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Merch Hunter #16: A ‘Christmas Story’ Action Figure, Dumbeldore’s Wand and Captain America’s Wallet

It’s a dangerous time of year for movie merchandise collectors – unsure what your partners, friends or family have decided to buy, and yet torn by the need to invest in the latest additions to the market, many collectors go stir-crazy and can be found roaming the streets of every major city in the snow, tragically calling out for Turbo-Man.

So the best thing to do to avoid that entirely fictional eventuality is to make a list, check it twice… that sort of thing. Only instead of writing doing which children are naughty and which are nice (and probably inviting some suspicious inquiries from disgruntled and probably scared parents), populate said list with all of the goodies you require come December 25th. That way, you can spend the rest of November and December buying the cheaper things you want yourself – that’s right, leave the £650 Batman busts for Grandma to buy.

With that in mind, here we go with this week’s triumvirate of movie merch goodness – at “pocket money” prices for pockets that are beginning to feel the festive pinch…

1. A Christmas Story Ralphie Action Figure

With the air getting crisper, and turkeys everywhere suffering massive nervous breakdowns in anticipation of this year’s festive period approaching, what better way to celebrate than by channeling the spirit of Christmas, and one the holiday’s best-loved traditions in the shape of the excellent A Christmas Story?

And rather than just watching it, like you probably do every year, this year you should definitely invest in your own Ralphie action figure, complete with BB gun and bar of soap. Worst action figure ever? Not even slightly – this Ralphie doll is about as cult-cool as they come, and in all seriousness is the kind of kitsch delight that merch collectors in the future will be looking for. So as well as being irresistibly quirky, it also qualifies as a bona-fide investmen, especially at $11.99.

Buy your own Ralphie here.

2. Dumbledore’s Wand

Expeliarmus! Crucio! Chlamydia! Now you too can scream J.K. Rowling’s magical commands, swishing an intricately made, incredibly designed wand that feels like it’s been pulled out of one of the Harry Potter movies. With this year spelling the end of the franchise, with the forthcoming blu-ray release of the Deathly Hallows Part II, this might be your last chance to join in with the fun, without something of a hunt to find first-hand merch like this.

Plus, you can be, like, a real wizard…

Exchange your $40 or so for a Dumbledore wand right here.

3. Captain America Wallet

Who says that carrying your money has to be such a bland, perfunctory routine, when there are wallets and purses out there that marry everything that is good about movie merch with slots for your bank cards and coins. A movie merch solution for carrying around money for buying more movie merch! And who the hell could ever resist a wallet that claims to be made of PU leather, polyester and freedom? Especially one that features Jack Kirby‘s iconic character design of the pugilistic patriot.

And if owning a superhero wallet wasn’t enough of a geek statement, it also features a 15″ metal chain with a leather strap to make sure it’s attached at all times to your person. The ladies will absolutely love that when you’re paying for their dinner at the end of what was probably a horribly awkward first date. Still, it’s a thing of beauty.

You can pick one up here for just under $20.

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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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