Dec. 20, 2011 | 4:16 p.m.

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

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

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 […]
July 27, 2010 | 11:30 p.m.

A ‘Star Trek’ communicator is born, via the iPhone 4

“Star Wars” has its popular light-saber apps, so it’s time for “Star Trek” to step up its game, and it appears that has happened with the official Star Trek Captain’s Log application for the iPhone 4. Hopefully a little more interactive than the “Battlestar Galactica” cylon detector, the Captain’s Log app is supposed to make your iPhone 4 become a Starfleet communicator. If only iPhones were flip phones! Besides some generic features, it allows you to choose a preferred Enterprise class level, maybe as a Federation captain, or be in engineering like Geordi and Scotty, be a science/medical officer like Bones, or join the ranks of the Klingons or Romulans. Share logs or keep them private, it even uses the iPhone 4’s retina display, multitasking capabilities and gyroscope support, showcasing a 3-D model of the Starship Enterprise. It would be […]
Nov. 30, 2009 | 1:59 p.m.

2009 Holiday Geek Gift Guide, Part 2: More great presents for Trekkies, Twi-Hards and fanboys

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE, PART TWO (READ PART ONE RIGHT HERE and PART THREE RIGHT HERE) Stressed about finding the perfect gift for that special Muggle, Trekkie, Twi-Hard, Jedi or Bat-fan in your life? Relax and read on: You’ve come to the perfect place at the perfect time, because this is the 2009 Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide — just think of us as a sort of retail Yoda guiding you through the complicated swamps of holiday shopping. “Buy or buy not. There is no browse…” “Star Wars” Garden Jawa: Do you know someone that has a gopher problem and a fixation of the George Lucas universe? Well, of course you do — who doesn’t? Just last month, the Garden Jawa ($35) went on sale exclusively at Star Wars Shop. Not even a cranky Bantha could resist this little guy, who is close […]
March 16, 2009 | 6:38 p.m.

Stargate, just coasting

I was just thinking: There’s never been a better time to be a geek. Film, television, video games, the Internet — all of it is tilting in the direction of the fanboy universe. And then there’s all the merch — like Jack Nicholson as the Joker, I find myself marveling at all "those wonderful toys!" The marketplace is chock full of sublime (and strange) gadgets, totems and toys for those of us who speak geek. Here’s a new one that caught my eye because it’s stealthy — "civilians" will see it sitting in your house and never suspect that it’s actually a fanboy tchochki. It may look like something crafted by techno-minded artisan in Santa Fe but, no, it’s actually a "Stargate" coaster, of course! It was cooked up the folks at Quantum Mechanix (the same team that came up […]
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