As a grown ass man, it can sometimes be hard to convince your family and friends that you need toys or video games for Christmas. Hell, I’d probably never even venture to ask for a lot of things that I really want from certain family members. But there’s always one or two people in your Christmas-gift circle that really know you and, whether they approve or not, will get you something that is true to your interests. And my interests usually do not include practical gifts like socks and underwear, or tools. (Just in case any family members are reading this, I appreciate the s&u gifts, and they will be put to work asap)
That said, here’s the geekiest stuff that I got for Chrimus this year:
Like most people who love obscure horror/cult movies, I am a total sucker for these multi-packs. This was a gift from my wonderful wife (would your wife buy you a multi-movie pack with a half neckid woman on the front???), who knows me very well, obviously. I don’t know if you can tell what cinematic classics are in this pack, but the only one that I have actually seen is “the Teacher”. The rest are all new to me, and that is a wonderful thing. Can’t wait to dive into these babies.
I went out on a limb this year by asking for video games. To actually receive them was a gotdamn Christmas miracle! I’m not much of a console gamer (most of the time my xbox is playing the role of “expensive paperweight”), but a friend of mine recommended these games to me, saying “It makes you feel like you’re Batman. Seriously.” Or something to that effect. How could I say no? I’ve only played a little bit of the first one, but I like it so far. The “3D” that it boasts on the cover is total bullshit, but the game is still fun. I’m glad they didn’t base these games on the Christopher Nolan movies.
Two geeky things at once! Three even, if you count “candy” as being “geeky”. But PEZ dispensers and Lord of the Rings are definitely fit for dragoncon. I’m not much of a PEZ dispenser collector (I know they’re out there, though), but seeing these giant LOTR heads on top of PEZ dispensers was just too silly not to point out to my sister and say, “Yes. That. That is what I want for Christmas.” Allow me to now rank these PEZ dispensers in order, from best to not-best:
1. Frodo. Elijah Wood is a knob. I love the movies, but he gets on my nerves big time, and seeing him disgraced like this is quite enjoyable, for me.
2. Samwise. Not quite as annoying as Frodo. Funny to see Rudy on a PEZ dispenser.
3. Gollum. The only one who looks happy to be here.
4. Gimli. Beard.
5. Bilbo. Bilbo actually looks pretty good, and he’s smiling, which is very hobbit-y of him.
6. Gandalf. I think the real Gandalf would be pissed as hell at this affront to his dignity, but I hafta admit, he looks good here.
7. & 8. (tie) Aragorn & Legolas, as PEZ dispensers, are just plain boring. Aragorn’s beard looks like crap, but I like him better than Legolas, so it evens out.
I know what you’re thinking: “How are expensive shoes geeky?” Allow me a little slideshow on why these shoes are totally frackin boss:
That’s right, ladies and germs: Ash is wearing Clark’s Wallabees in the first Evil Dead movie!!!! And now I have some!!!! Hail to the King, baby!!!
So what sort of geekiness did you unwrap this year? Share your stories and how you convinced the Fam to get it for you.