Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That’s usually gift card territory. But it doesn’t have to end that way! We’re here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we’ve got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
By Chris Sims
If you’ve taken a spin through the toy aisle lately, you’ve probably already noticed just how much comics-related LEGO stuff is out there now. In addition to their usual lines of spacemen, pirates and knights, everyone’s favorite Danish building blocks have sets based on Marvel, DC, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even Spongebob Squarepants.
LEGO builder oLaF left that last one out, but in an amazing diorama showing the Joker rampaging through a city in a custom-built mech suit, he threw in just about everything else.
Check it out on ComicsAlliance!
It’s a testament to how well-made the video game Lego Batman 2: Superheroes Unite is that large chunks of the “story” scenes can be repurposed and matched with new material so seamlessly that it’s difficult to tell that any part of the new direct-to-DVD movie Lego Batman: The Movie — DC Superheroes Unite was ever intended for anything other than a slick computer-animated movie.
And it’s a testament to how well-made the movie is that it manages to avoid the major pitfall of most bigger-budget, higher-profile based-on-a-videogame movies — you know, your Mortal Kombats, your Tomb Raiders, your Resident Evils, your Doom or your (shudder) Super Mario Bros. That is, that it’s generally more fun to play a videogame then to watch someone else, even A-list Hollywood types like Angelina Jolie or The Rock, play it instead.
By Joe Hughes
It’s ComicsAlliance’s first day back, and our return is due in large part to our readers, many of whom showed up nearly every day to show support even when the site all but shut down. After all of that, we felt the need to show our appreciation in some small way, and we figured handing out some cool stuff was at least a pretty good start, so we’ve teamed up with our new sister sites Arcade Sushi and ScreenCrush to set up a giveaway of this Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout Lego Set.
Head over to ComicsAlliance to enter!