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It’s never too late to start dropping hints about what you want for the holidays. Make a sandwich for your loved ones and slide a few cut outs of the items you want between the bread. Make a subliminal mixed tape where you read off your desirables and gently play it for them while they’re sleeping. Your family should be glad that you love them enough to help them love you better. Now all you need to know is what gifts you want, and that’s our job. We’ve compiled a list of the coolest toys, tech, and entertainment that 2010 produced. Your friends and family shouldn’t have any trouble emptying their bank accounts after this.
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Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter
For those refined enough to cook their pizzas with antimatter and dilithium crystals, this Star Trek-themed blade warps in to help you cut your pies into manageable slices. This officially licensed collectible is molded after the NCC-1701 Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, and is constructed from a laser-etched stainless steel blade and solid zinc-alloy chromium plated body. Sounds almost as high-tech as the real thing.
$24.99 • www.thinkgeek.com
World of Warcraft Series 6 Figures
Expanding upon the already impressive line of WoW figures, Series 6 debuts Sylvanas Windrunner, the Forsaken Queen; Gibzz Sparklighter, the Goblin Tinker; and Magni Bronzebeard, the Dwarven King. The figures are especially respectable for their price point.
$21.99 • www.dccomics.com/dcdirect
Geek clothing is a dime a dozen nowadays, but respectable threads are harder to come by. J!NX’s fall lineup is especially impressive this year, featuring an array of tech, zombie, and even steampunk-inspired duds for nerds of both genders. Our personal favorite designs include Super Computers, Arcade Zombietron, Ninja Stars, and Steam Punk Control.
$19.99 - $24.99 • www.jinx.com
Transformers Generations Series 2
If you played Transformers: War for Cybertron, you'll be happy to see that Hasbro has released toy versions of several of the game’s characters. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron are all a part of the second series of Generations toys, and they each appear as impressive likenesses of the in-game characters, in whatever mode you transform them.
$14.99 • www.hasbro.com
Pathfinder Advanced Player's Guide
The Pathfinder tabletop role-playing system offers a fantastic alternative to gamers who aren't playing the new 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. If you're in that camp, check out the new Advanced Player's Guide. New base classes, like the summoner and witch, along with all sorts of new equipment and variant rules, make the book a fantastic expansion to the existing Pathfinder Core rules.
$39.99 • www.paizo.com/store
The Nerd Machine Shirts
A lot of people fail in their first attempt at something (no need to be ashamed, it happens to everyone). However, new kid in the fashion world Nerd Machine has come out strong with its first attempt at geek-related clothing. This wicked robot may seem like an Optimus Prime wannabe, but if you look closer you’ll see that he’s really constructed out of everything that made childhood awesome.
$25.00 • www.thenerdmachine.com
MagiQuest Gift of Magic
These wands won’t cast stupefy on your cat, but they’re almost as good. MagiQuest locations are popping up all over the country, and these unique arcades take LARPing to a new level. Players move from game station to game station, collecting magical items, solving puzzles, and leveling up their character. All their progress is stored on a computerized wand that participants get to keep. This introductory kit makes a great gift for kids, and includes everything young wizards will need on their first day of questing.
$29.99 • www.magiquest.com
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