When Toys “R” Too Much to Ask for: A Christmas list for the financially gifted


Wow, it’s already Christmas this week. Is it just me or do the holidays come sooner and sooner every year? Not that I’m complaining. I love this holiday. It’s so much fun to visit my extended family and make homemade greeting cards, and have an excuse to wear warm festive clothes. Oh, who am I kidding? Even if you genuinely are a giving person, there’s no denying we all think materialistically. In fact it’s the whole reason Toy-TMA exists. So in order to get our desires out of the way, here’s some Hot Gifts this year that we’d feel far too guilty to put on our wish list but are still fun to pine after. Watch as the prices slowly become more unreachable!

Epic Mickey Wii Charging Station & Paintbrush Nunchuck ($59.98)

Before this is over, my wallet will be a wasteland.

Here’s one we gamers (I should I say “wii gamers”) could appreciate for many reasons. For one, I just got my Wii this year as my graduation gift and am still in need of a charger so that I don’t run through batteries, and nothing screams “Hardcore” like the Phantom Blot powering up my Wiimote for maximum energy. Not to mention I have a hardcore Artist/Disney nut for a friend on her honeymoon at Disneyland as I speak whom I know would die to add this to her mantle of Nostalgia. Of course, that would take me down $39.99, plus another $19.99 for the paintbrush nunchuck. Not expensive enough for you? Well odds are if you buy this, you’re probably buying the game Epic Mickey with it. Do the math and that’s quite an evening of credit swiping.

Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection (69.99)

Do I really care about these movies THAT much? …You know, I just might.

So what does this all contain? Well let’s see. All three amazing Toy Story movies in High Definition, and standard for some reason, plus four more discs full of bonus features, all contained in a nice disc compartment that is reminiscent of Andy’s actual toy box. This was something I knew I wanted the second after seeing Toy Story 3 this Summer, but now that it’s here? I know Pixar has done an awesome job making this probably the most successful trilogy that isn’t named Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, but damn. $70 at my local Freddy’s where I have to look at it over and over again. I guess I just wasn’t ready for it.

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Boxset ($72.00)

Hey come on! What if you’re a 22 year-old nerd like Scott that no one will give a real job to?

We here at Toy-TMA love ourselves some Scott Pilgrim. Chris, Kyle, and I all became avid fans of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Graphic Novels, and we all loved Edgar Wright’s almost perfect live action adaptation. (Now available on Blu-Ray and DVD). Now that the series is over, there is, as usual, a collection that contains the whole package: All 6 volumes kept in an awesome little slipcase with a bonus poster inside (I love posters!). The retail price in bookstores is more or less the same you’d pay to get all six novels individually, but last I checked on Amazon the price has been discounted. If you’re lucky, you may just find it under the $50 mark.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (129.99)

You know, if I had all the money in the world, I would probably buy my own wizarding school too.

Remember those gigantic LEGO sets they would show on the TV that’d make you super jealous because you knew you’d probably never get them? Well, they may not show them off as much as they did in the 90’s, but they are definitely still around. This year, we have a brand new set for the latest Harry Potter movie. The biggest of which is Hogwarts Castle, complete with rows of rooms and hidden passages and trap doors. It even comes with a total of 10 LEGO Characters: Voldemort, 2 Dementors, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Professor Flitwick, Albus Dumbledore, Hermione, and Harry himself. Now… I’m kind of confused about a few things. This LEGO set is suppose to represent the latest movie, but they didn’t even go to Hogwarts in the latest movie. Maybe it’s for Part 2, which I guess would explain why Voldemort and the Dementors are there, but still, why is Dumbledore still here? Isn’t he dead? And how come Ron isn’t in the set? Are you saying I need to buy this AND The Burrow set to have the whole trio? Oh whatever. I still love you LEGO, but I probably couldn’t find this gift even if I wanted to buy it. It’s all sold out at Freddy’s due to the parents with that much disposable income (or maybe their kids were just really good this year).

How To Train Your Dragon Pillow Pal Deluxe 30-Inch Plush Night Fury ($199.99)

How to make a child faint out of fear and joy at the same time.

Dreamwork’s released 3 animated family films this year. One of them I believe is the best they’ve made in a long time. How to Train Your Dragon was absolutely wonderful. It had great characters that were relatable despite being Vikings, the voice work was excellent without being over-the-top, and the Dragons themselves were so vibrant and full of personality. They were certainly the ones who stole the show. I, for one, love dragons, but if you don’t, well… this movie might just change your mind. Anyway, it would have been idiotic of Dreamworks to pass up the chance to cash in on its winged fire-breathing creations and make a handful of child friendly plushes, which of course they didn’t. And the prized possession of all? A 30-inch plush of Toothless (36 inches if you include the tail.) This bad boy’s bounty started off at $200 on Amazon, but due to supply being so low and demand being so high (Econ 101. thanks Mr. Oberhue), he’s now somewhere in the vicinity of $325. Much like the legendary Night Fury himself, he’s very rare and very valuable.

Sheesh. What some people will do for stuffed animals. Well, I tried my best to hit something in every avenue. I got a plush, some LEGO Bricks, a movie trilogy, a graphic novel series, and a game peripheral. Now is probably a good time to stop. I’m sure I COULD talk about expensive gifts all Christmas, but by the time I get to the $2500 life-like Serenity starship model I’m going to drive Santa away. Happy Holidays everyone, and remember, enjoy the little things. If you only get the miniature $10 Toothless plush this year, just know that someone tried. And that’s what really matters.

Unfortunately, neither Kinect nor Move made my list. Better luck next year guys.

Want some more great Christmas gift ideas? Check these articles out:

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