The Best Collectible, Toy and Game Gifts Of 2014

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Funko’s Disney Mystery Minis $9 each blind box

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Ichiban Toys Jaws Orca Custom Lego Set $29: This is a fan created lego kit recreating the Orca ship from Jaws. I bought the Back to the Future time machine from Ichiban before LEGO decided to make an official set.

A single tweet made this happen – the idea of the boat from Jaws instantly got us excited about launching a new boat kit. It was also an ideal design to allow a lot of “play area” with minifigures. It was great fun designing it and just as much fun playing with it afterwards. Just watch out for sharks! Captain the boat with the ship’s wheel on the top deck. Perfectly positioned for your captain minifigure! Ample space on the pulpit for your crew member to harpoon that shark from. He can even hold on to the railings! The rear includes a red seat that actually swivels! Nice spot for some fishing! Includes three barrels! Full of details including a mast lamp, porthole and more! THIS KIT INCLUDES: 164 pieces. These are all brand-new genuine LEGO elements. “Orca” sticker printed on high quality glossy sticker paper! Professionally designed full-color step-by-step instruction sheet printed on smooth, high-quality 28lb paper! Packaged in a collector’s quality box.

 

Games

If you came here looking for video game gifts, I’m sorry. I’m not a video gamer anymore, and have in recent years gotten sucked into table top gaming. So I thought I’d share some fun movie and television based board games with you, alongside some current favorite releases or interesting bits like the first one on this list…

Cards Against Humanity's The Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa

Cards Against Humanity’s The Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa $15: I did this last year and it was great to get ten mystery gifts over ten days. Most of the gifts involved Holiday themed cards for the Cards Against Humanity game, including one custom printed with my own name. It also included a full micro game unrelated to Cards Against Humanity. What will the CAH guys give us this year? Only $15 to find out.

Give us $15 and we’ll send you ten mystery gifts for the ten days or whatever of Kwanzaa. Click to learn more. You give us $15 now. We’ll prepare ten mystery gifts for you. You’ll receive ten gifts in the mail during December. Only 250,000 slots available, one per person.

The Big Lewbowski Pinball Machine

The Big Lewbowski Pinball Machine $9000 (preorder for April 2015): The ultimate expensive gift for a Big Lebowski fan.

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Star Wars Imperial Assault $69: This is my most anticipated board game of the year. Star Wars Imperial Assault is a miniature-style board game inspired by the game system found in Descent: Journey’s in the Dark. While I’ve never played Descent, I’ve been a fan of other campaign-styled dungeon crawlers like Plaid Hat Games’ Mice & Mystics series. Imperial Assault offers two different game modes: An epic expansive RPG-style adventure campaign, as well as competitive, customizable 2-player head-to-head experience.

Imperial Assault casts you and your friends into the climatic events following the Death Star’s destruction above Yavin 4, and offers two full game experiences within the Star Wars saga. In the campaign game, you and up to four other friends play a series of thrilling missions woven together in a narrative campaign, and in the skirmish game, you and your opponent muster your own strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives. Whether you play as a hero of the Rebellion and fight alongside iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, or command the seemingly limitless armies of the Galactic Empire, you’ll enter the Star Wars universe in Imperial Assault. As an added bonus, Imperial Assault includes the Darth Vader Villain Pack and the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack. These figure packs mark the first expansions for Imperial Assault, adding sculpted plastic figures with new campaign and skirmish missions.

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition $42 I have yet to play this game but everyone tells me its one of the best television series to board game adaptations and if you’re a fan of the books or show you’ll love it.

A board game based on A Game of Thrones, a novel now adapted to an HBO series 3-6 players take command of the Great Houses of Westeros Updated second edition, incorporates elements of past expansions Features a streamlined rulebook and updated art Includes welcome new enhancements like Tides of Battle cards and player screens

Firefly: The Game

Firefly: The Game $42: This is a fun game, and you’ll definitely get more out of it if you are a fan of the series. You basically live in the Firefly universe and must make your way in the verse. You decide who joins your crew, if you’re going to be lawful, or take illegal missions. They have also released a few expansion packs which add greatly to the game including a combat option.

Firefly, the popular Fox television series created by Joss Whedon, comes to life in a new boardgame from Gale Force Nine. Compelling characters, great storytelling and an evocative universe have made Firefly a fan favorite for over a decade. Now fans of the television show and board games can chart their own course with Firefly: The Game. In Firefly: The Game, players captain their own Firefly-class transport ship, traveling the ‘Verse with a handpicked crew of fighters, mechanics and other travelers. As a captain desperate for work, players are compelled to take on any job – so long as it pays. Double-dealing employers, heavy-handed Alliance patrols and marauding Reavers are all in a day’s work for a ship’s captain at the edge of the ‘Verse.

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Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set $29: This is a great two person game. Its a minitures war game with you controlling either the Imperials or Rebels. The only problem with this game is that the core set only comes with two tie fighters and 1 x-wing. Fantasy Flight Games has released a ton of more ships, including HUGE ships, and the game gets better the more you have. You can have fun with the core set, but you’ll quickly want more — and its a big deep money hole.

X-Wing is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission! The X-Wing starter set includes everything you need to begin your battles, such as scenarios, cards, and fully assembled and painted ships. What’s more, X-Wing’s quick-to-learn ruleset establishes the foundation for a system that can be expanded with your favorite ships and characters from the Star Wars universe.

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game $51: I havent played this card game but it comes highly recommended by trusted friends in the gaming industry. If you like the Alien series, you can play through each of the movies in mission based games.

Own the first ever Alien Deck Building Game! Use Legendary moves from battling Super Villains to battling chest-bursting, face-hugging, acid-for-blood-having Aliens. This game features some of Alien’s greatest protagonists, including Ripley, Dallas, Bishop and Private Hicks, as they go to battle against some of the most terrifying creatures in the universe. Players must work with each other to defeat the terrifying Xenomorps! Each core set comes with 500+ playable cards featuring all original art. Also included is a Legendary Encounters Alien game mat to help organize the playing field. Product Breakdown: -500+ total Original Art Card Set -Full Color Game Board (mat) -Full Color Rule Book -Card inserts for easy organization -Customize your card organization with removable foam inserts

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