I can say I was truly spoiled last year, and I was lucky enough to get a whole pile of Blyton gifts between my birthday and Christmas. I will most like end up reviewing them all in-depth at some point, but I thought I would give you a quick peek at them all now.
So starting with the top row, I got:
THE SECRET SERIES ON DVD
I’ve never seen this before but it’s an Australian adaptation of the Secret Series from the 90s. I will definitely be reviewing these episodes (I don’t even know how many there are, but there are three disks) at some point and it should be really interesting as they say on the box that they have been updated for modern audiences. Nora has become Laura, we have a dog rather than a prince and also a lady photojournalist is heavily involved…
PEPYS 70S FAMOUS FIVE CARD GAME
I have the Soper illustrated Pepys card game so now I have the 70s one too. Some of the illustrations are hilarious!
THE ADVENTURE SERIES ON DVD
From the same people that did the Secret Series DVD. This one has four disks and a 45 minute making-of feature. (It also features the original names and main line up – but shall we see Jo-Jo or Joe?)
THE FAMOUS FIVE POSTCARDS
2015 saw a new line of Famous Five stationery with the iconic Eileen Soper illustrations. This is a set of 30 postcards which are far too nice to risk in the post. I may end up framing some of them. There’s not a huge amount to say about these but I may end up doing a combined post on the three pieces in the line.
CHEER UP, LITTLE NODDY!
Unfortunately this is one thing I won’t be reviewing for you. I already attempted to review this title only to discover the first 18 pages were missing, so then I got this for Christmas and discovered that the inside is actually Noddy Goes to Sea.
THE FAMOUS FIVE SMASHING NOTEBOOK
Also from the new line of stationery. Also too nice to use!
THE FAMOUS FIVE ANNUAL 2016
To add to my other two annuals. I’ll probably end up reviewing this in two parts like I did the others.
I’ve also got a spare one, as I actually ended up with two. Though I kinda hate destroying books I may end up using it for craft projects (that or I can actually fill in the puzzles in one and keep the other pristine!)
THE FAMOUS FIVE SPLENDID NOTES FOR EVERY OCCASION
Again these are far too nice to use. I’m seriously considering buying myself a second set so I can keep one and use one.
THE FAMOUS FIVE 70s SERIES COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD
Although the 90s series is without doubt my favourite I do like the 70s series too. I only had a dodgy bootleg set before, though so it will be nice to watch (and maybe review) the proper DVDs.