Holiday Gift Guide 2013December 12, 2013
Can’t figure out what gifts to get your friends and family this holiday season? Have you still not decided what to put on your wish list? Either way, we’ve got you covered with our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – compiling the hottest movies, gadgets, collectibles, games and more.
FOR THE COMIC FAN
In Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest fears has come to pass. The android known as Ultron has evolved and all but succeeded in its goal of eradicating humanity from planet Earth. What few heroes remain contemplate drastic measures as they seek refuge underground, desperate for a means to take down Ultron once and for all. Featuring a dream team of writers and artists, including New York Times bestselling writer Brian Michael Bendis and talented artists Brian Hitch, Carlos Pacheco, and Brandon Peterson, Avengers: Age of Ultron is the basis for 2015’s Avengers movie sequel, and collects AGE OF ULTRON #1-10 and #10AI, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #14AU-15AU, FANTASTIC FOUR (2012) #5AU, FEARLESS DEFENDERS #4AU, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6AU, ULTRON #1AU, UNCANNY AVENGERS #8AU, and WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #27AU.
The Avengers: Endless Wartime has Thor and Captain America facing down ghosts from their past. The first book in Marvel’s new OGN series, Endless Wartime is an original story brought directly to book format. The book features exclusive AR content (accessible via the Marvel AR app on smartphones and tablets), a free digital copy and a forward by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg.
Taking Marvel’s massively popular Unlimited service to a whole new level, Marvel Unlimited Plus offers access to thousands of digital comics, a limited edition Hasbro Marvel Legends 6” AU Variant Ultron figure, an exclusive variant copy of Age of Ultron #10 with art by artist Salvador Larroca, a collectible Age of Ultron comics box , and a personalized member card. Not to mention exclusive access to members-only con events and merch, and year-round discounts at the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and MarvelStore.com!
Fans of Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger film will love Sideshow Collectibles’ rendition of the character in this incredibly detailed Captain America Premium Format figure. Featuring stunning realism and an accurate likeness of actor Chris Evans, each limited edition piece is individually painted and finished. With real fabric costume detail and swappable helmeted/ standard heads, this figure is a great addition to any comic fan’s collection.
DC Collectibles’ Batman: Arkham City Nightwing Statue is immaculately detailed, featuring a dead-on likeness to his video game counterpart. The roughly 8.8″ porcelain statue of the original Robin is sculpted by Amos Hemsley in a battle-ready stance featuring his dual electric batons.
WB Montreal’s Batman: Arkham Origins video game tells the tale of The Dark Knight’s earliest confrontations with his vicious rogues gallery. Fans can relive the experience with DC Collectibles’ insanely detailed lineup of 6″ figures based on character designs from the game – including Batman, The Joker and Bane.
Want to be different and root for the bad guys for a change? Featuring great articulation, detailed sculpts and fantastic paint jobs, DC Collectibles’ DC Comics Super Villains Action Figures are great for comic fans and collectors. Captain Cold, Black Manta and The Joker look ripped from the comic book pages, with a range of included accessories.
FOR THE GAMER
The Astro A50 Battlefield 4 Edition offers incredible wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound on all current-gen and next-gen consoles as well as PC. Owners of these cans get access to exclusive DLC for your online character, and a sound profile optimized specifically for Battlefield 4!
Roccat’s Isku FX Multicolor Keyboard features optimized lighting with six adjustable brightness levels, a comfort wrist rest, configurable media keys, programmable macros (including thumb macro keys beneath the spacebar) and much more. The Isku FX can even talk to other compatible Roccat devices like the Kone XTD mouse to optimize the DPI settings for Sniper Mode in the middle of a heated shootout. Event Lighting mirrors in-game events by activating light patterns – imagine getting hit by an RPG and seeing your keyboard flash red, or pulsate with green when you’re hit by a poison arrow!
The Roccat Kone XTD is is a true gamer’s ultimate weapon, featuring the latest 8200 DPI Pro Aim R3 laser sensor, a powerful 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHz ARM MCU processor, and the most advanced Tracking & Distance Control Unit available – all in a perfectly weighted, ergonomic package. Gamers can store a wealth of macros and settings onto its 576 KN of on-board memory, which can be customized with the included software. The lights can be customized to your heart’s desire, even rotating through a range of your favorite hues.
Roccat’s Hiro 3D Supremacy Mousepad is the perfect companion to any high-end gaming mouse, offering supreme acceleration and accuracy-enhancing properties with rock-solid build construction. With the Hiro’s vulcanized 3D silicone surface, mouse gliding is effortless and incredibly precise. The Hiro’s edges are smooth and well-rounded, and won’t fray even after many hours of intense gaming. It also features a Force Field protective water-resistant coating which makes it easy to clean in case of a spill.
Featuring incredible 7.1 Dolby Headphone Surround Sound, on-cable controls, lay-flat earpieces to avoid breakage, lightweight design, and sports performance cloth ear cups, the Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset is easy to recommend for long, intense gaming sessions. Hear what you can’t see and get the drop on would-be assassins with these awesome cans.
Logitech’s G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse features up to 250 hours of battery life, eleven programmable controls, in-game sensitivity switching, comfortable design, and the ability to switch between performance and endurance modes. When you’re not sniping campers in the latest FPS, endurance mode can be utilized to extend the battery to an impressive 1440 hours. Great for MMOs, shooters and everything in between.
Want to play like the pros do? Benq’s XL2420TE Professional Gaming Monitor was designed with the help of Counter-Strike’s most legendary players, and was built with FPS games in mind. Gain a competitive edge with features like Black eQualizer, S Switch, FPS Mode, Smart Scaling, and ZeroFlicker Technology. There’s a reason BenQ’s monitors are used in most of the professional gaming tournaments.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes brings the LEGO series’ charm to the Marvel universe. Play as Wolverine, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and many more as you web-sling and fly through the streets of New York on a mission to stop Doctor Doom and Galactus. Now available on all major consoles including Xbox One and PlayStation 4!
Designed for the next generation of gaming – with breathtaking visuals and monumental scale, Killzone: Shadow Fall is a true showcase for the impressive power of the PlayStation 4. You play as Shadow Marshal Lucas Kellen, tasked with maintaining a fragile peace between the ISA and the ruthless Helghast.
In Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 6, players can drive over 1200 dream cars on some of the world’s most famous tracks. Tune cars to your heart’s delight, and experience true-to-life dynamic weather and nighttime driving with the game’s advanced graphics and physics technology. Race your friends online, create your own clubs, unlock concept vehicles, and even explore the moon’s surface in PlayStation 3’s most realistic driving simulator.
PlayStation 4’s Knack is designed by one of the greatest minds in gaming, Mark Cerny. In this next-generation platform game, players wield magic powers while traversing a stunning, vibrant world. Knack features the most advanced graphics ever seen in the genre, utilizing high-tech rendering techniques for visuals on par with CGI animated films.
The Genius SW-G2.1 3000 is another stellar product from the GX Gaming series, packing window-rattling bass and crisp highs. Featuring mic and headphone jacks for online trash-talking, this system is marketed towards gamers, but it’s also a great 2.1 home entertainment system. The 3.5 inch jack can accept input from TV, DVD/ Blu-ray players, MP3 players, and gaming consoles.
Celebrating the two year anniversary of Naughty Dog’s award winning action-adventure game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Sideshow Collectibles’ Nathan Drake Sixth Scale Figure is a stunning hand crafted piece befitting the series’ legacy. The globetrotting treasure hunter features full range of articulation, so fans can recreate many of the memorable moments from the game. Nathan Drake sports his famously half-tucked Henley shirt, wide cuff wristwatch, cargo pants, and shemagh tactical scarf for survival in the harsh desert climate. Should some mystical evil force be hiding around the corner, Drake is packing his trusty 9mm pistol and assault rifle.
Nihon Falcom’s Japanese RPG Ys: Memories of Celceta is the first game in the series released in the West. Taking players on an epic journey through the Ys universe, the game eclipses all previous series entries in both size and content, offering a beautiful, vibrant world to explore and battle in. With a well-written story, a great soundtrack and engaging action RPG combat, this is the total package.
FOR THE MUSICIAN
IK Multimedia’s iRig KEYS PRO is a full-sized 37-key velocity-sensitive keyboard that can be plugged into iOS devices for music creation on the go, or a PC or Mac via the included USB cable for use in a home studio. It’s a compact, lightweight “plug and play” MIDI controller with free included software apps like SampleTank FREE and iGrand Piano FREE.
IK Multimedia’s iLoud is the first portable stereo speaker designed for studio monitor quality on the go. The iLoud features battery-operated speakers that combine superior power, pristine frequency response and booming low end in an ultra-portable design – a great alternative to studio speakers for music creation, composition and playback on the go.
IK Multimedia’s iRig PRO allows musicians to record microphones, guitars, line instruments or MIDI devices while maintaining a very high portability factor. Including cables and inputs for virtually all audio and MIDI instruments, as well as phantom power ability and a host of software, the iRig PRO is the world’s first truly comprehensive mobile recording platform.
Avid ‘s Pro Tools 11 features the all-new Avid Audio Engine built from the ground up for stability, efficiency, and to take advantage of 64-bit hardware. The optimized coding now unlocks the potential of your computer’s full processing power, allowing for more CPU-heavy effects, virtual instruments, and plugins than ever before.
Activision’s Skylanders SWAP Force continues the successful video game/ toy hybrid formula, adding characters whose halves can be mixed and matched to create all-new combinations. With colorful, updated graphics, a lot of humor, and fun and exciting gameplay, kids are sure to enjoy this.
Tony Stark and Bruce Banner team up once more for Iron Man And Hulk: Heroes United, a computer-generated film that sees the pair fighting against a new enemy known as Zzzax – an energy being born of gamma radiation siphoned from Hulk and his nemesis the Abomination. Zzzax threatens to drain all of the Earth’s electricity, and Tony Stark and Hulk will have to use their combined strength and intellect to try and stop him. Their adventure will see them face down rabid Wendigos, HYDRA robots and more – fans will even get to see Hulk don some armor of his own.
With a stellar cast starring Billy Crystal and John Goodman, Disney/ Pixar’s Monsters University packs a ton of humor, incredible visuals and a great soundtrack by Randy Newman. This Blu-ray/ DVD Combo Pack has a huge amount of interesting special features, including a revealing look inside Pixar’s studio, the animated short “The Blue Umbrella”, deleted scenes, and more.
Experience a Disney classic in remastered HD with The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition Blu-ray, featuring bonus features like deleted scenes, an all-new music video, interviews with Disney animators who were inspired by the film, and a tour of Fantasyland with Ariel’s voice actress Jodi Benson.
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown features twelve episodes of nonstop ninja action. The Turtles face off against the Kraang, brand new enemies like The Rat King, and even against themselves in this two-disk DVD set packed with a free LEGO comic book.
Hero Ben Tennyson and his Omnitrix aliens battle against evil forces in Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 Omniverse: Vol. 3 – Aliens At War. Featuring ten action-packed episodes from the series’ second and third seasons plus an Alien Database bonus feature, this DVD set is sure to keep kids entertained.