2010 Holiday Gift Guide – Beyond the Games and Books: Fun Collectibles
By P&P Staff
It may cost a little more than the Toys R Us packaged-variety action figures, but Play Arts Kai makes a meanly detailed figure for the hardcore fan. Its Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Snake in Jungle Fatigues is a perfect example. With accessories and plenty of ways to pose the combat veteran, this camouflaged figure will blend right in with the rest of your collection.
Based on the comic series from several years ago, these statues were initially intended to replicate the particular art styles used in the stories themselves. More recently, the pieces have given superstar artists a chance to showcase their version of Batman in 3D. Most are less than a $100, and only available for a limited time.
A lovely conversation piece or a great way to annoy your neighbors, this ocarina (emblazoned with the Triforce logo) will provide hours of entertainment, and that last instrument missing from your weekly Rock Band sessions. Unfortunately, the limited-edition version that allows you to travel through time has been pushed back yet again.
Always remember – It’s never a bad time to be ready for a zombie attack. This umbrella which resembles the logo of the Umbrella Corporation (behind the outbreak in the Resident Evil series) will serve as not only a constant reminder, but also a decent defensive weapon should a group of hungry undead shamble your way. Also keeps you dry in the rain (with proper use).
This is a great way to tell your friend, “Your house is cool and all, but it could stand to look more like World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros.” The Wall Graphics package comes from ThinkGeek in three varieties – Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong. They are vinyl decals, essentially, so you can recreate a scene from one of your favorite Nintendo games, then move it without damage to the castle itself.
What we like most about this Mass Effect hoodie is that it’s understated. There aren’t any big Mass Effect title cards emblazoned on the back, or images of the game’s core characters. There’s simple a red-and-white stripe down one sleeve, and the N7 emblem on the front. And for anyone who is a true fan, not another word needs to be said.
The Pads & Panels 2010 Holiday Gift Guide concludes in “Beyond the Games and Books: High-End Tastes”
Previously on the Holiday Gift Guide – “Beyond the Games: Accessories”