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


Kylo Ren’s face may be all over the pack­ag­ing, but th­ese Star Wars mugs ( FPI price £ 4.99/£ 5.99/£ 14.99; prod­uct codes D5830, D5832, D5831, D5840, B8092) from Half Moon Bay are dis­tinctly old school. Three stan­dard mod­els fea­ture Yoda, Boba Fett and Han Solo de­signs, while a pair of “mini mugs” come with Yoda and Stormtrooper faces. The huge Stormtrooper head mug is bug­ging us, how­ever, be­cause it’s so bloody hard to drink out of. Is this what the Ewoks did with those Stormtrooper hel­mets af­ter they’d stopped us­ing them as drums?


Not much chance of a de­cent su­per­pow­ered ruckus with th­ese Bat­man V Su­per­man Ac­tion Fig­ures ( FPI price £ 14.99/£ 7.99; prod­uct codes D6192, D6195, D6193). They’re re­ally rigid stat­uettes, restrict­ing their play po­ten­tial to stand­ing around look­ing no­ble. The Bat­man V Su­per­man Scenery Pack gives you the two ti­tle fight con­tenders while Won­der Woman and Ar­moured Bat­man com­plete the Warner Bros pan­theon. Stand them in the rain for the full Sny­der­verse ef­fect.


Ever fan­cied your own Who- themed per­son­alised reg? Well, don’t drive around with this Bessie Num­ber Plate ( FPI price £ 8.99; prod­uct code D3992) gaffer- taped on, or you’ll get in bother with the plod. A key piece of ev­i­dence for the “ac­tu­ally, I think you’ll find his name is Doc­tor Who” case, it was used on the Third Doc­tor’s vin­tage car. Warn­ing: do not use it as a wob­ble­board, as this is li­able to bend it out of shape. Oops.


So Dead­pool’s the Merc with a Mouth, right? And you have a mouth of your

very own, right? And you like pour­ing hot liq­uids into it, don’t you? That’s the per­fect con­cep­tual syn­ergy be­hind this Mar­vel

Heroes Pop! Home mug ( FPI price £ 12.99; prod­uct code D5329). We’d love to tell you it breaks the fourth wall by declar­ing “Hand­wash only!”, but we’d be lying.


Af­ter get­ting en­cased in that hel­met, Darth Vader could no longer con­sume food nor­mally, and had to chow down on RepMed vita paste, piped in through feed­ing straws in his mask. So per­haps it’s an act of cruel mock­ery that they’ve made this Star Wars Vader Lightsaber Han­dle Cut­lery Set ( FPI price £ 11.99; prod­uct code D5950), with a knife, fork and spoon for shov­ing proper food into your gob. They’re part stain­less steel, but are the lightsaber han­dles dish­washer safe? It doesn’t say, so pre­pare to scream “Noooooooooo!” if your uten­sils go grimy.


Maybe a few more star sys­tems would have dared op­pose the Em­peror if his ul­ti­mate bat­tle sta­tion’s main weapon was... a flash­ing green LED. This Death Star Kitchen

Timer ( FPI price £ 11.99; prod­uct code D5974) just about looks the part and counts down to a culi­nary det­o­na­tion sig­ni­fied by a tinny ap­prox­i­ma­tion of the Death Star’s laser blasts. But when the tech­no­log­i­cal ter­ror of your Death Star is dwarfed by a smart­phone’s built- in count­down timer ca­pa­bil­i­ties, you have to ask your­self, what’s the point?


Pre­pare to wake up scream­ing from night­mares of th­ese Doc­tor Who

Talk­ing Plushes ( FPI price £ 17.99 each; prod­uct codes C3685, C6785). Well, not the Tenth Doc­tor one; his lack of re­sem­blance to David Tennant may con­fuse, but his cheeky­chappy ex­pres­sion is en­dear­ing. It’s the Fourth Doc­tor that’s the prob­lem. The real- wool scarf is a nice touch but oh god, those eyes; they seem to scream, “Help, I’m a liv­ing soul trapped in­side a doll – please kill me”.

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