Typically I don't bother writing about the endless parade of merchandise cranked out in an effort to take money away from the ever eager fanboys and girls wanting to saturate their bedroom/dorm/house with geek pariphinalia*- if I did that, I'd be writing several posts a day on action figures alone. However, every now and then items come along which are just too interesting/appealing to ignore. Now, I'm not saying that I'd purchase them (or advise others to do so), as the price tags for merch like this tend to be astromical; I'm just saying that it's neat stuff.

  • DC Direct has announced they will be releasing a limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain replica mask based on the mask used inV for Vendetta. The replica will run at an extremely limited 500 item release, and will go on sale February 22 with a pricetag of 200 dollars.
  • Code 3 Collectibles is producing a fancy looking replica of Darth Vader's TIE Fighter in its Signature Series. It'll be "an authentic reproduction of the TIE Advanced X1 Starfighter to date; complete with battle damage. Every detail of the original starship has been meticulously captured." It weighs in at a hefty 450 dollars.
  • Finally, Sideshow Collectibles announces their Lurtz Premium Format LotR figure, rendered at 1/4 scale. The figure is a blend of polystone and leatherwork and was sculpted by Steve West. Shipping in third quarter 2006, you can buy a Lurtz of your very own for around 350 dollars.

For full details and images of these shiney toys and others, head on over to Cinescape's toy section.

*I'm not making fun of you, eager fanboys and girls. Okay, well, I am...but only tongue in cheek. After all, I've got a Mega Man action figure on my computer tower at work.

[via Cinescape]