibility’ seemed appropriate. The smell of this one is a little more to my taste, not overpowering but subtly floral. I was a bit worried when I placed it in the water and it pretty much became a mass of foam but, it was very relaxing. It did still leave my feet very soapy though and I image this is going to be common with these products.

It’s been a long week of working and stress so I thought I’d treat myself to the Miss Tangleberry Bath Buttercup bomb. Its light scent was perfect to calm my stomach which has been rolling a bit today. Frankincense and Sandalwood apparently. It’s a nice size, and didn’t take as long as the others to dissolve. It’s a very pretty and vibrant blue, even in the water. Again, quite soapy but It left my feet feeling really soft.

For the finale, I went for the massive Pink Rhubarb Princess Whoopie Blaster. This is a beast. If you’ve ever had the rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, then you’ll know what this smells like. Honestly, the best smelling yet. My only negative is that it has glitter. I’m not a fan of glittery products because the stuff ends up going everywhere. I’m not too bothered though as I’ll be leaving University in two more weeks so it won’t be me hoovering it from the carpet for the next few months. This is my favourite so far and I wish I’d kept the top half so I could use it on two separate occasions. Still very soapy but I actually don’t think it’s as bad as the previous ones. I have uploaded a video of this onto YouTube to show how fizzy it goes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bnnNEDx9hk

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I didn’t have the time to use the soap as my previous Passion fruit soap from my treat trove box is never ending. So, the soap has been bestowed to a flatmate. It smelt amazing and judging by its size; it will last for months.IMG_1951

All in all, it was a lovely relaxing box. I don’t think I could use them as bath bombs without irritating my skin as they are very soapy and fragranced. If I had used them in the bath I can almost guarantee that I would get Thrush. So, if you have sensitive skin like myself, maybe just use them as foot soaks. I would like to try a few different scents in future and I especially would be interested in purchasing more soap so I can try it.

It’s a nice little gift box and if you’re looking for something to buy for Christmas, birthdays, or even as a small pick me up, this would be a nice little box for you. Please go and check out the website: https://bombcosmetics.co.uk/ or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bomb.Cosmetics/?fref=ts

Please excuse the poor photos as I have been using a dish washing bowl as my foot spa. Doesn’t make for the prettiest of pictures.

Thanks as always for reading! My updates should increase after the deadlines are over. The World of Wizardry box should arrive in the next few days so that will be up when it gets here.

Charlotte x

World of Wizardry Feb 2017 box review

This month’s box has arrived! Just in time as well because it’s been a miserable day and I needed something to make me feel better. The last few boxes have been a little bit of a let-down if I’m being honest and I was a bit dubious about what would be in this one. Not to worry though! It was fantastic!img_2002

If anyone is interested in purchasing this box, then please follow this link: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU It’s £24.95 per month and can be delivered worldwide. There are different subscription options depending on how many you want to commit to. I pay every three months which works well for me.

On the contents of this box. I finally got my Hufflepuff scarf! I mentioned in the previous box that came with the gloves and hat that I was disappointed there was no scarf. Now I match! I wear the other two more than I expected and I can’t wait to wear this scarf. With Storm Doris currently attacking the UK, I’ll need it tomorrow. It’s now made from the softest material, but I think it should soften after a good wash. It’s just stiff because its new, I hope. There was a second wearable item, a tie. Not overly impressed with it as it’s just a standard tie in Hufflepuff colours. It doesn’t even have the Hufflepuff insignia on it which I didn’t like, but I suppose it doesn’t in the books either so I shouldn’t be too let down by that. Just not sure I’ll ever need to wear it, unless I do fancy dress…hmmmm that might work actually.

There is an Exclusive Geekgear t-shirt in every box and honestly, this month’s shirt is stunning. Glad it’s in grey rather than yellow as the roses look amazing in contrast. The shirts tend to need washing before I can wear them as they’re a bit stiff, sometimes they smell a bit from whatever dyes they use, but they are very comfortable shirts. I wear them all the time now and they aren’t fading from being washed repeatedly.

This box is definitely for me as it has a really nice, almost pocket sized notebook. I’m an English student and so anything that easily fits into a pocket or handbag is great. Might have been a nice treat to have included a Harry Potter pen as well though. There is also a house themed bookmark that is really sturdy. Might be a bit heavy for my books but it’ll definitely get some use in my final year.

As well as these there is a stunning letter opener in the style of Godric Gryffindor’s sword. I’ll admit that once it’s out of the box and you look at it up close, it’s not quite as impressive. It’s still a nice addition and pretty to look at. I don’t get a lot of letters though so this one might stay at home for the bills that will start piling up soon. This is an Exclusive item to this box though which is pretty cool.

The Limited-Edition movie print is gorgeous. I’ve been a bit let down with the previous boxes choices but this one is perfect. It’s a photograph type image as opposed to the abstract or cartoon versions that we have seen previously. I just need to find room for it on my Harry Potter wall now, it belongs there!

Last but not least there is a colouring book. It’s not the best quality book and it isn’t in the adult style that is becoming fashionable these days. It’s a little bit too childish but I’m sure I’ll still do some colouring in. Can’t let it go to waste after all. Again though, I wish they had included crayons or some kind as I don’t have any here. So, the next box needs crayons and pens dammit!

That’s it for this month. I really enjoyed this box and I hope the standards continue for the future boxes. They can’t please everybody, every month, so I hadn’t given up on these treats. Again, if you are interested in signing up the link is here: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU If 5 people subscribe using this link I get a free box so I appreciate it when you guys use it! I’m not far off now.img_2023

The hint for next month is an image of Hedwig, I’m keeping everything crossed for a Hedwig plushy, I may be 25 but you are never too old for cuddly toys. Never!

Thank you as always for reading, please subscribe so you don’t miss out on updates, even if you’re not a fan of all my topics, I give you permission to miss out on those updates.

Hope you are all well!

Charlotte x

World of Wizardry (GeekGear) Jan 2017 review

So, this month I’ve been needing something to look forward to with all the assignments I’ve had to do over Christmas, and this box was what I needed. If you have read my previous reviews, then you will know that it is a monthly box that costs around £24.95 which is great for a small treat. If you’re interested then the link is here: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU It’s my recommendation link and if 5 people use it then I receive a free box so please use it if you decide to purchase, I will be forever grateful!

I think the best thing to start with in this box are the posters in which we have three of them. Usually there is a GeekGear Exclusive in every box, this month we had triple the fun. I love the spells poster, it’s my favourite of all of them so far, maybe slightly overshadowed by the Proclamation poster from an earlier box but still great. The other two I wasn’t much of a fan of, one is Dumbledore orientated and I have to admit that I’m not a fan of his character. In fact, I’m pretty against the man, so not the poster for me. The final picture uses some gorgeous colours and I honestly wish it didn’t have the little figure of Harry and was just the deer. I find that Harry looks a little demented which may have worked with the theme of the picture but I personally feel he detracts from the image.

Next up we have the t-shirt, I love the design of the shirt but would have preferred the Gryffindor red one, I really wish that the Hufflepuff shirts weren’t such a bright yellow but were in the grey colours of the house as well. As it is, it will make a great sleep shirt.img_1968

Staying on the fabric theme, we also received a house coloured pillowcase. Or cushion cover however you want to say it. It’s an odd edition if you ask me, don’t get me wrong its very nice and I love my Hufflepuff pillowcase but, why? Guess I’ll go and get a cushion to put in it and it will decorate my bed. It feels fairly sturdy as a material, not sure what it’s made from but I think it’s cotton, or some synthetic version of cotton.

There are also a great pair of socks! They have the house emblem on them which is great however mine are a dark green so it breaks the house colour themes a bit. Not gonna complain because I love the fact that they’re a bit darker and I can actually wear them with Hufflepuff pride. I’ll just be a Huffleryn for the day.

A nice addition to the box is the new Gringotts key. I said earlier when we received a coin that I would have rather had a key and my wish has been fulfilled. I’m a happy girl now, and its pretty good quality as well, quite weighted.

We also receive a nice little treat with this box, a jar of Jelly Beans from Weasleys Wizard Wheezes. At first I expeted them to be Bertie Bots, and I was happy to find normal jelly beans as I’ve had Bertie Botts before and the novelty soon wears off. The jar is made of glass which surprised me but its really cute and I need to think of what I can use it for once I’ve finished eating them. The jar also wasn’t wrapped up, it should have at least had a bit of bubble wrap to help prevent it being broken. Thankfully it arrived safe and sound but to those of you overseas still awaiting yours, be cautious if you see any loose beans.

There you have it, Januarys box. Even though I’m sure there is the same amount as usual, it felt like I didn’t receive as many things as I normally would. I love my jelly beans and my key but not the best box so far. Would love to see a few more collectible figures that can be displayed. At the moment, I don’t have a lot that can be place on shelves. Again, if you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself then the link is: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

The clue for the next box is a Chocolate Frog card of Godric Gryffindor, maybe as it is a collectable, the box will have a few more displayable goodies.img_1967

Thanks, as always for reading!

Charlotte x