Alakazam isn't very hard but I wouldn't recommend it to beginners.
As you can see from the picture it is on a base. I don't think it should normally need a base, just mine does. It does require some weights to counter it's arms and spoons. The problem with mine is that one of the weights came unglued and the the point I was in the build there was no way I could get to it. This actually made its balance worse. Thus I had to go with a base.
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