Welcome to this week’s Mosh Pit. It’s only a month to rAge, so make sure you have your calendars marked down to remember to get to the show during the rAge weekend! For today, we have a book about elves and nasty hobbitsies, more collectible figurines, and a game sale that’s sure to lighten your wallet.
The Fall of Gondolin by J. R. R. Tolkien
It’s been said that while lying in bed fighting his way through a severe bout of trench fever during the first World War, Tolkien dreamed up the Lord of The Rings universe while basically dying and hallucinating. During his extended stay in the hospital, Tolkien started to write The Fall of Gondolin, and proceeded to rewrite it fifteen times more before his death. When his son took over his father’s legacy and started to finish his work, Christopher Tolkien started, but never finished The Fall of Gondolin for more than three decades, even with the mountains of manuscripts written by his father designed to finish the book for good.
And yet, here it is. The final piece, the story that started it all for Tolkien. The Fall of Gondolin launches in South Africa on 14 September 2018. Pre-order it on Raru and get 23% off the cover price.
Paradox Interactive weekend
Stellaris. Europa Universalis IV. Cities Skylines. Surviving Mars. These are just a few of the games on sale this weekend on Steam as part of the Paradox Interactive publisher sale. Everything that Paradox has on Steam is on sale for up to 80% off, which is going to be quite tempting for fans of strategy and management simulators. The prices are good, but keep in mind that Paradox’s usual thing is to have the base game loaded up with DLC, of which there are many, many packs for several of their titles. This could get expensive really quickly. Check out the full sale here.
Get your Hungarian Horntail here
Harry Potter memorabilia is also something that can get very expensive very quickly. But honestly, who doesn’t want the Hungarian Horntail that Harry has to challenge from The Goblet of Fire, sitting on their desk? The figurine pictured above is part of a set of ten collectibles, all depicting famous creatures from the series. There’s Buckbeak, Hedwig, the Basilisk, and for some reason a goblin from Gringotts in the collection. The figurines are seven inches tall, are individually painted (which, we assume, is why some are currently out of stock), and can be removed from the glass display case.
There are even more Funko Pops to collect now, gosh darnit
Funko Pop! toys are like crack for adult nerds. These figurines are literally too cute, and here at NAG we have several of them already littering the place. The franchise has exploded to such a degree that there are even rare Pop! toys to be collected, some fetching upwards of $500. This month there are several new additions to the Pop! collections on store shelves, including Wolverine from the original Marvel comics (cue Deadpool joking about his yellow tights), Lara Croft, Sauron in disguise as The Necromancer from The Hobbit, and the Gargoyles characters, to name a few. Keep an eye out on store shelves near you for these new figurines, as well as a sizeable range of keychains with mini Pop! figurines on them.
Camera nerds have this thing in their social circles called G.A.S – Gear Acquisition Syndrome. It is the compulsion to buy new lenses, filters, and cameras because holy cow did you guys see the 80x zoom lens focusing on the craters on the moon?! It seems like Fujifilm knows about GAS all too well because they’ve just announced the X-T3 mirrorless camera, and it’s set to launch at the end of October 2018. Looking very retro and robust, this is a mirrorless camera with a 26.1MP sensor that builds on the work Fujifilm put into the original X-T1 and X-T2 cameras. The shutter speeds are much faster thanks to a newer chipset inside the X-T3, and there are new processing algorithms that handle things like phase detection, intelligent object tracking, and de-noising shots taken in low light at ISO160.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, ad-hoc WiFi networking, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C. It will shoot 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, but with a 4:2:2 colour gamut because the stream is compressed. How much will a kit with the X-T3 cost? Fujifilm South Africa expects the kit bundled with a 18-55mm image-stabilised lends to retail for R29,999.