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Last Christmas I must have spent a small fortune buying my son lots of Harry Potter figures. We had spent a lot of time watching the films, reading some of the books and my son liked to play with his figures still and so it was a purchase that I thought would be appreciated. One of the figures I bought him was the Tomy Harry Potter Lord Voldemort 5" figure and this is my review of it.
The figure came backed in a cardboard backed clear plastic through which you could see the figure and accessories that came with it. It is my understanding that some people do keep these figures in their packaging as a collector's item but this was never really the intention for my buying it as I wanted my son to be able to play with it. According to the packaging it is suitable for children aged four years and up but in my opinion a child would probably need to be a little older than this to get proper use out of the figures as they are quite detailed in my opinion.
The Lord Voldemort figure is 5" tall and the one that we have is from the Deathly Hallows film where Voldemort is in possession of the Elder wand and is gearing up for the final battle with Harry Potter. There are other Voldemort figures available I believe but you may well be looking at paying quite a lot for them as I struggled to get hold of some figures last Christmas as collector's do seem to snap them up really even though they are really a child's play thing.
This figure is made from a plastic and feels a good quality. Voldemort is dressed in his long black robes and this is represented well on the figure and is made from a more flexible material so it does move slightly when you move the figure which gives the impression of it flowing. Voldemort does stand on his two feet but he is a little wobbly at times especially on an uneven surface as his feet are pretty small so sometimes he falls over. This isn't really an issue for my son though.
The figure poses quite a good likeness for Lord Voldemort for the most part and there would be no mistaking who this is if you are a fan of the series I don't think. He is suitably pale, has a snarling look on his face and his trademark almost snake like nose. The detailing is really good actually on this figure and he even has little detailed ears! My only slight niggle with it is that he looks a bit cross eyed on this figure!
The figure has a head which you are able to move from side to side, legs which are bendable but don't really bend well under the long gown anyway, movable arms and hands. The best part of this action figure is the movable arms and hands I think as you can really create some threatening looking poses with them which of course is how Voldemort would approach Harry Potter for the final battle. My son likes to pop Voldemort's wand in the closed off hand for when they are battling and the figure grips it pretty well.
With this figure you get Voldemort's wand, so the elder wand and this is nicely done so that it looks like the one used in the film. It is made from a bendy plastic which doesn't look as though it would break easily but I do think they would be easily lost in play. My son has a smaller box inside his box which holds his figures which he stores all the smaller accessories when he isn't playing with them to keep them safe. With this figure you also get Voldemort's side kick, the snake, Nagini who is much more present in the final film. Nagini is made from a hard plastic and comes in two parts so that his coiled body can make him stand upright whilst his neck and head part are in a more straightened aggressive pose with his mouth wide open which I am guessing is based on the part where he is about to attack when Neville Longbottom kills him. The snake with Voldemort makes a nice little set for a fan of the series as they can be used together for most of the playing time.
From memory this figure cost me around eight pounds but having looked on amazon for a more current price I can advise that it is selling for £9 with a £3 postage and packing charge on top but there is also a set with this figure and a Harry Potter figure selling for £15.20 and a 60p postage and packing charge which proves better value I would have thought. My son played with these figures quite a lot when he first got them and used them in his Tardis play set too so they were not just used for Harry Potter related imaginative play. Recently he has played with them less but I am reluctant to get rid of them as I think they may well just hold their value over the years. Some of the figures I bought my son last year didn't hold together as well as this one and so I do think the Voldemort figure is one of the better made, more durable figures for actual play and so I would recommend this one.
Thank you for reading my review!