75 Years Of DC Comics
In what's being called "the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics," 75 Years of DC Comics details the history of the publishing giant, in a book sized to match. This sucker weighs just shy of sixteen pounds, and contains over 2,000 images. Far from being just a coffee table book for a very sturdy coffee table, this book is intended as a reference, containing essays on historical context, four-foot fold-out timelines, and detailed biographies. Author Paul Levitz has worked for DC for 38 years, and while this means the book is likely biased, I'm not expecting an exposé. I want the whole enchilada on my favorite publisher, and it sounds like 75 Years of DC Comics will deliver. Every review I've read indicated that this book is worth the price, and with a $200.00 list price, that's really saying something. Hey, my birthday's near Christmas - we can do a two-for-one, and this can be my only present, okay?
Epic Mickey Collector's Edition
I know, I'm the Not Games Editor, I should leave the games to the gamers. I just can't help myself here. In Epic Mickey, I get to play as Mickey, platform through levels inspired by classic Disney animation, and explore abandoned Disney creations. That would be sufficient, as they had me at "play as Mickey." With the knowledge that my weapons of choice are paint and paint thinner, though, this game leaps from "I want this, please," to "I'm pretty sure I can't know true happiness without Epic Mickey." The Collector's Edition includes a Wii console skin and remote faceplate, which I couldn't care less about, but also provides a 5" vinyl Mickey figure, battle-ready and wielding a paintbrush. I've already cleared a space for him on my desk. I'm tempted to supplement my gameplay with the Paintbrush Nunchuk, but am worried about losing my tenuous grip on adulthood.
TARDIS Cookie Jar
ThinkGeek describes this as "a must for Doctor Who fans who like cookies," and I figure that has to describe just about everyone, right? Who can resist the antics of everyone's favorite time lord, or the tantalizing aroma of some freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip? Even if this beautiful police call box replica didn't have the capacity to hold baked goods, I might want one anyway. Far and away, though, the best features of this cookie jar are the "authentic TARDIS sound effects." You might think that the time rattle of the TARDIS accompanying every reach for a cookie might become bothersome. I think it'll prevent my husband from eating all the cookies before I get the chance to have one. It's happened before. Save me, Doctor, and protect the cookies.