What we’ve been playing with this month
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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