Halloween is over. The time to think about gifts for your loved ones is nigh. It's a good thing you've got us on your side. We'll help take out the guesswork in trying to figure out what's awesome enough to put you in the gift-giving hall of fame. Plus, everything here is stuff you can point people to for yourself too. It's a win-win proposition really.
Continuing its excellent line of hyper-articulated figures from the Marvel Universe, Kaiyodo revealed a spectacular Gambit this week. Based on his look in the comics, this Gambit has 46 points of articulation (including those in his coat), giving you the flexibility to pose him in some truly acrobatic stances. Like previous releases Wolverine and Magneto, this Gambit shares a tiny bit of inspiration from the Marvel vs. Capcom video game series, echoing the design and attitude of the in-game iteration of the smooth-talking mutant.
Included with the figure are several different pairs of hands, his signature staff, an alternate face plate, and a few different "charged up" playing cards. I love the design on those, with the bright, clear plastic really capturing the feel of Gambit's powers as portrayed in the comics. Some of the Revoltech figures have so much articulation it actually takes away from the design, but it works for Gambit. The figure is due out in March 2019, and should retail for ~$60 at most import sites.
The Men in Black Ain't Afraid of No Ghost
In one of the strangest crossovers we've ever seen, the Ghostbusters and Men in Black will be teaming up in late 2019 in a new miniature-based board game called Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion. Developed by Panda Cult for IDW, the board game will feature the original four Ghostbusters (Ray, Egon, Peter, and Winston) teaming with the four most recognizable MIBs (Agent K, Agent K, Agent L, and Zed) to battle some alien ghosts that have invaded Earth? It's not exactly clear what the big bad is at the heart of this game, but the focus will be on cooperation, as the two groups will work together to fend off the Eco-terrestrials while trying to do better than the opposite team.
Derek Laufman has designed the characters, which gives them a pseudo-chibi style similar to Titan's blind box vinyl toys. This is just the first of a handful of games being developed at IDW for both properties, but it's definitely one we'll be keeping an eye on over the next 12 months.
Venom or Bust
There are many collectibles that allow us to celebrate our fandoms in small ways, but sometimes you gotta go big. That's where Sideshow Collectibles' life-size busts come into play. Designed with the idea of giving fans a way to have a 1:1 recreation of their favorite characters present in their homes, these pieces are massive and expensive works of art that would instantly become the centerpiece of any collection. That goes double for over-sized characters like Venom.
Standing at a robust 27.5-inches tall, the Venom life-size bust brings the symbiotic villain to life with incredible, grotesque detail. We got a glimpse at one of the final prototypes at NYCC last month, and it is without a doubt one of the most realistic facsimiles of a comic character we've ever seen. The bust looks appropriately slimy and shiny, and the way the drool dangles of his teeth and tongue is quite remarkable. Venom won't be out for more than a year, but you can pre-order yours for just $1195 this week.
Once You Go In, You Don't Come Out
Smartwatches are all the rage these days, with Apple and various Android developers trying to bring Dick Tracy's wonderful radio watch to life with a bunch of additional features. They're all fine, I suppose. None of them though can compare to the Lifelock One. Developed by Ridgewood Watch Company, this replica of Snake Plissken's watch from Escape From New York has been recreated with incredible attention to detail. What it lacks in being able to connect to music streaming services, it more than makes up for in style.
The Lifelock One does come with smart features of its own, so as not to make it completely archaic by today's watch standards. There are app and push notifications available, as well as an activity monitor to make sure your heart rate doesn't get too high when running for your life in the shambles of New York City. It's undeniably larger than most of the other smartwatches out there, all of which attempt to stick closely to the form factor of more traditional watches. It's right in line with their pricing though. You can order one now for $399, and worry about whether or not you're going to make it out of here alive later.