On Wednesday of this week Universal's Wizarding World quietly debuted their third Limited Edition wand, and you guys, she's a beauty.
Art Deco Hufflepuff vibes, anyone?
I haven't seen any official announcements of the wand yet online, but luckily someone posted about it in my local Slug Club group within a few hours of it hitting shelves. John and I took one look at the photo and made a beeline for the parks the very next day, ha.
I'm mostly functional again after being out of commission all week with this migraine madness, so strolling around Universal was just what the doctor ordered, despite the heavy Spring Break crowds. The weather yesterday was lovely, and lemme tell ya, getting a little sun and breeze is heaven after a week of couch-wallowing.
We headed straight to Ollivander's, where they had about 20 LE wands still in stock for the day at around 6PM. I've heard there are more wands on order, so they're not in danger of selling out completely just yet. That said, if you want one, go now. The past two year's models were limited to 1,000 wands, and last year's (which debuted during Celebration) sold out before the weekend was even over.
We asked 2 different Ollivander's workers, but no one seems to know how many this design will be limited to. Given the demand last year you'd think they'd make more than 1,000, but they may keep to that number again.
My pictures taken in Olivander's aren't great, but they're a little more accurate on the color of the gold filigree:
The wand is a true black, so this is very Hufflepuffy. Just sayin'.
The wands cost $70 each, and because they're considered a "collectible" there are no discounts for AP holders or cast members. They are the interactive models, though. They're also not available online, so you'll have to hit up your local friends to grab one for you if you don't live here. (Much as I love you all, I am NOT volunteering as tribute. Sorry!)
I will say we were *slightly* disappointed in person, because the filigree isn't actually metal, it's the same plastic/resin as the rest of the wand. It photographs like metal, though, and the paint and finish work are gorgeous. So after that minor deflation, we still gave them all our money.
Here's a quick video I also took in the shop:
Now I'm going to show you a few photos I took around the park, because eye candy:
This one is honestly making me dizzy. It may be time for more meds again...
Gah, I've missed playing with photos. I can't wait for convention season to get crankin' again.
A rare detour outside the Alley:
Then right back in again:
Here's to a magical, migraine-free weekend, my friends! I think John and I may be designing another wand display. [eyebrow waggle]
(If you're new here, we've made two wand displays so far: an Ollivander's sign one and a large framed one for a whole collection!)