“I’d buy that for a dollar!” The 2012 “Hey You Geeks!!” Holiday Shopping Guide
Whether you own a TV or simply rely on the web, it should be clear by the barrage of advertising that holiday shopping season has once again fallen upon us. Maybe you’re one of those who stumbled out of your post Thanksgiving tryptophan-coma at 4am yesterday for some Walking Dead style survival drills at your local Walmart or Best Buy. Black Friday, the day consumers sacrifice dignity for dollars. To you I say, “Resist!” Shopping must be done, but why allow Target to invoke their name unto you this shopping season? Dodge that bullet and embrace the biggest box store in the world, the literal square (or rectangular) screen from which you read this very story. “Hey You Geeks!!” is here to help you sort it all out with a list of the nerdiest treasures on the World Wide Web. Whether you’re a TV, Movie, Video Game, or Comic geek, we have something for you to consume this holiday season. Better yet, you can find all of it right here on the web. Check it out…
Greatest Geek Shirts – With a new design released every day, for only a day, Qwertee lets fans of the site choose which designers and designs get turned into t-shirts. Qwertee offer some of the most badass geek-mashups on the web, with inspirations coming from Dr. Who, Walking Dead, Marvel, Star Wars and any conceivable movie, TV show, comic book or corner of the nerd world. Nowhere else will you find a Batman/Fear and Loathing mashup. With the variety and excitement of artful designs and a $12 price tag, you’ll find no better place to perpetually renew your wardrobe.
Jaws Companion – Titan Books released “Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard” just in time to coincide with the Blu-ray release of Jaws. For movie fans, this is the book of the year, a beautifully laid out pictorial history of the filming of Jaws taken by both professionals and amateurs living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard during filming. Nowhere have I seen a more complete visual history of a film production.
TMNT Memories -Whether or not you grew up with them, the Teenage Mutant Ninja’s Turtle’s return this year in their new Nickelodeon cartoon has been one of the more promising children’s shows out there. If you’re like me though, and you did grow up playing with the eclectic mix of TMNT action figures, you’ll probably want to reach back to your inner child and pick up one of Playmates new and perfectly detailed TMNT action figures for a trip back in time.
McFly’s Hoverboard – Speaking of back in time, Mattty Collector are releasing a limited quantity of their full-scale Hoverboard replicas from Back to the Future II. If you’re one of the few lucky enough to pick one of these $130 beauties up during their 9am online sale December 3rd, I envy you greatly.
Blu-Ray’s of 2012 – Releases of The Avengers, Jaws, Lawrence of Arabia and sets including Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Universal’s Classic Monsters Essential Collection (8 of the best films), and Alfred Hitchcock’s Masterpiece Collection (15 of his best) are some of the greatest titles yet released on Blu-ray. If that’s not enough, splurge on the 22 film James Bond 50 Years collection as well.
Joffrey Target – I’m not really into shooting, in fact, I’d say I’m staunchly liberal in my take on guns, but who doesn’t want to shoot this little prick? Joffrey is one of the most hated d-bags in all of television, and any fan of Game of Thrones would love to send an arrow sailing right between his eyes. Now you can, with this great Joffrey target from 604 Republic. Just remember to let Sansa have first dibs.
Sushi Warlord – “Get Jiro” is my favorite comic of 2012, a graphic novel co-written by food writer and No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose with art by Langdon Foss and Dave Stewart. One of the most bizarre comics I’ve ever read, “Get Jiro” follows a rogue sushi chef who fights for his place in a foodie dominated future. Violent, funny and chock full of foodie geekdom, Bourdain (one of my favorite people) really delivers with what I hope is the first of many comics he writes.
Heisenberg’s Meth – How about a couple of pounds of meth for your grandmother this Christmas? From the creative art-space of Etsy comes one of the greatest, if not most ludicrous pop-culture props I’ve seen; bags of Breaking Bad blue meth candy made to look exactly like Walter and Jesse’s glass like product. The cotton candy flavored candy comes complete in baggies wrapped in Los Pollo Hermanos and Breaking Bad wrappings. Just don’t send this one overseas, it might not pass through customs.
Hobbit Feet – I can think of no better way to celebrate the upcoming release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey than prancing around town in these ridiculous (and ridiculously comfortable looking) Hobbit feet slippers. Check them out over at Think Geek.
The Definitive Walking Dead – Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead in one of the most acclaimed video games of 2012. Lead a separate group of survivors (not Rick’s) through the Walking Dead universe in a storyline where each and every choice comes with important consequences. All five chapters of Telltale’s Walking Dead game are now available in one collection on PS3, XBOX 360 and PC/Mac.
Film History 101: The Future – With the future of film so uncertain behind advancing digital technologies and the growing popularity of cable television shows, three film writers have written three separate books on the past and future of film-kind. New Yorker critic David Denby’s “Do the Movies Have a Future?” and former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman’s “Film After Film (Or What Became of 21st Century Cinema?)” look at what may become of the movie industry while “The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies” by film essayist David Thomson argues for the signal role film plays in modern life.
– Tony Nunes