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Cool Toy Review Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Posted by: Nick on November 12, 2021 at 05:30 PM CST





Diamond Select Toys MiniMates


The perfect blend of microness and form, these little guys provide for some bite size action figure love without compromising on detail and accessories. Available in varieties covering Marvel, Transformers fan, NBX fan, Ghostbusters, Muppets, GI Joe, and many many others. You can pick them up at Walgreens or your local comic shop.

VIEW THE TRANSFORMERS MINIMATES GALLERY HERE.


Funko Holiday Games


Continuing the series from last year, Funko Games has once again chosen some iconic Christmas films to turn into small sized holiday games. Perfect for playing with family this season, these games are both highly portable and easy to learn. This year we took a look at the NBX Making Christmas game and Jingle All the Way It's Turbo Time games. Both excellent choices and convenient stocking size! Available on Amazon and other major retailers.

VIEW THE MAKING CHRISTMAS GALLERY HERE.

VIEW THE IT'S TURBO TIME GALLERY HERE.


Endless Games Horror Trivia


We know the spooky season is over, but if you have a fan of horror in your life these portable horror trivia sets are perfect. Drawing from iconic horror franchises with everything from monsters to ghosts to aliens, these sets will provide some challenge and make for a fun themed game night. Available on Amazon and other major retailers.

VIEW THE HORROR TRIVIA GALLERY HERE.




Pokemon Company Holiday Assortment


Featuring apparel, figures, accessories, ornaments, and more the Pokemon Holiday collection began rolling out earlier this month and is perfect for that special trainer in your life. You can get it at Pokemoncenter.com.

VIEW THE POKEMON HOLIDAY GALLERY HERE.


Toikido Among Us Stampers


Merchandise for Among Us is relatively new and still constrained by the worldwide shipping delays. We know there is big love in some circles for these crew mates and you can still get your hands on them from BBTS. Check out our review for more photos and an ordering link.

SEE THE AMONG US FIGURE REVIEW HERE.


LEGO Super Mario


There are many great new sets this year including an expansion into two player mode with the introduction of Luigi! Players can now travel to Sky World, battle on an airship, and conquer new enemies. These sets are tons of fun and provide mixed elements of creativity and challenge as players customize their levels and race against the clock to collect coins and fight enemies. The sets are widely available and can be purchased at most major retailers. Amazon is running a special on some of the sets.


Funko Games Disney Games


Designed for a younger crowd in mind, we found these games both capture elements of the rides or films they are based on, while making an engaging game for children. They are perfect for those little ones in your life and are also an enjoyable experience for parents, which is a huge plus as you will be asked to play them over and over again. They are available from most major retailers and you can see our reviews for a closer look.

VIEW THE IT'S A SMALL WORLD REVIEW HERE.

VIEW THE MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK REVIEW HERE.




Bandai Gundam Line


Bandai announced a few new Gundam lines this year and among them was the Infinity Series. We got the chance to get some hands on time with a few of them and were really impressed with the level of detail and possibility. Covering several of the Gundam Anime series, this line is sure to have something for the Gundam fan in your life. You can get these at some retailers or on BBTS. Check out our review for more details.

VIEW THE GUNDAM INFINITY SERIES REVEIW HERE.


Diamond Select Toys Selects Line


A great blend of detail, accessories, and poseability, the Selects line features iconic characters from Marvel, NBX, Star Wars, and many more. We are massive fans of the NBX line which recently dropped Wave 10 featuring the last of the main characters. You can get these at comic shops near you, BBTS, or Amazon. Check out our review of the latest NBX figures below and a look at the recently released Marvel Select Human Torch figure.

VIEW THE NBX WAVE 10 REVIEW HERE.

VIEW THE HUMAN TORCH SELECTS FIGURE HERE.


Hasbro Star Wars Black Series


It would not be a gift guide without mention of Star Warsand Hasbro's The Black Series is the standard when it comes to awesome Star Wars figures. Featuring characters from all of the Star Wars mediums including the old Legacy comics and games, The Black Series has something for everyone. The most recent releases have figures from the Bad Batch, the Mandalorian, and Return of the Jedi. You can pretty much get these anywhere. Be on the look out for some reveals of more holiday themed figures.


Super7 ReAction Figures


Featuring characters from Masters of the Universe, TMNT, Power Rangers, GI Joe, and many more, these vintage inspired figures cover a wide range of pop culture while providing an artful approach to action figures in a retro aesthetic. Sold at most major retailers, they are easy to find and look good as a display or opened. You can find a large selection on sale at BigBadToyStore.


Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures


What The Black Series line is to Star Wars the Marvel Legends line is to Marvel figures. Amazing and boosted by the first Marvel HasLab this year, the Sentinel, these figures features many variations of main stay characters and deep cuts and the newest Marvel television franchise characters. Best of all collecting the wave nets you a free figure as most feature a build a figure assortment. These are available pretty much every where and BigBadToyStore. They would be perfect for the X-Men, Spider-Man, Avengers, or deep cut Marvel fan in your life.


Diamond Select Toys Lord of the Rings Figures


DST continues its Lord of the Rings line capturing the characters from the Peter Jackson series with exquisite detail and a build a figure line to boot. Fans can get hobbits, dwarves, elves, ring wraiths, and more in this first line featuring iconic weapons and accessories. Look for these at your local comic shop or Amazon.

VIEW THE LOTR FIGURE GALLERY HERE.


ThreeZero Deluxe Figures


This is our first year checking out these amazing creations from Hong Kong producer ThreeZero, and we were quite amazed. Featuring an assortment of accessories, alternate hands, and effects these figures are sure to impress even the most scrutinizing collector. We were given a sample of the upcoming Iron Man Mark 43 figure, which also features light up functionality, 43 points of articulation, and is a blend of die cast over pvc. Additionally he is designed to fit in the Hulk Buster armor releasing later next year. While this particular won't be available in time for the holiday, you can find a great assortment of other ThreeZero figures including Transformers, GI Joe, and Power Rangers to name just a few at BigBadToyStore.

VIEW THE IRON MAN DELUXE MARK 43 FIGURE HERE.


NECA Assorted Figures


TMNT, Back to the Future, horror films, and many other licenses are all covered by the very coveted NECA figure line. These things are super popular with fans and often sell out immediately and its easy to see why. Super detailed and loaded with accessories, each figure is clearly made with love and with fans in mind. If you can find them, there are assortments at Target and Walmart in the Collector's Aisle and you can always find them at BigBadToyStore.


Hasbro Ghostbusters Plasma Series and Retro Figures


With the new movie queued up for an early holiday season release, of course we have to mention Ghostbusters. Featuring both a collector oriented line with the Plasma Series and a nostalgic Kenner line, Ghostbusters fans are sure to be excited finding these under the tree. You can find these at Hasbro Pulse, Target, and the Kenner ones at Walmart.


Hot Toys Assorted Scaled Figures


If you have a little extra money to spend, the high end Hot Toys figures are perfect for any collector. A wide range of figure from Marvel, Star Wars, and other licenses, Hot Toys is known for exacting detail, great accessory, and a great display aesthetic. You can a variety of scale including the most popular 1/6th, the 1/4th line, and even life-size. We were overjoyed with our life-size The Child figure, which you can read about in our review below. You can acquire these from a lot of online retailers or Sideshow.com directly (link graphic should be to your right). You can also find a great assortment on BigBadToyStore.

VIEW THE HOT TOYS THE CHILD LIFE-SIZE REVIEW HERE.




Funko Games


We cannot go a year without mentioning the wonderful work of Funko Games and Prospero Hall and this year is no exception. The Goonies Never Say Die Game blew it out of the park. Once again the makers have designed an immersive experience for players with world building and iconic elements from the films. Fans of both the film and board games will love this title. Available from most major retailers. You can also check out our in depth review and an advanced look at the upcoming expansion in the links below. While the expansion won't be out in time for the season, you can preorder it for arrival in the late winter.

VIEW OUR GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE GAME REVIEW HERE.

VIEW OUR UNDER THE GOONDOCKS EXPANSION REVIEW HERE.

Additionally, Funko has some great new smaller sets for fans of Seinfeld: The Party Game About Nothing or Five Nights at Freddy's: Survive 'Till 6AM. Seinfeld is an engaging one on one or team trivia battle with some fun additional elements, while FNAF is a game inspired survival game where players engage head to head to avoid being caught by the murderous animatronics. You can see our reviews below for more info and get yours at most major retailers.

VIEW THE SEINFELD PARTY GAME REVIEW HERE.

VIEW THE FNAF REVIEW HERE.


Barry and Jason Anchorman Game


A new company for us this year, Barry and Jason are not afraid to be edgy. If you are looking for a more adult themed gift, these are sure to fit the bill. We got a chance to get hands on with the new Anchorman Game featuring imagery and props from the movie. Check out our review for all the details and grab your from online retailers.

VIEW THE ANCHORMAN GAME REVIEW HERE.




Arcade1Up Cabinets


Now in their fourth generation, Tastemakers has an amazing assortment of titles with enhanced aesthetics including molded coin doors, light-up marquees, and light up deck protectors that are now standard on most machines. Whether you are a fan of Atari classics, beat-em up games, fighting games, pinball, racing games, or rail shooters Arcade1Up has something for you. The global shortages of electronic components has driven up the costs of these units, so be prepared to pay around 40 percent more on average. They are still a solid choice for any hard core gamer or arcade enthusiast. Check out our X-Men cabinet review for details on what the latest offerings feature and see our Arcade1Up Reviews Page for a look at several other models.

VIEW THE X-MEN ARCADE CABINET REVIEW HERE.


Nintendo Metroid Dread


We are big Metroid fans and have played every game and remake in the series. We were really excited to see another title and get it in a classic side scrolling gameplay as well. This game has everything the classic Metroid series is known for and players both young and old will love it. It also pairs well with some new and older Metorid Amiibos. You can get this Switch title pretty much anywhere and it will provide hours of entertainment as players try to unlock all the bonus features.


Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes


If it wasn't obvious from our series of reviews last month, we love horror and the only thing we love more is interactive horror games. Supermassive Games has set the standard with their Dark Pictures Anthology Series currently on the third title (technically fourth if you count Until Dawn, which we do). These games are great to play alone or with a team to make it like a fun movie night. There are a ton of choices you can make and clues you can discover that create branches in the story and affect who survives and who doesn't ranging from everyone to no one. If you haven't tried one of the series, we definitely recommend it. You can get any of the title from most major retailers or digitally through PC, XBOX, or Playstation.




Diamond Select Toys Premier Collection Statues


Featuring characters from franchises like Marvel and Star Wars in iconic poses, the Premier Collection features some of the best details and sculpts around while still keeping a friendly price tag for collectors. We got some hands on time with the recently released Logan statue that you can check out below. You can get these from your local comic shop or through BigBadToyStore.

VIEW THE LOGAN PREMIER COLLECTION STATUE HERE.


Gentle Giant Mini Busts and Milestone Statues


Gentle Giant has pretty much owned the mini bust line for the last two decades. There is a great assortment of pop culture but we are particularly found of the Star Wars and Marvel lines, including the newer animated Marvel line featuring the X-Men. We have a closer look for you of the recently released Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra minibuses where you can see the amazing detail put into these tiny packages. Additionally, he Milestone series features iconic Star Wars heroes from some of the most memorable on screen moments with exquisite detail and in full form depiction. Check out the upcoming The Child in Hoverpram Milestone Statue below. You can acquire them direct through Gentle Giant or at your local comic shop.

VIEW THE DARTH VADER MINI BUST HERE.

VIEW THE DOCTOR APHRA MINI BUST HERE.

VIEW THE CHILD MILESTONE STATUE HERE.


Diamond Select Toys Gallery Dioramas


Price conscious while still giving a ton of detail and display value, the PVC Gallery Diorama Series continues to surprise us. Several pop culture icons make it into this line including Godzilla, Marvel, the Rocketeer, and many more making certain that you can find something for the pop culture enthusiast in your life. What we really like about these sets is how they use everything in the medium to tell a story, including the base. At a much lower price point than the statues and minibus, it's easy to pick up several of them to cover everyone on your list. Check out our look at some of the newest releases and get yours from your local comic shop or BigBadToyStore.

VIEW THE CAPTAIN AMERICA GALLERY DIORAMA HERE.

VIEW THE INVADER ZIM GALLERY DIORAMA HERE.



Final note, this list is by no means exhaustive and there are plenty of other amazing collectibles out there. We may update this list throughout the holiday season as more reveals happen or we stumble across something worth mentioning, so feel free to check back (we will pin it to the top of the site for the season).


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