Geek Gift Guide

Dec. 05, 2014 | 8:58 a.m.

Holiday gift guide: ‘Hobbit,’ Batman, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ more

Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Ho, Ho, Ho(dor)! It’s the time of year for geek-friendly holiday shopping. Whether you’re shopping for fans of “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars,” Batman or Captain Marvel, the annual Hero Complex holiday gift guide has you covered. This year’s selections include some family-friendly video games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U; gorgeous hardcover books celebrating the anniversaries of Marvel Comics, Batman, the Teen Titans, “Alien” and Hello Kitty; a Godzilla toy that’s probably bigger than your dog; and a quadcopter camera drone, among other selections. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Under $25 “Living Language Dothraki,” $3.99 app, $19.99 audiobook, $30 online course: Athchomar chomakaan! The Khal or Khaleesi in your life must command the Dothraki language before commanding the troops, and thanks to Living Language’s new course (offered as an app, CD and guide […]
Feb. 13, 2014 | 1:05 p.m.

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your comics cutie or sci-fi sweetheart

If your Valentine’s idea of a perfect date includes a trip to your local comic shop, a sci-fi movie marathon or an all-night game tournament, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. This year’s guide, introduced earlier this month, includes a wide range of geek-friendly selections from the worlds of horror, comics, science-fiction and more. If your honey would rather be in Westeros, perhaps toast your love with “Game of Thrones” sigil wine glasses. If your darling inspires visions of demigods, a bottle of Thor cologne will leave him smelling as bold and musky as the hammer-wielding hero. And if your “Star Wars”-loving sweetie gets the shivers, bundle her up in a tauntaun hoodie, complete with lightsaber zipper pull. Other selections in the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide include several sexy comic book titles, some “Doctor Who”-themed apparel, […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Sherlock,’ comics and more

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Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]
Dec. 19, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.

Holiday gift guide: ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Sherlock’ and more

Stressing out about a last-minute gift idea for the Trekkie, Time Lord or Jedi Padawan in your life? Look no further — Hero Complex’s annual holiday gift guide has you covered. This year’s guide, introduced on Thanksgiving, includes a wide range of geek-friendly selections from the worlds of science-fiction, fantasy, horror and comics. Is your TV-loving pal a “Game of Thrones” fan? Perhaps a plush direwolf or a 3-D puzzle map of Westeros will satisfy the wannabe-Stark in your life. Are you shopping for someone as strong and fair as Lady Sif? Check out the “Thor”-inspired lightning bolt and hammer earrings. Is there a pint-sized Whovian in your household? The Dalek Mr. Potato Head might make for the perfect stocking stuffer. Other selections in the Hero Complex holiday gift guide include items from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Marvel’s […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.

Holiday gift guide 2013: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Thrones’ and more

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You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Feb. 12, 2013 | 1:34 p.m.

Valentine’s Day gift ideas: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars’ and more

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2013
Is your valentine a Time Lord, Jedi or Starfleet captain? Do you spend date nights rolling dice or mashing controller buttons? Are your love notes written in binary or Klingon? We’ve got you covered for Valentine’s Day. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of gifts that are sure to say, “I love you,” whether your sweetheart speaks Dwarvish or Dothraki. Brain and heart pop candy molds, $3.69 each Ah, zombie love. What could be more romantic than sharing a brain lollipop with your undead sweetie? What better way to bare your heart than with an anatomical heart sucker? (Confectionery House) Zombie collection lip balm, $5 each Your horror-loving honey will love these classic lip balm tins, featuring posters and book covers from “I Bury the Living,” “I Married a Dead Man,” “The […]
Nov. 22, 2012 | 5:00 a.m.

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

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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) […]
Feb. 08, 2012 | 10:26 p.m.

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your own Jedi, Klingon or Timelord

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Do you and your Valentine whisper your sweet nothings in Klingon? Are your lovers’ quarrels over the Millennium Falcon vs. Serenity? When you dress up for dates, are you both wearing capes? If so, then the Hero Complex Valentine’s Gift Guide is for you (and your comics-loving cutie). Flip through the image gallery above for a peek at the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas (be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option). Below, you’ll find the same gift suggestions listed with handy links to help you get your shopping done at light speed. “Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics,” $29.99 The creators of Captain America also helped create a softer comics genre: romance comics. In the late ’40s and ’50s, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby captivated girls and women with their “Young Romance” tales of […]
Dec. 20, 2011 | 4:16 p.m.

Gift guide update: Last-minute ideas for the geek in your life

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If you’re seeking last-minute gifts for the sci-fi, fantasy or comics geek your life, look no further. The 2011 Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide is newly updated and here to save the day. Whether your recipient is a Trekkie, a Whovian, a would-be wizard, a wannabe-Jedi or a caped crusader, we’ve got you covered. Featured gifts include the whimsical (a magic wand TV remote), the practical (a cookbook inspired by “The Hunger Games” books) and geek chic (Batman or Han Solo flash drives). Click here to flip through our gift gallery or browse our price-sorted list of presents, and beam up the perfect surprise for the geek in your life. – Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide for 2011 ‘Harry Potter’ photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade Damon Lindelof’s love letter to ‘Raiders’ ‘Superman’ photos: The stars of Metropolis […]
Nov. 19, 2011 | 6:49 a.m.

Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide for 2011

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Are you looking for a magical gift for that special Muggle in your life? Do you need to send a wrapped present to a Time Lord in the near future? Or maybe you’re an enterprising soul who just can’t figure out the logical thing to bring to the holodeck holiday party? Well, no worries, just mind-meld with us because we’re here to save the day. Look, up in the photo gallery, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…the Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Flip through the gallery image above to see the best geeky gifts around and read our review (be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option). Also below, grouped by price range, you’ll find those same gift suggestions listed with handy links to help you get your shopping done at light speed. May the nog be with you. – Noelene Clark […]
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