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Celebrate Christmas The Retro Way

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Celebrating Christmas means different things to different people. For some, it means getting dressed up and attending lots of parties; for others, it means a lot of shopping; for yet more, it involves seeing relatives and going on holiday. Christmas was once all about rituals, and reviving some of these could mean a more traditional and enjoyable festive season. Continue reading Celebrate Christmas The Retro Way

8 Fantastic Superhero Christmas Gifts

Superheroes are big this year, and look set to dominate our shopping lists for Christmas, whether for main gifts, stocking fillers or the office Secret Santa. Our favourite superheroes are influencing what we wear, what we read and what we play with, so pick your favourite and start browsing the extensive range available. Unleash your super power on these gifts and earn yourself lots of brownie points!

Superman
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Arguably the ultimate superhero, Superman licensed gifts all have the very distinctive S shield logo in yellow and red. His iconic red cape sets him apart from other characters, and so our Superman Knee High Caped Socks provide more than just a cursory nod in his direction. They’re a must-have for any fan.

Batman
8 Fantastic Superhero Christmas Gifts 2Get your very own Batman call sign with our fun projection light. The signal can be seen from up to 8m away, and the beam can rotate a full 360 degrees. If you don’t need a dose of Bat-retribution, the light will also work as a reading lamp.

Batman v Superman

Any fan of the Batman v Superman movie will appreciate this distinctive Dawn of Justice combined logo of Superman’s S inside the bat wings, creating all the intensity you’d expect. This mug is a standard size and comes in a neat box ready to wrap and give as a gift.

Wonder Woman

Wear your heart on your sleeve and get your sassy on with these bold footless tights in fun turquoise blue, emblazoned with the reassuringly retro Wonder Woman logo. So much more interesting that boring black tights, these daring deniers will certainly make a statement!

Spider Man

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Cufflinks are a great way to liven up a shirt, whether plan or patterned. Get your Spider Man cufflinks on your wrist, with a lovely red enamel against a silver frame.

The Avengers
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Calling all Marvel fans – time’s up! Or at least it will be, once you have these seven Avengers favourites on the wall on this 24.5cm diameter wall clock. It comes with a twelve month manufacturer’s guarantee, though there is no guarantee that you won’t be late if you spend too much time simply looking at the detail on the images!

Iron Man

Keep your drink hot in this fantastic travel mug, made not out of iron but from more practical stainless steel. Get yourself ready to fight any evil in your day with your favourite tea or coffee in your hand!

Captain America

Show your tribal colours with confidence with these bold padded headphones. They fold away for storage and come with a handy travel pouch. The headphones come with their wire and microphone, and for peace of mind, they’re compatible with all devices, including Android and iOS, so you can be sure the headphones will work as a gift.

Whether it’s clothes, homeware, jewellery or toys, our superhero character range has something for all comic fans.

Must-Have Winter Warmers

Whether you like it or not it’s only a matter of time until the nights draw in earlier and it gets even colder… Fight those post-holiday blues and get yourself set up for a cosy winter with this list of must-haves that are guaranteed to keep you nice and snug on those unbearable winter nights!

So, you’ve battled the traffic and the driving rain during your trip home from work or school and you just want to get all cosy and forget about all of the day’s shenanigans. Whack the heating up high and chow down on your favourite soup out of this HUGE Heinz mug and spoon!

Heinz Soup Bowl and Spoon

This Heinz Tomato Soup Giant Mug and Spoon – £13.50 accommodates the perfect amount of soup to give you the ultimate warm and fuzzy feeling! It also makes a pretty cool Christmas gift too!

Now you’re full of warm soupy goodness, you just need some ambience to make you feel that little bit cosier!

Take a look at these delightful Donut Tea Lights – £12.99 from Firebox.com – they really do look good enough to eat…

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Now that the candles are lit and the heating is turned up, it’s time to change into something a bit warmer just to ensure ultimate cosiness. It’s common knowledge that slippers, comfy loungewear pants, and a snug dressing gown are a must-have! Check out this awesome

It’s common knowledge that slippers, comfy loungewear pants, and a snug dressing gown are a must-have!

Check out this awesome Guardian of the Galaxy Groot Dressing Gown – £31.95 and these super cute Pusheen Plush Mule Slippers – £24.99.

What has Pusheen the Cat got to do with Groot, you say? Well aside from Cats liking trees, absolutely nothing, but we think you’ll agree that both of these premium products are sure to keep you snug as a bug in a rug!

Okay, so you’re all set for your wonderfully lazy evening, totally forgetting that you’ve already watched that last episode on Netflix and you’re going to have to wait at least a year for the next season, what a disgrace!

Well don’t fret, we’ve scoured the internet and found this gem that is sure to keep you occupied. This Game of Thrones Monopoly Board – £34.99 allows you to trade, buy and sell your way to the Iron Throne. This epic take on the traditional Monopoly is guaranteed to get all fanatics of the astounding Game of Thrones intrigued! After all, winter is coming…

So, there you have it, a super quick guide that will have you or a loved one all set for the ultimate cosy winter season!

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Who Is Winning The Comic Book War?

The recent movie based on the Wonder Woman tale, starring Gal Gadot, has been extremely successful. As of 4 September 2017, it was the fifth highest-grossing superhero film in North America with $409.1m (£312.4m) in takings at the US box office, surpassed only by The Avengers ($623m), The Dark Knight ($534m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459) and The Dark Knight Rises ($448m).

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The Dark Knight films, which are part of the Batman franchise, demonstrate the enduring popularity of this dual-personality, crime-fighting superstar. According to Forbes, Time Warner/Warner Bros was triumphant in the battle of the summer box office, with a winning streak that could continue until the end of the year.

As The Avengers is part of Marvel Universe, the list of top-grossing superhero films indicates that Marvel is enjoying cinematic success to rival or even trump that of DC. Both comic book companies are around the same age and their rivalry goes back many decades.

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Marvel Comics was established in the US in 1939. Founded in New York City, the publishing house is still based there today. Some of the comic book world’s best-loved creations come from Marvel, including Spider-Man, Hulk and Iron Man. These have all been translated into characters that feature in big-budget Hollywood movies.

Preceding Marvel, DC Comics was established in 1934 in Burbank, California. Now part of the Warner Bros and Time Warner empire, DC is home to some of the world’s most iconic superheroes, such as Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

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A report on the comic book industry suggests that Marvel is the dominant force when it comes to movies; however, it also suggests that all is not well within the editorial division. Fans are apparently unhappy that Marvel has made decisions to replace revered characters with younger figures. The company has made other moves that fans are not thrilled about, such as changing Captain America’s role and making him a Hydra agent.

Marvel Studios falls within the remit of the powerful Disney Studios. While this studio can provide massive support for the right projects, disputes with rival studio Fox – which lays claim to the Fantastic Four and X-Men – mean that Disney is allegedly putting its energy into its own exclusive projects.

There is grumbling from the Marvel editorial team, which says it is underpaid and overworked and that fans do not want the changes that executives are imposing. While Marvel is doing well in cinemas, alienating long-time fans will erode this success over time.

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Meanwhile, DC embarked on a ‘rebirth’ just over a year ago, which has been acclaimed for reinvigorating some of its classic superheroes. Popular characters have made a return, loose ends have been dealt with, and the fans have indicated their appreciation. By giving established characters new and compelling stories, DC is paving the way for more cinematic blockbusters in the future. DC movies also has the backing of the giant Warner Bros behemoth; therefore, it will be an interesting fight to see who is on the top in a few years’ time.

The Rise of the Subscription Box

What could be better than getting a box full of epic goodies delivered to your door every month as a treat from you to you?! There’s no denying that subscription boxes have really taken off, with various types available from every corner of the internet! From self-help & beauty, film & TV merchandise and even gardening, there is literally a box to suit everyone out there… Continue reading The Rise of the Subscription Box