Another Nerd Block Classic arrived (unexpectedly) this week with a rather festive look. As you may have noticed from the picture above, I am one item short this month. In this box was an exclusive Sherlock Titans figure. I finally got someone to take one of those horrible beasts off my hands and out of my house. Nightmare-inducing toys aside, this box was pretty great. I had meant to cancel it, but I missed the deadline, obviously. But it was a mistake worth making. There was a real Christmas theme to this months box as December’s classic block will be (unsurprisingly) Star Wars themed.
1. “Back to the Nightmare” t-shirt from ShirtPunch.com exclusive
Some things were really not meant to be. And this Nightmare Before Christmas/Back to the Future mash-up is probably one of those things. This is one of the more puzzling cross-overs I’ve seen. I think this was probably one of those lapses in judgement by trying to include two subjects are timely instead of related. The art work and style doesn’t really mesh well between the two halves. But then again, it’s a shirt. It will be pretty nice for post-Christmas “I’m too full to move” days.
2.Bill Murray “John Wayne” print
I had look this one up because a.) Nerd Block didn’t give any explanation for this print and b.) I really had no idea what the hell this was supposed to be. This is a nice enough print if you’re really, really into Bill Murray, I guess. Apparently this is a reference to the movie Monuments Men which is hilarious? Beats me. But that’s what I learned from YouTube. It’s certainly a really weird item to include. Although, I suppose Murray is a bit of a champion to many, but maybe it’s not something that will be a hit with “nerd” markets.
My husband and I are huge Firefly and Serenity fans (our “mousepad” is a hardback copy of volume one of the Dark Horse comic). Nothing pleases me more than this gorgeous Christmas ornament. The firefly-class ship Serenity is replicated here in really fantastic detail. It’s even more impressive with the lovely box it comes in. I’m a big sucker for this. Even though it’s plastic, it’s really heavy and so nice it could definitely be left out on display for the rest of the year. 4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens calendar
This is the one and only time I will say thank God my husband likes Star Wars. This is one of those smaller desk calendars that are pretty useful for places like work. I guess I really can’t say anything more interesting on the subject. At least this is another item that will have a home instead of ending up in the dark depths of my apartment.
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation moose shot glass
After the excellent Firefly treat, this shot glass has to be my second favourite bit in this month’s block. Though, as soon as I started going on about Walley World, I noticed that my poor British husband hadn’t a clue what I was going on about. Did National Lampoon never make the transatlantic journey? Anyway, it won’t be long before I subject him to watching the first three films with me. Shot glasses are always a really big hit with me because I do love a drink (or two). Our cabinets fell off the kitchen wall in a tragic accident of cutlery and I lost all of my old ones. Rebuilding my collection starts with this Marty Moose head.
For me, this block was worth it just for the shot glass and ornament. We don’t have a Christmas tree because the flats are so tiny in London, but I hope to have one in the future. But both items are really cool and always bring a smile to my face.