TR Contest: Fictional Character Holiday Shopping


If I were smarter, I’d save this for next week’s TR contest, but: 1) I’m not that smart, 2) I’d probably forget before next week, and it’s a pretty good idea, and 3) Hanukkah start tonight, so what the heck. Today’s contest requires that you give a gift to a fictional character. I’m opening this up to the wide realm of nerdery — videogames, movies, TV, anime, comics, the whole gamut, as long as it’s reasonably nerdy (i.e., let’s avoid Paul Blart, Mall Cop and the like).

This gift must be a physical object and cost less than $200. This means no buying anyone a yacht or a trip to Bermuda, and no giving someone sexual favors — but handmade items and most DVD gift sets are okay. You get one gift and one gift alone to give, meaning one entry per person — and the contest ends at 12:01 EST on Monday, December 14th. If you have questions, feel free to ask me in the comments, and likewise feel free to point out your favorites.

As for my gift? I’m giving this to Astro Boy:

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The most adorable rape whistle Japan has to offer. I doubt I need to explain why. Happy early holidays, and see you cats on Monday.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.