Pop culture characters star on holiday gift lists
Here are some last-minute gift ideas from the worlds of comic books, movies, television and pop culture franchises that are sure to thrill your special fanboy and fangirl this holiday season.
Holiday Harley (DC Collectibles, $80). Sculptor Paul Harding takes inspiration from comic book artist Amanda Conner’s version of the Joker’s true love to offer a striking, statuesque version of the maniacal Harley Quinn.
Standing 8 inches tall, perched in highheeled boots and pegged to a base designed with its moniker, this mixed-media masterpiece features Harley with pasty white skin and wearing a black, white and red outfit that the Rockettes would admire.
Of course, in its twisted festive spirit, the meticulously painted statue of Miss Quinn also wields a gift-wrapped mallet and bomb.
Premiere Batgirl (Diamond Select Toys, $150). This 12-inch-tall, eye-popping resin statue of Barbara Gordon’s alter ego takes owners back to the days when the live-action “Batman” television show ruled the airwaves in the 1960s.
Sculpted by Clayburn Moore, the piece does not really capture the face of actress Yvonne Craig (who portrayed Batgirl in 1968) but makes up for it with a pouty expression and a spot-on version of her sparkling purple full-body suit.
Further costume details include a flowing yellow and purple cape, high-heeled boots, yellow utility belt, purple gloves and a blackand-purple cowl with long, curled brown hair cascading beneath it.
The statue shakily sits atop a green base sporting the retro Batman logo and is limited to 1,996 pieces. I highly suggest owners keep this masterpiece safe in a sturdy display stand and away from wobbly floors.
Red Wave Daryl Dixon (McFarlane Toys, $19.99). Fans of AMC’s zombie apocalypse will appreciate this affordable, mildly articulated figure of one of “The Walking Dead”’s most popular characters.
Owners get a 7-inch-tall, hyperrealistic figure, a 3-D sculpt of actor Norman Reedus’ head and more than 300 applications of handpainted decorations captured from season five. The figure comes with seven points of articulation.
It wears a sleeveless leather vest, muddied boots and pants, and buttoned shirt; wields a finely crafted version of its deadly crossbow; and carries a removable knife and sheath.
The figure can stand on a base sporting the show’s logo, allowing appreciation of the details down to bloody hands and a tear in its pants exposing a dirty knee.
As is tradition with Todd McFarlane and his minions offering outrageous accessories, Daryl also comes with the head and bloodied spinal column of a recently mutilated zombie — a nice touch.
At this price, gifters should look at buying a few more Red Wave figures for that special collector, including Rick Grimes with a pistol, Michonne with a katana and Abraham Ford with an assault rifle; or add stars from “Fear the Walking Dead” such as Madison Clark with a fire extinguisher or Travis Manawa with a shotgun.
Jack and Sally Doll Set (Diamond Select Toys, $150). A perfect gift for fans of Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” this beautiful pair of limited-edition dolls (only 1,993 made) stand roughly 16 inches tall and re-create the creepy characters Jack Skellington and his rag doll love interest, Sally.
Complete with cloth costuming (Jack in his black-and-white striped suit with tails and Sally in a tattered dress), both look ripped from the film and feature softer plastic bodies (think Barbie quality) to offer limited poseability.
The pair can be displayed via the included hard plastic and metal stands to showcase some the intricate designs.
Oh yeah, Jack and Sally arrive in a brightyellow coffin-shaped box with a tethered white stake to keep the lid closed.
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