Tim Burton’s line of toys makes it into the inner child category because sometimes, it just sucks being a kid. Launched by Dark Horse to coincide with the filmmaker’s career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the characters in the four sets of PVC toys all come from his book of poetry, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. In classic Burton fashion, children are represented as ostracized freaks, such as Stain Boy, Toxic Boy, Junk Girl and The Pin Cushion Queen. It is a good bet that when we were children, we’ve all felt like Jimmy, The Hideous Penguin Boy at some point or other, and the memories from that time stick with us. So give these gift as a way of saying, “Hey, I like you even though you used to feel like an oyster boy.” [www.momastore.org]
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Because of the achievements of scientist Dr. Emmett Brown, and his revolutionary work within the field of time travel, you too can travel backwards or forward in the time stream to ensure your parents meet and fall in love, check up on your future kids or just get into a gunfight in the Old West. That’s right, you can now have your own personal Flux Capacitor. The full-scale metal Capacitor powers up with a simple switch, and the lighted power source can be adjusted appropriately. You’ll need 1.21 gigawatts to power time travel, but only three AA batteries to power the lights. It’s not cheap to mess with the space-time continuum, but don’t be a chicken and get one today. Plutonium and DeLorean sold separately. [www.thinkgeek.com]
It’s clean-up time in Miami and police department blood-spatter analyst Dexter Morgan is on trash duty. Based on the serial killer vigilante from Showtime’s Dexter, this action figure has a creepy likeness to actor Michael C. Hall (which is a lovely thing, in case he’s reading), and comes with a police identification, butcher knife, blood slide and garbage bag to assist with his bodies of evidence. And at only 7-inches tall, you too can have your own “Dark Passenger” to join you in the carpool lane of crazy.
Look, it’s flat out wrong to be checking out Superman’s cousin this way. Sure, she’s dressed skimpily, but Supergirl is not just a piece of Kryptonian meat for you to drool over.
Oh, is the super-hearing deafening shield on? OK then, this 10-inch model of the super heroine is super sexy, and the makers at Japanese manufacturer Kotobukiya are to thank. You might be inclined to take a bullet for her, even though she can stop those on her own.
And as a final note, yes she’s an alien, but no, she won’t marry you for her green card.
You know how it goes: You visit home, get frustrated with your family, head out for a walk and get attacked by a werewolf. It’s happened to many of us, but instead of simply giving up and becoming a half-naked howling mad man of the night, take a cue from Larry Talbot and try out this protective medallion. A metal, two-sided replica from The Wolfman, the upcoming monster re-make starring Benicio Del Toro, this is a cool gift worth grabbing before the next full moon.