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November 22, 2012

Holiday gift guide 2012: ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Star Wars,’ superheroes, more

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Wooden Wonders Hobbit Holes, $995-$14,995: Bring the Shire to your backyard with a custom hobbit hole. Wooden Wonders creates chicken coops, playhouses, saunas, cottages and more, inspired by the homes of Bilbo Baggins and his peers. All that’s missing is a cup of tea and some elevenses. (Wooden Wonders)

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Joystick-It Arcade Stick for iPad, $14.99: For the tech geek who waxes nostalgic for the days of “Pac-Man” and “Galaga,” this joystick transforms thousands of tablet games into old-school arcade fun. (ThinkGeek)

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Ahsoka Costume Tunic, $40: The little Jedi Padawan in your life will probably be feeling the Force when she wears this long-sleeve cotton tunic, inspired by Ahsoka Tano’s new costume in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season 3. The top comes complete with thumb holes and a hood to replicate Ahsoka’s Lekku. (Her Universe)

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“Harry Potter” Wizard’s Collection, $499.99: For the magical-minded muggle you snuggle, there is no better “Harry Potter” movie set than the “Wizard’s Collection,” which includes all eight movies on Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy, as well as more than 37 hours of special features, including the special features on previous releases. Add the gorgeous packaging and little extras -- a fabric map of Hogwarts, concept art prints, a hard-bound “Catalogue of Artefacts,” the horcrux locket and more -- and this set is sure to charm. (Warner Bros.)

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King of Tokyo, $39.99: Robots! Aliens! Monsters! The goal is to destroy Tokyo or defeat your mutant/robotic opponents, whichever happens first. Basically, you just have to break and kill things, and the clever cards add a little strategy to the dice-rolling formula. It’s fast-paced, good for kids and the look of the colorful cutouts is part old monster movie and part “Rampage.” (Iello Games)

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NASA Meatball Cuff Links, $14.99: The only thing cooler than science fiction is science. These blue and gold cuff links are a way to support NASA astronauts and your lovable space enthusiast. (Kennedy Space Center)

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“Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking,” $9.99: This little book includes two of Charles Schulz’s Christmas-themed stories -- “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking” and “The Christmas Story” -- written and drawn for Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day in the 1960s. Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Frieda, Violet, Shermy and Sally all make appearances, and the book also includes a pocket-sized biography of Schultz. (Fantagraphics)

fleece Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

Superman or Wonder Woman Fleece Throw Blanket with Sleeves, $29.95: For many of us, the holidays mean camping out on the couch, with cookies and cider close at hand, and these fleece throws put a superhero spin on the Snuggie -- the ultimate veg-wear. (DC Entertainment)

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“Star Wars” Cookie Cutters, $19.95 for a set of four: Even young Padawan bakers can use the Force in the kitchen with these cosmic cookie cutters. There are several sets to choose from, including “Heroes and Villains,” “Droids and Aliens” and “Vehicles.” Who said fighting the Empire couldn’t be sweet? (Williams-Sonoma)

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“Serenity” Little Damn Heroes Maquette #6, $99.95: She may not be the sleekest ship in the ‘verse, but the bucket-of-bolts Firefly-class transport Serenity has made it all the way out to the raggedy edge of space and back, serving her captain and her crew well. This accurate 8-inch replica was designed and hand-painted using the show’s CG files, sure to please any Browncoat. (QMx)

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Nintendo’s Wii U, $299-$349: Hero Complex does not want to send anyone on a holiday scavenger hunt, but Nintendo is assuring consumers that Wii U stock will be replenished throughout the coming weeks. That’s good news, as the Wii U’s touchscreen controller the GamePad offers a new way to play. And all that money people spent on the Wii and its peripheral devices isn’t for naught, as the Wii U will recognize old remotes and play all Wii games. (Nintendo)

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“Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales,” $15.99: This 272-page hardcover, a collaboration among the ABC series “Once Upon a Time,” Hyperion Books and illustrator Kevin Tong, features 30 classic Grimm fairy tales, including Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White and more. The stories may be familiar, but Tong’s gorgeous illustrations give them new life. (Hyperion Books)

lego haunted Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

Lego Haunted House, $179.99: The battle between good (Monster Fighters) and evil (monsters) is played out in this fearsome new theme introduced by Lego this year. Of the 10 sets available so far, this haunted house playset is by far the largest, with 2,064 pieces, including figures for Lord Vampyre, Vampyre’s Bride, two ghosts and the zombie chef and butler. (Lego)

whojournal Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

River Song’s Journal, $14.98: Whovians can keep track of their adventures in space and time in this replica of the journal the 11th Doctor gave to River Song. It’s 160 pages, bound in a TARDIS-blue hardcover. (BBC America Shop)

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“Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth,” $49.99: Who would win in a fight -- Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America or Thor? Motion-controlled gameplay puts the answer in your hands … or fists. “Battle for Earth,” developed for Xbox Kinect and Wii U, is based on the “Secret Invasion” story line from the comics and features some 20 Marvel heroes and villains. (Ubisoft)

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“Lord of the Rings” Collector’s Chess Set, $495: Fans of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy can take Frodo’s adventure to the chess board with this exceptionally detailed chess set. A Middle-earth map is mounted below the playing surface, and actors from the film personally approved their likeness for each of the 32 pewter playing pieces. (Noble Collection)

beemo Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“Adventure Time” Beemo Face iPhone Case, $34.95: Beemo is more than Finn and Jake’s roommate. Beemo is also their alarm clock, video game console, camera and loyal friend — much like your iPhone. Beemo and your iPhone are a genderless match made in Ooo. (Cartoon Network)

batman court of owls Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“Batman Vol. 1: Court of Owls,” $24.99: In one of the biggest comics story lines of the year, the Batman family of books gets rocked by a crime syndicate making themselves known in Gotham City. Carrying out a series of murders and attacks on Bat-adjacent heroes (Batgirl, Nightwing, etc.), the group is exerting their will. The Caped Crusader himself is on the case, but the prime suspect seems to be one of Batman’s closest allies, Dick Grayson. From writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. (DC Comics)

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“Avengers vs. X-Men,” $75: Marvel’s biggest event of the year pitted its two most popular teams head-to-head. Scott Summers (Cyclops), desperately trying to jumpstart a mutant race on the brink of extinction, means to harness and reach out to the Phoenix — a powerful cosmic entity that often eats planets. Captain America and the rest of the Avengers will do anything to keep the flaming bird away. Tempers flare. This hardcover compilation comes from writers Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction and more; plus artists Frank Cho, John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, Adam Kubert and more. (Marvel Comics)

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Spock Hoodie, $60: Grok Spock in this cotton fleece hoodie featuring the Vulcan science officer’s famous blue uniform and pointy ears. It’s the logical choice for your “Star Trek”-loving sweetie. (Her Universe)

merida Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“Brave” Merida Archery Set, $19.50: This set, inspired by Pixar’s fiery Scottish heroine, includes a bow, four suction-cup-tipped arrows, a quiver and a belt, and should be on target for a brave little lass in your family. (Disney Store)

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Operation Star Wars Edition, $19.99: A Jedi take on the classic game has players helping C-3PO treat R2D2′s mechanical ailments, including cranky crankshafts and hiccuping holograms. (Hasbro Toy Shop)

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“Stargate SGU” Coaster Set, $29.95 for a set of four: These coasters (four in the set) were developed using graphics files from the Syfy series. Each mini stargate was hand-cast in resin and hand-painted. Not dishwasher safe, but who knows what lies beyond the event horizon? (QMx)

hobbitgoldenperch Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

The Golden Perch Premium Etched Pint Glasses, $29.99 for a pair: If there’s one thing hobbits love as much as eating, it might be drinking, and Pippin and Merry were particularly fond of the ale at the Golden Perch inn. This pair of pint glasses, etched with artwork from the Golden Perch, might make a perfect gift for the ale-loving Tolkien enthusiast in your life. (Taverncraft)

donaldduck Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown,” $28.99: Fantagraphics has been reprinting Carl Barks’ classic Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge work, and this third volume focuses on Barks’ peak period in the early 1950s. In “A Christmas for Shacktown,” the Duck family raises money for the poor children of Duckburg’s slums. The book also includes dozens of other Duck stories and behind-the-scenes essays. (Fantagraphics)

korra Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“Legend of Korra” T-shirts, $20.95-$25: Would-be-earthbenders, airbenders, waterbenders and firebenders can support Korra, the Avatar, and her trusty polar bear dog Naga by supporting her pro-bending team. Go Fire Ferrets! (NickShop)

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Xavier School Bag, $39: This heavy-duty canvas messenger bag might not help your favorite mutant read minds or start storms, but it does fit a 17-inch laptop. The bag comes in three colors and has brass hardware, which, thankfully with Magneto around, is not magnetic. (WeLoveFine)

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“Game of Thrones: A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook,” $35: This 240-page hardcover is a must-have for any foodie in the Seven Kingdoms. The cookbook, endorsed by series creator George R.R. Martin, includes more than 100 recipes from every corner of Westeros, including pork pie from the Wall, aurochs with roasted leeks from the North, blueberry tarts from the South, almond-crusted trout from King’s Landing, stuffed grape leaves from Dorne, and Tyroshi honeyfingers from across the Narrow Sea. (HBO Shop)

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Wonder Woman Yellow 12 oz. Mug, $12.95: For the woman in your life who is as lovely as Aphrodite and as wise as Athena, this lemon yellow Wonder Woman mug is retro hip. Even an Amazon princess needs a cuppa every now and then. (Warner Bros.)

legolotr Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“LEGO Lord of the Rings,” $29.99-$49.99, depending on the platform: It’s an epic fantasy, only cuter. The LEGO-branded video games have become rather consistent titles when it comes to fast-paced action-packed adventures. The “Lord of the Rings” title closely mirrors the Peter Jackson trilogy, complete with dialogue from the films. The game is available for Wii U, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS. (Lego)

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Darth Vader Lightsaber Umbrella, $40: Even the Dark Lord of the Sith might get caught in the rain. This umbrella features a handle based on Darth Vader’s weapon of choice, and the canopy bears the emblem of the Galactic Empire. (Museum Replicas)

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The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited-Edition Gift Set (Blu-ray), $52.99: More than seven years in the making, Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy is finally complete. This Blu-ray collection includes all three films — “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” — as well as a 64-page excerpt from the book “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy.” (Warner Bros.)

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The Eleven Doctors Micro-Figure Set, $54.98: Whovians can only dream of an episode featuring all 11 iterations of the Doctor, but at least these miniatures can unite. Each of these adorable figures, from William Hartnell through Matt Smith, stands on his own display base. And they’ll arrive via TARDIS, of course … that is, a TARDIS gift box. (BBC America Shop)

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“Once Upon a Time Machine,” $24.99: This 432-page graphic novel anthology collects 25 familiar fairy tales, whimsically reimagined by up-and-coming comics writers and illustrators. (Dark Horse)

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Jake Hoodie Footie, $38: Whether he’s fighting the Ice King, partying in the Cloud Kingdom or just hanging around the treehouse making bacon pancakes, the “Adventure Time” fan in your life will be toasty warm in these adult footie pajamas, inspired by magical, super-stretching dog Jake. The footies are detachable. (WeLoveFine)

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VivaJava, $55: Turn the hunt for the perfect coffee bean into an adventure — one that can unfold on your home coffee table. The goal in indie board game VivaJava is to create the new hot thing in coffee. Do so by sending researchers on excursions, and knowing when to make strategic allegiances with your competitors. (Dice Hate Me Games)

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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” plush toys, $9.99 each: Gollum may be one of Middle-earth’s saddest and slimiest characters, but what Tolkien fan wouldn’t give him a hug if they could? These plush toys feature Gollum, hairy-footed Bilbo (and his trusty blade Sting) and Gandalf the Gray wielding his staff. (Funko)

godzilla slippers Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

Godzilla Plush Slippers, $39.95: They might not be big enough to crush cars or take out buildings, but these Godzilla slippers will make a big impression on a kaiju fan with cold feet. (Toy Vault)

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“Professor Layton & the Miracle Mask,” $39.99: The look is lighthearted but the brainteasers are serious. The latest Nintendo 3DS edition of this puzzle/adventure franchise -- one known for buoyantly lighthearted visuals and outlandish characters -- comes with a bonus: the ability to download one puzzle per day for 365 days at no added cost. (Nintendo)

steampunk Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions,” $35: Fire up your dirigible. Written by Brian J. Robb, the author of “Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV” and “Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film,” this 192-page hardcover illustrated history explores the steampunk movement’s roots and future, from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne to Scott Westerfeld and Mark Hodder. (Voyageur Press)

nasa suits Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

NASA Flight Suits, $59.99-$99.99: For stargazers of all ages, these replica flight suits capture the feeling of being a real astronaut. The adult suits come in blue and orange. The kids’ suits come in orange, white or blue and range in size from 18 months to 14 years. (Kennedy Space Center)

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The Master’s Fob Watch, $59.98: Based on the Chameleon Arch pocket watch that held the essence of the “Doctor Who” villain the Master, this replica includes Gallifreyan engraving on its casing and a built-in light, which emits a blue glow. (BBC America Shop)

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Ladies of Galactica: Pop Art Six, $14.95: Cylon Number Six experiences deja vu in this 18″x24″ “Battlestar Galactica” poster. The print’s stark colors and Ben-Day dots are a wink to the Pop art of Roy Lichtenstein. (QMx)

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Disneyland Monorail Play Set, $79.95: Here’s a Disney spin on the classic Christmas tree train set. The remote control monorail includes 14 feet of track, Disneyland’s latest Mark VII train design, passenger cabins with working doors and decorated interiors and eight Disney figures including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Disney Store)

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“Game of Thrones” Season 1 Collector’s Edition, $99.98: This box set includes Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the first season based on the George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, chronicling the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, who are locked in a treacherous battle for the Iron Throne. The set includes an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in the first season, behind-the-scenes interviews from cast and crew, a feature on creating the Dothraki language, character profiles by the actors who play them and more. But we’re most excited about the dragon egg paperweight. (HBO Shop)

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Chewie Costume Hoodie, $69.99: Luke may get the glory, and Han may get the girl, but any fan of the “Star Wars” universe can tell you that it’s Chewbacca who does most of the heavy lifting. This fake-fur hoodie with built-in bandolier pays homage to that wonderful Wookiee. (ThinkGeek)

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“Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years,” $99.99: Nebula Award-nominated author David A. Goodman explores the era leading up to humankind’s first contact with Vulcan in 2063, the Romulan War in 2156, the creation of the Federation in 2161 and the first 150 years of the intergalactic democracy up until the year 2311 in this illustrated volume. The book comes with a lighted pedestal and an audio introduction by Adm. Hikaru Sulu, a handwritten letter from young Jim Kirk and more. (47North)

marvelwall Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

Marvel Comics Mural Wall Graphic, $154.50: Indoctrinate future Marvel fans while they’re young by turning their bedrooms into homages to the comics greats. This giant fade-resistant vinyl mural is more than 6 feet high and 10 feet wide, and features classic Marvel covers. (Marvel Store)

thorinsmap Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Thorin’s Map - Prop Replica, $199: Bilbo Baggins’ great adventure begins with a treasure map created by Thror, grandfather of Thorin Oakenshield. This replica is handmade by calligrapher and artist Daniel Reeve, who painstakingly copied his original prop from the film and distressed it. The “Moon Runes” are visible when the map is held up to the light. (Weta)

zombie Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit, $31,375: Be they walkers or runners, zombies won’t stand a chance against the owner of this survival kit, which comes complete with more guns, knives, tools, meds and lab equipment than a person should ever need. Unless, of course, there’s a zombie apocalypse. (Optics Planet)

Call it Christmas, call it Hanukkah, call it Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or Festivus. The truth is, we here at Hero Complex never need an excuse to indulge our inner geek, but we’ll certainly take one when it’s handed to us on a platter. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another horror fanatic, Marvel maniac, Tolkien enthusiast, Jedi Padawan, Whovian, Browncoat or Gryffindor, we’ve got the geek-friendly gift guide you need to make the holiday season a magical one. Click through the gallery above. Happy shopping, and happy holidays!

UNDER $25

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” plush toys, $9.99 each
Gollum may be one of Middle-earth’s saddest and slimiest characters, but what Tolkien fan wouldn’t give him a hug if they could? These plush toys feature Gollum, hairy-footed Bilbo (and his trusty blade Sting) and Gandalf the Gray wielding his staff. (Funko)

“Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking,” $9.99
This little book includes two of Charles Schulz’s Christmas-themed stories — “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking” and “The Christmas Story” — written and drawn for Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day in the 1960s. Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Frieda, Violet, Shermy and Sally all make appearances, and the book also includes a pocket-sized biography of Schultz. (Fantagraphics)

Wonder Woman Yellow 12 oz. Mug, $12.95
For the woman in your life who is as lovely as Aphrodite and as wise as Athena, this lemon yellow Wonder Woman mug is retro hip. Even an Amazon princess needs a cuppa every now and then. (Warner Bros.)

Ladies of Galactica: Pop Art Six, $14.95
Cylon Number Six experiences deja vu in this 18″x24″ “Battlestar Galactica” poster. The print’s stark colors and Ben-Day dots are a wink to the Pop art of Roy Lichtenstein. (QMx)

River Song’s Journal, $14.98
Whovians can keep track of their adventures in space and time in this replica of the journal the 11th Doctor gave to River Song. It’s 160 pages, bound in a TARDIS-blue hardcover. (BBC America Shop)

Joystick-It Arcade Stick for iPad, $14.99
For the tech geek who waxes nostalgic for the days of “Pac-Man” and “Galaga,” this joystick transforms thousands of tablet games into old-school arcade fun. (ThinkGeek)

NASA Meatball Cuff Links, $14.99
The only thing cooler than science fiction is science. These blue and gold cuff links are a way to support NASA astronauts and your lovable space enthusiast. (Kennedy Space Center)

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“Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales” includes illustrations by Kevin Tong. (Hyperion Books)

“Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales,” $15.99
This 272-page hardcover, a collaboration among the ABC series “Once Upon a Time,” Hyperion Books and illustrator Kevin Tong, features 30 classic Grimm fairy tales, including Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White and more. The stories may be familiar, but Tong’s gorgeous illustrations give them new life. (Hyperion Books)

“Brave” Merida Archery Set, $19.50
This set, inspired by Pixar’s fiery Scottish heroine, includes a bow, four suction-cup-tipped arrows, a quiver and a belt, and should be on target for a brave little lass in your family. (Disney Store)

“Star Wars” Cookie Cutters, $19.95 for a set of four
Even young Padawan bakers can use the Force in the kitchen with these cosmic cookie cutters. There are several sets to choose from, including “Heroes and Villains,” “Droids and Aliens” and “Vehicles.” Who said fighting the Empire couldn’t be sweet? (Williams-Sonoma)

Operation Star Wars Edition, $19.99
A Jedi take on the classic game has players helping C-3PO treat R2D2’s mechanical ailments, including cranky crankshafts and hiccuping holograms. (Hasbro Toy Shop)

“Legend of Korra” T-shirts, $20.95-$25
Would-be-earthbenders, airbenders, waterbenders and firebenders can support Korra, the Avatar, and her trusty polar bear dog Naga by supporting her pro-bending team. Go Fire Ferrets! (NickShop)

batman court of owls Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“Batman Vol. 1: Court of Owls” (DC Comics)

“Batman Vol. 1: Court of Owls,” $24.99
In one of the biggest comics story lines of the year, the Batman family of books gets rocked by a crime syndicate making themselves known in Gotham City. Carrying out a series of murders and attacks on Bat-adjacent heroes (Batgirl, Nightwing, etc.), the group is exerting their will. The Caped Crusader himself is on the case, but the prime suspect seems to be one of Batman’s closest allies, Dick Grayson. From writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. (DC Comics)

“Once Upon a Time Machine,” $24.99
This 432-page graphic novel anthology collects 25 familiar fairy tales, whimsically reimagined by up-and-coming comics writers and illustrators. (Dark Horse)

UNDER $50

“Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown,” $28.99
Fantagraphics has been reprinting Carl Barks’ classic Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge work, and this third volume focuses on Barks’ peak period in the early 1950s. In “A Christmas for Shacktown,” the Duck family raises money for the poor children of Duckburg’s slums. The book also includes dozens of other Duck stories and behind-the-scenes essays. (Fantagraphics)

Superman or Wonder Woman Fleece Throw Blanket with Sleeves, $29.95
For many of us, the holidays mean camping out on the couch, with cookies and cider close at hand, and these fleece throws put a superhero spin on the Snuggie — the ultimate veg-wear. (DC Entertainment)

“Stargate SGU” Coaster Set, $29.95 for a set of four
These coasters (four in the set) were developed using graphics files from the Syfy series. Each mini stargate was hand-cast in resin and hand-painted. Not dishwasher safe, but who knows what lies beyond the event horizon? (QMx)

The Golden Perch Premium Etched Pint Glasses, $29.99 for a pair
If there’s one thing hobbits love as much as eating, it might be drinking, and Pippin and Merry were particularly fond of the ale at the Golden Perch inn. This pair of pint glasses, etched with artwork from the Golden Perch, might make a perfect gift for the ale-loving Tolkien enthusiast in your life. (Taverncraft)

legolotr Holiday gift guide 2012: Hobbit, Star Wars, superheroes, more

“LEGO Lord of the Rings” (Lego)

“LEGO Lord of the Rings,” $29.99-$49.99, depending on the platform
It’s an epic fantasy, only cuter. The LEGO-branded video games have become rather consistent titles when it comes to fast-paced action-packed adventures. The “Lord of the Rings” title closely mirrors the Peter Jackson trilogy, complete with dialogue from the films. The game is available for Wii U, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS. (Lego)

“Adventure Time” Beemo Face iPhone Case, $34.95
Beemo is more than Finn and Jake’s roommate. Beemo is also their alarm clock, video game console, camera and loyal friend — much like your iPhone. Beemo and your iPhone are a genderless match made in Ooo. (Cartoon Network)

“Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions,” $35
Fire up your dirigible. Written by Brian J. Robb, the author of “Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV” and “Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film,” this 192-page hardcover illustrated history explores the steampunk movement’s roots and future, from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne to Scott Westerfeld and Mark Hodder. (Voyageur Press)

“Game of Thrones: A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook,” $35
This 240-page hardcover is a must-have for any foodie in the Seven Kingdoms. The cookbook, endorsed by series creator George R.R. Martin, includes more than 100 recipes from every corner of Westeros, including pork pie from the Wall, aurochs with roasted leeks from the North, blueberry tarts from the South, almond-crusted trout from King’s Landing, stuffed grape leaves from Dorne, and Tyroshi honeyfingers from across the Narrow Sea. (HBO Shop)

Jake Hoodie Footie, $38
Whether he’s fighting the Ice King, partying in the Cloud Kingdom or just hanging around the treehouse making bacon pancakes, the “Adventure Time” fan in your life will be toasty warm in these adult footie pajamas, inspired by magical, super-stretching dog Jake. The footies are detachable. (WeLoveFine)

Xavier School Bag, $39
This heavy-duty canvas messenger bag might not help your favorite mutant read minds or start storms, but it does fit a 17-inch laptop. The bag comes in three colors and has brass hardware, which, thankfully with Magneto around, is not magnetic. (WeLoveFine)

Godzilla Plush Slippers, $39.95
They might not be big enough to crush cars or take out buildings, but these Godzilla slippers will make a big impression on a kaiju fan with cold feet. (Toy Vault)

“Professor Layton & the Miracle Mask,” $39.99
The look is lighthearted but the brainteasers are serious. The latest Nintendo 3DS edition of this puzzle/adventure franchise — one known for buoyantly lighthearted visuals and outlandish characters — comes with a bonus: the ability to download one puzzle per day for 365 days at no added cost. (Nintendo)

King of Tokyo, $39.99
Robots! Aliens! Monsters! The goal is to destroy Tokyo or defeat your mutant/robotic opponents, whichever happens first. Basically, you just have to break and kill things, and the clever cards add a little strategy to the dice-rolling formula. It’s fast-paced, good for kids and the look of the colorful cutouts is part old monster movie and part “Rampage.” (Iello Games)

Ahsoka Costume Tunic, $40
The little Jedi Padawan in your life will probably be feeling the Force when she wears this long-sleeve cotton tunic, inspired by Ahsoka Tano’s new costume in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season 3. The top comes complete with thumb holes and a hood to replicate Ahsoka’s Lekku. (Her Universe)

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Darth Vader Lightsaber Umbrella. (Museum Replicas)

Darth Vader Lightsaber Umbrella, $40
Even the Dark Lord of the Sith might get caught in the rain. This umbrella features a handle based on Darth Vader’s weapon of choice, and the canopy bears the emblem of the Galactic Empire. (Museum Replicas)

“Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth,” $49.99
Who would win in a fight — Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America or Thor? Motion-controlled gameplay puts the answer in your hands … or fists. “Battle for Earth,” developed for Xbox Kinect and Wii U, is based on the “Secret Invasion” story line from the comics and features some 20 Marvel heroes and villains. (Ubisoft)

UNDER $100

The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited-Edition Gift Set (Blu-ray), $52.99
More than seven years in the making, Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy is finally complete. This Blu-ray collection includes all three films — “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” — as well as a 64-page excerpt from the book “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy.” (Warner Bros.)

The Eleven Doctors Micro-Figure Set, $54.98
Whovians can only dream of an episode featuring all 11 iterations of the Doctor, but at least these miniatures can unite. Each of these adorable figures, from William Hartnell through Matt Smith, stands on his own display base. And they’ll arrive via TARDIS, of course … that is, a TARDIS gift box. (BBC America Shop)

VivaJava, $55
Turn the hunt for the perfect coffee bean into an adventure — one that can unfold on your home coffee table. The goal in indie board game VivaJava is to create the new hot thing in coffee. Do so by sending researchers on excursions, and knowing when to make strategic allegiances with your competitors. (Dice Hate Me Games)

The Master’s Fob Watch, $59.98
Based on the Chameleon Arch pocket watch that held the essence of the “Doctor Who” villain the Master, this replica includes Gallifreyan engraving on its casing and a built-in light, which emits a blue glow. (BBC America Shop)

NASA Flight Suits, $59.99-$99.99
For stargazers of all ages, these replica flight suits capture the feeling of being a real astronaut. The adult suits come in blue and orange. The kids’ suits come in orange, white or blue and range in size from 18 months to 14 years. (Kennedy Space Center)

Spock Hoodie, $60
Grok Spock in this cotton fleece hoodie featuring the Vulcan science officer’s famous blue uniform and pointy ears. It’s the logical choice for your “Star Trek”-loving sweetie. (Her Universe)

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Chewie Costume Hoodie (ThinkGeek)

Chewie Costume Hoodie, $69.99
Luke may get the glory, and Han may get the girl, but any fan of the “Star Wars” universe can tell you that it’s Chewbacca who does most of the heavy lifting. This fake-fur hoodie with built-in bandolier pays homage to that wonderful Wookiee. (ThinkGeek)

“Avengers vs. X-Men,” $75
Marvel’s biggest event of the year pitted its two most popular teams head-to-head. Scott Summers (Cyclops), desperately trying to jumpstart a mutant race on the brink of extinction, means to harness and reach out to the Phoenix — a powerful cosmic entity that often eats planets. Captain America and the rest of the Avengers will do anything to keep the flaming bird away. Tempers flare. This hardcover compilation comes from writers Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction and more; plus artists Frank Cho, John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, Adam Kubert and more. (Marvel Comics)

Disneyland Monorail Play Set, $79.95
Here’s a Disney spin on the classic Christmas tree train set. The remote control monorail includes 14 feet of track, Disneyland’s latest Mark VII train design, passenger cabins with working doors and decorated interiors and eight Disney figures including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Disney Store)

“Serenity” Little Damn Heroes Maquette #6, $99.95
She may not be the sleekest ship in the ‘verse, but the bucket-of-bolts Firefly-class transport Serenity has made it all the way out to the raggedy edge of space and back, serving her captain and her crew well. This accurate 8-inch replica was designed and hand-painted using the show’s CG files, sure to please any Browncoat. (QMx)

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“Serenity” maquette (QMx)

“Game of Thrones” Season 1 Collector’s Edition, $99.98
This box set includes Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the first season based on the George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, chronicling the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, who are locked in a treacherous battle for the Iron Throne. The set includes an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in the first season, behind-the-scenes interviews from cast and crew, a feature on creating the Dothraki language, character profiles by the actors who play them and more. But we’re most excited about the dragon egg paperweight. (HBO Shop)

“Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years,” $99.99
Nebula Award-nominated author David A. Goodman explores the era leading up to humankind’s first contact with Vulcan in 2063, the Romulan War in 2156, the creation of the Federation in 2161 and the first 150 years of the intergalactic democracy up until the year 2311 in this illustrated volume. The book comes with a lighted pedestal and an audio introduction by Adm. Hikaru Sulu, a handwritten letter from young Jim Kirk and more. (47North)

UNDER $500

Marvel Comics Mural Wall Graphic, $154.50
Indoctrinate future Marvel fans while they’re young by turning their bedrooms into homages to the comics greats. This giant fade-resistant vinyl mural is more than 6 feet high and 10 feet wide, and features classic Marvel covers. (Marvel Store)

Lego Haunted House, $179.99
The battle between good (Monster Fighters) and evil (monsters) is played out in this fearsome new theme introduced by Lego this year. Of the 10 sets available so far, this haunted house playset is by far the largest, with 2,064 pieces, including figures for Lord Vampyre, Vampyre’s Bride, two ghosts and the zombie chef and butler. (Lego)

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A replica of Thorin’s map from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Weta)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Thorin’s Map – Prop Replica, $199
Bilbo Baggins’ great adventure begins with a treasure map created by Thror, grandfather of Thorin Oakenshield. This replica is handmade by calligrapher and artist Daniel Reeve, who painstakingly copied his original prop from the film and distressed it. The “Moon Runes” are visible when the map is held up to the light. (Weta)

Nintendo’s Wii U, $299-$349
Hero Complex does not want to send anyone on a holiday scavenger hunt, but Nintendo is assuring consumers that Wii U stock will be replenished throughout the coming weeks. That’s good news, as the Wii U’s touchscreen controller the GamePad offers a new way to play. And all that money people spent on the Wii and its peripheral devices isn’t for naught, as the Wii U will recognize old remotes and play all Wii games. (Nintendo)

“Lord of the Rings” Collector’s Chess Set, $495
Fans of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy can take Frodo’s adventure to the chess board with this exceptionally detailed chess set. A Middle-earth map is mounted below the playing surface, and actors from the film personally approved their likeness for each of the 32 pewter playing pieces. (Noble Collection)

“Harry Potter” Wizard’s Collection, $499.99
For the magical-minded muggle you snuggle, there is no better “Harry Potter” movie set than the “Wizard’s Collection,” which includes all eight movies on Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy, as well as more than 37 hours of special features, including the special features on previous releases. Add the gorgeous packaging and little extras — a fabric map of Hogwarts, concept art prints, a hard-bound “Catalogue of Artefacts,” the horcrux locket and more — and this set is sure to charm. (Warner Bros.)

$500 OR MORE

Wooden Wonders Hobbit Holes, $995-$14,995
Bring the Shire to your backyard with a custom hobbit hole. Wooden Wonders creates chicken coops, playhouses, saunas, cottages and more, inspired by the homes of Bilbo Baggins and his peers. All that’s missing is a cup of tea and some elevenses. (Wooden Wonders)

Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit, $31,375
Be they walkers or runners, zombies won’t stand a chance against the owner of this survival kit, which comes complete with more guns, knives, tools, meds and lab equipment than a person should ever need. Unless, of course, there’s a zombie apocalypse. (Optics Planet)

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