The finest gaming and film toys and collectibles we’ll by no means promote

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The best gaming and movie toys and collectibles we’ll never sell

Pop tradition fandom takes on many types. Whether or not it’s cosplay, fan fiction, or simply obsessively accumulating an entire bunch of stuff, there are a multifaceted wealth of ways in which individuals can fly their geek flag excessive and proud.

After pulling collectively the spherical up of our favourite bodily media final week, we obtained to questioning: “What about all this different cool stuff we love, does this stuff rely as bodily media? Because it’s nice stuff.” In the curiosity of not overwhelming readers with an inventory consisting of over a bajillion entries collectively splitting hairs over the taxonomical definition of what qualifies as “media,” we’ve taken the chance to dedicate this week’s publish solely to popular culture collectibles and memorabilia.

Here are a couple of of Polygon staffers’ favourite popular culture collectibles. Shout off and present of your individual collections within the feedback!


Nier Automata music field

A music box for Nier: Automata

Photo: Square Enix

You study rather a lot about your self when a drunk driver crashes into your house workplace at 2 a.m., destroying almost all the things you’ve accrued over the previous 30 years. First, you’ll verify to see if everybody’s OK. You. Your household. The driver. All secure. Then you’ll have a look at the rubble and start to look, instinctively, for what issues most. In my case, I appeared for wedding ceremony vows, written by my spouse on two scraps of resort notary, which she had framed for me as a present.

Once you discover a very powerful factor, your mind instantly chooses the second most necessary factor. And the third most necessary factor. For a second, working my manner by way of this vetting of many years of stuff, I gained an acute understanding of which possessions mattered, and realized the reply was “not much.” I’d be OK with out all this junk. Sad, however OK. Stuff-less.

The one piece of online game ephemera I did mine from the wreckage, roughly round 4 a.m., and utilizing the flash on my iPhone, was a music field. Branded for Nier Automata and roughly as giant as two bite-size Snickers, the mechanical doodad nonetheless performed its mechanical rendition of a tune about life after loss. I didn’t seize it for this pseudo-poetic purpose. Of course not! I grabbed it as a result of, like Nier, and I traveled midway throughout the globe to attend the official Nier symphony and bought the music field as my memento. Small and dense, it survived the affect.

Now I preserve the music field on my nightstand, a totem with new that means, reminding me of that euphoric readability. —Chris Plante

An entire set of The Big O mini collectible figurines

A photo of the entire set of limited edition figurines based on the 1999 mecha anime The Big O

Photo: Toussaint Egan/Polygon

As a rule, I have a tendency to like all issues retro-futuristic and neo-noir. So I’m a giant fan of The Big O, the 1999 mecha anime collection created by director Kazuyoshi Katayama and designer Keiichi Sato (Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still). Set in Paradigm City, the final remaining bastion of civilization within the wake of a cataclysmic occasion which destroyed the remainder of the planet and seemingly erased the recollections of all those that survived, the collection adopted Roger Smith, a former navy police officer-turned-freelance negotiator who solved disputes and crimes with wit and an enormous steampunk robotic with humongous pistons for arms and eyeballs that shot lasers.

Having watched and cherished the collection from its preliminary run on Cartoon Network’s Toonami again in 2001 and its Western-produced second season on Adult Swim in 2003, and with no entry to DVD set or Blu-ray on the time, I knew I wished to have one thing of it to proudly proclaim my fandom. I got here throughout two figurine units that includes a lot of the present’s principal solid produced shortly after the collection’ first season a pair years in the past and rapidly snatched them up. Nowadays I preserve most of them in storage, with the only exception of Roger Smith and the Big O itself standing entrance and middle of my monitor stand subsequent to my Bloodborne Hunter figurine and my Funko pop of Westworld’s Dr. Robert Ford. In the phrases of Marge Simpson, “I just think they’re neat!” —Toussaint Egan

Life-size cutout of Elizabeth Swann, Pirate King

Photo: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

I’m an grownup with a full-time job and a wage, and which means I can buy objects that I solely dared dream of as a baby. I’ve already spoken at nice lengths about how deeply obsessed I used to be (and am!) with Pirates of the Caribbean, particularly Elizabeth Swann. As the heroine of the franchise, Elizabeth is courageous, daring, clever, and resourceful, and she or he unapologetically goes after what she needs. She’s additionally performed by Keira Knightley, whom I really like. Right across the time I rewatched all three of the nice Pirates films final summer season, I made a decision to indulge my infantile whimsy and searched to see if a cardboard cutout of Elizabeth Swann existed on-line. Turns out, it did and it was less expensive than I anticipated.

My life-size cardboard cutout of Elizabeth Swann, as seen within the Pirate King outfit she wears on the finish of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, is immediately positioned behind me throughout my workday. She joins Zoom calls (although I have a tendency to maneuver her out of the best way for brand spanking new interviews, as a result of she is unquestionably a speaking level). When I really feel unhappy or misplaced, I look towards her for steerage, and she or he gazes upon me together with her darkish brown eyes and lets me know that I can also stand up and be a Pirate King. There is one thing so joyful about strolling into my dwelling workplace each morning and seeing Elizabeth ready for me to begin my day. She offers me energy, all for the beautiful low price of $35.99 plus transport and dealing with. —Petrana Radulovic

Two Spartans (from Halo: Reach) handcuffed collectively

Two Spartan action figures from Halo Reached sitting on a shelf, handcuffed together.

Photo: Nicole Carpenter/Polygon

I do know nearly nothing in regards to the origins of those toys, neither how I acquired them or when I acquired them. But I’ve stored them round over the previous 10 years not solely as a result of Halo is my favourite franchise of all time — I was the form of one that performed Halo video games and solely Halo video games — however as a result of what they represented has developed over time. Particularly, how they obtained completely tied collectively by that tiny set of handcuffs.

My now-spouse and I went to an arcade for our first date; he’d pushed a couple of hours to fulfill me. It was snowing, and it was a three-hour drive for him. We had been the one individuals within the arcade as a result of it will definitely grew to become a shock blizzard. We received sufficient tickets to get a prize. Unfortunately, we didn’t win sufficient tickets to get something very good, so we settled on one of the best we might afford: a couple of items of sweet and the tiny handcuffs. When we obtained again to the home, I connected {the handcuffs} to my two Halo: Reach Spartans, a method to preserve myself from dropping the prize.

Anyway, that was one thing like eight (?) years in the past. We’ve been married for a couple of years and reside along with a cat and canine. I’ve misplaced quite a lot of possessions in my life (together with the arcade ticket my associate used to suggest to me with) however I by some means managed to maintain observe of those two Spartans, who’ve remained completely enjoined by the tiny set of handcuffs. I’ve moved a number of instances for the reason that handcuffs had been positioned, however they continue to be collectively to at the present time, guarding my ink assortment.

Despite my associate having no real interest in the Halo franchise, these two figures all the time make me smile, and consider our first date within the arcade, the place we performed Rock Band in the course of a snowstorm. —Nicole Carpenter

Sakura Kinomoto Stars Bless You Figure

Photo: Julia Lee/Polygon

I repeatedly make poor monetary selections by shopping for anime figures. My room and workplace area is affected by figures of every kind, from my beloved [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Mika Jougasaki one-eighth scale figs to smaller figures of League of Legends’ Ok/DA ladies. My favourite determine is the one-seventh scale Sakura Kinomoto: Stars Bless You determine, which has the star of Cardcaptor Sakura floating alongside planets with lovely clear wings and a wood base.

Despite the price, I knew I needed to have this determine the second I noticed it. Sakura has been an influential a part of my life since I used to be a bit of lady, not solely being the protagonist of the primary anime collection I’ve ever watched, but additionally due to her “invincible spell.” She tells herself that all the things will certainly be alright, and she or he works laborious to verify issues find yourself alright. I used to say I had entry to the identical magical spell after I was going by way of robust instances. This determine sits alongside my volumes of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga and serves as a reminder that regardless of any hardships I’m going by way of, all the things will certainly be alright. —Julia Lee

Being Jeff Goldblum Poster

Photo: Josh Rios/Polygon

I don’t actually gather a lot nowadays because of the restricted quantity of area that I’ve in my condominium. The one factor I do have is a considerable quantity of wall area. Wall area that I’ve coated with varied prints akin to my Batman: The Animated Series prints from Mondo. There is one piece I really like until the ends of the earth and that’s my faux film poster for Being Jeff Goldblum. I purchased it due to the collection of faux sequels for films that by no means obtained sequels. (Being Jeff Goldblum hypothetically being the sequel to Being John Malkovich.) It is all the time a dialog piece when individuals come over and ask “ Is that real?” —Josh Rios

Fatal Fury collectible figurines

green, red, and blue Fatal Fury figurines in a Ziploc bag

Photo: Matt Leone/Polygon

I’ve been going minimalist lately, eliminating a bunch of outdated video games and consoles, so all the things I care about principally suits in a single drawer. And I don’t actually have a favourite, however the smallest factor in that drawer is an outdated Ziploc bag with seven miniature Fatal Fury figures. They look 3D-printed, however are a lot older than that. These got here from a mail-in advertising program that I feel was in an outdated subject of GameFan — you mailed in a return envelope and so they despatched you a determine, or one thing like that. So I stored sending envelopes, and so they stored sending again figures. Then I held onto them for 30 years.

Bonus: That brown circle behind Billy Kane’s head is a token for Sega’s holographic arcade sport Time Traveler, which I picked up off the bottom at a Sega mall tour selling the sport within the early ’90s. —Matt Leone

An authentic Ursula Vernon triptych

A triptych painted by author Ursula Vernon

Photo: Tasha Robinson/Polygon

Back earlier than Ursula Vernon was the celebrated creator of the Dragonbreath and Hamster Princess youngsters’s books, she was primarily often known as a fantasy artist and the creator of the stellar, Hugo-winning graphic series Digger. And sooner or later in there, she auctioned off a collection of original-art commissions, and I received the one for “Anything you want, as long as it’s a mouse.” At the time, she was producing lavish work of mice in masquerade masks, in order that’s what I requested for — a collection of masked mice climbing darkish branches, on their method to a ball. Somehow this developed into her portray me a triptych, which arrived in an enormous, custom-made wood field. It’s been a minimum of a dozen years now that her work have had pleasure of place in my front room, and I get to admire them once more each time she places out a brand new guide for adults — she’s at present publishing a few of my favorite new fantasy novels underneath the pen title T. Kingfisher, and I’m each ecstatic about how her profession’s developed, and ecstatic that I personal my very own little private a part of it. —Tasha Robinson

Storm figurine from X-Men (2000)

Action figure of Storm from the 2000 X-Men movie

Photo: Maddy Myers/Polygon

This figurine of Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, represents the character as portrayed by Halle Berry within the 2000 movie X-Men — a broadly panned efficiency in a movie that gave the character little or no to do, particularly contemplating that she’s one of many planet’s strongest mutants. And but that movie adaptation kicked off what would turn out to be my lifelong obsession with the X-Men basically and my crush on Storm specifically.

Looking again on it now, I take subject with many facets of X-Men (2000), particularly with director Bryan Singer’s alleged behavior on and off set. But it was additionally a film that got here out in a time after I had lastly turn out to be snug with my attraction to individuals throughout the gender spectrum. Even although I went again into the closet once more in my 20s, when that first X-Men film got here out, I lived a couple of years of blissful queer affirmation, celebrating my crushes on Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, and James Marsden in equal measure (I didn’t a lot have a crush on Famke Janssen as need to be her, and likewise the mutant she performed, Jean Grey). My crush on Storm went past all the remaining, and that’s why my homosexual finest pal Ryan (with whom I now co-host an X-Men podcast) purchased me this Storm figurine on the time.

To me, the X-Men and their journey towards self-acceptance mirrored my very own journey, which has had as many ups and downs and moments of self-doubt as Wolverine’s tortured backstory. Throughout all of it, I’ve held onto this figurine as a reminder of a notable excessive level. —Maddy Myers

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