I decided to buy a wand from The Noble Collection to see if they are any good.
For the first wand from Noble, I hesitated a bit before deciding to purchase Ron’s wand. I was thinking of getting Queenie’s cos it looks nice. Then I thought of Hermonie’s too since she is a girl and books nerd just now me 😀
But in the end, I decided to purchase Ron’s as he is my all time favourite character!
I purchased from amazon (Purchase anything from amazon above $49 on amazon to get free shipping). Noble on amazon do not ship internationally. While their website stated that they do but you have to get the shipping rate from them etc. So in the end, I decided to get from amazon to avoid the hassle! I shipped to a forwarder to save on some international shipping 🙂
The import version are purchased off China. Being a native speaker of chinese, I was able to place order on China website effectively. Otherwise, I think eBay or aliexpress pretty much have the same thing. Usually the sellers would claim is that they are licensed products from the same factory etc. I purchased from the seller with a highest rating. And it costs 1/3 of the price from Noble! Let’s see if they are the same!
First thing I notice (obviously) is the box!
I have a bit of accident with my sunblock and it got spray all over including the boxes! 😦 Though its not super obvious in the photos, But I am super devastated!
The China box in a purplish box stated Ron Weasley on the box, while the Noble box in black comes in Ollivander kinda of box and there is no name. It make sense if you want to go with the “The wand chooses the wizard…“. The China box is also bigger in size. Noble box is more grand obviously. Win!
Both box come in velvet cushion to hold the wands. Noble have an extra ribbon.
Now for the review on the wands…
On the first look, they seems very very similar!
However they have different length. The one from China is slightly taller! Both are made from Resin with metal core in the center for weight. But the one from Noble is heavier. You can feel instantly when you hold it in your hand!
Let’s take a closer look on the print on the wands!
The one from Noble has more darker print.
As compare, the China one has lighter print!
Comparing them side by side. Their prints are very different!
Finally, their bottom is obviously different! I suppose Noble’s wands are created to mimic the ones in the movie.
In conclusion, the replica ones from China aren’t anything like the ones from Noble Collection. Although they are expensive, but any fan should buy at least 1 or 2! Replica wands are decent enough for displaying etc. But if you want something that looks real enough, get the ones from Noble.