Aw yeah. Also, gross.
It's never been a worse time for your wallet if you have a predilection for buying rad toys and pop culture merchandise. There are so many cool things around, we are starting Toy Aisle: a brand new weekly column of the best and newest toys and collectibles. We're kicking off with a very fancy Spider-Gwen, Plush Lego, and more!
I mean, it doesn't even bring you chilled drinks like the last crazily-priced Astromech.
The ongoing debate over a lack of movie merchandise depicting female characters -- whether it's Marvel, or Star Wars, or anything -- seems like it's finally having an effect. The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel wants to right the wrongs of its original toyline, and director James Gunn himself is leading the charge.
Star Trek's 50th birthday is this year, and the celebration has begun -- there's the new TV show on the way, cool merchandise and a new movie. But this downright gorgeous collection might be the greatest thing about the year so far.
It's not just hooker shoes, either. Disney's also flogging a delightful $US2600 sterling silver Tron necklace and $US150 belt buckle, just in time to get dressed for the movie's December release.
Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles is one of the best Star Wars coffee-table books in recent memory. It catalogs authorised Star Wars merchandise from around the globe. Some you've seen (and maybe owned), some will just blow your mind.
One thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's coverage of the new Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Sydney powerhouse Museum is that it's a merchandisers dream. And not just the regular Star Wars crap you can pick up at Go-Lo for a couple of bucks either - they've got full-sized Master Replica lightsabers, Lego sets (although not the Death Star diorama or the Millennium Falcon), R2-D2 plush back packs and more bobble-heads than I've ever seen gathered at one place at a time - seriously, if there was an earthquake, there would be enough bobbling to cause an aftershock just inside the Powerhouse. Nothing there is cheap, but if you're a collector, you may find something at the exhibition you haven't been able to pick up in Australia before...
Hasbro's FX whip, part of the flotilla of Indiana Jones merchandise that is sailing into port this year, should be hung on the wall of every office in the land. This is what makes corporal punishment in the workplace such a pleasure. The US$19.99 toy plays the theme tune —this is, sadly, the one crappy bit about it— as well as a thwack-a-lacka-boom-boom sound when you crack it. Hasbro could have come up with some more interesting sound effects, though. The FX whip will be available from May 1 from most toy shops.
Here's another set of stunning, but rejected, Star Wars merchandise. These amazing examples of human genius go from a mini-fridge with a door made from Han Solo frozen in carbonite to a Death Star BBQ, actual Leia's hair headphones and even an AT-AT chair caddy to hold your magazines, snacks and Pepsi—the marketing masterminds proposed all these gadgets—next to your favourite sofa. The best ones are frightening, yet irresistible.
As if the Transformers watches weren't cheap and tacky enough, take a look at these Transformers movie shirts. They're actually life-sized wearable animated.gifs, which light up like the $5 lapdance joint we frequent when CES rolls around.
Although we still have faith in the movie, all these cheap accessories and tie ins aren't doing much for public confidence. Click on each shirt if you don't value your eyeballs in anyway. â€“ Jason Chen
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