COL­LECTA­BLES

What we’ve been play­ing with this month

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1 prod­uct of the month

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