As you all know, my work is published every weekday as a “focus page” in the A section of the Orange County Register.
However, I had a bonus piece in Thursday’s gala, extra-large Thanksgiving Day edition: A gift guide for that scifi-lovin’, comic book-readin’ geek in your life.
And the funny thing is: I think I was more exited about this than I am about my usual work.
My piece appeared on page 20 of the Holiday Gift Guide:
And because I know so many visual journalists share similar interests, here ya go:
gifts FOR THE TOY COLLECTOR
Keepsakes for kids of all ages
BY CHARLES APPLE
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Star Trek hoodies
One of the biggest talkers this fall among genre lovers has been the new line of Star Trek: The Next Generation hoodies from ThinkGeek.
Available in “command” red, “operations” gold or “sciences” blue, these 80/20 cotton/polyester blend sweaters zip in front and — ThinkGeek swears — are washable in cold water. They come in sizes from small to 3X, but supply has already run short. So buy yours now … unless you know of a temporal anomaly that can send you back to October. Admit it: Now that you’ve seen this, you’ll never be able to live long and prosper without one.
Find it: Exclusively at ThinkGeek
Bonus: Don’t forget to order a comm badge to pin on the front. $19.99 from the same vendor: http://bit.ly/180FalJ
Barbie Catwoman by Mattel
Everybody — including rich orphans who dress up at night to go out and fight crime — loves Catwoman. And this new 1960s vintage-style Julie Newmar-esque Barbie Catwoman is the purrrrrrrrfect gift for any Dark Knight collector. If you don’t like super heroes and villains, just slap another outfit on her and tell everybody she’s Marlo Thomas in That Girl.
Find it: Toys-R-Us
Barbie Batman by Mattel
Naturally, if Santa’s going to bring Catwoman, he might also bring someone for her to sink her claws into. And Ken — looking a bit more animated here than Adam West ever did — seems eager enough.
Find it: Toys-R-Us
I gave Pam a little more than she needed, figuring that it was easier to cut than to pad. This pair of items didn’t make it into the story:
Smaller 1960s Batman figures by Mattel
If Barbie-sized figures take up too much room in your Batcave, consider the plastic six-inch versions instead. Choose from Batman, Robin, Joker, Penguin, Riddler and, yes, a VERY hot Catwoman.
There’s even a surfing Batman, wearing baggies. Seriously.
Find it: Walmart, Amazon
OK, now back to the story as published…
Marvel Titan Series by Hasbro
These figures move only at the hips and shoulders and neck, so they’re not as exquisitely posable as high-end action figures. And they certainly don’t have a lot of detail work.
But just check out the sweet price on these 12-inch-tall Titan series Marvel Comics heroes from Hasbro. For this kind of money, Santa can bring an entire army of super heroes — enough to give your delighted little geek thor hands on Christmas morning from opening all the extra packages. We’ve spotted Captain America, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Wolverine and a variety of Iron Men.
Cost: Between $9.50 and $12.99 each
Find it: Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Kohl’s, Big Lots
Bonus: Target even sells an exclusive six-pack of Titan series figures.
Doctor Who Titans
The mysterious 900-year-old time-traveling Anglophile Doctor celebrates his 50th anniversary on TV this month, and fans just can’t get enough of all the new merchandise. If you’re looking for a cheap stocking stuffer, try these cute 3-inch-tall collectible plastic figurines.
Each is boxed, so you don’t know which of the 11 doctors — or five special “chase figures” — you’ll get. Allons-y!
Cost: $8.95 each
Find it: Barnes and Noble