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Compare and Contrast

I bought the Noble Collection Galadriel crown from "The Hobbit" as my Christmas present. Earlier, I bought the less expensive version from ELOPE.

Current prices:
Noble Collection $129.00
ELOPE $39.99

Side by side, NC left, ELOPE right
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I thought the Noble Collection was movie-accurate, but receiving it, there is one difference, and it's right in front:
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The top center is closed. The purpose is to reinforce it. All the weight of the back bears on the center front of the crown.

ELOPE solved this problem by reinforcing it from the back:
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Front, ELOPE:
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Side, ELOPE
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Side, NC:
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Flower, NC:
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The flowers in the ELOPE crown do not have a pearl inside.

The combs on the ELOPE crown look like a plus, but having seen this worn, they are not always easy to hide. Also, it is not enough to hold the entire crown in place.

As expensive as it is, I would have been happier if NC had packaged theirs better. It was horribly crooked when I received it. It is still not perfectly straight, but I dare not try and make it too perfect for fear of breaking it.

Comments

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sith_haldir
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for the comparison of the 2 versions! :)

About the NC version, is the poor packaging due to their Box the Crown came in (is there some Padded Box or something for it like when we get SS/GG Stuffs)? Or did it get a "regular" packing (loosely chunk into some box that fit it without much paddings)?
bonnie_halfelvn
Mar. 24th, 2014 09:28 am (UTC)
Actually, the box was too small! It had foam only on the top (!) and they crammed a cheap, faux-velvet pillow in, too, just to mess it up more.
sith_haldir
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:34 am (UTC)
Oh no! That sounds bad! >_<
Maybe you should feedback it to NC too about their poor packaging.
bonnie_halfelvn
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:06 am (UTC)
I did. I got the standard reply: "If you are dissatisfied you can return it within 30 days..."
mellymell
Mar. 24th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comparison! It's extremely helpful.
bonnie_halfelvn
Mar. 25th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it!
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