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Who knew that in the digital age of 2011 one of the highest recommended items on the Games/Toys/Merch portion of our Chopping List would be a… board game? But here it is! Don’t worry, we’ve also got your standard issue XBOX and PS3 fixes along with some truly outstanding NECA and Hot Toys collectibles. So get out that credit card, take your blood pressure medication and make the horror nut in your life very happy with something from this eclectic grab-bag.


Dead Island (XBox, Playstation 3 & PC)

List Price: $59.99/$49.99 (PC)

This one’s kind of a no-brainer (pun semi intended). I hear that some of the melee controls are difficult and that the story is slight, but the gameplay looks beautiful. Any game where you wander an apocalyptic tropical island looking for your wife and blasting away zombie hordes has got to be right for at least one horror fan on your holiday list.

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Rage (XBox, Playstation 3 & PC)

List Price: $59.99

And if they’re looking for something a bit more intense, perhaps Rage is the ticket. Brought to you by the guys who made Doom and Quake and Bethesda (Bioshock) Rage is a whole bunch of shooting, driving and carnage. If there’s any meth heads in your family, this one comes endorsed by Jesse Pinkman of “Breaking Bad” fame. If this game can help him ease his guilty conscience it can take someone’s mind off the holidays no problem.

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Electric Zombie (Clothing)

List Price: Various

Electric Zombie offers a pretty cool array of posters, shirts, hoodies, cinch bags etc… with a wide swath of designs. Shirts starts at around $18 bucks and hoodies only set you back $40. There’s a lot of cool stuff over there so click the link and browse around!

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A Nightmare On Elm Street (NECA Collectibles)

List Price: Various

Man, just look at these things! Any hardcore Nightmare On Elm Street fan would pretty much DIE to have these things. The attention to detail is amazing and I’m not just talking about how the figurine from Freddy’s Revenge has the fingernail knives without the glove, I’m talking about how you can accurately chart the facial makeup progression from the first three films in the detail of these dolls. “Original Freddy” looks straight out of Part 1 and “Dream Warriors Freddy” looks straight out of Part 3 and there *is* a difference.

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Evil Dead 2 (NECA Collectibles Pre-Order)

List Price: Various

These puppies aren’t out yet, but any fan of Ash would just be happy to know that they were reserved and on the way. There’s a few more not pictured here as well, such as the Deer Head and the “Farewell To Arms” Ash. Evil Dead 2 can be watched again and again, it’s a film you pretty much never get tired of seeing. And any fan of the movie will never get tired of seeing these on their shelf.

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Vengeance University (Clothing)

List Price: Various

Vengeance University has a variety of cool shirts for men and women along with some posters and a few other knick-knacks. Their selection seems pretty limited at this point in the game, but if you’re looking for an itch that Electric Zombie hasn’t quite scratched you might want to peruse the aisles of Vengeance University. You might find it.

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Earth Reborn (Board Game)

List Price: $79.99

This one comes highly recommended by a few friends and BD staffers. I’m not sure I quite understand how to describe it properly though, so I’ll let the officials do the work for me.

After 500 years, two factions emerge from their underground cities into a new world, an earth reborn from nuclear disaster. 12 highly detailed miniatures represent the two factions which are norad military in thinking and origins. Scientists, engineers, add to their strength. Salemites, occultists working with cadavers, bringing the dead to life. Soon after emerging, these two factions meet – and it is determined that they can not live together in peace. Earth reborn offers nine scenarios that take you through missions of rescue, retrieval, escort. Through areas of labs, mansions, towns, and more. Each scenario builds upon the rules of a new chapter the game system is built like a tutorial there are core rules to start the game and each chapter offers 1-3 new rules along with a scenario that uses these new rules. The game also contains the innovative S.A.G.S. (Scenario Auto Generating System) where 2-4 players can make their own maps and mission objectives for near infinite replayabiity. Tons of replay value. For 2-4 players. Takes 1-2 hours to play.

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Predators – Classic Design (Hot Toys UK)

List Price: $219.99

You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of Robert Rodriguez’s Predators to get a kick out of these guys. Even if you know a strictly old school “Dutch, Dillon and Mac” type of guy they’re bound to crack a smile while unwrapping one of these ugly mother*ckers. These are a little on the pricy side, so check your bank account – and the fandom of the recipient – before making the leap!

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Batman: Arkham City (XBox, Playstation 3 & PC)

List Price: $59.99/$49.99 (PC)

This is the big game of the fall and by all accounts (sexist dialogue aside) it’s pretty outstanding! If your little bro or sis was in love with Arkham Asylum last year just imagine how much fun they’ll have when they’re let out of the prison and into the city. Lots of side missions and tasks tack on hours of playing time much to the delight (or chagrin) of more OCD gamers.

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Scene It? Horror Movies 2 (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

List Price: Free!

This is just a neat little horror trivia game for you to keep yourself distracted while everyone else opens their presents.

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The Walking Dead (McFarlane Figures)

List Price: $14.99-$34.99

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Todd MacFarlane. “Walking Dead”. That’s a pretty great combo for fans of either (or both). There are lots of fans of the show out there and these toys, while being a little more casually minded than something than a NECA item, are great little trinkets to fill the gap in their lives between seasons.

Batman Legacy (Mattel Figures)

List Price: $14.99 – $29.99

These appear to be more for the younger set. If you’ve got a brother, sister, niece or nephew who love Batman but aren’t old enough to read this site (and maybe not even old enough to not cover their eyes in The Dark Knight) then this is the way to go.

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Bioshock (NECA Collectibles)

List Price: Various

Holy cow. I love the world of Bioshock. I’ve played the game twice and am often tempted to go back just to hang out in Rapture. Even the disappointing gameplay of Bioshock 2 could be compensated by being back in that environment. So if anyone in your family has one of these games on their shelf – chances are they’re a Rapture junkie and will love you forever after getting one of these.

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