It’s the time of year when Christmas shopping is in full force and you’ve been wondering what gifts to get your geek-minded friends and family. Well your problems are solved with the Monster Popcorn Holiday Gift Guide! I’ve compiled a list of movies, TV shows, books, games and fun collectibles for you to sift through to find the perfect gift! Click on the images to follow the link to purchase them!
I’ll be updating this guide as I come across even more cool gifts so be sure to check back every once in awhile to see what’s new!
MOVIES & TV
Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition
Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film, Argo, gets some special treatment in this box set that looks really awesome. The packaging is an oversized slipbox that houses the 2-disc Blu-ray case and several collectibles which include a 64-page behind-the-scenes hardcover book, a 16″ x 20″ map with scene-specific notes, a replica Tony Mendez ID badge, a mini-poster for the fake film in the movie Argo, a CIA confidential envelope and an Ultraviolet digital copy. On top of all that greatness, this box set includes the 120-minute theatrical version of the film as well as the 130-minute extended cut from the director. I own the box set for Affleck’s The Town, which was a great release too, and I’m really hopeful that this collectible set for Argo lands under my tree this year.
The Three Flavours of Cornetto Trilogy
(Suggested by podcast co-host Mel Dale) Collecting together Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End (now referred to as the Cornetto Trilogy) in one Blu-ray set for people who haven’t already picked up the older films of this collection in high definition. Writer/Director Edgar Wright, with the fan-favorite duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, provide this trilogy of genre influenced “homage” comedies full of heart, wonderful characters, and plenty of low-brow laughs.
Fast and Furious 6
This is an incredibly fun summer blockbuster with some great hyper action and larger than life personalities. Amazon has the movie in an exclusive Steelbook case which features the movie in both the theatrical and extended editions. I’m not sure what is new in the extended edition but it can’t be much as it only extends the theatrical version by one minute. Either way, this is a collectible edition for fans of the Fast & Furious franchise.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition)
This is the edition of The Hobbit fans have been waiting for.. the extended edition. The movie has 14 additional minutes and this disc set features a plethora of special features that is on par with what fans were treated to with the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings movies. I loved The Hobbit and am looking forward to revisiting it soon and then plunging into the depths of the bonus features. This is a must own as far as I’m concerned.
The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition
There are two versions of the The Wolverine coming out in December, the theatrical and this extended edition. I chose the extended edition which extends the movie by 12 minutes and adds a little more blood and character moments that we all want from a Wolverine movie. I really enjoyed James Mangold’s take on the character (even though I still wish I could have seen Aronofsky’s take) but still thought it felt a little neutered when it comes to the movie I have in my head for the beloved character. It’s definitely the closest thing we’ve gotten to a proper Wolverine movie and this new cut brings it just a tiny bit closer.
This is a beautiful looking movie on Blu-ray and in 3D. While this is a post-converted 3D film, director Guillermo del Toro has publicly stated that the 3D version is the one that he hopes people will be watching as it is his preferred version. Some of you may not have a 3D Blu-ray player or TV yet so the 3D may not matter to you but this set comes with the 3D Blu-ray, the 2D Blu-ray and DVD discs, so purchasing this edition will just help future proof you in case you upgrade your technology. On top of that, this set comes loaded with special features with an in-depth documentary on the making of Pacific Rim as well as the coveted audio commentary with Guillermo do Toro. This is a great and well-produced Blu-ray package that will appease fans of del Toro and of big robot vs. kaiju monster movies.
The Devil’s Backbone
If you like Pacific Rim and want to check out more movies from Guillermo del Toro, I highly recommend this Blu-ray release from the Criterion Collection. The Devil’s Backbone is one of my favorites, if not my favorite, of del Toro’ films. I tend to like his Spanish-language movies a little more than his Hollywood films as they seem a lot more personal. With this being a Criterion release, the movie is given an incredible high-def video transfer and loads of supplemental materials that go into the ideas and themes of the movie as well as the production of the movie itself. A great movie gets an incredible high-definition release, this comes highly recommended.
Neill Blomkamp’s follow up to District 9 may have some flaws but it is another really fun sci-fi flick that has some pretty great visual effects. Watching parts of this movie really make me wish Blomkamp had been given the go ahead to make his movie based off the Halo video game franchise. This will undoubtedly look fantastic in high-definition. For fans of Steelbook cases, keep an eye out at Target on Dec. 17 (when the movie is released) for their exclusive Steelbook case.
For horror fans, this is a must-own as far as I’m concerned. I think The Conjuring might just be my favorite horror film of the year. It’s incredibly spooky and full of some really great horror atmosphere. There isn’t much as far as special features go but the movie speaks for itself and is well worth the purchase.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
This is the first time that this 2006 horror film has been available in the U.S. on home video. It comes from director Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50) and stars Amber Heard (Drive Angry, Machete Kills). The movie comes off as a standard slasher before the final act’s effective twist. Fans of the horror genre will be wanting to check this out.
Richard Linklater’s sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset is a great reminder of the power of cinema. The movie picks up with Jesse and Céline’s relationship 18 years after they have met and what follows is perhaps one of the great portrayals of love in movies. This isn’t a Hollywood romance mind you, it’s one that is full of troubles and complications, but it feels so incredibly authentic. I highly recommend all three movies. If you’re looking for Before Sunrise on DVD, you can find that here, and Before Sunset, here.
Much Ado About Nothing
I’m not one for Shakespearean language movies but the draw here for me was writer/director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and his incredible cast that includes Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher and Tom Lenk, all of which have worked with Whedon on various projects. It took me about fifteen minutes or so to acclimate to the language but once I did, I had a great time with the movie. Alexis Denisof is particularly funny in his role as Benedick, Amy Acker is as talented and lovely as ever, and Nathan Fillion and Tom Lenk steal the scenes they appear in. I’ve never seen any other version of Much Ado About Nothing so I don’t know where it sits amongst other adaptations but I can say that Whedon’s take is both very funny and engaging.
Man of Steel
As big as it was at the box office, you will undoubtedly have some friends or family wanting Man of Steel on Blu-ray. If you are trying to decide between the 2D and 3D versions of the movie, you may want to stick with 2D on this one. The 3D was done through a post-conversion process and is a bit hit or miss and a little too chaotic in the action scenes. Either set though features some pretty good special features on the making of the movie.
The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition
The Muppet Movie is available for the first time in high-definition and fans of the Muppets will undoubtedly be happy to see their favorite characters in all of their 1080p glory and high-def sound! Despite Disney selling this as the “nearly 35th Anniversary edition,” they didn’t do much in providing substantial bonus features. Sadly, that is an unfortunate trademark of Disney releases as they can be stingy with bonus features. Regardless, the remastered image and quality of the movie makes this a great gift.
Day of the Dead: Collector’s Edition
Scream Factory is going to be featured a lot on this list and first up is their Collector’s Edition release of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead! The Blu-ray features some really awesome cover art and a truly great feature-length documentary on the film called “World’s End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead.” The documentary is worth the purchase price alone and makes this Scream Factory release an absolute own for fans of Romero, zombies and horror movies.
I’ve never seen this one but I put it on here for George Romero fans and because it’s a Shout! Factory release. The premise definitely sounds a little oddball with its modern-day-Camelot on motorcycles story but it seems weird in a fun way, plus it features Ed Harris and Tom Savini in starring roles. Romero completists will definitely be interested in this one as well as fans of cinematic oddities.
Assault on Precinct 13: Collector’s Edition
Let’s face it, just about every John Carpenter movie is like a gift of its own. Shout! Factory (and genre arm Scream Factory) know this and have released quite a few of his movies. Here we have Carpenter’s first theatrical film in a Collector’s Edition that features some new special features as well as previously released supplements. I really like this flick which looks pretty great in high-definition (at least once you get past the first ten minutes or so).
The Fog: Collector’s Edition
Scream Factory brings John Carpenter’s The Fog to high-definition home video in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. This is one of my favorite Carpenter flicks and it looks great in 1080p. The Blu-ray features two audio commentaries and a healthy amount of bonus features. This is a great gift option for horror enthusiasts.
Prince of Darkness: Collector’s Edition
I’m really eager to revisit this Carpenter flick as I haven’t seen it in a good many years. Scream Factory once again provides a Collector’s edition for this release with a decent amount of special features and, from the reviews I’ve read, a pretty stellar high-definition video transfer. If you’ve always wanted to a watch a movie where Donald Pleasance and Victor Wong go up against Satan (in green liquid form), this might be for you.
Body Bags: Collector’s Edition
This Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory is something that I haven’t seen yet but am incredibly eager to get my hands on. Even without Carpenter’s name attached to the film, the fun cover art would be a big selling point for me. The disc features a commentary track with cast and crew and Unzipping Body Bags, a featurette containing interviews with John Carpenter and Sandy King offering insight into the film’s origin and production. Body Bags is an anthology horror movie and features segments from Carpenter as well as a segment directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).
Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition
Yes. There have been lots of editions of Halloween on DVD and Blu-ray over the years but this 35th Anniversary Edition stands out for one reason, the image quality. The transfer for this release was overseen and approved by Halloween‘s director of photography, Dean Cundey. This is how Halloween is meant to look and that makes this release an essential purchase for fans. On top of that, we are treated to a new audio commentary that features director John Carpenter and actor Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Amityville Horror Trilogy
This box set from Scream Factory (I swear they don’t pay me to mention their releases, I just like them a whole hell of a lot!) features The Amityville Horror, Amityville II: The Possession and Amityville 3D, of which the last two are new to the Blu-ray format. The real meat of the special features actually ends up being for Amityville II but there is some decent stuff for the first film and the the third is available to watch in both 2D and 3D (for those of you with 3D Blu-ray players). This is a quality box set for fans of the Amityville franchise.
Chucky: The Complete Collection
This set collects all six Chucky films and comes with a pretty healthy amount of bonus features, though you won’t find much for Child’s Play 2 or 3 as those discs are bare bones. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Seed of Chucky when I saw it in the theaters, I think the other movies in the franchise are all worth watching and it’s really nice to get a box set that is worthy of fans of the franchise.
Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection
This might be one of my favorite box sets of the year. The Friday the 13th collection comes in a metal tin box that houses nine Blu-ray discs in cardboard sleeves that are bound into a hard-bound book. It also contains a 40-page excerpt from Titan books’ Crystal Lake Memories as well as a Camp Crystal Lake Counselor patch. This set contains all Friday the 13th movies, from the first to Part 10 (Jason X), as well as Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot. In one fell swoop, you can own the entirety of the Friday the 13th franchise on Blu-ray. It’s definitely worth it!
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
How about an incredible behind-the-scenes documentary to go with your Friday the 13th collection? Yea, there are some pretty great special features in that box set but Crystal Lake Memories may just be the DEFINITIVE documentary on the entire franchise. Running at an epic 400 minutes in length, the interviews and discussion contained within covers a lot of ground and provides a lot of interesting insight into the series. This is a must-have for fans of the Friday the 13th series and, at an inexpensive price point, an easy gift to buy.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection
What better way to celebrate your friend or family members love of horror then yet another great box set for a fan-favorite franchise. This set doesn’t have any fancy packaging like the Friday the 13th one but the chance to own all seven A Nightmare on Elm Street movies in high-definition will sound rather appealing to fans. I haven’t had a chance to go through all these yet myself but I did watch a few minutes from each film just to look at the image quality and, based on what I saw, this box set makes incredibly happy.
The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition
This Amazon exclusive of the 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of The Wizard of Oz looks like a beast of a box set. This five-disc set includes Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Ultraviolet versions of the film that are newly remastered from an 8K scan of the original Technicolor camera negative. It also features exclusive collectible memorabilia that includes a 75th Anniversary journal, a Sparkle Ruby Slippers Globe, a 3-piece Noble Collection enamel pin set, a map of Oz and a 48-page hardcover book. This edition also contains a brand new documentary, The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is a candid overview of how a troubled production overcame the odds to become an integral part of American culture. This set also contains all previously released bonus content.
The Guild: Complete Megaset
This DVD set collects all six seasons of Felicia Day’s hit web series, The Guild. I’m a fan of Felicia Day and really liked what she did with her web series. It’s very funny and works on many levels so gamers and non-gamers alike can find something to enjoy in the show. The oddball and nerdy characters make this one a fun watch.
The League: Season Four
While I liked quite a few of its cast members when the show was announced, I avoided The League because, well, I’m not a sports person, and even less of a fan of fantasy football. But when my friend sat me down to watch it on one fateful Comic Con night, I laugh out loud and ended up watching episode after episode of this hilarious TV series. Season 4 is its most current release but you can find Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 on Blu-ray as well. This show comes highly recommended.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season Eight
The fact that this TV show, about a bunch of truly depraved people, has lasted nine seasons (with a tenth on the way) and hasn’t lost its appeal is amazing. I still laugh every time I watch this show and this eighth season will be a most welcome addition to you or your friends on-going collection of the series (assuming you are a fan of the show of course). The cover art is all at once bright, creepy and hilarious.
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Collection
This 16-disc set includes all 62 episodes of the acclaimed AMC drama, more than 55 hours of special features, an all-new exclusive documentary and collectible packaging. Fans who are addicted to the series and itching for another hit can now indulge in more than two-hours of never-before-seen footage in a ground-breaking series documentary exclusive to the box set, which comes packaged in a collectible replica barrel representing part of Walter White’s dark legacy. The all-new documentary chronicles the making of the final season, from filming the first table read to the very last day on set and everything in between, including Bryan Cranston inviting the camera in to his Albuquerque living room for the first reading of the final script with Aaron Paul. The box set also contains all bonus features from previously released seasons (including retail exclusives formerly only available in select stores), a Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a collectible booklet with a letter from Gilligan, as well as a commemorative Breaking Badchallenge coin designed and created by Gilligan exclusively for this set as a token of appreciation to fans for making the Breaking Bad journey. If you have the money to gift this to yourself or know of a die-hard Breaking Bad fan, this will assuredly bring smile to your or their face. Hell, you can go one step beyond and include a bag of light blue rock candy to give them a little holiday candy “meth.”
Dexter: The Complete Series
Fans of Dexter will definitely find appeal in this great looking box set from Paramount. All eight seasons are contained in a collectible slide box inspired by Dexter’s very own blood-slide trophy box from the show. The set also includes an exclusive Grafix book featuring artwork and photography from all eight 8 seasons. I’m not usually one to go for big box sets of shows unless they fit on my Blu-ray shelf but I absolutely love the design of this set and think it’s one of the coolest TV season sets (besides the Breaking Bad one) in recent memory.
Cabinet of Curiosities
I want this book so badly. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections, and other obsessions. The result is a glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material, this deluxe compendium is every bit as inspired as del Toro is himself. The book contains a foreword by James Cameron, an afterword by Tom Cruise, and contributions from other luminaries, including Neil Gaiman and John Landis, among others. I find del Toro to be an incredibly interesting person so this book sounds like one hell of a journey into the mind of an artist I have a lot of respect for.
Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground
This book presents more than 200 posters from over 100 groundbreaking artists, coupled with fascinating commentary and behind-the-scenes information. Alternative Movie Posters celebrates classics like Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange, The Godfather and The Shining as well as cult favorites including The Big Lebowski, Blade Runner, Fight Club and Pink Flamingos. The artwork within looks really great and contains imagess of prints that were limited and no longer available to purchase. It’s a great way to get a piece of that alternative movie poster pie.
Mind MGMT Volume 2: The Futurist
Mind MGMT is writer and artist Matt Kindt’s latest ongoing espionage comic book series. A journalist dives into a mystery where everyone on board a commercial flight loses their memories. What she uncovers is something much bigger than she imagined, the Mind Management program. In a world where people can rewrite reality itself, who can you trust and how do you know what is real? I own Volume 1 already and am a big fan of Kindt’s previous work but haven’t read Volume 2 just yet. My friend, and fellow podcast host Mel Dale, is a really big fan of the series and is current with the issues of the story as they’re being released and he has nothing but great things to speak about this book. For fans of creative storytelling and beautiful artwork, this comes highly recommended.
Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
This full-color remastering of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim epic is almost fully released with just two more volumes to come after Volume 4. This edition features previously unpublished extras, deleted scenes and exclusive bonus content. Scott Pilgrim is a really fun book about a guy who has to fight his love interest’s seven evil exes in order to be able to be with the girl of his dreams. Once you read these books, definitely check out Edgar Wright’s film adaptation of the book (if you haven’t already) which is equally as awesome. If you are looking for the previously released color editions, you will be able to find Vol.1, Vol.2 or Vol. 3 for sale.
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition
I’ve not read Darwyn Cooke’s Parker yet but I’ve picked this oversized hardcover edition up many times at the comic shop and wished I had the money to spend on it. The large pages are full of Cooke’s absolutely stunning artwork. I’m familiar with the various iterations of the character in movies, the director’s cut of Payback (starring Mel Gibson) being my favorite Parker movie, and I’ve been really curious to read more stories featuring the anti-hero. This is another book that comes highly recommended from Monster Popcorn podcast co-host Mel Dale, who recommends the 4th book of the Parker series below. If you don’t want to shell out for the oversized Martini edition, you can also pick up these Parker stories in their own, smaller hardcovers: The Hunter, The Outfit and The Score.
(Suggested by podcast co-host Mel Dale) One of the best examples of sequential storytelling and pacing I’ve ever seen has been Darwyn Cooke’s incredible adaptations of Richard Stark’s (Donald Westlake) Parker crime novels. Edgy, brutal crime stories, centered around the hard-to-love, merciless criminal known only as “Parker”, all illustrated in Cooke’s gorgeous 60s “retro” style. This is the 4th book in the series, published in a beautiful two-tone hardcover from IDW. (If you’re looking to get this before Christmas, you may want to check out your local comic book shop to get it, otherwise Amazon has it for release on Dec. 24)
Bone: Full Color One Volume Edition
For the first time ever in a single slipcased volume, the 20th Anniversary Edition of BONE features the entire saga in full color! Jeff Smith’s epic story was originally released in black & white and was a truly incredible read. This hardcover edition features the artwork in color and boy is it absolutely beautiful. I own this myself and haven’t sat down to reread the story in color yet but I’ve browsed through the pages many times just looking at Smith’s great artwork. The evolution of the story in BONE is one of my favorite things about this collection in that it starts off feeling like an extended Sunday newspaper comic before the story explodes into a Lord of the Rings-esque adventure story. This is a story that you’ll finish and then want to immediately read again.
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this story about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. Fans of Stephen King will definitely be wanting to read this one. If you’ve never read The Shining, you can buy that as well and make for some good back-to-back reading.
Ready Player One
I absolutely love this book and believe it should be required reading for any person that calls themself a movie, TV or video game geek. While reading this, I wanted to live in the world where the story takes place and where you can easily (and virtually) travel to just about any geek property universe you have ever wanted to. Ever wondered what it would be like to visit a world where it’s themed after Star Trek or Firefly? In Ready Player One, the main character does just that through an advanced video game system/virtual world where he encounters lots of game action and puzzles, nerdy romance and ’80s nostalgia as he finds himself on an enthralling cyber-quest to beat the bad guys and win the girl. I’m really looking forward to seeing what author Ernie Cline has in store for readers next but until then, you should definitely read this book or gift it to someone who would be inclined to enjoy it.
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living
(Suggested by podcast co-host Mel Dale) The ever candid Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation fame, has jotted down some of his thoughts on a life well lived, with handy instructions on how we can do the same. Seemingly a man out of time, Offerman tends to prefer working with wood in his woodshop, eating a diet primarily made of meat, and avoiding technology whenever possible.
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Fans of the cult movie hit, The Room, will be interested in this account of actor Greg Sistero’s involvement in the movie and his experiences with The Room‘s writer and director, Tommy Wiseau. The Room has been deemed as one of the worst movies ever made and has garnered a pretty big following at monthly midnight screenings across the nation. Perhaps this book will provide some insight into the bizareness of the movie and its star or maybe it will add to the non-sensical allure of one of cinema’s worst flicks.
Firefly: The Game
As a big fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, I’m dying to play this game. In this board game from Gale Force 9, players can captain their own Firefly-class transport ship, traveling the ‘Verse with a handpicked crew of fighters, mechanics and other travelers. As a captain desperate for work, players are compelled to take on any job – so long as it pays. Double-dealing employers, heavy-handed Alliance patrols and marauding Reavers are all in a day’s work for a ship’s captain at the edge of the ‘Verse. Firefly: The Game sounds like a lot of fun and the reviews on it so far have been quite positive.
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Based upon the SyFy channel’s popular TV series, this board game puts players in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game secretly side with the Cylons. Players must attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart. I love Battlestar Galactica but haven’t had a chance to get my hands on this game.. yet. I’m looking forward to playing as one of the Adamas or Starbuck and take out some Cylons!
Battlestar Galactica Triad Cards
Up for a game of Kobol Hold ‘Em? Perhaps Geminon Hi Lo ? This 52 card (plus 2 retro Cylon Jokers) Triad card set can be used to do just that. Replicated after the show’s actual prop used on set, these cards were designed to model after a normal deck of cards complete with suits and enumeration. You can play any normal card game with these or you can learn the provided instructions/rules for the game on the show and pretend you’re on the Galactica playing a game of Triad!
King of Tokyo
King of Tokyo is a 2-6 player game in which you are able to pit mutant monsters and gigantic robots against each other. It sounds like this is a fast and easy-to-learn game that would be good to play in between longer games like Settlers of Catan or Battlestar Galactica.
King of Tokyo Halloween Expansion Game
This expansion pack for the King of Tokyo game includes new Halloween themed content to be played with the game! You get two new, scary monsters that come with their own sets of Evolution cards. This mechanic introduced by the Power Up! expansion provides each monster with 8 square-shaped cards to mutate into an even more nightmarish version of itself! There are also 12 new Power cards that allow King of Tokyo characters to be enhanced with the Halloween theme. You also get a set of 6 orange-and-black engraved dice, perfectly fitting the Halloween theme.
Cards Against Humanity
I’ve been wanting to play this game as soon as someone described it to me. The game play is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. The angle of the game though is hilarious depravity and a lot of it. Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people, or at least for people to bring out the hilariously awful version of themselves. You may get a question like “what’s my favorite thing to do on Saturday?” You’re answer could vary but could include “scrotum tickling,” “ethnic cleansing” or “getting so angry that you pop a boner.” You never know what answers you’ll get dealt which makes this politically incorrect game interesting and jaw-droppingly fun.
I came across this game on Amazon when I was searching for gift guide ideas and thought it sounded fun. The “shufflebuilding” game Smash Up starts with a simple premise: Take the twenty-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents. Each faction brings a different game mechanism into play – pirates move cards, zombies bring cards back from the discard pile, dinosaurs have huge power – and every combination of factions brings a different play experience. During the game you could encounter an opponent that sends an Alien-Ninja to assassinate you or sends their Pirate-Dinosaur or Wizard-Zombie to attack you. With eight different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations that smashes up genres to make a fun gaming experience.
Munchkin Holiday Surprise
One of my favorite table top games is most definitely Munchkin, in all its various versions. I’ve played Munchkin Cthulhu, Munchkin Conan and Super Munchkin, as well as the Munchkin listed below, and they are all a blast to play. I’ve never played Holiday Surprise before but thought that this might make a good gift for some holiday-themed fun that you can play with friends and family. What’s even greater about all the different Munckin games is you can mix them all up together to create UBER MUNCHKIN!
Munchkin Axe Cop
Based on the hilarious comic from Malachai and Ethan Nicolle, Munchkin Axe Cop is probably my favorite version of Munchkin to play. The random nature of Axe Cop lends itself well to the game, making for a weirdly funny and highly enjoyable way to play Munchkin.
DuckTales – Remastered
This is a remastered version of the classic DuckTales 8-bit video game. The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor, simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design. For a bit of video game nostalgia fun, I think this would make a great gift for your gamer friends and family. Just prepare to get the theme song stuck in your head. “Duh-duh-danger lurks behind you.. there’s a stranger out to find you.. DuckTales.. WAH OOH HOO!” (Yes, I know I’m paraphrasing). You can find the game on Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii U video game systems.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
I’ve always enjoyed the Lego games. Lego Star Wars was a lot of fun, I’ve played some of Lego Lord of the Rings and I hear that the Lego Batman games are highly enjoyable, but if there is one Lego video game property that I could see besting them all, it’s Lego Marvel Super Heroes. I want to play every one of those characters featured on the cover and there will undoubtedly be more to play. Better yet, it’s available on all video game platforms so you can be sure that whoever you buy it for will be able to play it, just be sure to check to see what system they have first. You can find this game for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and Wii U.
COLLECTIBLES & FUN STUFF
Tetris Desk Lamp
This seven-piece interlocking light allows you to stack the pieces in any combination. I own one of these and I absolutely love it. My girlfriend and I change up the configuration of our Tetris lamp every once in awhile. It’s a fun and creative geeky gift for someone who needs some colorful light.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Pajama Set
Think Geek has these Star Trek themed pjs available for purchase in blue, red and gold in a variety of sizes. I’m not a die-hard Star Trek fan but even I get a kick out of these. Maybe you’ll fall asleep and dream of adventures aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise only to wake up and find you’re wearing the uniform and think it was real!
They Live Alien Mask
How fun would it be to own this mask and start shooting your very own They Live alien sequences? All you need is some business attire and a video camera, desaturate your image to make it black & white, oh, and a pair of sunglasses, got to have those. This mask, which was sculpted by Russ Lukich and comes from Trick or Treat Studios, looks awesome and I want one for myself!
Trick or Treat Studios has a whole bunch of great masks to offer and the Darkman mask stood out to me for reasons very similar to their They Live mask. I think it’d be fun to get a trenchcoat, a hat and some gauze, paired with this great looking mask, and record your own Darkman fan videos. JUUUULLLLLLIIIIIIEEEEEE!
IRIS 9000 Bluetooth Speaker/Speakerphone
Inspired by the sentient computer, Hal 9000, from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this bluetooth speaker/speakerphone has some major geek appeal. It features classic sci-fi styling with aluminum accents and includes a micro remote trigger that awakens your phone with a single button. The glowing LED eye flickers along with voice output so you can pretend it’s actually Hal you’re talking to. You can use it to make Siri a little bit more interesting or to make phone calls while sitting at your desk. I want one.
Plants vs. Zombies Lawn Ornament
I’m not really into gardening, or into lawn gnomes, but I think these Plants Vs. Zombies lawn ornaments are awesome. I know if I was doing some gardening, it’d be a much better time if these guys were sitting out in the garden in a plant vs. zombie tableau.
Teen Wolf Screen Printed Poster
This officially licensed Teen Wolf poster from Skuzzles is just beautiful. I have this hanging on my wall. The colors pop and the detail is superb! Artist Ghoulish Gary created the artwork for this 24″ x 36″ print that is limited to an edition of 165. I love this poster.
Toxic Crusaders Screen Printed Poster
This officially licensed 7-color limited edition screen print poster from Skuzzles is full of awesome. Artist Tom Whalen created the artwork that features Troma’s animated cartoon series from the ’90s, The Toxic Crusaders. I have fond memories of Toxie and friends and I wouldn’t mind having this one for myself. This $50 poster is 18″ x 24″ and is limited to only 50 prints.
Woody Allen art print
This $30 poster from artist Ghoulish Gary was created for Gallery 1988′s Woody Allen themed art show. As a big fan of Woody Allen and of artist Ghoulish Gary, I had to share this cool looking 18″ x 24″ screen print. It’s limited to an edition of 30, so it may be gone faster than you think.
Fright Night Screen Printed Poster
I own this 18″ x 24″ 6-color screen print from, yep, you guessed it, artist Ghoulish Gary. I love Fright Night and I love this poster, which will only set you back $35. It’s well worth the price.
Vertigo “Eyeball” Poster
This 24″ x 36″ Ghoulish Gary-signed and numbered AP edition of 27 (separate from Mondo’s edition) is a little pricey at $85 but it is really cool looking and would be a bold statement of your love for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
by Ben McBride
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