Ladybird Atlantis books
I've received my copies of these books from Amazon so I thought I'd do a short review. It's short because, to be honest, there isn't much to say about them.
The are produced by Ameet, a Polish publisher of childrens' books, which explains why these have been published in English and Polish and why there were available in Poland a few months ago. In the UK they are published by Ladybird.
Anyway, they are roughly A4 size, 32 pages, and full colour throughout. They are filled with activities and facts about underwater creatures or submarines, and games and puzzles for small children. All the illustrations are renders or photos of official Atlantis models and figures. In fact they have the feel of a glorified sales brochure. If you're over about 6 there's no reason to buy these for the books. But you might buy them for the figures, particularly as they are so cheap.
One book comes with the Shark Warrior and the other with the Squid Warrior. They are packed in small plastic cases and attached to the front of the cover. You get the figures out by remvoing the coloured plastic insert from the clear plastic cover. Unfortunately once you've done so, the clear cover is still attached to the book's cover and as a result it won't lay flat or fit in your bookcase nicely.
However there is some good news. The figures do not appear to be cleap Chinese versions and seem to be identical to those found in the sets. Their arms and hands do not have a mould number, which are usually found on Chinese figures.
In summary then, don't bother buying these for the book but if you need underwater warriors for your 'army', these are a relatively cheap way to get them, particularly the squid who only comes in an expensive set. You can see the prices and order them from the links below: