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Review: Lara Croft Funko Pop! Figure

I’ve been a huge fan of Funko’s uber-cute aesthetic ever since a friend of mine introduced me to their range of Pop! vinyl figures a couple of years ago. What began as a one-off acquisition (a Scarlet Witch Pop! I received from said friend) has since grown into an eclectic collection of superhero and Star Wars figures. So when Funko announced that they were releasing a Lara Croft Pop! figure to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, I just couldn’t ... [Continue Reading]

February 12, 2017 // 3 Comments

The 2016 Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards

In late 2016, Crystal Dynamics launched the very first annual Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards as a way of showcasing the creativity and noteworthy achievements of this diverse (and highly talented) fan community. Two winners were chosen for each category – one voted for by the community of fansite administrators and the other chosen by Crystal Dynamics staff themselves – and the award categories included “Best Live Event”, “Best Photo or Art ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 3 Comments

Lara Croft Funko Figures Heading Our Way in 2017

Lara Croft fans have been calling for a Funko figure for months and it looks like Funko has been listening because the company has announced it will be releasing not one, but TWO figures of the iconic adventurer in 2017. The hyper-stylised 3.75-inch Lara Croft Pop! vinyl figure (read my review here) will be available in stores as from January 31, 2017, and is now available for purchase on Amazon and Amazon UK. If the Pop! vinyl aesthetic isn’t your thing, Funko will also be releasing ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 5 Comments

‘Lara Croft GO’ Released for PlayStation 4 & PS Vita, Gets a New Expansion

Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as Square Enix Montréal announced today that their immensely popular, award-winning turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO is now available for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita and is fully compatible with the recently released PS4 Pro. The game’s PS4 release was strongly hinted at when a list of trophies appeared online earlier this week but its release was officially announced at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. And ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Great Gifts for the ‘Tomb Raider’ Bookworm

Looking for a gift for a book-loving Tomb Raider fan? Or looking for a new book to add to your library? Whatever the reason, you’ll find a range of recommended reads listed below, ranging from spin-off novels to comics, from art books to other non-fiction titles. Note: I cannot vouch for the quality of every item on this list as I have only read a handful of these. Comments or links to my reviews have been added where possible. 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 7 Comments

Lara Croft, Guinness World Record Breaker

October 2016 was an insanely busy month for Ms Croft. Not only did Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration finally land on Playstation 4, it was also the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider (1996), the game that launched Lara Croft into superstardom. And if that wasn’t enough, our fictional heroine was also awarded two new Guinness World Records: “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Lara Croft” and “Most Magazine Covers for a Video Game Character”. ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2016 // 1 Comment

The Secrets of Croft Manor: ‘Blood Ties’ Easter Eggs

Tracking down Easter eggs in video games is one of the joys of gaming and the ‘Blood Ties’ DLC is rife with references and amusing nods to Lara’s past adventures, making it a real treat for long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series. Whether it’s a familiar object or a subtle nod to Lara’s original backstory, I’ve tried to track down and list as many of the ‘Blood Ties’ Easter eggs as I could find. Please note that this might not be a complete list ... [Continue Reading]

November 3, 2016 // 7 Comments

Arte-Factual: Lara’s Hieroglyphics Worksheet

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 collectable 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]

October 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Croft Manor DLC Delves Deep Into Croft Family History

In the recently released Croft Manor DLC, “Blood Ties”, Tomb Raider fans get the chance to take some time out from pillaging ancient sites to delve deep into Croft family history and learn more about Lara Croft’s enigmatic parents and childhood, one aging document at a time. When Lara’s maternal uncle Atlas de Mornay contests the ownership of Croft Manor, she’s left with no choice but to search the derelict manor for a copy of her father’s last will and ... [Continue Reading]

October 18, 2016 // 12 Comments

Crystal Dynamics Releases New Screenshots, Trophy List For ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’

With less than a week to go before Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is out for the PS4, Crystal Dynamics has released a bunch of new screenshots from the game as well as a comprehensive list of all the trophies up for grabs. The new screenshots give us a good idea of how visually stunning the long-awaited PS4 edition promises to be when the game hits the shelves on October 11, 2016. Eagle-eyed gamers will no doubt have noticed that Ms Croft is wearing the new orange winter gear ... [Continue Reading]

October 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

’20 Years of Tomb Raider’ Book Due Out in Late October 2016

As part of their year-long celebration of the Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics and Prima Games will be publishing a special commemorative book this October titled 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future. Due out on October 25, 2016, and written by Crystal Dynamics’ own Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, this 360-page hardcover book will explore the ground-breaking and diverse history of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise and discuss their impact ... [Continue Reading]

September 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

‘Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever’ Set For September 2016 Release

Remember how we were going to get a new novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever, last November? And how it was pushed back to January 2016? And how things went a little quiet after that? Well, it appears that fans’ patience will soon be rewarded as Dan Abnett’s novel will finally be released on September 13, 2016. Some fans will already be familiar with Abnett’s work; he previously worked on the Tomb Raider novel, The Ten Thousand Immortals, which was released back ... [Continue Reading]

August 26, 2016 // 2 Comments

‘Blood Ties’ Croft Manor DLC Makes Debut at Gamescom 2016

Crystal Dynamics treated Tomb Raider fans to their first look at the upcoming ‘Blood Ties’ DLC at Gamescom 2016, which was held in Cologne, Germany, earlier this week. This highly-anticipated story-driven DLC, which will allow gamers to explore a dust-ridden, run-down Croft Manor in search for clues that will legitimize Lara’s claim to the Croft estate, was first announced back in July. This week, Crystal Dynamics released a selection of screenshots over on the official ... [Continue Reading]

August 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

Square Enix Presents the Top Tombs of Tomb Raider

Another E3 has come and gone and while we’re still waiting for news of a PS4 release for Rise of the Tomb Raider, we got a little sneak peek of the upcoming commemorative book, 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future, and learnt that a new series of statues has been commissioned to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The Crystal Dynamics crew also took part in a number of live events throughout the week, most notably the Square Enix Presents show, ... [Continue Reading]

June 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

8 Things I Missed While on Hiatus

As you probably know by now, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has just returned from a 3-month hiatus. Granted, I didn’t physically go anywhere but I gave myself a much-needed break from monitoring and relaying Tomb Raider franchise news to my readers and social media followers. Time and tide wait for no Croft and, as a result, I’m now feeling a little out of the proverbial loop… So what did I miss during the site’s downtime? Oscar-Winning Actress Lands Role as the New ... [Continue Reading]

June 8, 2016 // 5 Comments