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World of Fantasy No 2
World of Fantasy kit No 2.
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by: Adie Roberts [ IN_WAR_AND_PEACE ]

Introduction

Though the fantasy genre in its modern sense is less than two centuries old, its antecedents have a long and distinguished history. Elements of the supernatural and the fantastic were an element of literature from its beginning. The hallmarks that distinguish the modern genre from tales that merely contain fantastic elements are the logic of the fantasy workings, the acknowledged fictitious nature of the work, and the authorship of the elements, rather than their source in folklore.

The publication of Lord of the rings by J. R. R. Tolkien created an enormous influence on the writing of the field, establishing the form of epic fantasy and also did much to establish the genre of fantasy as commercially distinct and viable. Today fantasy continues as an expansive, multi-layered medium encompassing many subgenres of literature; from traditional high fantasy and sword and sorcery, to magical realism, fairytale fantasy, and horror-tinged
Introduction

Though the fantasy genre in its modern sense is less than two centuries old, its antecedents have a long and distinguished history. Elements of the supernatural and the fantastic were an element of literature from its beginning. The hallmarks that distinguish the modern genre from tales that merely contain fantastic elements are the logic of the fantasy workings, the acknowledged fictitious nature of the work, and the authorship of the elements, rather than their source in folklore.

The publication of Lord of the rings by J. R. R. Tolkien created an enormous influence on the writing of the field, establishing the form of epic fantasy and also did much to establish the genre of fantasy as commercially distinct and viable. Today fantasy continues as an expansive, multi-layered medium encompassing many subgenres of literature; from traditional high fantasy and sword and sorcery, to magical realism, fairytale fantasy, and horror-tinged dark fantasy and as we have here plastic figures representing different types of fantasy figures to expand your mind and make into painted figures, vignettes or dioramas.

Build Review

On opening the box I found two sprue's containing the lizard like beast and the figure, both of these are moulded in a medium grey colour plastic. The mouldings look clean and some of the detail is to a high standard. Most of the plastic was quite hard and came of the sprue fairly clean apart from the tail; I found it hard to get a clean cut at this due to the position in which it was attached.

I have to say that this is the second fantasy figure I have tackled from Master Box and it is very different to build than the first one and went together so much easier, albeit essentially the same beast with just a different head. Unlike with the first build, I did not have to use the putty a single time and found it fitting very easily. On putting the body together I found that all I had to do was to hold both parts instead of having to use tape. The legs seemed to just literally fall into place and were in the right place and angle without manipulation. The tail is the same story and it left me wondering if the first kit I was given was perhaps slightly different and/or maybe twisted during transportation or maybe I just got unlucky and a bad moulded one.

The head is completely different from the first offering and the jaw is in a closed position as opposed to open, you may want to be a critical and could say it may need some work done to it, but it is meant you be a moving part so I left it as it was.

The figure itself is to me something more recognisable, and is in my eyes looking at the box art more like an elf in appearance. Now having been brought up on a stable diet of J.J.R. Tolkien this was more up my street than the first one which had a more futuristic appearance. I started with the legs of the figure which are again nice and simple to put together without any issues. Then came the torso which I applied glue to then held until it had taken hold but moved it slowly into the position required. The arms are meant to come next however I would recommend you place the head before the arms, this figure carries a large rifle which is awkward to try to get into place. In the end I took the arms of the figure fitted the head and then the arms placed the rifle into place again, not so easy with the head there. Next comes the personal bits of equipment like a dagger and Armour which is of a high standard, you then add her hair to the back of her head.

There really is very little in the way of building these the instructions are not completely clear as is the same with the paints there is a comprehensive list of them

Conclusion

This is the first fantasy kit that I have built and I was not to impressed with the build as it seemed to be flawed, having quite a bit of work to get it to fit flush; However after building the second fantasy kit I believe I may have had a bad moulding, as fantasy Kit no2 literally fell into place and I have to admit was a pleasure to build compared to the first one. This is not my normal type of kit I have to admit, but having painted a few games work shop fantasy figures many years back I jumped at the chance to build these two kits. If figure building and fantasy is your thing, for the price you will pay for these I do think you would enjoy these two kits.
SUMMARY
Highs: The fit of the parts is good on this release.
Lows: I did find it frustrating trying to place the gun in the right position still a tiny gap on the neck that I have to say I only just noticed.
Verdict: This may not be a kit for everyone but it is not that bad at what I believe to be their Second outing in this particular type of kit, but if fantasy is your bag I can thoroughly recommend this kit it goes together better than the first one did.
  Scale: 1:24
  Mfg. ID:  MB 24008
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  PUBLISHED: May 14, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.22%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 83.95%

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About Adie Roberts (In_War_and_Peace)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I am disabled after a terrorist bomb I have in the past made models for TV and film and work with local museums making new models for display. I also take on commission builds for people

Copyright 2017 text by Adie Roberts [ IN_WAR_AND_PEACE ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.


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Comments

I assume the mold for the steed is the same in both the kits?
MAY 14, 2016 - 01:32 AM
From what I understood from the review while editing, the body is the same with a different head.
MAY 14, 2016 - 07:15 AM
Yea superSandaas it is the same moulds for both kits only the figurine changes so you could have an opened mouth for the this kit too
MAY 15, 2016 - 02:10 AM
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