Triwizard Tournament Dragon Pouch Review

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For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you were probably bombarded with my inane tweets about my trip to Universal Studios, more specifically, to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As a kid, my family never went to Disney or any of the other big theme parks, so I didn’t know exactly what was in store for me. But after meeting up with a friend who happened to work at the park, I suddenly had an employee discount available to me and just had to buy some toys. And probably close to a flagon of butter beer.

I ended up grabbing the Triwizard Tournament Dragon Pouch while in Owl Post for two reasons: small plastic dragons and an awesome purple pouch to keep my dice in. Originally sealed in a plastic clamshell that was near-indestructible, the little dragons are an interesting toy that borders on movie prop.

During the events of the First Task in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, each of the four Triwizard contestants reached into a satchel and pulled out a model of the dragon they would be facing off against. For some reason, the dragons ranged drastically in terms of ferocity and danger.

The Common Welsh Green is among the least troublesome of dragons, preying on sheep and actively avoiding humans unless provoked. Fire is issued in thin jets. It has a surprisingly melodious roar.

The least threatening of all the dragons is the Common Welsh Green that Fleur Delacour went up against. The toy is pretty much your generic dragon – green, horned and winged. There really isn’t much that’s remarkable and the tooth bearing grin looks downright weird. All of these figures though are unarticulated and the Common Green Welsh has the least exciting pose of all.

The silvery-blue skin of the Swedish Short-Snout is sought after for the manufacture of protective gloves and shields. Breathes a brilliant blue flame.

First off, there’s something horribly wrong with the Swedish Short-Snout figure: the color of the skin. When the packaging describes it as having “silvery-blue skin,” then the toy shouldn’t be purple and black. Other than the horribly off color, it looks a lot like the beast that Cedric Diggory went up against for the golden egg. Two-legged and having a horn on its head that would make a rhino jealous, the Short-Snout looks really unique.

The only dragon from the Far East gains its name from its mushroom-shaped flame. The Chinese Fireball will feast on most mammals, though it prefers pigs and humans. Its egg shells are much prized for use in Chinese Wizardry.

Connected with Viktor Krum, the Chinese Fireball does a great job blending eastern and western perceptions of dragons. Two-legged (so it would technically be a drake) and having a massive wing spread, the Chinese Fireball looks great. Posed ready to breathe fire, the dynamic paint scheme works wonders. Black and orange is such a great color combo and the flared out “hair” on the head just looks great.

Supposedly the most dangerous of all dragon breeds, the Hungarian Horntail can breathe fire up to fifty feet. Feeds on goats, sheep and, whenever possible, humans.

Now this is a dragon! Big, mean and clearly has been in a few fights, the Hungarian Horntail has ripped wings and looks pissed. Covered in silver horns on the head and neck, the Horntail suffers from balancing issues because of its massive wings.

That would be an issue except the Horntail is capable of balancing on its tail to have its feet in the air mid-attack! It looks great and really helps set him apart from the other dragons in the bunch. The figure also feels like it should some with a tiny Harry Potter for it to devour.

The bag itself looks great too. It’s drawstring and looks suspiciously like a Crown Royal bag, only it says “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” on it instead.

As toys, there isn’t much too exciting about these figures. They’re little plastic dragons that are horribly over-priced at $25 for the set. I ended up paying closer to $15, which makes them much more worthwhile. While I love the bag and love Harry Potter, it’s hard for me to recommend these to anyone at the price they charge. But they are a Universal Studios exclusive, so you won’t be finding them anywhere else taunting you.

Written by jestergoblin

November 14th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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