Merch Hunter #15: Disney Villain Vinylmations, Batman’s Bust, and A Garbage Pail ‘Turtles’ Poster

Being a professional obsessive might make me a social pariah, but it does offer me the opportunity to trawl the internet looking for my worldly fix with relative impunity – “what! This is work!” And even more importantly, it introduces me to some extremely cool stuff. Stuff that I will invariably buy on my own recommendation, or at least leave major hints to loved ones that I need them for Christmas of my birthday. Both of which are coming up, just in case you’re reading this, Mum…

Anyway, a wise man once said that the important things in life aren’t things, but I would put it to him that he obviously hadn’t seen Disney’s Villain Vinylmations, or Sideshow Toys’ Batman busts, or Derek Deal’s posters, the big idiot. Luckily, no one here shares his false philosophies, so here are all of those lovely things below…

1. Disney Vinylmation Villains Series 2

Vinylmations. Just little colorful bits of plastic right? Wrong! They are precious, precious little bastards. And I can’t stop buying them.

And now Disney has released its second series of the plastic arty toys based on villains from the Mouse House’s canon of films – following on from a raft of other series, including A Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lion King. The series is made up of 11 different Vinylmation Villains Series 2 figures including Lady Tremaine, Hades, Captain Hook, Honest John, Yzma, Evil Queen, Shere Khan, Runaway Brain Mickey, Dr. Facilier, the Big Bad Wolf, Bowler Hat Guy, and one mystery chaser.

They’re fiendishly collectible, thanks to the cunning decision not to allow buyers a sneak peek at what is within the box (and leading to a multitude of multiples) before handing over their money (just like that Simpsons’ episode where Homer buys a fortune worth of gas to get a super-rare Happy Little Elf figurine), and I’m pretty sure there are only about four of the rarest designs even produced. But then, the trick works so well that I can put that logic aside every time I shell out for another little box (which by the way are designed as beautifully as the vinylmations within).

Start your obsession here.

2. Batman Life-Sized Bust

Behold, the finest Batman bust ever released (possibly)! The name Sideshow Toys is of course legendary in the collectible world: if you want something ultra-prestigious, and incredibly well made, their website is the first port of call. Every line they release is crafted with the kind of precision and beauty that would make the finest web-slinging spider blush, and crucially they have a knack of designing collectibles that appeal on a fundamental, genetic level.

This Batman bust – life-sized at a massive 29 inches tall and 22 inches shoulder to shoulder – proves that the quality continues, and excitingly marks the beginning of a series of DC Universe busts from Sideshow that will surely leave a monumental hole in my finances by series end.

Just imagine if they do a Joker!

If you’ve got $679.99, you can put your name down here for a pre-order. That’s only like $2 a day for a year, and you’d be a damn dirty liar if you suggested that was too steep.

3. Derek Deal’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Garbage Pail Kids Poster

Collecting posters can be a difficult prospect: for a start no one has an unlimited amount of walls, and storing undisplayed posters is a major headache (trust me), and then there’s the fact that there are so many poor quality posters released every day, or at least inconsequential marketing.

So when this beauty landed on Slashfilm recently, I was sunk on it immediately. The Garbage Pail Kids were surprisingly important during my formative years, and I pretty much wanted to be all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all at the same time. Sadly, my only way in was eating too much pizza, so I was an unhappy, podgy child mocked for my eye mask and asthma. But now that that’s all passed under the bridge, I can appreciate my childhood years through the same nostalgic fog of treacle-thick lies that everyone else does, and the opportunity to own something for just $30 that so effortlessly translates all that matter to me between the ages of 7 and 9 is too good to turn down.

If you too share those slightly dangerous feelings, you can buy a poster print here.

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Born to the mean streets of Newcastle, England the same year that BMX Bandits was cruelly over-looked for the Best Film Oscar, Simon Gallagher's obsessive love of all things cinema blossomed during that one summer in which he watched Clueless every day for six weeks. This is not a joke. Eventually able to wean himself off that particular dirty habit, and encouraged by the revelation that was One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, he then spent many years reviewing films on the underground scene, throwing away thousands of pounds on a Masters Degree in English in the process, before landing feet-first at the doors of British movie site ObsessedWithFilm.com, where you can catch his blend of rapier wit and morbid sardony on a daily basis. Simon is also a hopeless collector of film paraphenalia, and counts his complete Star Wars Mr. Potato Heads collection among his friends.

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