Nerdist’s Great Cyber Monday Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway
By Luke Y. Thompson on November 26, 2012
Santa Nerdist is coming to town!
You want presents; we got ‘em – about $5,000 worth. So for one lucky contestant, all your seasonal shopping has already been done by us. For three other almost-as-lucky entrants, we have additional Blu-ray sets of Transformers Prime seasons 1 & 2 and a Kotobukiya Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold. You have until Dec. 10th, 2012 to enter, and until then should stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages for posts that can net you some extra chances to sleigh the competition. Yoda may have said that size matters not, but he never saw the sheer mass of stuff we’re about to bestow. Batman, Superman, Ninja Turtles, Master Chief, Marcus Fenix, Mr. Spock, James Bond, and Doctor Who are among the many iconic characters represented herein by merchandise of some form or another, bringing together the greatest grouping of goodies since the Rebel Alliance. Want the detailed rundown? Here goes:
-The Princess Bride Cliffs of Insanity Duel Statues (includes both Inigo Montoya and Dread Pirate Roberts Statues). Do the holidays feel like utter insanity to you? We’re still smiling, because we know something you do not know: we’re not left-handed…and we have to show you this inconceivably great Princess Bride Cliffs of Insanity Duel statue set. It’s sure to absolutely kill as a gift for someone like your father; prepare to buy.
-The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set. A box set containing every Beatles album on vinyl. Do we actually need to sell you on this concept?
-Doctor Who DVD Box Set. Seeing the doctor is usually no fun, and expensive. Seeing six season of the Doctor is amazing and doable all at once with this deluxe gift set collecting every full season since the show’s revival. Includes a sonic screwdriver, art prints and a comic book.
-Doctor Who Series Seven Part 1 Blu-ray. Say goodbye to the Ponds all over again. Of the five episodes in Part 1, “Asylum of the Daleks,” “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” and “The Angels Take Manhattan” are standouts, with the introduction of a Dalek that we might get to see again, finally meeting Rory’s dad Brian Williams (played beautifully by Mark Williams) and saying goodbye to Amy and Rory.
-Doctor Who Ornament. To make your very own Christmas special.
-Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote. It’ll open any channel on your TV, but it doesn’t promise to make them good (for that, you need the Nerdist Channel, on YouTube). Still, it’ll make you feel awesome, like a Time Lord.
-Bond 50 Blu-ray set. With Skyfall out and breaking records, it’s time to catch up on what came before. Need more Moore? Been lazy about Lazenby? Doubtin’ your Dalton expertise? We could try and make Connery, Brosnan and Craig puns too, but the bit is wearing thin. You get the point. Every James Bond so far on Blu-ray.
-The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-ray set. Want to really get under Batman’s cowl? Sure you do – because you’ll find three great movies there. Plus an exclusive 64-page excerpt from The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy. We swear to you you’ll have fun reliving everything from Ledger’s lunacy to Bane’s baleful breathing.
-Kotobukiya ArtFX The Dark Knight Rises Statue. If you like your Batman triumphant, this statue shows the caped crusader in a classic hero pose, with billowing cape, two interchangeable Bat-weapons and a secret light-up Bat-Signal in the base.
-Batman: Earth One graphic novel. If you’d prefer to let others plan the battles and simply read about them yourself, we recommend Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s title, which, like the Christopher Nolan films, offers a new-yet-faithful retelling of the Bruce Wayne tale. You’ll have to imagine the raspy voice yourself.
-Cryptozoic DC Comics Deck-Building Game. The Clown Prince of Crime is not the only one who can play with cards. Cryptozoic’s DC Comics Deck-Building Game starts you off with one of seven major heroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg – and lets you play to acquire powers and equipment to defeat the many villains who pop up in the deck like, ahem, jokers.
-Ame-comi Harley Quinn V. 2 – Speaking of Jokers, the Clown Prince of Crimes’ adoring sidekick Harley Quinn gets a new look courtesy of DC Collectibles’ Ame-Comi line.
- Power Girl Bishoujo Statue – Is she from Krypton or Atlantis, Earth-1 or Earth-2, Superman’s cousin or just someone who likes to cause giant debates on superhero fashion? The Bishoujo Power Girl statue won’t answer any of those questions, but it will look good on your shelf as you research her backstory in your long boxes.
-McFarlane Toys The Dark Knight Rises Hines Ward in Gotham Rogues uniform. Fans have dreamed for years aboutMcFarlane Toys doing a Batman figure, and now they have…sort of. Perfect for fans of comics AND sports, if you know any of those oddball creatures. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Ahem.)
-McFarlane Toys The Walking Dead TV Series 2 complete set. If AMC’s version of The Walking Dead is tops in your heart, consider McFarlane Toys’ second series of TV-based action figures, including fan-fave Bicycle Girl with reaching action, all the better to reenact truly “touching” moments.
-The Walking Dead Compendium One. For originalist purists and new fans, Compendium One, which includes most of the major storylines used on the TV show so far, is a great read, and heavy enough to do some damage if you have to whack a zombie in the head with it.
-Invincible compendium. If you want all the Kirkman wit, but with flights and tights instead of groans and bites, then Invincible is the book for you. Tying classic superheroism with a modern sensibility and a knowing wink to the comics stereotypes that have come before, it’ll get someone hooked on the comics habit when you buy them this book.
-DC/Vertigo’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel. People can debate all they want about the merits of Noomi Rapace versus Rooney Mara in their differing interpretations of Lisbeth Salander, but we’d like to present a third option. Featuring details the movies couldn’t fit into their running times, it also avoids the whole language/accent issue by leaving you free to imagine that part yourself.
-Superman: Earth One Vol. 1 & 2. J. Michael Straczynski’s saga-of-steel reinvents Superman in a new universe free of continuity baggage, as Clark Kent learns who he wants to be while having to fight off an alien army responsible for the destruction of his homeworld, Krypton.
- Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 – Black & White Limited Edition – Dave Petersen’s Mouse Guard is everything we wanted Brian Jacque’s Redwall series to be and more. This limited edition collection assembles the complete Winter 1152 story arc and will keep your jaw agape with stellar writing and lush illustrations.
-Sideshow Emma Frost Legendary Scale Bust. Warm your heart through the icy months with this icy bad girl of X-dom.
- Artifacts Hardcover - Penned by crossover master Ron Marz, Artifacts takes Top Cow’s supernatural stable of superheroes (and villains) and pits them against a universe-threatening menace. This oversize hardcover volume is just icing on an already epic cake.
- Think Tank Vol. 1. Tony Stark, eat your heart out. Think Tank follows Dr. David Loren, a brilliant playboy scientist who works for a military think tank creating weapons of increasingly massive destruction. Until he decides he’s had enough, that is. In the immortal words of Bill Nye the Science Guy‘s intro theme, “Science rules.”
-Avatar 3D Blu-ray. Why did the movie that gave us a new respect for 3D take so long to come out on 3D Blu-ray? James Cameron’s famous perfectionism, we’re thinking (and expecting).
-Anomaly. Shoot forward into the off-world colonies of the year 2717 in the massive, oversized, full-color graphic novel Anomaly, which features augmented reality apps that create 3-D models on your tablet as you follow the action on the page.
-Kotobukiya Boba Fett – Return of the Jedi version ARTFX+ statue. Whether or not he survived the Sarlacc – and we fully expect Episode VII to make that clear one way or the other – his legacy lives on. Now you get to make Boba your bounty.
-Star Wars: Sculpting a Galaxy book. Features more than 300 full-color photographs and illustrations from the Lucasfilm archives, models from all six films, interviews, images and text with concept sculptors, an overview of the ILM model shop from 1976 through today and numerous gatefolds of the most loved models.
-Kotobukiya Death Star Ice Trays. If the Death Star and Hoth had a baby…
-Gentle Giant Jar Jar Binks Holiday Bust 2-pack. Like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, Holiday Jar Jar is the underdog collectible who just needs some love. The goofy Gungan may not be much use in the Senate, but he’d liven up a holiday party for sure. Just be careful around the mistletoe, with that tongue of his…
-Her Universe Princess Leia Hoodie. Warm your (hair) buns for winter and look like Disney’s newest and baddest princess without hours spent at the space salon.
-Her Universe Darth Vader PJ Set (tank-top and pants). Now we know what makes Vader angry – he woke up on the dark side of the bed! These cute PJs may be styled after Anakin, but they’re fit for your favorite Amidala.
-Ted Blu-ray. Seth MacFarlane brought Sam J. Jones back to the big screen in full Flash Gordon get-up to portray himself as a coke-fueled lunatic. For this alone, we must own Ted. But the rest of it’s funny too.
-The Watch Blu-ray. This frat-pack comedy about a neighborhood watch that has to protect the world from alien invasion is a light, cheesy sci-fi adventure. The jokes often go for the easy pay off and the actors are playing characters we’ve seen them play time and time again, but The Watch is comedy comfort food. You watch this because you want to see a movie about man-children doing stupid things and not understanding the consequences.
-Universal 100 Blu-ray Set. Celebrate a century with twenty-five choice classics: with everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Scarface and Despicable Me; it’s nuts how close to pleasing everybody this particular gift gets.
-Blade Runner Blu-ray collector set. If the five-disc DVD suitcase for the 25th anniversary seemed too bulky, this Blu-ray set is for you, as it has a whopping five versions of the movie (theatrical, director’s cut, extended international theatrical cut, final cut, and workprint version) on only three discs. It’s the last Blade Runner set you’ll ever need to own, until Ridley Scott makes the sequel and a new one comes out.
-Prometheus Blu-ray. When fanboy rage at Damon Lindelof finally dies down, maybe then we can look at Prometheus without any baggage from Lost. Because after all, Ridley Scott has made a mighty ambitious prequel with an incredibly cynical take on humanity and the reasons why we may be endlessly predisposed toward violence, since we came from a space bio-weapons lab to begin with. Also, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron look mighty pretty and there’s cool aliens, along with some gleefully nasty self-surgery.
-NECA Engineer vs. Trilobite Prometheus action figure 2-pack. Proto-human takes on proto-facehugger, and it’s a far more brutal battle than John Hurt had on his hands in the first Alien. Re-enact the origins of humans and xenomorphs in toy form, because we know you’ve always dreamed of doing that.
-Gears of War Centaur Erector Set. Get into the real, literal nuts and bolts of the GOW universe as you screw together this tank, driven by li’l minifig versions of Augustus Cole and Marcus Fenix. Comes with two enemy Locusts and tiny guns for everyone.
-McFarlane Toys Halo 4 Boxed Set. Figures include Halo 4 Master Chief, Elite Zealot, Storm Grunt, and Spartan Warrior (Blue).
-McFarlane Toys Halo 4 Boxed Set #2. Includes Master Chief, Crawler, Watcher, and an exclusive purple version of the Spartan Soldier.
-Mighty Morphin Power Rangers original Series DVD Set. Teenagers who look like adults battle putty-monsters who look like men in suits, while wearing helmets with lips that don’t move, and occasionally summoning giant transforming robots. Makes sense to us…or it did, as far as we can remember.
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Series DVD Set. They got their start in black-and-white comics, but we’d wager that the way most fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first encountered them was as TV’s “heroes in a half-shell: Turtle power!” Bebop on over and rock steady as you relive all the old memories with the classic cartoons in a bodacious party-wagon box.
-Transformers Prime seasons 1 and 2 Blu-ray. This may be the best animated iteration of the toy robots in disguise so far, borrowing elements from prior cartoons and the live-action movies for an ultimate, unified interpretation. We predict they can transform your frown upside down.
-Kotobukiya Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Yami Yugi Ani*Statue - This statue is so well-sculpted that we would activate any number of trap cards to get our hands on it.
-Kotobukiya Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Seto Kaiba Ani*Statue – Forget the Millenium Puzzle pieces – we’d rather add this incredibly detailed Seto Kaiba statue to our collection instead. Sorry, fate of the universe!
- Set of three Final Fantasy KAI minis - Square Enix’s Trading Arts KAI collection runs the spectrum from hyperrealistic to the adorably super-deformed. Now, when we say super-deformed we don’t mean like Quasimodo; think more like DK mode from classic Goldeneye or the character sprites in Final Fantasy VII. One lucky winner will be taking home FFVII‘s Cloud, FFVIII‘s Squall and FFX‘s Yuna. Cue the victory music.
- Hitman: Absolution Play Arts KAI Agent 47. His work may be bloody, but his fashionable red tie means he can go to a post-mission cocktail party and it’ll mask any stray bloodstains. Tres chic, Agent 47, tres chic.
- Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Chocobo Plush Toy. For characters in the Final Fantasy games, it seems there’s nearly always a Chocobo somewhere nearby, willing to shake its tailfeathers for a few Gysahl Greens. Mere players of the games may be jealous, but now you too can use your hard-earned Gysahl greenbacks to snag a plush version of the big bird from Square Enix in honor of the franchise’s 25th anniversary
-Sharkoon X-Tatic Air Gaming Wireless Headset. When you need to hear every blast and explosion, but your relatives are telling you to be quiet so they can hear the game…this.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena DVD Box Set. Princes! Betrayal! Teenagers in love! Right Stuf takes the classic anime series and gives it an incredible makeover in this brand new box set featuring rare art, production materials and even a wearable ring! Prepare to be the envy of all your otaku friends.
- Martian Successor Nadesico DVD Box Set. In space, no one can hear you scream, but inside the spaceship ND-01 Nadesico, everyone can hear you laughing, because this raucous sci-fi comedy is a blast from start to finish. Not only that, but Right Stuf’s box set collects the tie-in film and, for the first time in English, the Gekingangar 3 spin-off series!
- Ristorante Paradiso DVD Box Set. A scorned daughter sets off for Rome with the intention of ruining her absentee mother’s life, only to find that she’s working in an awesome restaurant with the coolest bespectacled staff ever. This revenge drama turned slice-of-life story is sweet, thoughtful, funny and will leave you with a powerful hunger for anything and everything carbohydrated. Seriously, why does animated food always look so darn good?
-The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game. If toy weapons aren’t your thing and you’d rather use intellect and sarcasm as your weapons instead, this game by Cryptozoic will help you get your geek on.
-Doctor Who Teapot. You’ve heard of the metaphorical tempest in a teacup? Howzabout a TARDIS in a teapot? Make yourself the most refreshing cuppa of all time (and space). But what kind of dinner set can we get to match?
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