It’s a weird concept: Buy something without actually knowing what you’ll find inside the box. You’re basically giving yourself a gift that was wrapped by a robot instead of your family or friends. That’s probably what makes blind boxes so fun; It’s exciting to not know and take a risk. You hope that you get the toy you want, but even if you don’t get the one, you still have a cool collectible. It’s a win-win situation.
A great example of a “you win no matter what” blind box is the Mystery Wand Series, from the Noble Collection. This collection is actually the second series of wands developed by Noble for Warner Bros.’ iconic Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Each package contains one of nine possible mystery wands from characters throughout the series, including Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, Cho Chang, Ginny Weasley, Sirius Black, Arthur Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy, James Potter, and Victor Krum. The diverse collection of wands means you could buy multiple boxes and get a different wand each time. I opened three different boxes and didn’t receive any duplicates, so no worries if you buy multiples at one time. Each wand also includes a 3D character bookmark for when you decide to re-read Harry Potter books.
The wands are large and surprisingly sturdy — and could deal some serious damage if played with wrong. The packing for the collectible is a thick cardboard box with wizard-themed art wrapped around it. On top, you’ll see the Harry Potter logo in gold — it was almost too pretty to tear into if I’m being completely honest. When you open the box, you’ll see your mystery wand kept safely in place with a plastic, black velvet wand box. The wands are large, in charge, and pretty heavy considering they’re blind-box collectibles. The wands are 12 inches long and stand alone as attractive collector’s items. These wands are affordable, going for about $7 online, and are made from high-quality materials that ensure you’re getting a well-made wand. I’d say it’s worth the price for a quality collectible.
These wands are perfect recreations of the wands from each film. They fit easily into your hand and make you feel like you’ve stepped into the Wizarding World. The best part is holding the collectible wands in your hand and running your fingers over the details on the handle and sides. Every wand offers a different textural experience, although they’re made from the same materials. For instance, Arthur Weasley’s wand is smoother than Viktor Krum’s wand, which has a sharp handle and a rough, branch-like texture.
The Noble Collection is known for its quality, collectible wands, and these blind-box wands are no exception. It didn’t skimp on quality when compared to its more expensive designer resin wands made for the official Harry Potter online shop. These wands make great gifts for your friends — and for yourself. Plus, the 3D character bookmark and wand case boost this collection’s fandom factor, and I’m super impressed by the care that went into designing the wands.
Photos: the Noble Collection