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The Adventures of Tintin: Collector's Gift Set Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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First, the good news. By far the best thing about this set is the price. Getting 21 Tintin adventures in one set for under $100 is hard to beat. The presentation of the books, aside from their size, is nice and they look great in the box set.
Now for the bad news....yes, it's true, the books are small. I was pretty disappointed to find out that the books were similar in size to the previous 3-in-1 edition that was released. Now this wouldn't be a problem if it didn't detract from the art and the enjoyment of reading these books. Little Brown should take a cue from DC Comics and release their most beloved graphic novels in extra large HC format (or in this case their original format) instead of shrinking it down to about 2/3 their original size. Problems with the smaller format can be seen in the "Secret of the Unicorn" where fine lines - such as the rigging of the model ships - begin to disappear off the page because they are so thin and in various sequences throughout the series where a lot dialogue is stuffed into a single panel. I sorta got used to the smaller format after a while but it doesn't do Herge's ligne claire art style full justice.
It's also a shame that 3 Tintin adventures were left out of this collection: "Tintin in the Congo", "Land of the Soviets" and the unfinished "Alph Art." Political over-correctness from a vocal minority wins out (apparently "Congo" isn't meant to be read by impressionable young children OR the adults buying this set) and instead we have Michael Farr's "Tintin and Co." - not a total loss but I would rather have the 3 stories which I've never read.Read more ›
These editions are very easy to read in bed, you can hold them like a novel, the full sized editions aren't as handy for prone reading.
Tintin miniaturizes well, the books are bound very nicely, AND it's a super bargain for a hardcover complete Tintin collection. Get it!
The reproduction is absurdly small. The text is, technically speaking, legible, but only if you pore over it like you would a textbook. For our intended use---reading these with our children---there was no hope. It is flatly shocking that the publishers would bother producing this in hardcover. The compressed, poor quality reproduction might be forgiven in a cheap, low-quality soft-cover set, but this cannot accurately be described as a "Collector's Gift Set."
This is a waste of paper. Don't bother. Find the full-size individual books. They're more expensive in hardcover or less impressive in softcover, but there's really no reason to buy this format. I hope you learn from our mistake.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally got them all in a cool format, fun for every fan!!!Published 2 months ago by Brian Bednarek
The construction of this collection is quite good - it's just a tremendous shame that it's so compromised. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt van Andel
This is a stunning collection and I cannot put it down. All of the stories that I remember and loved from my childhood are here. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tom Anderson
Great product, but I agree with many others that it would have been nice if the comics were their original size, or at least larger. The text is very small.Published 9 months ago by Tammy Murray
I received this as gift from my (Amazon Wish List). I would not normal purchase an item at this price level, but asking for as a gift seemed OK. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Todd Gowen
Wonderful for kids of any age. Now was able to share the stories I loved with my kids!Published 12 months ago by JP