Things we’ve been playing with this month
They watch us, with their black, unblinking eyes. What do they want? Tell us!
No wonder the King of the Monsters spends so much time stomping skyscrapers when we mock his mightiness with the likes of this Godzilla Mystery Minis three-pack (FPI price £8.99; product code H9172). Each set features a regular ’Zilla, a flaming version, and a variant concealed in a blind box (as you can see, we got grey). If it wasn’t for the pointiness of his dorsal spines, these would be fit for five-year-olds, so we don’t blame him for glaring.
Show us what you got! Commemorate the time Rick and Morty saved the Earth from giant heads forcibly entering Earth in a cosmic X Factor competition (to the death) with the first of these glass steins (FPI price £12.99 each; product codes AE2350, AE2349) – it bears the words “Get Schwifty” in honour of the song that would have got the heads’ feet tapping. If they had any. Then celebrate the time Rick turned himself into a gherkin to get out of a family counselling session with the Pickle Rick design. PICKLE RIIIIIIIICK!
Lego’s stylised figure range further expands with these two Stars Wars Brickheadz (FPI price £9.99 each; product code H8633). Piecing together either Darth Vader (55 pieces) or the Stormtrooper (56 pieces) should keep you out of trouble for about 20 minutes. Hermione from Harry Potter is another recent addition to the range. Can we suggest a Slabheadz spin-off featuring England centre defender Harry Maguire? Okay, okay, enough football references…
We’re a bit surprised Funko haven’t hit upon the obvious money-spinning formula with these Ant-Man And The Wasp Pop! vinyl figures (FPI
price £9.99 each; product codes AE2075, AE2076). Why fill up the box with 9cm of costly plastic when you could flog figures just a few millimetres high and justify it as authentic? Anyway, here we have springy-necked bobble-heads of a suited-up Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne; the range also includes Ant-Man, the Wasp, and new villain Ghost.
Honestly, we get the need for a hip flask. If we lived in a world where monstrous giants could crash into town at any moment and eat half your family, we’d be swigging back a lot of hard liquor too. This Attack On Titan season two aluminium hip flask
(FPI price £14.99; product code AE2351) is emblazoned with the feathered crest of the Scout regiment, so you can look just as haunted and badass as you drink from it. It also comes with a funnel so you can avoid any embarrassing spillages while being hard as nails.
The noughties protoSuperman show earns the Funko treatment with this new range of Smallville Pop!
vinyl figures (FPI price £7.99/£9.99 each; product codes H7877, H7878, H7941). Clark’s captured mid-iconic-shirt-rip, which places him in the closing moments of the show’s final episode – remember how long we waited for a glimpse of that super-suit? Lex Luthor’s a gun-wielding vision in white, and Green Arrow tries to look badass while rocking some ’50s Riviera starlet shades. Also available: Lois Lane and a shirtless Clark.
Sometimes we dream of being like the Winchester brothers – tall, muscular, handy with a scythe… Sorry, we were saying? We lack their protective tattoos too, but by drinking from this Supernatural
anti-possession glass (FPI price £10.99; product code AE2352) we can at least stop worrying about pesky demons taking over our body for as long as it takes to neck a glass of squash. What a relief. And its sturdy weight and punchy colours are very punk.