What we’ve been playing with this month
Proving that Doctor Who merchandise continues to expand in any and every direction you can possibly imagine, this TARDIS silicone gelatin/cake mould (FPI price £15.99; product code C6610) is one for all the bakers out there. No, not you, Colin. It’ll apparently withstand temperatures from -40°C to 230°C, and is dishwasher and microwave safe; the blurb also suggests you “make some wibbly wobbly gelatin or a timey wimey cake”, and says the mould won’t get “bumpy-wumpy”. Stop speaking like a child, for god’s sake! The War Doctor would not be happy.
Family-friendly franchises like Star Wars may call them “mini glasses”, but because George RR Martin’s telly saga is a grown-up franchise for grown-ups, these Game Of Thrones shot glasses (FPI price £12.99; product code C8871) tell it like it is. The four tiny flagons come emblazoned with the sigils and family mottos of four famous Westeros houses. Presumably the Targaryen one is best for a flaming Sambuca, the Lannister for the most expensive drink you can find, and the Greyjoy for plain, boring vodka. As for the Stark glass, we reckon it’s the most likely to get broken first.
The crew from the Bat-prequel show get the cute-but-creepy treatment in Funko’s range of Gotham Pop! vinyl figures (FPI price £9.99 each; product codes D3143, D3144, D3145, D3147, D3148). Future Commissioner Jim Gordon wields a GCPD badge while beardy, law-bending bro Harvey Bullock struggles to stand upright beneath his fedora – then again, it could be the booze. There’s also young Bruce Wayne, proto-Catwoman Selina Kyle, and season one’s sassy
queen of crime Fish Mooney. Oswald Cobblepot is also available for all your stabby, mother-fixated needs. Trigger warning: oblong baby heads with NO MOUTHS.
Playing with this Leatherface ReAction figure (FPI price £8.99; product code D3406) is tinged with sadness, given the passing, back in November, of actor Gunnar Hansen, the man behind the human-hide mask. Though this is branded as part of a Texas Chain
Saw Massacre range, there’s no sign of miniature versions of say, Grandpa or the crazy hitchhiker. But if you’re worried about ol’ Leathery getting lonesome you could always stand him alongside the Horror Series figures (such as Freddy, Jason and Pinhead) Funko released a while back.
The Dark Knight could have made good use of this
Batman cushion with
pocket (FPI price £12.99; product code C6519) after his backbreaking run-in with steroidal supervillain Bane, as it offers excellent lumbar support when stuffed down the back of a chair. The cushion’s utility belt also doubles as a handy three-pocket remote control/phone/shark repellent Bat-spray holder, but having angular pieces of hard plastic digging into you while lying on Batman’s disembodied torso isn’t our idea of relaxing.
If these Universal monsters ReAction
figures (FPI price £13.99 each; product codes D4382, D4383, D4386) inspire feelings of deja vu, there’s good reason. Funko released versions of all three – Karloff’s Frankenstein’s Monster, Lon Chaney’s Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon – ages ago. But the original figures were in full colour, whereas these limited editions variants are in black and white! As gimmicks go it sorta makes sense, given the movies were monochrome, but it does make the designs less eyepleasing – especially the drably unitone Creature, who just looks like an accidentally unpainted factory reject.
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