Pros: looks like a Harry Potter ice sculpture.
Cons: why would you ever need a Harry Potter ice sculpture?
When Harry Potter was given an invisible cloak on his first Christmas as Hogwarts, he discovered that this magical, silvery gray cloak was once his father's. Told to "use it well," Harry did just that when he helped to smuggle Norbert, the Norwegian Ridgeback baby dragon to safety.
After all the mentions I've made of Harry Potter in my Lord of the Rings reviews (go figure) I thought it only fair that I give the tiny Brit his turn in the spotlight. The story of a boy who discovers something magical when he's 13 and suddenly spends all his time playing with his wand, Harry Potter seems to've struck a chord with children everywhere. Gee, I wonder what it could be?
As I mentioned in my review of Professor Quirrel (http://www.epinions.com/content_51960254084), I had, at that time, not read any of the Harry Potter books. That's not changed. Still, I found the movie enjoyable, and got a few of the toys.
I was really quite impressed with invisible Harry; when Hasbro decided to make a "ghost of Ben Kenobi" figure, it had solid robes and no articulation. Mr. Potter not only features a removable cloak, but is just as detailed and articulated as his opaque counterpart; his shoes have tiny laces, his tie is wrinkled, and his tweed vest has sculpted patterns, all despite being molded from clear plastic.
Standing 5 1/4" tall, Harry moves at the neck, shoulders, wrists, waist, hips and knees. The RealScan process used on these figures means that Harry's head looks just like wee Daniel Radcliffe, right down (up?) to the the individually sculpted strands of hair. The invisible glasses on his invisible head are even a separately molded (though non-removable) invisible accessory.
Accessories is one category in which this figure is sorely lacking--he's got the flexible pvc cape, and that's about it. Yes, he does come with a "Collectible Casting Stone" and a "Magic Medallion Trick," but those are both lame beyond compare; Mattel could have left those out and saved the consumer a few dollars.
While the Harry Potter is about a boy who learns he's a wizard, I think the real magic of the series is that it got scads of children worldwide to put down their joysticks and read a book, disproving all the nay-sayers who said that the publishing industry was circling the drain. If you build it, they will come, and if you publish it they will read; "it" in this latter case being a well-crafted story that speaks to many ages without condescending to any of them. Of course, that would take an author who cared about their craft and a publishing house brave enough to trust them.
This review is part of the "Mysterious, Magical, and Mystical" write-off, hosted by fionablackwolf and katm. Happy Summer Solstice, epinionators! Be sure to check out a few of the other participants: