AwesomeToyBlog’s Holiday Gift Guide Day #8 – the Gamer

With the holiday season now upon us, it can be difficult to find the right gifts for the fan in your life. Now in it’s second year, the AwesomeToyBlog Awesome Holiday Gift Guide is my opportunity to spotlight some fantastic products that make perfect gifts. In today’s environment, video games and toys cross-pollinate so much that it seems natrual to focus one entry of the gift guide on video game related product.

No post about video games on an action figure website can not recommend Skylanders: Giants. This franchise allows you to unlock new characters in the game by placing an action figure on the ‘portal’ bringing the character into your game. It’s a brilliant blend of video gaming and action figure collecting. And it’s fun. The first Skylanders game was huge last year, so I expect big things out of Skylanders: Giants.

NECA has the perfect gift for fans of the puzzler Portal, with their prop replica Aperature Labs Portal gun. This customizable gun is straight out of the game and features sounds and light – the only thing this doesn’t do is actually create portals through space. The level of attention and detail that NECA’s poured into this piece (and frankly all their product) is indescribable, it’s simply awesome.

My third and final suggestion applies to fans of Microsoft’s HALO franchise, who may want to enjoy the franchise when they’re away from their X-Box. Mega Blok’s construction sets make this possible and their suitable for someone looking to play with their toys or someone looking to have a great piece for display. Sets are available at a wide range of price points from a single blind bagged figure for around $5 on up. One of my favorite sets is the UNSC Rockethog vs. Anti-aircraft Gun as it has everything you need (good guys, bad guys, a playset and a vehicle) for some good ole fashioned play. Amazon has a wide range of other sets available as well, check them out.



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