Merch HunterChristmas time is here. It’s now totally official – a patch of black ice and a totalled car can attest to that for me – so the concerns of the merch buyers out there have probably shifted away from self-servient purchases to more altruistic ones. Good to remember that buying someone something that you want is often a hidden win, since they might get sick of it and you’ll get to keep it. Just saying.

Anyway, while you might be thinking about buying for other people, it’s still important to look after number one, and the three offerings below for this week’s column should hopefully represent enough of a draw to get you reaching for the credit card. Especially number two on the list.

P.S. If you happen to have $500k in your sock drawer, or in that loose change bottle you keep in the office, the greatest movie poster collectible of all time is now for sale on eBay.

1. Superhero Snuggie

DC Snuggie

KAPOW! ZOCK! PLOOT! FANDANGO! Now you too can enjoy the authorised mental disorder of shouting nonsensical words into the night thanks to this “Snuggie” blanket/slanket featuring some of the DC world’s greatest superhero properties. Probably don’t wear it outside though, or shout words like “Ploot!” either for that matter. Just a good rule of thumb there.

At this time of year, as a Brit, some of my primary concerns are dedicated to braving the frozen tundra and keeping warm while in doors, as the government somehow fails to provide enough salt to keep the roads clear, and cars slide balletically towards one another in high speed dances of doom on the motorways. Here’s a hint Mr Cameron, we’re an island, there’s salt in the fucking sea all around us!! Anyway, heating is always an issue, and the opportunity to keep warm, while simultaneously retaining the use of one’s arms and rocking to the DC superhero beat is one that has already forced me to invest in one of these. I don’t even care that I’ll look a prize tit in it.

Buy one yourself here.

2. Akira Jacket

Akira Jacket

2011 was the year of Ryan Gosling’s scorpion jacket. It will probably go down as the most wanted item of the year among hardcore collectors, most of whom won’t ever get a sniff of an original. But it wasn’t the first jacket, nor the coollest to catch the collectors’ eyes. 30 years ago, Katsuhiro Otomo launched a brand new manga which would go on to take the world by the balls, and enjoy a screen anime adaptation (with a 2013 live action version  on its way as well of course), and that manga featured one iconic red leather jacket that was as much of a defining characteristic for its wearer as his personality.

And now, to celebrate the manga’s 30th birthday, Namco Bandai are unveiling a series of items, starting with Kaneda’s iconic red jacket from Akira, which looks like the most perfect translation of the anime design I’ve ever seen, and which is beyond essential for anyone who has interest in collecting movie fashion items. Yes, it might be a touch expensive, but it would be worth it at twice the price.

You can look at it two ways. Either you balk at the suggestion of $1000 for a jacket. Or you realise it’s $1000 for Akira’s jacket.

Provided you make the necessary decision, you can pre-order one up here.

3. Japanese The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Vintage Poster

Vintage Good, Bad, Ugly Poster

Ebay seems to have gone mad recently for vintage movie posters – not that there was a particular lack of them or anything before, but the quality has taken a serious directional shift towards the skies – and you can expect to pay about $2,000 for a good vintage, but it’s the variants like this Japanese promo one sheet for The Good, The Bad and the Ugly from 1968 that should really catch the eye. Especially in a Western market anyway.

There’s just something about Japanese script that adds a whole new level of cool to film posters, and despite the slightly simplistic aesthetic, it’s the odd effect of having such a familiar product presented in such an alien manner that makes this a geek pleasure.

Bid your life away here.

T-Shirt of the Week

Live Hard, Die Red T-Shirt

Pick one up here.

With Christmas now almost upon us, the Merch Hunter column will retreat back to its over-stocked basement bedroom until the new year, with a Christmas gift guide taking it’s place in the next few weeks. Stay safe, kids.

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