Superheroes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. From the box office-shattering reciepts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the television triumphs of Watchmen and Doom Patrol, 2019 was a very good year for costumed crime fighters. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite gift ideas this year that will make you a shopping superhero!
Now that the first (only?) season of HBO’s Watchmen is over, interest in all things based on the story are once again high. In a bit of timeliness that would make Dr. Manhattan proud, DC has just released ths volume of ephemeral material from the 1980s that includes materials from the Watchmen RPG, comic cameos, and more. The most interesting part? All of this stuff was endorsed by Alan Moore himself. How’s that for a Christmas miracle?
Obviously, the graphic novel itself is pretty much the best comic gift you can give anyone….if they don’t already own it multiple times…
DC Collectibles Doomsday Clock: Dr. Manhattan/Ozymandias Action Figure 2-Pack
In conjunction with the release of the Doomsday Clock comic (itself worth checking out), DC Collectibles has released this great two-pack of figures of Watchmen characters who also play a crucial role in the HBO series — Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias.
Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero
For the Marvel fan who seemingly has it all we recommend this jaw-dropping release from 1975 that tells the story of Spider-Man through rock music. With narration from Stan Lee himself and songs like “Peter Stays and Spider-Man Goes,” and the Led Zeppelin-esque “Doctor Octopus Part II” (sample lyric: “Fantastic Four, and you there The Hulk, you’re going to cry like a baby…and you’re gonna sulk”) this album is an incredibly sincere — if super goofy — tribute to Spidey that every fan of the character should hear.
Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season Blu-ray
Originally airing on DC Universe, Doom Patrol is something of a TV miracle. A weird and profoundly touching exploration of trauma and family dynamics that also happens to be hilarious and also work as a great superhero show. The less you know about this series going into it the better, but take our word for that that is some amazing television right here, and easily one of 2019’s best shows overall.
Chia Pet Deadpool
Somehow we think that Wade Wilson would more than approve of this.
Thanos Hallmark Christmas Tree Ornament
Sing along with us: “Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree! How man is your titan?”
Batman 4K Film Collection
4K Ultra HD versions of Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin are included in this deluxe set…meaning that even the movies featured here that aren’t great will at least look and sound like they are.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Spider-Man Noir Funko POP!
As voiced by Nicolas Cage in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Spider-Man Noir is a dark and brooding fellow. Yet his Funko POP! vinyl figure looks friendly and approachable. Always with the contradictions, Spidey is.
Thor Mjölnir Tool Set
Form meets function in this truly inspired tool set from Buyton that allows anyone to live out their Asgardian fantasies. Not THOSE ones, perverts.
“Sticking the landing” is a term that is much ballyhooed these days, and it’s easy to understand why. So many pop culture franchises have blown the final act that disapointment has become far too commonplace. Fortunately this is not a problem that Avengers: Endgame has. The film is an absolute triumph from beginning to end that cements the fact that superhero films are very much a genre that are here to stay…and an achievement whose ramifications will be continue to be felt for years to come.
Spider-Man: Far from Home
There’s never been a better live-action Spider-Man than Tom Holland, and this movie allows the character to reach surprising new heights. We’re beyond thrilled that this iteration of the character will remain in the MCU, especially given the events of this film’s mid-credits scene.
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
The character of Harley Quinn has never been more compelling than in this coming-of-age graphic novel from writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Steve Pugh.
Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia
Everything you could possibly ever want to know about the characters — both good and bad — who inhabit the Marvel Cinematic Universe is featured in this exhaustively researched tome.
Fisher-Price Imaginext: DC Super-Friends: Batman 80th Anniversary Collection
Celebrate the Caped Crusader’s first 80 years with this fun collection of different versions of Batman spanning from 1939 to 2014 that is part of Fisher-Price’s always delightful Imaginext line. Rainbow Batman is included, oh hell yes!
Spider-Man: Far from Home: Stark Jet and the Drone Attack LEGO Set
With included mini-figures of Spidey, Nick Fury, Mysterio, and Happy Hogan, this LEGO set allows you to recreate the iconic drone attack sequence of Spider-Man: Far From Home anytime, anywhere.
DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman
Like the Cartoon Network series that spawned it, Mattel’s DC Super Hero Girls line is a celebration of inspirational strong women. And how cool is this Wonder Woman toy from it?
Deadpool Ugly Holiday Sweater
Deck the halls with holiday chaos by wearing this ugly sweater featuring Deadpool. Chimichanga grease not included.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Shower Curtain
For an eye-popping tribute to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we suggest you check you this waterproof and eco-friendly polyester shower curtain that will give your bathroom some Spidey style.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The World’s Most Awesome Pizza Machine
We can’t get over how inspired this is: A TMNT-branded pizza maker from Nickelodeon. This is beyond genius and we need one for the Den offices as soon as humanly possible. Cowabunga!