We have no shame about all the toys and collectibles we buy, and you shouldn’t either. You should have even less shame about giving them to your loved ones this holiday season, because seriously, have you seen most pop culture swag nowadays? Because pop culture swag nowadays is sweet as hell. Here’s the proof.
For 17 years Lego has made playsets based on the galaxy far, far away, but this is by far the biggest: a fully armed and operational Lego battle station. Featuring just over four thousand pieces and over 20 mini-figures, this humongous display piece lets fans recreate iconic scenes from A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, from Luke and Leia’s swing across the chasm, to the duel between Darth Vader and Luke in the Emperor’s throne room. This is a set for serious Lego and Star Wars diehards— just be prepared to spend a weekend building it. (Lego, $500)
Funko doesn’t just make those big-headed Pop vinyl toys that seemingly cover every franchise on the planet. In the case of Game of Thrones, they actually make a whole line of 3.75-inch action figures too. Most of the current toys are based on characters from the Night’s Watch and beyond the wall, which makes this playset depicting a chunk of the wall perfect to display them upon. It even comes with a Tyrion Lannister figure to start with, if you ever wanted to recreate the moment he empties his bladder atop the tallest structure in Westeros on your desk. (Funko, $35)
Young Elliot and Darlene grew up obsessed with a very weird, very gory film called The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie; it was a thematic influence on their lives, and it also inspired the “face” of their hacker group, fsociety. Gift this grinning replica to your favorite Mr. Robot fan to add to their hoodie collection. It would look just as good displayed on a wall as it would being worn in an anti-Evil Corp video. The website selling the masks offers a volume discount, in case you need 100 of them to jump-start your own revolution. (NBC Universal, $12)
Starfleet Academy doesn’t exist (yet), so your dreams of flying the Enterprise may seem to be unreachable. Not so, thanks to this rather amazing remote-controlled quadcopter of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A. Besides, you know, actually flying, it has 10 authentic lights and sounds, and it also easy enough that any beginner will feel like a captain in no time. (Air Hogs, $129.99)
Unless you’re someone trying to scam their way through life, chances are that you love Lying Cat, the unofficial mascot of comic-book series Saga. Now the feline who only ever says one word of dialogue jumps from the pages of the best-selling sci-fi series by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. Just look at that widdle judgmental grimace! Who can resist it? You can? “Lying.” (Image Comics, $75)
You know how Lootcrate sends its subscribers a box of collectibles and toys and shirts and stuff each month? Well, this is Lootcrate but without the risk of getting something that isn’t based around Funko’s adorably large-headed Marvel hero. Each crate is themed around a different Marvel character or team (e.g., Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, the X-Men) and contains at least $50 of exclusive Funko Marvel toys, shirts, and collectibles—for only half the price. Six boxes are released every year! (Marvel/Funko, $25 per box)
Inspired by The Walking Dead, Athony Petrie’s beautiful print maps Rick Grimes’s home stage of Georgia, while presenting a topographical chart of the stark reality that zombies will be killing most of his friends and loved ones.
This 24x26-inch print is limited to a run of 100, so don’t dawdle if you want to give it to someone (or want it for yourself). (Gallery 1988, $40)
Travel back in time to the far-flung future of 2015 with this wonderfully detailed figure based on Back to the Future Part II’s memorable imagining of what 2015 might look like to someone in 1989. Featuring Marty McFly in his 2015-appropriate attire—right down to the shiny baseball cap and even the self-lacing Nike shoes!—this 12-inch tall figure comes with a ton of fun accessories… and yes, of course he has the hoverboard too, and even a stand for you to pose him on it mid-flight. (Hot Toys, $235)
There’s no shortage of novelty Monopoly variations out there, but this Steven Universe set is special. As you move your way around the board using your adorable token (your choices: Peridot’s Boot, Garnet’s Gauntlet, Roaming Eye, Ukulele, Greg’s Van, or Lion), you might just land on Big Donut or the top-dollar property, Beach City Boardwalk... and if you have enough Crystal Gem-themed cash on hand, you can buy the damn place. And forget about building a house or a hotel in this version of Monopoly—it’s all Gems and Cluster Gems here. (USAopoly, $39.99)
I have spent most of my life wanting to be on the bridge of U.S.S. Enterprise. And now I am an adult and I still want that ship’s bridge in my home, which is made possible with this set that also includes Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Sulu. It’s a nice set for the Star Trek fan that won’t completely break the bank. (Mega Bloks, $59.99)
Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man stole the show in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year, but if you’re looking for merchandise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe-approved webslinger, it’s hard to beat this brilliant version from Hasbro’s 6-inch line of Marvel Legends action figures. Spidey’s only available in this box set, with variant versions of Captain America and Iron Man, battle-damaged from their brutal scuffle during the film’s climax. Tony and Steve come with alternate heads, Cap’s battle-scarred shield, and repulsor-blast effects pieces, but the real highlight is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in his new movie costume. (Hasbro, $63)
He may be a brooding hunk with great abs and a refusal to shave on Arrow, but we prefer this adorable tiny version of DC’s Emerald Archer. Mainly because in this 4-inch statue, he’s firing his trademark boxing glove arrow, of course. We generally think all of Green Arrow’s trick arrows should be boxing glove arrows. Basically, we just want there to be more boxing glove arrow merchandise for Green Arrow. Also we’d like to quit writing the word “arrow.” (QMX, $14.95)