Clut­ter­ing up our shelves this month

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We’re not sure if these melamine Star Wars blue­print plates (FPI price £8.99; prod­uct code D5965) are square be­cause gas­trop­ubs have made round ones un­fash­ion­able, or sim­ply be­cause that’s how things are in a galaxy far, far away. Ei­ther way, they’re poorly re­searched kitchen­ware. Among the seem­ingly ran­dom line draw­ings are a cou­ple of glar­ing fac­tual howlers: no, R2-D2 and C-3PO did not ride an es­cape pod in The Em­pire Strikes Back, and the Death Star de­stroyed in A New Hope was not the un­der­con­struc­tion ver­sion. Tut.

Hey, what about the Huf­flepuffs? Half Moon Bay’s range of Harry Pot­ter bowls (FPI price £9.99 each; prod­uct codes F3688, F3689, F3690) in­cludes red Gryffindor or green Slytherin de­signs – deep and chunky, with the house crest on one side and a Quid­ditch Cap­tain her­ald on the other. But what about ev­ery­one’s favourite house of her­bol­o­gists? Don’t they de­serve corn­flakes too? Raven­claw are also ig­nored, but that’s okay be­cause they’re no­body’s faves. There’s also an an­gu­lar cream and red Hog­warts bowl, which looks like it’s best suited to noo­dles.

Tony Stark may be a bil­lion­aire in­dus­tri­al­ist play­boy, rock­ing the lat­est in hi-tech fash­ion state­ments, but be­neath that charm­ing ar­moured ex­te­rior is a man who loves his cof­fee. Well, prob­a­bly. How else to ex­plain why he’s flung the might of Stark In­dus­tries’ R&D labs into the cre­ation of this Iron Man travel mug (FPI price £19.99; prod­uct code D3895). Colour­co­or­di­nated with Shell­head’s liv­ery, it has a 450 ml (16 oz) ca­pac­ity. Ideal for crafty java hits dur­ing su­per­pow­ered smack­downs.

4 Hulk want hot bev­er­age! Pour tea in Hulk’s mitt or Hulk smash! This car­toony

Hulk fist mug (FPI price £9.99; prod­uct code F2034) is very amus­ing – though there are two is­sues. Firstly, the re­verse side fea­tures some hor­ri­bly prom­i­nent bulging veins. Sec­ondly, when hold­ing the thing, it’s aw­fully tempt­ing to give some­one a jokey thump – this could end badly.

5 Be­ing a su­per-pow­ered Kryp­to­nian must ex­pe­dite the busi­ness of mak­ing boiled eggs for brekkie con­sid­er­ably – there’s no hang­ing around while the wa­ter boils, as you just zap it with your heat vi­sion. But a Man of Steel still needs some way of stand­ing them up, which is where this pair of

Su­per­man egg cups (FPI price £7.99; prod­uct code F3691) comes in. We par­tic­u­larly like the one with a de­sign of Clark rip­ping his shirt open – maybe you could felt-tip his face on the egg?

6 Funko’s cutest vinyl fig­ure range con­tin­ues with these

Civil War Dorbz (FPI price £8.49 each; prod­uct codes D5609, D5607, D5606, D5603, D5605, D5611, D5604). Lin­ing up here are Cross­bones, Black Widow, Black Pan­ther, Cap­tain Amer­ica, Fal­con, Vi­sion and the Win­ter Sol­dier. There are also fig­ures of Iron Man and Ant-Man, plus some vari­ants (Cross­bones,

for ex­am­ple, also comes with no mask and a smashed mask!). No sign of Spi­der-Man, War Ma­chine, Scar­let Witch or Hawk­eye, though. If only the film’s mak­ers had also been sen­si­ble enough to prune some of the un­nec­es­sary heroes…

7 It’s dif­fi­cult to know where to put this 12” Death Star

plush (FPI price £18.99; prod­uct code D5942). It can’t serve as a nov­elty cush­ion be­cause of a lit­tle but­ton hid­den above the weapons dish: press this and it emits one of three movie sam­ples. An­noy­ingly, when you cut off the card la­bel it leaves two lit­tle holes in the fab­ric. Hey, Un­der­ground Toys, why not at­tach it to the mas­sive care-ad­vice tag in­stead?

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