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The best gaming and movie toys and collectibles we’ll never sell

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Pop tradition fandom takes on many types. Whether or not it’s cosplay, fan fiction, or simply obsessively gathering a complete bunch of stuff, there are a multifaceted wealth of ways in which individuals can fly their geek flag excessive and proud.

After pulling collectively the spherical up of our favourite bodily media final week, we bought to questioning: “What about all this different cool stuff we love, does this stuff depend as bodily media? Because it’s nice stuff.” In the curiosity of not overwhelming readers with an inventory consisting of over a bajillion entries collectively splitting hairs over the taxonomical definition of what qualifies as “media,” we’ve taken the chance to dedicate this week’s put up solely to popular culture collectibles and memorabilia.

Here are a couple of of Polygon staffers’ favourite popular culture collectibles. Shout off and present of your individual collections within the feedback!


Nier Automata music field

A music box for Nier: Automata

Photo: Square Enix

You be taught quite a bit about your self when a drunk driver crashes into your own home workplace at 2 a.m., destroying almost the whole lot you’ve gathered over the previous 30 years. First, you’ll examine to see if everybody’s OK. You. Your household. The driver. All secure. Then you’ll have a look at the rubble and start to look, instinctively, for what issues most. In my case, I seemed for marriage ceremony vows, written by my spouse on two scraps of resort notary, which she had framed for me as a present.

Once you discover an important factor, your mind instantly chooses the second most vital factor. And the third most vital factor. For a second, working my manner by way of this vetting of a long time of stuff, I gained an acute understanding of which possessions mattered, and realized the reply was “not a lot.” I might be OK with out all this junk. Sad, however OK. Stuff-less.

The one piece of online game ephemera I did mine from the wreckage, roughly round 4 a.m., and utilizing the flash on my iPhone, was a music field. Branded for Nier Automata and roughly as giant as two bite-size Snickers, the mechanical doodad nonetheless performed its mechanical rendition of a music about life after loss. I didn’t seize it for this pseudo-poetic motive. Of course not! I grabbed it as a result of, like Nier, and I traveled midway throughout the globe to attend the official Nier symphony and bought the music field as my souvenir. Small and dense, it survived the impression.

Now I preserve the music field on my nightstand, a totem with new which means, reminding me of that euphoric readability. —Chris Plante

A whole set of The Big O mini collectible figurines

A photo of the entire set of limited edition figurines based on the 1999 mecha anime The Big O

Photo: Toussaint Egan/Polygon

As a rule, I have a tendency to like all issues retro-futuristic and neo-noir. So I’m an enormous fan of The Big O, the 1999 mecha anime collection created by director Kazuyoshi Katayama and designer Keiichi Sato (Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still). Set in Paradigm City, the final remaining bastion of civilization within the wake of a cataclysmic occasion which destroyed the remainder of the planet and seemingly erased the reminiscences of all those that survived, the collection adopted Roger Smith, a former army police officer-turned-freelance negotiator who solved disputes and crimes with wit and a large steampunk robotic with humongous pistons for arms and eyeballs that shot lasers.

Having watched and liked the collection from its preliminary run on Cartoon Network’s Toonami again in 2001 and its Western-produced second season on Adult Swim in 2003, and with no entry to DVD set or Blu-ray on the time, I knew I wished to have one thing of it to proudly proclaim my fandom. I got here throughout two figurine units that includes many of the present’s principal solid produced shortly after the collection’ first season a pair years in the past and rapidly snatched them up. Nowadays I preserve most of them in storage, with the only exception of Roger Smith and the Big O itself standing entrance and heart of my monitor stand subsequent to my Bloodborne Hunter figurine and my Funko pop of Westworld’s Dr. Robert Ford. In the phrases of Marge Simpson, “I simply assume they’re neat!” —Toussaint Egan

Life-size cutout of Elizabeth Swann, Pirate King

Photo: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

I’m an grownup with a full-time job and a wage, and which means I can buy objects that I solely dared dream of as a baby. I’ve already spoken at nice lengths about how deeply obsessed I used to be (and am!) with Pirates of the Caribbean, particularly Elizabeth Swann. As the heroine of the franchise, Elizabeth is courageous, daring, clever, and resourceful, and she unapologetically goes after what she needs. She’s additionally performed by Keira Knightley, whom I like. Right across the time I rewatched all three of the great Pirates motion pictures final summer time, I made a decision to indulge my infantile whimsy and searched to see if a cardboard cutout of Elizabeth Swann existed on-line. Turns out, it did and it was less expensive than I anticipated.

My life-size cardboard cutout of Elizabeth Swann, as seen within the Pirate King outfit she wears on the finish of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, is instantly positioned behind me throughout my workday. She joins Zoom calls (although I have a tendency to maneuver her out of the best way for brand spanking new interviews, as a result of she is certainly a speaking level). When I really feel unhappy or misplaced, I look towards her for steering, and she gazes upon me together with her darkish brown eyes and lets me know that I can also stand up and be a Pirate King. There is one thing so joyful about strolling into my house workplace each morning and seeing Elizabeth ready for me to begin my day. She provides me power, all for the gorgeous low worth of $35.99 plus transport and dealing with. —Petrana Radulovic

Two Spartans (from Halo: Reach) handcuffed collectively

Two Spartan action figures from Halo Reached sitting on a shelf, handcuffed together.

Photo: Nicole Carpenter/Polygon

I do know virtually nothing in regards to the origins of those toys, neither how I acquired them or when I acquired them. But I’ve stored them round over the previous 10 years not solely as a result of Halo is my favourite franchise of all time — I was the sort of one that performed Halo video games and solely Halo video games — however as a result of what they represented has developed through the years. Particularly, how they bought completely tied collectively by that tiny set of handcuffs.

My now-spouse and I went to an arcade for our first date; he’d pushed a couple of hours to fulfill me. It was snowing, and it was a three-hour drive for him. We had been the one individuals within the arcade as a result of it will definitely grew to become a shock blizzard. We received sufficient tickets to get a prize. Unfortunately, we didn’t win sufficient tickets to get something very good, so we settled on the best we may afford: a couple of items of sweet and the tiny handcuffs. When we bought again to the home, I connected {the handcuffs} to my two Halo: Reach Spartans, a strategy to preserve myself from shedding the prize.

Anyway, that was one thing like eight (?) years in the past. We’ve been married for a couple of years and reside along with a cat and canine. I’ve misplaced numerous possessions in my life (together with the arcade ticket my companion used to suggest to me with) however I by some means managed to maintain monitor of those two Spartans, who’ve remained completely enjoined by the tiny set of handcuffs. I’ve moved a number of occasions for the reason that handcuffs had been positioned, however they continue to be collectively to today, guarding my ink assortment.

Despite my companion having no real interest in the Halo franchise, these two figures at all times make me smile, and consider our first date within the arcade, the place we performed Rock Band in the course of a snowstorm. —Nicole Carpenter

Sakura Kinomoto Stars Bless You Figure

Photo: Julia Lee/Polygon

I repeatedly make poor monetary choices by shopping for anime figures. My room and workplace area is affected by figures of every kind, from my beloved [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Mika Jougasaki one-eighth scale figs to smaller figures of League of Legends’ Ok/DA ladies. My favourite determine is the one-seventh scale Sakura Kinomoto: Stars Bless You determine, which has the star of Cardcaptor Sakura floating alongside planets with stunning clear wings and a picket base.

Despite the worth, I knew I needed to have this determine the second I noticed it. Sakura has been an influential a part of my life since I used to be a little bit lady, not solely being the protagonist of the primary anime collection I’ve ever watched, but additionally due to her “invincible spell.” She tells herself that the whole lot will certainly be alright, and she works onerous to ensure issues find yourself alright. I used to say I had entry to the identical magical spell after I was going by way of powerful occasions. This determine sits alongside my volumes of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga and serves as a reminder that regardless of any hardships I’m going by way of, the whole lot will certainly be alright. —Julia Lee

Being Jeff Goldblum Poster

Photo: Josh Rios/Polygon

I don’t actually acquire a lot today because of the restricted quantity of area that I’ve in my residence. The one factor I do have is a considerable quantity of wall area. Wall area that I’ve coated with varied prints reminiscent of my Batman: The Animated Series prints from Mondo. There is one piece I like until the ends of the earth and that’s my pretend movie poster for Being Jeff Goldblum. I purchased it due to the collection of pretend sequels for motion pictures that never bought sequels. (Being Jeff Goldblum hypothetically being the sequel to Being John Malkovich.) It is at all times a dialog piece when individuals come over and ask “ Is that actual?” —Josh Rios

Fatal Fury collectible figurines

green, red, and blue Fatal Fury figurines in a Ziploc bag

Photo: Matt Leone/Polygon

I’ve been going minimalist not too long ago, eliminating a bunch of previous video games and consoles, so the whole lot I care about principally suits in a single drawer. And I don’t actually have a favourite, however the smallest factor in that drawer is an previous Ziploc bag with seven miniature Fatal Fury figures. They look 3D-printed, however are a lot older than that. These got here from a mail-in advertising program that I believe was in an previous subject of GameFan — you mailed in a return envelope and they despatched you a determine, or one thing like that. So I stored sending envelopes, and they stored sending again figures. Then I held onto them for 30 years.

Bonus: That brown circle behind Billy Kane’s head is a token for Sega’s holographic arcade recreation Time Traveler, which I picked up off the bottom at a Sega mall tour selling the sport within the early ’90s. —Matt Leone

An unique Ursula Vernon triptych

A triptych painted by author Ursula Vernon

Photo: Tasha Robinson/Polygon

Back earlier than Ursula Vernon was the celebrated writer of the Dragonbreath and Hamster Princess kids’s books, she was primarily referred to as a fantasy artist and the creator of the stellar, Hugo-winning graphic collection Digger. And sooner or later in there, she auctioned off a collection of original-art commissions, and I received the one for “Anything you need, so long as it’s a mouse.” At the time, she was producing lavish work of mice in masquerade masks, in order that’s what I requested for — a collection of masked mice climbing darkish branches, on their strategy to a ball. Somehow this developed into her portray me a triptych, which arrived in an enormous, custom-made picket field. It’s been a minimum of a dozen years now that her work have had delight of place in my front room, and I get to admire them over again each time she places out a brand new ebook for adults — she’s at present publishing a few of my favourite new fantasy novels beneath the pen identify T. Kingfisher, and I’m each ecstatic about how her profession’s developed, and ecstatic that I personal my very own little private a part of it. —Tasha Robinson

Storm figurine from X-Men (2000)

Action figure of Storm from the 2000 X-Men movie

Photo: Maddy Myers/Polygon

This figurine of Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, represents the character as portrayed by Halle Berry within the 2000 movie X-Men — a extensively panned efficiency in a movie that gave the character little or no to do, particularly contemplating that she’s one of many planet’s strongest mutants. And but that movie adaptation kicked off what would grow to be my lifelong obsession with the X-Men typically and my crush on Storm particularly.

Looking again on it now, I take subject with many facets of X-Men (2000), particularly with director Bryan Singer’s alleged conduct on and off set. But it was additionally a movie that got here out in a time after I had lastly grow to be snug with my attraction to individuals throughout the gender spectrum. Even although I went again into the closet once more in my 20s, when that first X-Men movie got here out, I lived a couple of years of blissful queer affirmation, celebrating my crushes on Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, and James Marsden in equal measure (I didn’t a lot have a crush on Famke Janssen as wish to be her, and additionally the mutant she performed, Jean Grey). My crush on Storm went past all the remainder, and that’s why my homosexual best good friend Ryan (with whom I now co-host an X-Men podcast) purchased me this Storm figurine on the time.

To me, the X-Men and their journey towards self-acceptance mirrored my very own journey, which has had as many ups and downs and moments of self-doubt as Wolverine’s tortured backstory. Throughout all of it, I’ve held onto this figurine as a reminder of a notable excessive level. —Maddy Myers

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