Pop cul­ture char­ac­ters star on hol­i­day gift lists

The Washington Times Daily - - LIFE - First of two parts

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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