In the Harry Potter books and movies, delivery of letters was literally for the birds. Figuratively, the U.S. Postal Service wants to keep that from being the case with a five-page collector booklet of 20 different Harry Potter stamps, to be released this coming Tuesday. Each page of four stamps has a theme: primary heroes, creatures, Hogwarts teachers, supporting characters and villains.
Not being a specific collector of stamps, I've always wondered what the appeal is beyond that niche. Do we think that the people who receive my water and power bills in the mail - about the only thing I use actual stamps for these days - particularly care if Voldemort is on the envelope they're about to tear open and process?
...and it is magical. Not just because it's in pink lederhosen, but also because of what appear to be the tiny blue mountains behind it (the Alps, perhaps?), indicating that this hu-beast is in fact kaiju scale.
Unfortunately it's out of stock as of this writing, which should disturb you in and of itself - the fact that enough people are into this to ensure a sellout makes me think weird things about humanity. If they ever restock, it's a mere $14.99, which is obviously a bargain.
h/t 10glfan59 via Nerd Approved
Got wood? You will if you win this contest. From our friends at Curio Obscurio, purveyors of the posted and the painted, comes an offering that you'll have all the time in the world to admire, relatively speaking. Though it's up to you to provide the space.
Styled after the call boxes that became the favorite disguise of the Doctor's conveyance, the Police Box sign is almost three feet wide, and five and a half inches tall - a good fit above most doors.
To enter to win this thing, here's what you do: in comments below, offer your best theory - serious or otherwise - as to what the deal is with John Hurt's Doctor. Be SPECIFIC - 20+ people will probably tell me "he's the one between Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston," and that's not enough. How did he come to be, what did he do, how will his existence be resolved?
The folks at Curio Obscurio will be judging this one, not me - and I have no idea what they do or don't like in an entry. You have until noon on Nov. 8th, 2013 to enter as many times as you like. After that, the offer dematerializes.
Seriously? Yes, this exists, is licensed and for sale.
I don't know any kid growing up who wanted to roleplay as Battle Cat.
I know more adults than I'd like, however, who like dressing up as large plush animals and would be more than happy for a tanned blond in a pageboy haircut to "zap" them with their "power sword" before "riding" on their "back."
We love the guys at 80sTees.com, but I think they've either gone a little afield on this one...or know exactly who they're selling to and are cool with it.
From their description: "Be aware that this Battle Cat hoodie is so lifelike He-Man may mistakenly jump on your back if he sees you walking past!"
One, two, three, fours, finger me some Star Wars. Or, uh...no, that doesn't sound quite right. But everything is better with lightsabers. You could put blasters on your digits, but that would be clumsy and random.
I can't be the first person to think, though, that given the size of the holes in the cardboard displays, the Star Wars Thumb Wrestling set need not only be for thumbs. Ditto the apparently adjustable straps on the sabers.
No, it's not a reprised Saturday Night Live skit - just the most oddly wanna-be artful costume store commercial I've ever seen.
Either that or a PSA not to sniff the grass in Nashua, New Hampshire too deeply, lest you hallucinate some terribly dressed attempts at movie heroes.
I'd say that one way or another, the store in question is about to do a ton of business, except, well...these costumes really aren't that great. Certainly not as good as the direction of the ad. It's like the opposite of an Axel Braun film.
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Have you ever had a shower - or, perhaps, a bowel movement - that was so transcendent it made you feel transported and left you beaming? Energize those thoughts every day now with this shower curtain and bath mat that lack only a red-shirted Scotsman in completing the illusion of getting away, sci-fi style.
ThinkGeek's latest bit of brilliance is but the next logical step in boldly going where most nerdy licensed merchandise has never gone before - the bathroom, because it would get wet, duh.
Just remember - however cool your shower looks, the Prime Directive is still to get clean. Do not interfere with that - your fellow humans will thank you.