Now that we are well into December, it’s safe to assume that none of us is really going to miss this dumpster fire of a year. But we have one last chance to bring joy to the world and goodwill unto all mankind this year by pushing aside all the grief and the bad movies and doing our best to make the impending festive holidays 2016’s silver lining. Eat, drink, be merry, fill yourself with delicious food, take some time off work and spend it instead showing your loved ones how much they really mean to you. Exchange songs and kisses and gifts.
If you’ve left it this late to get presents, but still want to get something amazing for you favourite nerd, there’s still plenty of time for you to get your hands on the perfect gift.
ABOVE: Ever have the compulsion to stab someone in the head? Don’t lie, of course you have. Fortunately, the only difference between you and a serial killer is a little thing called a conscious. To safely and without consequence act out your stab happy impulse, consider this Deadpool Knife block. Chef knife, bread knife, paring knife and all other kind of kitchen knives can be shanked in Deadpool’s squash, repeatedly. He’s Deadpool, he can take it. He takes a lickin’ and keeps on ticking, that’s his shtick.
This clever Knifeblock, however, cannot be bought. It’s not an actual product. But below is a link to a free download offering a step-by-step guide on how to craft your very own Deadpool head using a 3D printed bust and a little skill. Don’t have a 3D printer, that’s OK. Just look 3D printing services locally on Google.
Jim Henson’s magical goblin kingdom has a legacy that has endured with undiminished fervour for over twenty-five years. The delightful puppetry has captured the imaginations of young and old alike. This board game, inspired by the movie and released earlier this year, gives the Labyrinth lover in your life a chance to see how they would fare against the Goblin King’s maze.
The game offers you the chance to play as Sarah, Hoggle, Sir Didymus or Ambrosius. The character figurines are finely-crafted works of art in themselves. The set even comes with six polyhedral dice for anyone who is new to the kind of tabletop gaming that needs them. The intricately detailed board changes each game with the use of Labyrinth cards which bring the maze’s famous monsters and magic into play.
Once you’ve made it through the labyrinth, however it may choose to manifest, you must battle your way through the Goblin King’s castle to find Jareth and demand the return of your kidnapped brother.
If you’re buying for a true blue collector, there are plenty of places you can get the generic toys that fit in with what’s new and current. But to find something really unique, to find the kind of acutely detailed collectibles that look like they really are the genuinely article stepped right off the big screen, you have to know where to look.
Sideshow toys has one of the broadest and best made selections going, with even obscure and unusual characters crafted with fine detail. An absurd amount of effort has gone into making every last figure as realistic looking as possible, with even the characters you’d assume would be a simple task – for instance, the smooth masks of the Stormtroopers – sculpted so intricately that they feel like they could take a breath and start walking around at any minute.
The range spans all kinds of characters, including alternate costumes and movie adaptations, and even real life human beings who are cool enough to warrant their own sculpture, such as Stan Lee.
The release of Fantastic Beasts this year marked the beginning of a new era for the wizarding world. But there are a lot of hardcore Harry Potter fans who aren’t ready just yet to let go of the saga of the Boy Who Lived. Simultaneously a symbol of remembrance and of one of the series’ most heart-shattering subplots, this lamp is the perfect gift for the muggle for will never forget Alan Rickman’s inimitable performance as the slimy yet heroic Professor Severus Snape.
It is LED lit and ideal both as mood lighting and as a night light, casting an elegant silhouette of Snape’s doe-shaped patronus with the immortal caption Always onto nearby surfaces. It has a timer selection option so it doesn’t drain the juice once you’ve fallen asleep or got otherwise preoccupied.
The lamp makes for a great decoration in itself as well as a beautiful light display for anyone who needs a touch of Hogwarts magic in their home.
If you’re finding the search for the perfect gift a bit of a struggle, you’re not alone. Finding something your picky nerd friends will really like, but won’t already have, that no one else will have thought to get them can seem almost impossible at times. But if you’re prepared to eschew a conventional wrapped one time present, there are plenty of options for gifts that, quite literally, keep on giving with subscription services from Geek Fuel.
As well as the sheer delight of getting a box of surprises every month, your recipient will get a regular assortment of clothes, toys, games, comics, decorations and books from all the most popular fandoms – and some cheeky cult brands that you might not ever have heard of but fit in perfectly with the geeky theme.
If you’re looking to indulge a specific interest, it’s worth shopping around to find the best themed subcription for them. There are plenty out there to choose from and you’re near enough guaranteed to find the niche you need without compromising on the quality or diversity of exclusive pieces.
Sometimes it can feel like America needs a righteous hero now as much as it ever did. A timeless hero – in more ways that one – Captain America in both the classic comics and the contemporary movies embodies the heart and hope that the modern world needs today. Whether your friend is need of a little national pride or a reminder they can hold onto that there are real heroes out there, this backpack will keep everything they need safe and close at hand.
At a full diameter of eighteen inches, it has space for everything they might need to carry around and will make them look like they’re ready to leap into action at a moment’s notice to save the day. Maybe it’ll even remind them that anyone can be a hero with the right help.
While half the nerd world is distracted by the puppy dog eyes of Baby Groot, it’s important not to forget the other adorable badass the world was introduced to in recent years. If you’re looking to buy a gift for someone who still melts at the sight of the cute orange-speckled droid, you could certainly do worse than this awesome remote control BB8 Droid.
Having the little guy at their beck and call, rolling around at their heels and always keeping them company, will make them feel like they’re part of all the intergalactic action. The model makes over twenty original noises from the movie and can roll and spin in all directions at the command of a mobile phone, tablet or even a Force Band worn on the wrist that allows them to control BB8 with simple gestures.
The little dude is way more than any old toy – it has a great personality with different moods creating a realistic character that feels like a true friend whizzing by at their heels.
Collecting action figures is such a popular nerd pasttime that it has become a trope of the real world. But it’s fun and they look cool – and they don’t get much cooler than this. Instead of keeping a static superhero frozen in an uncomfortable battle pose for all eternity, you can go one – or one million – steps ahead and get the Iron Man fan in your life a hero that can really fly.
This figure is meticulously crafted with the eyes, arc rector and feet lit by LEDs to accurately reflect the night mode suit from the movie Iron Man 3. It floats using magnetic force against a levitation base. It is the world’s first simulation EA-008 Iron Man Mark II with a flying mode using electromagnetic attraction. It is an incredible and unique addition to anyone’s collection of action figures and makes a beautiful piece for display all by itself.
There are toys that people like to collect and then there are collectibles. There is no mistaking this incredible thirty-six inch replica of the Batwing from Batman: The Animated Series as just another toy. Complete with a functioning landing gear that means it can be displayed on a flat surface, the die-hard Batman enthusiast on your Nice list will love you forever after getting this for Christmas.
If you’re buying for someone with limited shelf space, the landing gear is retractabe and it is also available with wall mounts. The Batwing boasts battery powered interior lights and exhausts to create a truly authentic recreation of the vehicle from the show. The cockpit slides open to reveal space for two six inch action figures. These can be bought as part of DC’s line of Animated Series toys that spans all the most popular heroes and villains who featured in the series, ranging from Batman himself to Livewire.
If you’re looking for something for a Bat fan who wasn’t the keenest of the Batwing, the Batmobile from the same series is just as impressive.
If you’re looking for an unusual piece to add to your friend’s collection of nerd paraphernalia, it is well worth checking out the selection at Plastic Cell to see if there are any figures of their favourite characters available. These sculptures are made as either one off pieces or limited runs, so you’re guaranteed to find something unique.
Each sculpture is painstakingly designed, crafted and hand painted by two passionate brothers whose love for what they do is clear in their art. So much of the work is done by hand that no two pieces will ever be exactly alike. Popular pieces include the Joker, Darth Maul, Freddy Kreuger, Immortan Joe and even Bruce Lee.
The models are incredibly detailed, with wrinkles and hair and other minute details all finely carved to create intricate and eye-catching sculptures, perfect as the centrepiece of any collection or for display on their own.