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‘Tomb Raider’ Legend Gets the Barbie Doll Treatment

by Kelly M in Alicia Vikander

Looking for a new Lara Croft figure to add to your Tomb Raider shrine? Well, you’re in luck as Mattel have given the legendary tomb raider the Barbie doll treatment and you’ll be able to place your orders as from February 19! Based on Alicia Vikander’s interpretation of the iconic heroine, this fully-articulated doll dons a similar outfit to that worn by Vikander and comes with a range of accessories inspired by the film: a map of Yamatai, a journal marked with the initials ... [Continue Reading]

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Arte-Factual

  • A closer look at Lara's hieroglyphs worksheet (Screenshot taken by Kelly M)

    Arte-Factual: Lara’s Hieroglyphics Worksheet

    October 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

    The recently-released Blood Ties DLC gave Tomb Raider fans a glimpse into Lara Croft’s childhood and her family history. Not only did we get to learn a little more about her enigmatic parents, we also got to find out what the younger Croft used to do in her spare time. One of the collectible documents found within Croft Manor is Lara’s old hieroglyphics worksheet, which proved useful for deciphering one of the manor’s safe combination codes. As a child, Lara apparently ... [Continue Reading]
  • A Mongolian tug banner as seen in Rise of the Tomb Raider
    Spoiler warning: This article does not contain any plot or location spoilers for Rise of the Tomb Raider. However, I leave it entirely up to the reader to decide whether they wish to continue scrolling down or not… In her quest to find Kitezh in the frozen hinterlands of Siberia, Lara Croft stumbles upon the remains of the ancient armies and intrepid explorers who have tried (and failed) to conquer this once-glorious and remote city. One of the artefacts Lara discovers throughout the ... [Continue Reading]

Lara’s Travels

  • Lara Croft poses in front of the Temple of Horus at Edfu (Image credit: Lori of Survivor Reborn)
    Survivor Reborn admin Lori and her husband Jay recently spent ten incredible days in Egypt and brought along their Rock Candy Lara Croft figure, who was more than happy to pose for photos in front of some of the country’s key attractions. From the pyramids at Giza to the Graeco-Roman ruins of Alexandria, from the banks of the Nile to the majestic temple ruins of Karnak, from the sun-beaten Valley of the Kings to the treasure-filled halls of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Lori and Jay ... [Continue Reading]
  • Mos Espa, Tatooine (Image credit: StarWars.Com)
    Star Wars season is upon us once more as the highly-anticipated anthology film Rogue One is set to hit cinema screens this December! And since I’m as big a Star Wars fangirl as I am a Tomb Raider one, I thought I’d try to find a way to celebrate two of my favourite franchises, albeit with an archaeological twist. The Tomb Raider video game series and films have done a tremendous job of showcasing some of the world’s historical sites and exotic locations, whether they’re ... [Continue Reading]

Mythology

  • A close-up of a naga lizard (Image credit: Wikiraider)

    Gods & Monsters: The Naga

    January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

    One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous installments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully reimagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the ... [Continue Reading]
  • Concept art of Baba Yaga's cabin (Image credits: Crystal Dynamics)
    The Tomb Raider video game series has always drawn its inspiration from real-world archaeology and mythology as well as classic works of literature and cinema. In the well-received Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, gamers were invited to explore the Wicked Vale, a nightmarish landscape said to be home to a mythical witch. I asked Cameron Suey, the writer and narrative designer for Baba Yaga, about his work on the DLC, his thoughts on the use of horror elements in the ... [Continue Reading]

Tomb Raider News

  • Mattel's Lara Croft Barbie doll
    Looking for a new Lara Croft figure to add to your Tomb Raider shrine? Well, you’re in luck as Mattel have given the legendary tomb raider the Barbie doll treatment and you’ll be able to place your orders as from February 19! Based on Alicia Vikander’s interpretation of the iconic heroine, this fully-articulated doll dons a similar outfit to that worn by Vikander and comes with a range of accessories inspired by the film: a map of Yamatai, a journal marked with the initials ... [Continue Reading]
  • Funko's reboot Lara Croft Pop! vinyl figure
    The Toy Fair is in town – New York City to be precise – and pop culture giant Funko took the opportunity to announce that Reboot Lara Croft has gotten her very own Funko Pop! vinyl figure. Equipped with her bow, red climbing axe, radio, and pistol and sporting her trademark green pendant, this new Lara Croft Pop! figure pays homage to the 2013 reboot game and the upcoming 2018 film starring Alicia Vikander. Unlike her Classic Lara counterpart, this Lara is looking a little worse for ... [Continue Reading]

Tomb Raider (2018 Film)

  • Mattel's Lara Croft Barbie doll
    Looking for a new Lara Croft figure to add to your Tomb Raider shrine? Well, you’re in luck as Mattel have given the legendary tomb raider the Barbie doll treatment and you’ll be able to place your orders as from February 19! Based on Alicia Vikander’s interpretation of the iconic heroine, this fully-articulated doll dons a similar outfit to that worn by Vikander and comes with a range of accessories inspired by the film: a map of Yamatai, a journal marked with the initials ... [Continue Reading]
  • Funko's reboot Lara Croft Pop! vinyl figure
    The Toy Fair is in town – New York City to be precise – and pop culture giant Funko took the opportunity to announce that Reboot Lara Croft has gotten her very own Funko Pop! vinyl figure. Equipped with her bow, red climbing axe, radio, and pistol and sporting her trademark green pendant, this new Lara Croft Pop! figure pays homage to the 2013 reboot game and the upcoming 2018 film starring Alicia Vikander. Unlike her Classic Lara counterpart, this Lara is looking a little worse for ... [Continue Reading]

Fan Creations

  • Lara Croft poses in front of the Temple of Horus at Edfu (Image credit: Lori of Survivor Reborn)
    Survivor Reborn admin Lori and her husband Jay recently spent ten incredible days in Egypt and brought along their Rock Candy Lara Croft figure, who was more than happy to pose for photos in front of some of the country’s key attractions. From the pyramids at Giza to the Graeco-Roman ruins of Alexandria, from the banks of the Nile to the majestic temple ruins of Karnak, from the sun-beaten Valley of the Kings to the treasure-filled halls of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Lori and Jay ... [Continue Reading]
  • The History and Geography of Tomb Raider
    Do you like learning about ancient history and faraway lands? Well, if you’re a regular visitor to this site, I think it’s safe to assume that you do… so let me point you in the direction of CroftManor’s phenomenal documentary series, History and Geography in Tomb Raider! History and Geography in Tomb Raider is the brainchild of Simon Bucher, a 22-year-old Tomb Raider fan and student from Germany, and explores the real-life myths, archaeological sites, locations, and ... [Continue Reading]
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