This section covers items from the new Black Cat Gold Collection. These items are marketed as "The closest thing you'll get to professional display fireworks" and carry their new "High performance pyro certified" badge.

Here is a quick link index to reports on this page:
Master Mines - Brilliant - Premium - Magnificent - Spellbinder - Awesome

In addition, the following items from this range are currently reviewed singly in our main review index: Thruster Conics, Golden Eye, Superb (HPP4), Spectacular (HPP7), Sensational (HPP8) and Phenomenal (HPP9).
Please note that the RRP's quoted for the Gold Collection are taken from a retailer's list as we did not get a price list with the brochure.


MASTER MINES

£10.99 per pack of two
£38.45
The video appears to show seven mines in action but note that the higher effects are missed out on the video clip - as I was concentrating on still images, which show off the whole effects really well. The clip is best suited to giving an idea of the initial fountain and the lower portion of the effects. These are sold as No.1 and No.2 mines (we assume as pairs of one of each). No.1 is "Whistle, silver sparks, blue and silver stars, green to silver shells, crackle" and is pictured in the third long exposure shot below, No.2 is "Whistle, silver sparks, red glitter stars, blue with red strobe shells" and is shown in the second long exposure shot below. The first long exposure shot appears to show both effects at the same time from two or more mines.

Windows Media Clip: Right Click here and save [691Kb]
AVI (DivX) Clip: Right Click here and save [3Mb]

BRILLIANT HPP1

£20
£60
This is a 19 shot cake and there are three being fired in total - the set up shots show these paired with other fireworks.

Windows Media Clip: Right Click here and save [1.6Mb]
AVI (DivX) Clip: Right Click here and save [4Mb]

PREMIUM HPP2

£20
£60
This is a 19 shot cake and there are three being fired in total. There are no set up or long exposure shots but the video (particularly the higher quality one) shows off the effects well. In addition to being a red version of Brilliant with some other added effects, there is some silver crackle at launch (not shown on the video but you can hear it).

Windows Media Clip: Right Click here and save [1.8Mb]
AVI (DivX) Clip: Right Click here and save [4.8Mb]

MAGNIFICENT HPP3

£25
£50
This is a 25 shot cake with a little bit of everything and there are two being fired in the video clip. The officially listed effects are: Red comets, whistles, blue and red star bursts, swirling silver whistles, blue and white glitter shells, brocade willow and crackle.

Windows Media Clip: Right Click here and save [1.6Mb]
AVI (DivX) Clip: Right Click here and save [4.7Mb]

SPELLBINDER HPP5

£50
£100
Spellbinder is a 35 shot fanned cake. Two are being fired intentionally at right angles to each other which is more use than it sounds because you can see the effects from two angles (and the side-on cake is a good lesson in making sure you set it up the right way!). They are also a few seconds apart, so you can follow the progression of effects easily from one cake to another.

Windows Media Clip: Right Click here and save [1.2Mb]
AVI (DivX) Clip: Right Click here and save [3.7Mb]

AWESOME HPP6

£50
£100
No set up or long exposure images for this one but an excellent video clip showing two of these in action and well spaced so you can see the individual effects. These are 49 shot cakes (not fanned).

Windows Media Clip: Right Click here and save [2Mb]
AVI (DivX) Clip: Right Click here and save [5.7Mb]


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