COL­LECTA­BLES

Things we’ve been play­ing with this month

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We play with toys so you don’t have to. It’s a hard job but some­one’s gotta do it.

1 Put your­self in the over­sized shoes of Rita Repulsa’s gi­ant mon­sters for an af­ter­noon, by dress­ing up as man-in-a-suit goons Eye Guy or Pudgy Pig (look ’em up), and stamp­ing around these Power Rangers hero plushies (FPI price £10.99 each; prod­uct codes H2271, H2272, H2273, H2274, H2275, H2276, H2277). The weight of their over­sized nog­gins means they strug­gle to sit down un­aided, let alone stand up, so rest as­sured, you will be vic­to­ri­ous.

2 “If you can’t beat em, join ’em” seems to be Lego’s re­ac­tion to the ris­ing tide of vinyl fig­ures, judg­ing by this new range. Assem­bly time for these DC Lego Brickheadz (FPI price £9.99 each; prod­uct codes H1548, H1549, H1550, H1551, H1552, H1555): 20 min­utes… or 45 if you get con­fused by the ten­dency of the in­struc­tions to only point out where one of the next three pieces needs to go. Grrr. Odd how coloured bricks are used in places they’ll never be seen – these fig­ures have a pink brick “brain”, for ex­am­ple! From left to right: Bat­man, Robin, the Joker, Bat­girl, Cap­tain Amer­ica and Hulk.

3 Oh jeep­ers, read­ers – Spi­der-Gwen has come up against a new foe, and has been pet­ri­fied and shrunk! She’s now be­ing passed off as a Spi­der-Gwen 1/10 scale statue (FPI price £69.99; prod­uct code F5023). Poor Gwen. But even in minia­ture, she still looks badass in her webbed cos­tume and sig­na­ture blue pumps. You can swap be­tween two heads – one of Gwen’s smil­ing face and one with her Spidey mask. It’s de­scribed as a “model kit”, but don’t be put off – with only the head and an arm re­quir­ing snap­ping into place, it makes tod­dlers’ jig­saws look hard!

4 Richard Kelly’s 2001 de­but is the lat­est prop­erty to be blasted with Funko’s cute­si­fy­ing ray, re­sult­ing in these

Don­nie Darko Dorbz (FPI price £8.99 each; prod­uct codes H1955, H1956). On the left: Don­nie him­self, wear­ing his iconic skele­ton Hal­loween cos­tume; on the right, Frank the rab­bit, whose Ken Dodd-es­que den­tistry comes through the process just as shud­der-in­duc­ing as ever.

5 An­other month, an­other piece of Mar­vel-themed glass­ware from Half Moon Bay. Two is­sues ago we showed you Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Cap tum­blers; now they’re joined by this Spi­der-Man large glass (FPI price £7.99; prod­uct code H2088). Fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent dy­namic de­signs of Spidey swing­ing into ac­tion on ei­ther side, it is – so the box as­sures us – dish­washer safe. Holds orange squash just like a spi­der, er, can’t.

6 There’s some­thing pro­foundly sat­is­fy­ing about this 1:1 scale Bat­man V

Su­per­man Batarang replica (FPI price £69.99: prod­uct code F6415). Maybe it’s the pure heft of its zinc al­loy con­struc­tion. Or per­haps the way it at­taches it­self to the mag­ne­tised dis­play stand with a grat­i­fy­ing clonk, as if thud­ding against the cra­nium of a goon. Then again it could be that it comes with the of­fi­cial warn­ing: “This prod­uct is in­her­ently dan­ger­ous.” Words to warm the heart of any ur­ban vig­i­lante.

7 We’re as­sum­ing you’ve al­ready got a t-shirt cel­e­brat­ing plat­form seven at Read­ing, and a mug com­mem­o­rat­ing your trip to Ut­tox­eter’s glo­ri­ous plat­form two. Now you can com­plete your col­lec­tion of UK train sta­tion mem­o­ra­bilia with this Harry Pot­ter plat­form 9¾ bag (FPI price £29.99; prod­uct code H2065). Trainspot­ters be warned, how­ever: even while car­ry­ing this bag, run­ning to­wards the wall at King’s Cross to catch the Hog­warts Ex­press is likely to re­sult in se­ri­ous in­jury.

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