14 Awesome and/or Perplexing Collectibles of Dune

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 8:07 am
7) Toy Guns
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LJN also made these guns, almost certainly hoping to confuse parents who were looking for Star Wars blaster toys for their kids. They're actually really cool, if you don't mind there's nothing even close to resembling a "Tarpei Gun" in either the books or the movie.

6) Puffy Stickers
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What could possibly be more quintessentially '80s than puffy stickers? Sitting on the hood of a DeLorean, playing with a Rubik's Cube while drinking New Coke and eating a McDLT, maybe? These are apparently Belgian... and that's about all I can say about them.

5) Pop-Up Book
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At this point, I began to wonder if I was the victim of an elaborate prank: A freakin' Dune POP-UP BOOK??? It'd be worth it for a pop-up Baron, though. "Pull the tab and watch the Baron rip out the slave boy's heart-plug!"

4) Viewmaster Set
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It wasn't enough that they made a set of Dune Viewmaster slides; they had to go balls-out and make a special edition Dune Viewmaster viewer! If you own this, I will start the bidding at my immortal soul...

3) Party Favors
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Whoever convinced the company that made these it was a good idea needs to take over the Middle East peace talks, because clearly he or she can talk anyone into anything. If one of you out there actually had a Dune-themed birthday party as a nerdling, complete with the Dune tablecloth, plates, cups, hats, blowers, and invitations, then congratulations, because you're my new best friend.

2) Coloring and Activity Books
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These books were a small-scale internet sensation last year, for obvious reasons -- it's not hard to imagine that these are one of the most bizarre and inappropriate coloring and activity books ever published. Just look at these sample pages from the coloring book! Imagine the joy on their innocent young faces as kids dig through their Crayolas to find just the right color for the Baron's skin lesions and pustules, or debate the appropriate shade for the death pallor of the poisoned corpses of Duke Leto and Piter de Vries.

Oh! And don't forget the recipe for "No-Bake Spice Cookies"! Side-effects may include prolonged lifespan, expanded consciousness, and bluing of the whites of the eyes. Should you experience any extrasensory awareness of future events, report to your nearest Bene Gesserit Sisterhood representative immediately.

1) Japanese Chirashi Flyers
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I knew these would be #1 on this list the second I saw them. Chirashi flyers are promotional mini-posters that Japanese cinemas make to promote new movies. There are stills from the movie and a bit of promo text on the back of these, making them sort of a cross between posters and playbills. They are only available at theaters just for a few days before a movie opens, and that's it.

There were several other chirashi designed, but these three were the only ones to use original artwork inspired by the film. Basically, this is about the closest you're going to get to a Dune manga. Finding them is nearly impossible, and they'd be worth a Harkonnen spice stockpile if you could.

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