When I’m looking for inspiration for my Collector’s Corner articles, I often check out the listings to see what movies are premiering that week. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that a film called Cthulhu completely slipped under my radar and is having a limited release this week. And it stars Tori Spelling, no less! Cthulhu fhtagn, indeed. Regardless of how good or bad the movie ends up being, it gives me an excuse to show off some of the coolest collectibles inspired by my favorite Elder God. Here are my five favorite Cthulhu toys and statues.
5. Cthulhu Slippers
It’s not a toy or statue, but I think it’s cool and worth grabbing, so I’m kicking the list off with the plush Cthulhu slippers. It’s this kind of dorky gear that you buy when you want to tell the world (or whomever might see you traipsing around your house in your slippers) that you’re a geek and proud of it. Plus they look pretty cozy.
4. Cthulhu Plush Toy
There are a million and four plush Cthulhus on the market these days, but I’m a fan of the original, plain old Cthulhu. This was the first squishy and cute Elder God collectible I can remember seeing, and it’s still a favorite.
3. SOTA Cthulhu Polystone Statue
This 13″ statue has a 20″ wingspan and is all kinds of crazy awesomeness. Distributed by Sideshow Collectibles, the Cthulhu made by SOTA has two variations: a standard green paint scheme that’s limited to 470 pieces and an exclusive red paintjob that’s limited to just 100 pieces. The green one has been sold out for a while, but you can still get onto Sideshow’s wait list for it. The exclusive red one is still in stock for now, so grab him while you can!
2. My Little Cthulhu
John Kovalic, of Dork Tower fame, designed this astoundingly adorable-yet-menacing Cthulhu as a semi-urban vinyl toy. The little green guy comes packaged with a couple of miniature victims, shown in the midst of going mad. Even better, you can pop the victims apart to make a nice chewy (and surprisingly bloody) treat. The standard green MLC can be tough to find, but there’s a black version scheduled for release soon.
1. The Great Cthulhu
Following the success of their HeroClix collectible miniatures games, WizKids released a horror-themed game called HorrorClix in 2006. Most of the figures released for the game are small-scale miniatures depicting werewolves, zombies, and the like, but the first mega-promotion for the game ushered in the release of the coolest and most definitive Lovecraftian statue ever: The Great Cthulhu colossal figure. He stands a full 16″ tall, towering over the rest of the game pieces, and works just as well as a standalone sculpture as he does in the action of the game. He’s been sold out everywhere for a long while, but you still might be able to snag one on eBay or at a convention.
“The Collector’s Corner” is a special weekly installment of Officially Cool written by guest author Jason Dorough of www.Mechazilla.com and Fandomania.com. Jason is an avid collector of cool geeky gear and one of the internet’s authorities on things that are “Officially Cool”. Be sure to check back every Wednesday here on Film School Rejects, as Jason will be bringing you the best collectibles that the world has to offer.