What's this? A new category? Yes and no. I came across something I thought would be very interesting, but doesn't exactly fit into any other category. Consider this a one-off.
There's a website called Foods Across America that specializes in bringing full meals from famous restaurants right to your front door. The above link is for the Carnagie Deli special... a Whole Corned Beef Brisket, their world-famous Cheesecake, bread and mustard and it runs $79.95. You can do anything, from a real Philadelphia Cheesesteak to Key Lime pie actually from Key West. The catch is that it's pricey and ships frozen, so you gotta brush up on your reheating skills for the warm foods, but I thought it was a way to make the holidays special for your family and friend. What's more romantic than Carnagie deli cheesecake? Fuckin' nothin'.
CHEAP ($24.99 and Under)
Geeky Wrapping Paper from ThinkGeek. There's many to choose from... zombies, binary, equations, robots and canhas (my favorite). Make your gift stand out this year! $5.99 a roll.
From the creators of last year's Ice Cube Titanic tray comes the hundred times geekier Space Invaders Ice Cube Tray. Seriously. And I mean that totally nonsarcastically. What a great, simple sweet idea.
Yep, that's certainly an Enterprise Bottle Opener. Don't know why it's almost twenty bucks, but I figured this would be a nice thinking-outside-the-box type geek for the Trek nerd in your group. $18.95.
An R2D2 Peppermill? Why not? They've turned the poor little guy into everything else... trash cans, Pespi machines, projectors... I gotta admit the peppermill idea is pretty clever... $19.99 over at ThinkGeek.
This Gentle Giant Boba Fett Bust can be had at a steal over at Entertainment Earth's site as part of their week of Black Friday sale. Great detail on this little guy and you can get him for only $9.99 plus shipping, but act fast. He's liable to sell out.
I had this great Kotobukiya statue on the Guide last year. The difference this year is this great statue, based on an early Ralph McQuarrie concept drawing, is part of Entertainment Earth's Black Friday sale where you can get it for half the price. This, in my opinion, is the hightest value item for your dollar in the Collectibles section. Only $49.99 plus shipping. Wow.
Dark Horse has put out a set of Uncle Scrooge figurines, hand painted and limited runs... Scrooge himself came out in September and is really hard to find. But this one has yet to be released and is my favorite of the bunch. Who would have thought we'd see a Magica De Spell collectible figure? $49.95 for pre-order, released 12/23/09.
Gotta give Dark Horse credit. I love that they went anti-geek mainstream with a Don Vito Corleone Bust. Not a bad likeness and a great price. Now if they really want to knock my socks off they'll do a Gene Hackman from The Conversation maquette... with bleeding toilet. A fountain! Somebody get on it! $59.99 plus shipping.
DC Direct's Black and White Joker statue, based on Jim Lee's design, caught my eye. I love the impossibly skinny vision of this evil and iconic character. Really sharp. $62.99 plus shipping.
The Alien Abduction Lamp was very popular when I included it in a previous Holiday Guide, but it was not released at the time of the guide. Now it's out and for $100 it can be yours... cow and all.
Rocketeer Disney Classic Hereos Statue. Awesome! The Nazis and gangsters all quake in fear of this statue. What a beautiful design and priced very competitively. , released this December!
I'm sorry, but these fucking things are scarier than anything Stephen King, John Carpenter or William Peter Blatty could come up with. The Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz have given generations of children and grown-ups nightmares. Super early pre-order if you dare have something like this in your house... It's released May 2010, but I had to include it... if I didn't it might come for me in the middle of the night... $124.99.
This is another May 2010 pre-order, but I love this piece. The flow, the scene depicted, the detail. Great stuff from Gentle Giant.$238.99.
I thought this classic Blue and Yellow suit Wolverine from Sideshow was pretty killer. Another pre-order and pricey, but the craftmanship of Sideshow's stuff is always worth the extra green. $289.99.
I don't know what this says about me, but the moment I saw this at the end of Iron Man I wondered how long it'd be before we saw a collectible based on Pepper Potts' gift to Tony Stark. And now I know. Love it. It's on pre-order, but released next month! The only way it'd be cooler is if you could have the option of having your name put in place of Tony Stark's. $149.99.
It's odd how much Snow White stuff is on the list this year. It wasn't intentional, I assure you. I just thought this piece from Sideshow, a limited edition of 300, perfectly captured the Disney villainess. Released 1st Quarter 2010, on pre-order for $299.99.
Count me shocked to see Disney acknowledge The Black Cauldron at all, let alone have a bust of The Horned King. I have fond memories of seeing this movie in the theater as a kid and being scared out of my mind. I haven't revisited it since... maybe that's for the best... $79.99.
Captain Hook, another great Disney villain and one of my personal favorites. Great sculpt by Enesco, LLC... released through Sideshow. In stock, but close to being sold out. $74.99.
Alright, this is kind of cruel. That awesome 12" Dutch is badass, but unfortunately sold out. There is a glimmer of hope in the form of Sideshow's wait list. Sign up! Do it! Do it now!!! Get to da choppahhhhh! $149.99.
This figure, also from Hot Toys, is fantastic and still available, albeit through pre-order. The release is set for January 2010, so it could still be a good holiday gift. For yourself... or others... Whatever, I won't tell anyone you bought a doll for yourself. That's cool. $194.99.
Smaug The Golden based on John Howe's illustration done in faux bronze by those talented folks at Weta. Faux bronze so us lowly peons might be able to afford it... the Bronze version costs $4,500.00, so give thanks there's a close to attainable figure for the faux bronze. It is badass, thought, right. On pre-order for $430.00.
Eowyn & Nazgul Faux Bronze... I love the action of this piece. The above picture doesn't do it justice. Click there and see the zoomable pics at Weta's site. Great moment from a great film. $430.00.
I preordered this the second I saw it available on Entertainment Earth's website. I'm an unabashed supporter of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, even if Spielberg and Lucas aren't. I love that movie, feel it's second only to Raiders in the series. It's Short Round! He very little, you cheat very big! It's released next month, in time for Christmas, and is on pre-order for $54.99.
I'm not crazy, that's awesome, right? There's a Raiders one as well (below)... it's not just my fanatical love of Temple of Doom and childlike happiness at seeing any collectible surrounding that movie is it? I think that's sweet as hell. $129.99.
Yeah, no. These statues are badass. Love the design and love that we get Forrestall's corpse! "He was good. He was very, very good." $131.99.
This is another piece of the great Entertainment Earth sale. The Great Gonzo lovingly reproduced by Master Replicas has a wire armiture inside so you can pose hime however you want. Almost half off at$149.99.
Nightmare Before Christmas Visemes Replica from Neca is a helluva showpiece. Fantastic off the wall collectible that's not just a scene recreation, but a recreation of all the different heads used to make Jack Skellington come to life in Henry Selick and Tim Burton's movie. This is released next month in time for the Holidays... And at a good price, no less. $99.99.
Here's a nice Dark Crystal uRac Statue, newly released and limited to 1500 pieces worldwide. The uRac were always sad creatures to me, but this era Henson hits me dead center. Love it. $79.99.
To round out The Dark Crystal pieces here's the crown jewel of Mindstyle's line, a recreation of the iconic Castle from the film that stands 17" tall. It's on pre-order for $274.99.
Yep, it's time for some giveaways. The next three collectibles I will be giving away. Each one has a specific contest associated with it. All three are open to readers around the world and will have a brief trivia challenge associated with them. First up is from Sideshow!
Standing 16.5" tall is this kick-ass Black Suit Spider-Man "Comiquette" from Sideshow Collectibles. They retail for $242.99, but you can get yours for free.
There were hundreds of entries for this statue, but there could be only one winner! That winner is Scott Martin from the UK. Congratulations, Mr. Martin!
To win you must email me at email@example.com with the subject line Back in Black and the correct answer to these three questions:
- Name me the comic where the Black suit was first seen by readers? (this is a tricky one) [The common thought is Secret Wars #8, however that's the origin of the suit, not the introduction. The first appearance was Amazing Spider-Man 252. There is some thought that the first time anyone saw the Black Suit was in sketch form in Marvel Age #12... That's more of a news of the Marvel world publication than a comic, but I included the one or two people who cited that in the lottery for the winner to be fair.]
-Name me the surprise mastermind behind the Clone Saga and why it was such a shock when he/she/it was revealed. [The Jackal was the obvious answer, but he was just a pawn of one Mr. Norman Osborn, thought to have been killed over 20 years previous. The Green Goblin's return was the big surprise to end the Clone Saga.]
-Specifically, where does Cletus Kasady come into contact with Venom's offspring and what does he become when that happens? Cletus shares a cell with Venom on Ryker's Island and becomes Carnage.]
The contest is open right this very minute and ends 4pm CST this afternoon, November 26th. I will gather every correct answer and pick a winner at random. If there is only one person who gets the trivia questions right then he or she is the winner. I will also need your mailing address in the event you win, so don't forget to include that.
Here's some legal stuff from Sideshow:
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Yep, Weta's giving me one Ray Gun to give away. They decided to make a slightly more consumer friendly version of their high-end Ray Guns with this Particle Smasher called The Righteous Bison. Instead of being made of metal, they're made of plastic, but the craftmanship that goes into each one is still evident. This retails for $99.00 and one lucky Holiday Gift Guide reader will win it.
Again, it's available to people all over the world. To enter you must follow me on Twitter. At a certain point tomorrow (Friday, November 27th) I will post a tweet that says "Holy shit, there's a huge behemouth charging us!" The first person following me to reply "Never fear! I have a ray gun and shall zap him between the eyes!" will win this badass raygun. Simple enough?
I'll post the name of the winner here for those not on the evil Twitter machine. Good luck!
This is my absolute favorite of the Weta Halo line. It's on sale right now for $199.00, the retail price being $225. Cortana has never looked better and it's just simply a beautifully designed sculpt.
The winner has been pulled and it is Josh Parra of Arizona! Congratulations, Josh!
To win this you need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Halo Dolly! (with the exclamation point) and the correct answer to all the trivia questions below:
- Who voices Cortana in the Halo video games? [Jen Taylor.]
- Who directed the CG animated "Starry Night"commercial promoting Halo 3 and what geek project is this person currently directing? [Joseph Kosinski and he's directing Tron: Legacy.]
- Name me the two geek-worshipped directors who were at one point attached to helm the Halo movie. [This was the one that knocked a lot of people out of the running. The answer is Guillermo del Toro and Neill Blomkamp. Spielberg and Jackson have never been attached as directors, only producers.]
- What awesome character actor voices the Arbiter in the Halo series and name me the actor/wrestler that he got into the best knock-down, drag-out brawl in film history? [Keith David and Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live!]
The contest is open from now until 4pm CST. I will gather all the entries that get all the trivia questions right and pick a winner at random. Be sure to include your shipping address should you win.
CLOTHING and APPAREL
CHEAP ($24.99 and Under)
I'm starting off Clothing and Apparel with a selection of shirts from a site called Fright-Rags that specialize in horror shirts. But these aren't those lame shirts you see sold at conventions that just recreate video box covers. These are all artist driven. I own and wear every single one of the shirts I'm about to link.
Before you start clicking, though, the guys behind Fright-Rags have extended a special discount code just for AICN readers. If you buy any shirt you can get an extra 10% off when entering AICN10 in the coupon code box upon checkout. Each one of these shirts starts at $16.95 and only goes up in price if you order a 4X or 5X.
When I wore this shirt for the first time a random dude stopped on the street, looked at my shirt, looked up at me and said "Hail Satan" and walked on. If it were me and I didn't know who Pennywise was I probably just would have screamed and ran with my arms flailing, but that's just me.
Totally badass Wicker Man shirt, right? Love the use of color. Oh, spoiler...
Killer Klowns FTW!
I love this The Thing shirt. Creepy, cool and badass... just like the movie.
Thanks to the guys at Fright-Rags for the discount.
Marty McFly hat!!! Well, technically it's his kid's hat from Back to the Future 2, but you know what I mean. This is put out by Diamond Select and runs a cool $21.39 plus shipping.
Stay warn will your feet this winter. Yes they will be... they wiiiiilllll bbbeeeeee.... $29.99 plus shipping they are.
The iconic Badass Cinema shirt, which has become synonymous with The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is the first of a run of MondoTees shirts. Mondo has also given me a discount code for you guys. Use the code AICN upon checkout and receive 15% off your order! This is good for all Mono T-Shirts and Posters! I'll put a reminder in the Art category. $20.00
Chaos Reigns is the resounding battle cry of this year's Fantastic Fest, inspired by the sheer WTFness of Lars Von Trier's ANTI-CHRIST. You've heard it screamed by Nacho Vigalondo, now you can wear it on your chest! $20.00.
I love this Big Trouble In Little China shirt giving some love to the storms, usually pushed into the background by the awesomeness that is Jack Burton. $25.00.
It seems right to end the run of MondoTees shirts with the I Heart TX shirt modeled after the great, but pulled by the studio teaser poster for Jason Takes Manhattan. And the Austin area behing home to Leatherface, the shirt is just about perfect. $25.00.
Neckties made from Cassette tapes. A great conversation starter for you more businessy types, yeah? $90.00.
This Batman Utility Belt from DC Direct is pretty old-school cool, yeah? Made with faux leather, gold-plated buckle and comes with a metal display shelf. Not released until June 2010, but on pre-order for $279.99.
I just creeped myself out... Yes, this is a replica of the famous Leather Jacket Arnie wears in The Terminator... super cool, great idea... looks great... but the second I got to this item in the guide my iTunes started playing the Terminator theme... out of 1520 songs that theme hits just now. Bizarre... Anyway, awesome replica that can actually be put to some practical use. $269.99.
This item started as an April Fool's Joke where the punchline ended up being the very real and very large demand for a TaunTaun Sleeping Bag. So here it is. My favorite part is the plush lightsaber zipper-pull. Brilliant. This is backordered, but the second shipment is arriving soon at ThinkGeek and they expect it to sell out, so now's the time if you want to own the TaunTaun Sleeping Bag. $99.99 plus shipping.
There's quite a few MondoTees posters included in this section. The good folks at Mondo have given AICN readers a 15% discount when using the promotional code AICN upon checkout. That code is good on anything you buy. For clarification purposes, the Mondo posters below are the Alfredo Garcia, Night of the Creeps, Blacula, Rolling Thunder, Rocky Horror, Susperia, Neverending Story and Medusa prints.
CHEAP ($24.99 and Under)
Nothing says Merry Christmas like Bettie Page, right? This Limited Edition Jim Silke Art Portfolio is put out by Dark Horse and contains 6 prints of the Queen of Pin-ups. $14.99 plus shipping.
Dynamic Forces has this great Secret Wars Alex Ross Lithograph on sale for $24.98 plus shipping, half off. There's nothing like Alex Ross' work and this is from a particularly entertaining run of Marvel comics. All the best of the Marvel U are represented.
Mondo's Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia Poster is the bee's knees. It reminds me of Polish movie poster art... kind of abstract, but perfect. Real art. Only 40 available at $30.00.
Mondo's Blacula rules, as usual. Great flick, great art. $25.00.
Mondo's Night of the Creeps glows in the dark. 'Nuff said. $30.00.
Mondo's Neverending Story poster isn't my favorite type of art in the world, but I love the movie so much I don't care. I mean, it has the Rock Biter, Falcor and the Ivory Tower on it... all it needs is the stupid bat. Limited printing of 95. $25.00.
Mondo's Rocky Horror Picture Show posters come as a set of two, one poster featuring Frank 'N Furter and the other featuring Columbia. Hand printed and hand numbered by artist Ken Taylor they'll run ya' $40.00 for the pair.
Mondo's Rolling Thunder Poster is just the tits. If you've seen the movie you know why it's so awesome to have a limited poster out for it. One of the best revenge movies of all time getting its due. Hand numbered poster by Print Mafia. $30.00.
Mondo's Suspiria poster is by artist Alan Forbes and boy is it creepy. Signed and numbered by Forbes in a limited edition of 115, this sweet-ass 18X24 poster will run ya' $30.00.
Gallery 1988 has this awesome print by artist Kirk Demarais available. It's called The Johnsons and it's an awesome family portrait featuring Navin Johnson and his poor, but happy family. The 11X14 print is limited to 100 copies running $65.00. Find your special purpose and snatch one of these up by emailing Gallery88 or calling them at 323-937-7088.
The last Mondo Print is a sweet Medusa. This is extremely limited, each one is hand painted by artist Skinner with watercolor and spray paint, signed and numbered. Only 20 of this particular version are available. There's another run of only 10 called Night Hag and 10-run called Fire Witch. $75.00 per print.
The above is a limited edition giclee printing of an oil painting by one Mr. Ray Bradbury. Called Dark Carnival, this giclee is limited to 200 pieces, each one 18X24 and each one is signed by Bradbury. $300.00.
I was struck by Brian Rood's when sifting through the art section of Entertainment Earth's catalogue. Unfortunately this giclee on canvas is out of stock, but the site promises that's only temporary. The piece is called Resolve and it's pretty damn impressive if you ask me. $245.83.
How about one more Indiana Jones Giclee? This one's called Have the Adventure of Your Life Keeping Up With the Joneses and is done by artist Eric Tan. 21X10, this giclee on paper is limited to 195 pieces and will be released next month. It can be pre-ordered for $149.99.
How awesome is this Incredibles Giclee? Limited to 150 pieces it's another piece of sweetness from Eric Tan and released by Acme Archives. It's also released next month and can be pre-ordered for $164.99.
FOR THE SUPER RICH ONLY
Avatar AMP suit from Sideshow kicks off their line of Avatar merch. I almost pulled this because I misread the description and thought it was a full-sized replica of the powersuits from the movie. At $1199.99 that'd be a good deal. It's not full-sized, but it is still badass, so here it is. For almost $1200 it better shit out some silver dollars or grant you a few wishes or something...
So, this is basically the coolest work chair ever... or the missing link between us now and the fat blob humans in Wall-E. The Warrior is scorpion-like with the tail being 3 19" High Def monitors. The tail raises and lowers allowing you to sit and work. You get a web-cam, iPod dock, 5.1 surround sound, a comfy reclining chair, a rotating base, a HEPA air purifier, it's own lighting, laptop docking station, a touchpad that controls the tilt of the seat, the rotation and the inclination.
All for the low Low price of $39,950. I heard a rumor Harry was going to get each of his editors one of these... and by "I heard" I mean "I'm starting."
What you see above you is an F-4 Phantom Jet Ejector seat made into a barstool by MotoArt who specialize in making furnature out of airplane parts. Check out this crazy-awesome desk built out of a Douglas DC-8 Cowling:
That's not all. They also make beds:
That bed is called The Mile High Bed, by the way.
Now you know this is for The Super Rich Only when they won't even list their prices, instead you have to apply to find out how much each costs. That's gotta be some serious bread. It's the cool furniture equivalent of ordering off a menu without any prices. It's going to be ungodly expensive.
This next run of super rich geek furniture comes from a website of a guy named Tom Spina who restored Bob Burns' original David Werewolf prop from An American Werewolf in London. His site has a lot of original creations, like the above steampunk table, and some stuff you just might recognize. I don't have pricing on the steampunk table, but judging by the rest of the items for sale on that site it's in the thousands. Like this cool as shit bar:
The T-Rex Bar will run ya' $4,999. Hey, you can pull up you F-4 Phantom barstool/ejector seat and have yourself a blended gold dust smoothie. You might recognize this chair...
Slightly Palpatine-ish isn't it? It'll cost you $5499.99 Galactic Credits. The coolest thing, though, is this table... which you can comission Mr. Spina to build for you, but to find out how much it'll cost you gotta visit his site and contact him. You'd be king Nerd of Geek Mountain if you owned this table, though.
Brilliant, right? Bet it looks just as great in person. I could never ever ever ever ever ever afford something like that, but I can admire it from afar.
Well, that brings 2009's Holiday Shopping Guide to a close. I haven't compared it to the previous years yet, but it felt like the biggest guide yet. With code it clocked in at 104 pages in MS Word.
I hope you folks found some good stuff in there. If you'll excuse me, I gotta go get ready for Thanksgiving with friends and family before I collapse into a twitching heap of satisfied exhaustion.
Happy Holidays and thanks for reading.
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