And, as you can see from the first item on this list, everything is awesome and Legos are still the best!
Dean: for the gift to put under your tree
|Lego: The Batman Movie set pictured, but any Lego set will do.|
by The Lego Group
I say this every year, but you can't go wrong with Legos (shaddup about "the plural of Legos is Lego"). No, seriously, you can't. For anyone under 15, and a large number of people over, this is an easy gift. You can get some perfectly good kits for under $20, or if you want to put yourself in someone's good graces forever, anything from the Ultimate Collector Series is sure to impress, with myriad options in between.
Mike: For the practical collector
by The Loyal Subjects
There are a wide range of vinyl collectibles on the market and they are great for the budget conscious collector who doesn't want to spend an arm and a leg. What sets The Loyal Subjects apart against the competition is the "action" aspect of its vinyl figures. Each blind box includes multiple accessories, and there are multiple points of articulation to boot. Not only do you get the thrill of opening a blind box (who doesn't!), but you get a high quality figure that will really bring you back to your childhood. They pull on all of your nostalgic heartstrings as any good collectible should, featuring Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe and more. In addition to looking great on the shelf, they are a blast to play with! One thing my son enjoys on a daily basis is hanging out in my office and playing with my toys. He is particularly fond of my MOTU vinyls.
Dean: For the adult collector
|Star Wars pictured, but lines include Marvel, DC, and many more!|
by Sideshow Collectibles
Mike: For the gift that keeps on giving
Collector Corps Subscription
My love of all things Funko is no secret and I was thrilled when they began to offer a subscription box. There are other subscription boxes on the market, but only one that includes 100% Funko exclusive goodness. While I am recommending the Marvel Collectors Corps subscription, they also offer DC and Star Wars boxes as well. I personally love that these boxes only arrive every other month so you don't get too much stuff, and that if you are a Marvel fan you will enjoy every item. Other subscription boxes include filler that needs to be tossed each month, but with the Funko boxes you get at least one exclusive Pop!, t-shirt, patch, pin, and more.
Dean: For the toy to cram into a stocking
Action figures! There is a certain subset of (sub-)humanity who is boycotting Star Wars because of its emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism. I assume you, gentle reader, celebrate this movement instead of oppose it (if not, you are probably on the wrong website). That said, when The Force Awakens came out, there was a problem in the representation among even the most basic of toys. Rogue One is making efforts to correct that, and for under $10, you can stuff a stocking with Jyn, Saw, Baze or any other of the brave Rebels struggling against Imperial tyranny. That sort of ideal might come in handy. You can up to the $20 range for the larger, more detailed "black" series.
POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.