There’s something about the holiday season that brings out epic levels of creativity, coolness and fun in the world of pop culture! Familiar Yuletide traditions and trappings become even more enjoyable when combined – often in radically unexpected ways – with entertainment’s most popular and enduring movies, TV shows, comic books and characters.
Here are 8 of our current favorite holiday-themed pop culture collectibles, guaranteed to make your 2016 holiday season merry and bright – and, no matter the weather where you’re celebrating unforgettably cool!
This was a big year for Harley Quinn. The psychiatrist-turned-psychotic supervillain, helplessly smitten with The Joker, made her big screen live-action debut, played by Margot Robbie, in Suicide Squad, one of 2016’s biggest box office hits; and her look in that film became both convention cosplay and Halloween trick-or-treating sensations.
Now, Harley’s rocking muted hues of Yuletide red and green in this 7-3/5-inches tall vinyl figure from the DC Bombshells collection, a retro pinup-style reimagining of the company’s most famous female characters. Based on Ant Lucia’s artwork, designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Anders Ehrenborg, this holiday Harley is a collectible you’ll no doubt want to display year-round. Right, puddin’?
Did you know that, in L. Frank Baum’s first draft of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it wasn’t Dorothy’s house that fell on the Wicked Witch of the East, but a Christmas tree?
No? That’s because I’m a lying humbug. But here’s some truth: This festive, foot-and-a-half tall tree is a merry old holiday decoration for any Ozophile.
Pre-trimmed with a 36-inch long garland of gold-colored tinsel and 16 ornaments—8 ball ornaments that feature familiar faces from the beloved 1939 movie musical, and 8 miniature replicas of its most iconic props, like Scarecrow’s diploma and Tin Man’s heart—the tree stands on the distinctively stocking’d, ruby slipper-shod feet of the ill-fated enchantress. Kind of makes you want to click your heels together three times and sing, “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” doesn’t it?
Knows, he does, when sleeping and awake you are, and if good or bad you have been, for his ally is the Force. This delightful three-dimensional recreation of a classic Lucasfilm Christmas card stands just five inches tall, but judge it not by its size!
What better Star Wars character to stand in for the patron saint of children than Yoda, the patient teacher of younglings? “Truly wonderful the mind of a child is,” he once said. This depiction of him as a jolly old Jedi Master can keep childlike wonder alive in your mind this holiday season.
While you’re decking your halls the Star Wars way, don’t miss out on this simple but singularly entertaining series of wooden blocks that bear season’s greetings from three of the saga’s most popular characters.
Capturing a cool “retro” vibe, these blocks (each measuring 5 by 2-1/2 by 1-1/4 inches) will be surefire conversation starters when sitting on your bookshelves or window sills, lining your garden path, or stacked on the edge of your desk.
Each case contains 24 blocks (8 of each design), giving you plenty of cosmic holiday cheer to spread!
Thanks to the 1964 stop-motion animation TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, almost everyone can recall the most famous reindeer of all. Certainly Jim Shore, one of America’s most acclaimed folk artists, does.
This charming, stone resin display piece (about 6 inches wide by 5 inches tall) showcases Santa embracing Rudolph and Clarice, who are graced with Shore’s artistic flourishes on their sides. It’s a lovely decoration to warm your home and your heart—a gentle reminder that, when holly jolly holiday magic is at work, no one is really a “misfit”!
Well… did we just say “no one”?
Moving on from one stop-motion animation holiday classic to another, we find Jack Skellington and Sally, hero and heroine of The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Pumpkin King and his ragdoll sweetheart may be more naturally at home in Halloween Town, but their longing for joy and their affection for each other connects them to the Christmas spirit, too!
Dressed in cloth outfits as “Sandy Claws” and Mrs. Claus, these articulated, poseable figures are over a foot tall (Jack is 16 inches; Sally, 14) and belong to a limited edition of exactly 1993 units (in honor of the year the film premiered), and are packaged in a coffin-shaped, but still cheery, red box (we leave to you the challenge of wrapping it to go beneath the tree!).
If you’re looking for more holiday horror than your great aunt’s fruitcake provides, or if you’d like visions lovelier than those of sugarplums to start dancing in your head, this exquisitely detailed scale model (1:6) of the Mistress of the Dark belongs on your wish list.
Actress Cassandra Peterson has been playing Elvira for 35 years, and her shapely, sharp-witted character is still winning fans. This 18-inch cold-cast porcelain maquette captures all her frightful fun. Trading in her usual black gown for a snug and sassy Santa suit, the horror movie TV hostess is up on a Gothic rooftop with her sack full of scary-looking toys and a list of lucky (we guess?) recipients, ready to slink down the chimney with what promises to be a memorable present—one that won’t cooperate with any “Do Not Open Until Christmas” nonsense!
DC’s amazing Amazon had plenty of reason to be of good cheer in 2016, as well. She celebrated her 75th anniversary, and her first live-action movie appearance won widespread acclaim as a true highlight of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, whetting moviegoers’ appetites for Gal Gadot’s return in next year’s Wonder Woman standalone film.
Until then, you can enjoy this DC Bombshells holiday take on Wonder Woman. Sculpted by Tim Miller and standing over 10 inches high, the figure shows Diana, dressed in shiny and seasonally colorful satin, getting ready to shine light (literally and figuratively) into the dark world of man.
If we haven’t yet hit on the perfect holiday season pop culture collectible for you, don’t worry! We’ve got a lot more to choose from at our online Holiday shop. We’re certain you’ll find something to make your holidays extra special!
What’s your most favorite holiday-themed pop culture collectible? Let us know in the comments below!