It doesn’t feel like December at the moment, it’s too warm for this time of year, so much for the snow we were supposed to be getting from November.
The advent calendars today had some more goodies, I do love trying new nail varnishes, though I should probably reducing my nail varnish collection rather than adding to it. The Funko Pop figure is the first of the Hogwarts pets. Crookshanks is almost as big as the other figures but still a very cute looking angry cat!
Today was not the best day, I did manage to get things done but only about half of the things on my list of ‘to do’s and that may have been overdoing it as I ended up having to lie down with a cold towel on my head. I’m really hoping I’m not going to be ill, perfect timing in the plead up to Christmas. At least I’ve got pretty much all of my Christmas shopping done and may be starting to wrap presents tomorrow, I don’t have the room for the things in my wardrobe and then I don’t have to hide them any more.
I have to say that I am very excited about both of the gifts in the advent calendars today. The Funko Pocket Pop is one I’ve had my eye on in the full size but it seemed to be sold out when I went to get it. The Holland and Barrett beauty calendar had a face mask in and I do love a good face mask, plus my skin could really do with some TLC as it’s been playing up recently. The tea was surprisingly good too, it wasn’t one I was looking forward to but I did enjoy it.
Is it just me or does it already feel like December is going by quickly? I love Christmas but it feels like there’s so much to do in the next three weeks I’m.not sure how it’ll all fit in! Today was another day of decorating, this time my room and an accidentally colourful Christmas tree, and painting for this year’s Christmas card which is a bit behind schedule but hopefully will be taking it to be printed tomorrow.
My Hogwarts golden trio was complete today with the Funko Pop Harry Potter advent calendar, they’re so cute I’m tempted to stick them in my tree as decorations but it may be a bit much alongside the Primark Harry Potter decorations. In the Holland and Barrett ones I got a completely new flavoured tea, something I’ve never even heard of before and had to Google to see what it actually was, and another fun oil to try out and see if I can mix my own beauty products, I’m getting a bit excited about that.
Why does Christmas decorating always take longer than you expect? Or I guess it’s more preparing for decorating, I swear I spent an hour untangling lights today, and it’s so tiring. Tomorrow will be putting the decoration boxes back in the attic and all of the boxes will be away for a month or so. I’ve still got some bits to sort out in my room and tidying it all away, I’m sure our puppy will miss the fun of poking around in all of them and helping us to sort them out.
Day 2 in the advent calendars was another good one, though I know the Funko ones will be as they’re all mini Funko Pop Harry Potter figures and I’m trying to work out if they’ll all fit onto my mini shelves in one go. The Holland and Barrett Organic Herbal Tea Calendar was a good one and I think the 25 Days of Cleaner Beauty one had one of the more interesting and unusual products for a beauty advent calendar.
This year I planned on getting a couple of advent calendars, one was going to be the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent calendar, the other was probably going to be the cheapest of the three Body Shop ones. However, I managed to write down the wrong date for the M&S one so missed out on it and the Body Shop one was sold out by the time I had the room in my budget so I’ve been having a look around at some and actually will have four within my budget for two (I have one on the way which I will link to at the end as well). I did plan on getting the NYX one too, which may sneak into a basket if it goes on offer but I don’t really need the extra makeup even if the colours do look gorgeous!
I think this year will be the biggest variety in advent calendars I have ever had, it pretty much covers most of the things I like and they aren’t even really linked in any way. The first is from Funko Pop and is one I found by accident and had to get when I saw it was in stock, the second is a beauty advent calendar that was better than half price and has some amazing products in but it’s not one I’ve seen any posts on in advent calendar round ups, and the final one I have with me is full of tea! The fourth is Christmas decorations for the tree and I just love the style of them, plus I did originally decide to get it before I found any of the others and I just wanted an advent calendar.
I’m not sure when these were released, though I do kind of want to collect all of them now I know they exist. I found three of the Funko Mystery Minis from the Harry Potter collection on eBay, though as I knew which they were these aren’t exactly mysteries. I think that in the UK these are only available online, with the prices ranging from £4.99 to £12.99 as a mystery, unopened box and the different characters have different prices depending on the rarity.
Maybe it’s just me but there seem to have been a lot of different Funko Mini Mystery box series released, a large amount seem to be from various TV series and a lot of Disney characters. I might have to get a few of those some time in the future.
When I saw that Funko was doing a Doctor Who collection I wanted all of them, maybe I’ll get the rest later but as 10 is my favourite of the ones on the first wave he seemed like a good place to start. The prices for the Tenth Doctor figure seem to range from £8.99 to around £12 depending on where you find them but they seem to be available in most places I’ve found that sell Funkos as it’s still a recent range.
This figure is the Tenth Doctor figure based on the character played by David Tennant and is part of the Funk Pop Television range. I like the range available in this collection but I think it would have been nice to have the Ninth Doctor rather than the Fourth Doctor in there simply to have all the reboot ones in the first wave, though I do understand that Four played by Tom Baker is probably the most well known of the original series.
Having not bought any Funko Pops until last year because there weren’t many franchises I was interested that they did, or that were being made when I found them, suddenly they started to make figures for a lot of my favourite shows. One of them is Sherlock, or I guess more specifically it’s Sherlock Holmes in general but I do like the Benedict Cumberbatch version. I originally meant to buy Mycroft and Irene Adler but then I found this Sherlock with Violin and I loved the detail so bought it a while ago. He’s been sat on my bookshelf, along with my Sherlock Holmes books, he just kept falling down the list of my Tuesday posts.
Funko Pop are vinyl figures, they’re normally 10cm (4”) tall though this does vary slightly with hair and details. They do some larger figures, like Hagrid in the Harry Potter range, but this is one of the standard sized figures. The price seems to vary a lot, it ranges between £9 and £12 that I’ve found online but this particular figure, at the time I got him, wasn’t available on most sites so I got him from Amazon which seems to be the best price often for these Funko Pops figures.
There are two versions of Dumbledore available, at least that I have found on Amazon, but this is the one that was released in the original wave of Funko Pop figures. I wanted some of these since I first saw they were releasing them and then this year I decided to get two of them, I reviewed the Snape one earlier this year.
These Funko Pop figures are vinyl figures based on a large range of different franchises, most of them are the same size as this figure but there are some that are larger, for example Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, and some are smaller or there are rides and bobbleheads in some ranges. This Dumbledore figure does seem to vary in price but it’s normally between £8 – £12, when I got them they were around £9, at the moment it’s £8.68 on Amazon but that might change by tomorrow, the prices seem to go up and down a lot.
I have been wanting the Harry Potter Funko Pops since I heard they were releasing them and, nearly a year later, I have finally got one, or more specifically two but I’m only reviewing the one today. It’s going to be a pretty short review but I’ve included photos of some of the details so you can see exactly what the figure is like if you’re thinking about getting it.
The price for these seems to range quite a bit but I bought these when they were on Amazon.co.uk for around £9.20, they seem to go out of stock in suppliers on there pretty quickly but each time they were replaced by another that is dispatched by Amazon themselves so I stuck with them, even though some of the prices may have been less elsewhere I chose free postage so it kept the price lower in the end. I have seen it stocked in quite a few places online, I know they were on Forbidden Planet and there are some places that stock only Funk Pop figures so it might be worth looking around if you want one to see the best deal.