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Outhouse Holiday Wishlist 2016

Written by SuperginraiX on Thursday, November 24 2016 and posted in Features

Outhouse Holiday Wishlist 2016

It's time to prepare for the final holiday season. Ever. Of all time.



Hey, look at that. It's the holiday season once again. You've probably got to go out and buy some gifts for the geek in your life and maybe that's a daunting task for you.

That's ok. We're here to help. Probably. We might be here to help. Or... we might be here to suggest what you might want to buy for US. We're needy that way. But, hey, if that neediness helps you buy for the non-gender-specific fan-person on your list, more power to you.

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Outhouse Review Team Writer

The Captain Marvel crossbody bag from Loungefly

Back at the terrible retail job I worked, I always ogled the Star Wars and Hello Kitty Loungefly bags and wallets that I could never afford on my salary even with my steep employee discount. Now Loungefly has gotten on the Marvel game with designs for Captain America, The Avengers and my girl Captain Marvel. This thing is so damn pretty that I don't know if I'd want another purse for the rest of my life. Okay, that's only half true. Even better? There's a matching wallet.

List Price: $59.95

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher's writing about her life has always been super funny and painfully honest, especially in her first memoir Wishful Drinking. However, she hasn't focused specifically on Star Wars as a part of her life until now with The Princess Diarist. The book obviously caught press attention when she revealed that yes, she did have an affair with young Harrison Ford, but knowing Fisher, that's not the only story waiting in its pages.

List Price: $26.00

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Finn Balor Demon Zip Hoodie

Look, it's been a cold time for me since my favorite wrestler got injured at SummerSlam. I need to keep warm somehow.

List Price: $49.99

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ScaryCleve.pngScary Cleve
Outhouse Review Team Writer

The End of the Fucking World by Charles Forsman

I think this would be an awesome gift because it's a story about young lovers with disturbing mental problems, the kind of thing I love to read. Think that old movie The Badlands with Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. I like it when stories center around understanding, but not sympathizing, with troubled individuals and learning what led them to be the way they are. Also, the artwork is suspiciously similar to Charles M. Schulz's style from the Peanuts, so these kids go murdering a whole bunch of people while looking like Charlie Brown. That's got to be a whole new level of disturbing.

List Price: $19.99

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Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins

John Constantine is the most iconic character in the Vertigo line-up. The concept of the mystical detective is not new in fiction, but what Hellblazer does that many similar titles don't is center so much on the human aspect of the main character and the world he inhabits. So much of the series puts more of an emphasis on John and his personal relationships. It doesn't detract from the mystical elements but amplifies them. When something goes wrong, not only is there a cosmic consequence, but a personal one as well. These early stories laid the groundwork for Constantine, his character and world, that later DC talent attempt to capture but not quite achieve, and I would love to start at the very beginning with Delano's run.

List Price: $19.99

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Black River by Josh Simmons

I've only recently started reading Josh Simmons, but already I place him very high up in the list of horror comic artists that terrify the shit out of me. He's one of those storytellers willing to go places very few have the stomach for. Even I, a seasoned horror reader, find myself flinching at the atrocities he cooks up in his head. Reading the summary of Black River, it sounds like a darker, bleaker Mad Max: Fury Road, and I'm eager to check it out.

List Price: $18.99

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Staff Writer/ Editor

Paper Mario: Color Splash for the Wii U

There are a lot of video games that try to wedge their way into your basket every holiday season but there is good news: not many of them are any good.

That may not seem like good news but it REALLY helps you narrow down your selections. Take Paper Mario, for example. That's, like, your entire selection. My kids and I have been playing the heck out of this game and it's awesome. The characters are funny, the world is vibrant, and Nintendo FINALLY fully realizes that "paper" theme in a console version of Paper Mario. The environment really looks like it's constructed out of paper and tinfoil. It's fun to look at.

The only problem with this game is that it is only available on the Nintendo Wii U and there's a GOOD chance you don't have it. If you're looking for a game for the XBox One or PS4 and maybe you want a lot more murder in your game selections, go check out Battlefield 1. It's not as FUN but it's the best you're gonna get without giving Nintendo more money.

List Price: $59.99

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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Volume 10

This is it, folks. This is the final chapter in the most amazing Transformers saga that I have ever witnessed.

Now, I SAY "final" but the story's not actually OVER. It's just continuing on in a new series with a new title. BUT! This has all the earmarks of an ending. James Roberts, Alex Milne, and others have crafted such a great series and this book is an excellent send off, answering LOTS of questions while leaving us with lots of mysteries left to solve.

Again, we've got a caveat: this is a payoff book and while it CAN be read in a vacuum, it's gonna be a whole lot better read if you've got the previous volumes (and the whole Dark Cybertron crossover). If you're got a Transformers fan on your holiday list, this would be a great series to start them on.

List Price: 19.99

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Marvel's Captain America: Civil War

This is a must for that Marvel Cinematic Universe fan on your list. It's not as good as Captain America: Winter Soldier but it has Iron Man to make up for it.

If you're my wife, you just want to watch Cap and Bucky beat up Tony Stark. If you're a normal person, you want to watch the MCU get all violent while exploring some quasi-political issues.

Either way, there's fun to be had for all.

List Price: $21.96

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NES Classic Edition

This is the gift to hunt down! There's no point linking to some Amazon page because it's unavailable there. You have to find this in the wild.

But it looks worth it! 30 classic Nintendo Entertainment System games played on controllers that look JUST like the originals... that sounds like the perfect amount of nostalgia.

Good luck and happy hunting!

List Price: $59.99

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SarahSed.pngSarah Sed
Staff Writer

Oregon Trail The Card Game

If you remember playing Oregon Trail when you were a kid, in the school computer lab, on a black and green monitor....then you're old like me. The great (and terrible) thing about being old is forgetting how frustrating this game was. You always died and the best part was shooting the animals only to be able to bring back 1/10th of the meat you shot. It was a virtual outlet for every time my mother told me to eat my vegetables because kids were starving in other countries. Oh...the nostalgia! This game sold out months ago when it was first released, and you can bet your hats that Target restocked for the holiday season. Share the gift of frustration with your family on Christmas Day by playing this game as a group.

List Price: $9.99

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Tickets To An Escape Room

It's all the rage and growing by leaps and bounds. They've been featured on The Big Bang Theory, The Little Couple, Newsweek, NPR...you name it, they've covered it. Escape rooms started as an online hunt and click game and has morphed to an in-person immersive live action experience complete with elaborate sets, mind bending puzzles and even sometimes costumed live actors. I love puzzles and really enjoy getting to immerse in a different reality for a few hours where I can actually touch things and fiddle with items. Wracking my brain trying to figure out things all around me trying to get out of a room is tons of fun. You can find yourself on a pirate ship, on a mission as James Bond, living through Prison Break, fighting zombies, or even battling a supervillain. With well over 5,000 across the globe there's bound to be one near you with a theme that you'll find interesting. Bonus points if I can feed that one friend no one likes to a monster at some point during the game. I've been through over a dozen and I'm always looking for more to play, especially if I'm out of town looking for something to do. It's addicting.

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Jude Terror Traitorous Dart Board

I'm sure that unless you're a staff member, you are probably wondering who the heck I am. That's reasonable, I'm not a super active staff member. However, you all probably know Jude Terror and are aware that he's a traitorous money grubbing jerkface! He's abandoned us and the only way to console ourselves is with a movie style dartboard with his face on it. It's not currently available anywhere but it's still on my wish list. Someone make it happen and send it to The Outhousers HQ. Send the bill to Jude Terror over at Bleeding Cool. He's good for it.

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Staff Writer

COMICS

Just like last year, I'm picking Squirrel Girl as a title to pick up. It continues to be a fun title and this year she has a one shot original graphic novel to get:

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe

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MSRP: $24.99

Alternative: Another fun title I enjoy is Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, and that has a couple of trades available. Here's the first collection:

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked on a Feline

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MSRP: $17.99

ART BOOKS

Every year I also recommend art books. No, usually not the classical type, but ones usually related to geeky things. Though it hasn't been released yet, judging by the trailers and last years Force Awakens book, I can recommend the upcoming:

The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Also on Amazon!

MSRP: $40.00

Alternative: If you or the person you are buying for likes fantasy, videogames, and doesn't mind the anime art style, then Dark Horse has localized the Fire Emblem Awakenings art book, and it's a pretty nice package.

The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening

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MSRP: $39.99

GAMES/TOYS

I'm not sure if they are stretching the low price beyond Black Friday, but if so Nintendo's New 3DS is a bargain at $99. While some fools may not like portable gaming, the 3DS has a great library, including the aforementioned Fire Emblem Awakening, and the brand new Pokémon Sun/Moon which celebrates the franchise's 20th anniversary.

New Nintendo 3DS

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(not sure if this will be available at the $99 price online)

Sale price: $99.99

Alternative: There's a good chance that 3DS will be difficult to find. If you or your giftee like tabletop games, you might consider the new clue variant:

Clue Game: Star Wars

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Also at ToysRUs!

MSRP: 24.99

That's our show for this holiday season. I hope you had fun and maybe learned something. Maybe you even got inspired by our gift selections and have your holiday shopping all figured out! Good job, you!

Now, get me that NES Classic Edition!

Have a happy and safe holiday season!





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About the Author - SuperginraiX


SuperginraiX is the biggest sap on The Outhousers' payroll (wait, we get paid?). He reads every issue of every crappy Marvel crossover so you don't have to. Whats worse is that he pays for his books, thus condoning Marvel's behavior. If The Outhouse cared for his well being at all, they'd try and get him into some sort of rehab center. But, alas, none of us even know how to say his name. For a good time, ask Super why Captian America jumped off the Helicarrier in Fear Itself. Super lives in the frozen wastland that is Minnesota with 15% of the state's population living under his roof: a wife he makes wear an Optimus Prime mask, two gremlins, and his mother-in-law.

 


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