What we’ve been playing with this month
Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma was somewhat short- changed in The Force Awakens, with minimal screentime, even less dialogue, and an involuntary trip down a garbage chute. Still, there’s no denying that her shiny silver Stormtrooper armour looks ace, so this classy monochrome Star Wars Messenger Bag ( FPI price £ 24.99; product code C9176) is a cut above the average tie- in merch. Should you wish, you can complete the Phasma look with a wallet ( C9175) and toiletry bag ( C9179) both featuring the same design.
Fancy seeing Batman in all the colours of the rainbow ( well, nearly)? These Batman Dorbz figures ( FPI price £ 8.49 each; product codes D2864, D2865, D2868, D2869, D2870, D2872) come in orange, green, blue, purple and pink. They’re just the tip of the iceberg of a range which also includes cutesy spins on the likes of the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler. Incidentally, a similarly rainbowcoloured six- pack of regular action figures is coming out later in the year. Hmm. It’s almost like Batman is trying to tell us something deeply personal, but can’t quite spit it out. Mate, we all guessed years ago.
There are two things troubling us about this Flexible TARDIS Chopping Board ( FPI price £ 8.99; product code C5156). Firstly, as dedicated Doctor Who fans we’re slightly irked by the shade of blue, which is several shades too bright; police boxes are navy blue, damn it! Secondly, the thin, bendy material it’s made of doesn’t look awfully sturdy – and we have seen some reports of people complaining that their chopping knife sliced into it straight away.
Maybe you just need to have a gentle touch.
Gotham City’s about to experience a population explosion with the latest wave of figures from the Batman The Animated Series/ New
Batman Adventures range ( FPI price £ 19.99 each; product codes B9229E, C3648, C3649, C3650). Here Robin takes a stand for justice against botanically- inclined banditress Poison Ivy, original jester- style Harley Quinn and the none- more- creepy combo of Killer Croc and Baby Doll. You can also pick up stunt- queen Roxy Rocket and her favourite mode of transport ( FPI price £ 29.99; product code C5727). All figures come accessorised to within an inch of their little plastic lives.
Whoever designed these highly poseable The Walking Dead 6” Action
Figures ( FPI price £ 16.99 each; product codes C9690, C9691, C9692, C9693, C9701) – series eight of the range based on the TV show – clearly has a pretty morbid sense of humour. Tyreese comes with a bloody, detachable arm, while Bob Stookey is packaged with his own barbecued leg! Mmmm, barbecued leg... Also pictured: an armour- clad Eugene; Dale, complete with deckchair and rifle; a grizzled Rick Grimes with blood on his face and grey in his moustache; and a masked Morgan.
It’s all about the ’ tache. Yes, this Batman 1966 Vinyl
Idolz Joker ( FPI price £ 16.99; product code D3292) faithfully retains Cesar Romero’s weirdly whited- out upper lip fuzz ( as dedicated Batfans should know, the actor refused to shave off his top- lip- warmer for the role) – and quite right too. His eyes were never quite as manically bulbous though – this fella’s are like Marty Feldman’s on poppers! A dapper purple suit, snot- green hair and yellowy teeth round off a solid statuette of the mischief maker – nice shiny shoes too. Vinyl Idolz figures of Batman, Robin and Batgirl are also available. None come with a whited- out moustache.