Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 Geek Gift Guide: Star Wars Edition

Disney's recent acquisition of Lucasfilm has given Star Wars fans a new hope - could a new trilogy of sequels erase the bad taste left in our collective mouths by the much lauded prequels? That exciting possibility has also rekindled fans' love of the original series. Ironic that George Lucas financially divorcing himself from the series has made it socially acceptable once again to be a Star Wars fan, just in time for the holidays as well! Loving all things Jedi may have gone in and out of style over the past thirty years, but the merchandising machine never stopped making awesome Star Wars related items. These ARE the gifts your friends and family will be looking for this year:




For the discerning Star Wars fan, the nerd couture clothing of Black Milk makes a perfect gift. Showing your love of Star Wars does not have to be limited to wearing tee's sold at big box stores! Choose from dresses, bathing suits, and leggings adorned with the characters of Star Wars.



If you decide to get this loose tea infuser as a gift, may I suggest getting black tea to go with it? Only the darkest of teas should be crated by the Death Star.



When you give this Star Wars' (noun) as a gift for (holiday), you will make (name of person) the (adjective) person on (holiday) morning.




If you know someone looking for that final touch in their Jaba the Hutt-like party den, this dart board adorned with gold bikini Princess Leia will really tie the room together.



Not only do you have 20 years worth of tie in stories to choose from, but some of the biggest names in comics have written Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. The likes of Chuck Dixon, Chris Claremont, John Ostrander, and Stan Sakai have penned stories while Adam Hughes and Tony Akins have penciled issues. One of my personal favorites (as seen above) is a Valentine's Day special written by Judd Winick and drawn by Paul Chadwick. Another reason to buy these comics as gifts this year is because Dark Horse may not have the rights to publish Star Wars comics for much longer. With Disney now owning Marvel and Lucasfilm, it is likely that they will decide to keep all of their intellectual property with one publisher, much the way Boom! Studios lost the rights to those Pixar books (those were hot sellers, especially for all ages titles).

This Etsy seller has several different Star Wars propaganda posters to choose from, each equally rousing as the last. Perfect for the friend that is equal part Star Wars fan and history buff.



If you have yet to enjoy Jeffrey Brown's adorable Vader & Son, do yourself a favor and read it before passing it along as a gift (they won't know). If your friend already has this book, you can pre-order the eagerly anticipated sequel, Vader's Little Princess due for release in May. It's a long way off, so perhaps downloading these adorable Luke, Leia, and Vader themed present tags will make the wait feel a little shorter.

Next: Comic Book Gift Guide!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2012 Geek Gift Guide: Trekkie Edition

For this year's annual geek gift guide, we decided to make it even easier for our readers to find that perfect gift. Over the course of the next week, we will bring you guides specially catered to the different nerds in your life, whether they are Trekkies, Star Wars fans, or strictly comic book readers. See the perfect gift? Make it so by following the link!




When it comes to custom licensed tee's, you won't find better options than We Love Fine's fan sourced designs. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the t-shirt design contests that have been regular events at We Love Fine have resulted in unique and clever options for consumers. If you've ever lamented the lack of Uhura t-shirts, look no further! Several winning designs feature the communications officer. Another favorite winning design features all five captions as 8-bit characters in a fictional crossover game. Whether your Stark Trek loving friend is a man or woman, every design at We Love Fine comes in both men and women's sizes.




Hands down, this has to be the most honorable way to open one's letters. Perfect for fans of Next Generation and Deep Space 9's resident klingon, Worf.




You will find a special place in the Trek fan's heart when you purchase the TNG Blu Ray box set(s) for them this year. Season 2 is officially released on December 4th, so unless they pre-ordered, there's a good chance it will be a surprise for them to find it underneath their Christmas tree.




With a large influx of copy-cat crafters and resellers of mass produced items, it is harder than ever to navigate Etsy if one is looking for truly unique handcrafted items. A search for Star Trek yields several hundred pages of results, and you'll still find several items that aren't related to the franchise in the slightest. We've done some of the legwork for you by picking out a few of the standout  handmade items, including this Star Trek Enterprise print skirt. The seller also offers other nerdy prints, such as a Buffy skirt and NES remote skirt.



 

This is for fans of the original series, particularly the fourth feature film The Voyage Home (aka, the whale movie). The cast of Star Trek finds themselves traveling back in time to 1980's San Francisco, and Scotty has a rather embarrassing but memorable interaction with an early computer as depicted on this mug. Great for your friend that works in IT!




This etsy seller has been making these unique, delicious looking cookies for a while but I have yet to order these Star Trek baked goods. That will have to change in the near future. If you have several friends to buy for, you could even order a batch and divvy them out amongst several lucky recipients. Seeing Spock's hand greeting one from a stocking would be prosperous, indeed!


 

'Nuff Said. 




Voyager's Neelix may be on the cover, but this collection of Star Trek themed recipes spans all of the various Star Trek's. Finally, you can give your friend the chance to make Klingon Gagh at their next dinner party!

Next: Star Wars Gift Guide!