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Top 10 Collectables

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This time, we’re gathering up every thought we could think of, to create a collection of… Well, collectables. Because of just how broad the collectables collective truly is, we decided to limit these collectables, based on two major criteria. A collectable to be considered for this list needs to either be:

  • A vast range of different things to get.
  • Something you get lots of to get something special in return.

As such, we’re not going to accept really vague collectables, or objects that are put in game with no big reward. We considered just about everything we could think of, from video games, physical mediums, literature, tv series, films – You named it, we’ve thought about it. These are the Top 10 Collectables within geekdom, but this is such a broad subject, get your typing fingers ready, as you’ll likely know of one we totally forgot!


Top 10

10) Rings – Sonic the Hedgehog

Were you expecting to see the Chaos Emeralds here? Hah, you would have been sort of right anyway. You see, rings act as a sort of life indicator for Sonic. As long as he has one ring in his possession, he doesn’t need to worry about being hit so much. He can be hit with freaking missiles and those rings will protect him. In the Casino Nights Zone, you can spend these in the slot machines. Furthermore, collect one hundred of these shiny objects and Sonic gets an extra life (as well as quickly needing another ring!)

However, whilst they give score, health and even extra lives, it’s when you collect ALL of the Chaos Emeralds that things get truly interesting. The power of the Chaos Emeralds send Sonic into a Super Sonic state, but at the cost of rings. Starting from 50 rings, Sonic gets faster, becomes invincible and gets to be a bright yellow colour, just like the Saiyans of DragonBall. Just like them indeed…

9) Cards – Trading Card Games

Less a collection, more an addiction. Whatever your chosen game there’s always a new set, a new pack, a new deck to build, some new mechanic to exploit. And it’s amazing how quickly the odd booster becomes a quick box every now and again, and a bedroom becomes a shrine to cardboard.

Be it Magic: the Gathering, Pokémon, Weiss and Schwartz, YuGiOh, or any of the other thousands of CCGs there’s a collection for everyone, ready and waiting to capitalise on your capital. Mercifully they’re moving into an increasingly digital format, with Mojang’s Scrolls, Blizzard’s Hearthstone, CD Projekt’s Gwent. It may surprise you how much space little slivers of cardboard can occupy, but the digital copies are no cheaper.

8) Djinn – Golden Sun Franchise

It’s weird to think of collecting spirits of the planets as a collectable, but clearly they are collectables. There’s so many of these blighters, that getting all of them is pretty impressive. Through three main series games, Isaac’s team, Felix’s team or Matthew’s team will collect Djinn, learn the power of the elements and become powerful adepts.

The Djinn do powerful as all hell attacks, but usually at the cost of your stats and class. Sometimes you have to battle one to get it to join you, other times you have to do a relatively complex puzzle. Sometimes still, you have to beat optional bosses including a Superboss that many consider to be one of the hardest in any RPG. They are there for you to collect, they make bigger and more powerful summons as the game goes on and they look awesome when you summon them.

7) Comic Books

Here’s the geeky classic. Shops in forgotten alleys filled with boxes upon boxes of back issues, diehards trawling through each and every one looking for that missing copy to complete the story, pick out some unique cover by a particular artist, or the occasional rare comic worth a small fortune to the right man, to be squirrelled away and treated with the same reverence as one might treat the original Magna Carta.

The world of comics is enormous, stories written and rewritten, major universe events, characters coming and going, and all the big companies produce limited runs and collector’s editions for special moments, with alternative cover art. The value of a rare items is incredible, magnified tremendously by an autograph, so it’s little wonder that people are so keen to hunt down anything they can find, just in case.

6) Minifigures – Lego

Though it’s an awesome toy – without question the best construction toy on the market as testified by its use in industry – you’d never really consider Lego a collectable item. There are sets that can be completed; film, television, and video game based sets; but nothing that one might obsessively gather in a feverish need to complete the collection as a whole. But the minifigures bear all the hallmarks of a classic collection.

Starting in 2010, series one of the minifigures feature such simple but fun characters as cavemen, zombies, and crash-test dummies. Series seventeen will star dwarf berserker, 80’s yuppie and man-on-the-cob. They’re certainly not running out of ideas any time soon, and even better this Lego collectible can be mixed and matched better than any other on this list.

5) Pogs

C’mon 90s boys and girls, you know it and I know it. These things drove parents mad, made collectors even more mad and people didn’t know what to do about them. Everything you loved from the 90s became a Pog! From Pokémon, through to famous bands, there was a Pog for everyone of every interest. There were whole board games which took the Pog craze and made them even bigger.

Naturally, that left Pogs as a sort of a strange collectable from the 90s. It wasn’t because the official Pog game was any good, that was just using a slammer to slam into Pogs and then playing pick up afterwards. Instead, Pogs mainly became collectable, an intrigue for many, a fascination for a few. Seriously, we miss these circular cardboard pieces with pictures on them.

4) Riddler Trophies – Arkham series

One of the most iconic depictions of the caped crusader, the Arkham series is renowned for its character work, detailed world, flowing combat style and mixture of gameplay that offers something for everyone; even the obsessive collectors. Dotted around Gotham’s darkest corners, the Riddler has left neon-lit trophies for Batman to gather, often concealed, or warded by some complex lock or trap.

Some of them include some pretty cool unlockable content, lore, character skins or models, challenge maps, a secret boss (depending on the game) but mostly they just add a new challenge, something else to work towards for that 100% completion. It’s also a lot of fun shaking down Nigma’s henchmen and spies for info, changing the dynamic of combat, saving the key-goon for last.

3) Dragon Balls

One by itself makes for a great hat bobble, apparently, but other than that, they are just rare orange orbs with stars in them. These titular collectable balls are oft-forgotten in the realm of the DragonBall fandom. They are bright, they are powerful and they always serve as a major function in the series, so they’re obviously very valuable to collect.

They contain the mighty Shenron, a dragon of immense power. Shenron can grant nearly any wish the summoner wants, but there are certain limitations, such as if the wish relates to another person, they must want the wishes to occur too. He cannot do things for those who are unwilling.

2) Pop Vinyl – Funko

Though it may not be to everyone’s tastes, the oddly distorted and slightly chibi-fied renditions of pop/geek-culture characters are unquestionably loved by enough people that any comic-book shop you wander into has been partially absorbed by shelf upon shelf of Funko’s immense collection of figurines.

Is it because there’s something for every fandom in their catalogue? Could it be the incredibly esoteric figures that delve deeply into the obscure corners of comic-book, movie, and anime fandom with lesser known characters and costumes? Could it be that they’re cheap and easy gifts and featured heavily in lootcrate and its’ imitators? It’s probably all of those rhetorical questions and more!

1) Pokemon

Not even the most up to date list!

“Gotta catch ‘em all”

Thinking back across the years, very few collections stay in one big pile. You have comic books, but they’re all different collections. You have trading card games, but time goes on and sure, older cards in mint condition are worth quite a bit, but nothing is quite as priceless as catching them all, no matter what Gen you’re in. Whether it’s Kanto, Johto or even Alola.

So why not grab your gameboy, gather your decks, both virtual and physical, get your mangas, Pokémon have to be caught in different ways, for different media formats. After all you won’t catch them all on the handheld titles by trying to buy them. Unless you buy a cartridge with them all already pre-loaded, but where’s the fun in that? It’s the ultimate franchise of catching them all, 90s-present.


Honourable Mentions

Some collectables are just there, as if you really don’t think much about it. One day, you’re roaming through the lush hillsides, then you have to get yourself home. As a dragon falls from the skies, you happen to see that as it lands, something really important to pick up is right there. You rush up to the dragon and you can’t help yourself. You look around, feeling dirty, but you’ve gotta get it. You reach towards the dragons skull and you pick up…

Books – The Elder Scrolls

The Elder Scrolls franchise has many, many pages of books for everyone to read through. From the informative books to introduce you to the lore of a town, to spell books, to books about Lusty Argonian Maids, The Elder Scrolls games know how to really add flavour to their worlds, but many people don’t even bother with these books unless they get something in return for having them.

If you’re looking for a collection to try in Skyrim, why not start a book collection? Go on out to the wilds, find as many books to take to your quaint Breezehome, put them in your shelves and watch angrily as they all lamely fall over. Even worse, when you let Lydia anywhere near your books. Worse still, when you FUS RO DA!

Video Games

Look on your Steam account by going to your library. Or if you’re a console gamer, check out the number of downloads, discs and cartridges you have. It’s quite the number I bet, as you are never quite settled on just one game. No, you want one of many games, but even with your extensive collection, you still have no idea what game to play. It is the curse of being a video gamer.

My Steam collection has over 200 games, which back in the 90s would have been a hugely laughable idea. Why would you have so many games, you silly individual; and yet the idea wasn’t that farfetched even then. So I implore you to explore your collection of titles, pick out something different and give it a go! You’re gonna enjoy it… and then you can get another game to replace it.


We’ve gone far and wide to bring you the most collectable collections a geek could have. Sure, we could have gone a step further and figured out the most collectable of all the Trading Card Games (but technically, that’d go to Pokemon). We could have figured out the most collectable of all plush toys (but technically, that’d go to the Pokemon Center). Hmm, I’m seeing a pattern – Our most collectable anything within all of geekdom is of course Pokemon, but now it’s up to you. We want to collect all of your clicks on our poll to help us decide what our votes are for next weeks’ Top 10 list.

When all is said and done, we like to wrap up everything that we’ve got in lots of bubble wrap and keep it all safely tucked away, ready to be brought out to show during dinner conversations. Just casually show off the fact you have so many of these collectables in your life, be proud of the oddities and trinkets you pick up. Whatever your collectable of choice is, geekdom is absolutely chock-a-block full of them… So let us know: What’s your personal favourite collectable item, be it physical, digital, fictional or real. As always, let us know how we did in our Top 10 this week and tell us: Do you agree Pokemon deserved the top slot? Comments go below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.


Top 10 – Intense Boss Battles

GeekOut Top 10s

Boss battles are a staple of video games, usually combining all of the skills you have learned up until this point with some extra challenge on top. They’re built in such a way to test that the player has understood the core mechanics of the game: But if you haven’t, then you’re not going to succeed (At least, not easily). These are our Top 10 Intense Boss Battles, where the rules are very simple:

  • The battle must make you feel like you’re experiencing a challenge.
  • The battle does not have to be a final boss.

We will not be focusing purely on action games: But RPGs can make an appearance. Heck, even puzzle games sometimes have an intense battle. Here we go… (more…)


Next Cosplay Projects

So, I thought today, I’d share with you what my next project(s) are for cosplaying! Oh yes, I don’t have just one, this time around.

With Kitacon over and the “Con Blues” being over (That’s when you get home and realise that you’re back to the realm of normality), I decided to get more involved with my craft of Cosplay. So, last week, I took to the shops and got myself… PVA glue?

 

Costume 1 – Link

Horray, a character that everyone would recognise! So, here we go, this is the reference I am basing most of my research on.

Wait, what happened to you Link!?

Wait, what happened to you Link!?

No, this is not a joke. For my next costume, I am planning on going as a variant of Link; Deku Link. Now, a very quick bit of background about this character!

Deku Link is only seen in one game, which is The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Now, Majora’s Mask, I would say is one of the darker Legend of Zelda games. In fact, it’s pretty bleak! It’s filled with doom! When suddenly:

You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?

Oh gosh, the Happy Mask Salesman. I hope someone will cosplay you and join me in a convention!

Of course, this is also the same Legend of Zelda game with -the moon-.

ARGH! What a pretty face! I’m in love.

 

Costume 2 – Oscar Kass

During Kitacon, me and some of the others decided: Perhaps we should do a group cosplay. We’ve got 3 of our characters sorted. I get to be Oscar Kass from the lovely figurine game: Krosmaster Arena.

Seriously, isn’t this the most adorable figurine ever?

So, I intend to eventually get myself a proper set of Krosmaster Arena. Instead, I’ve opted to play through the online version! Hey, are you interested in having a game with a complete noob at this? Go ahead and give me a message in the comments below. I’d love to play with one of you!

So, I thought Oscar Kass was just adorable, thus I decided he’ll be the second of my costumes. Heck, 2 of the group we’ve formed decided they wanted to do Krosmaster Arena, so I didn’t feel mean enough to say “NO!”

I don’t know much about Oscar Kass, but I’ll be learning more about him over time so I can do a good cosplay of him. Yes, the personality of a character really does make a difference in how you make your costumes.

 

Costume 3 – Felix

What!? No! Not the cat!

Golden Suns Felix, the Venus adept!

Golden Suns Felix, the Venus adept!

Yes, Felix from the Golden Sun franchise. Felix is awesome.

The best thing about the Golden Sun franchise was whenever you updated your armour, the game would recognise it. Your powers changed depending on the Djinn you had ready and even your class. The game was very dynamic and impressive. You play as Felix in Golden Sun: The Lost Age, which was my favourite of the Golden Sun games.

If you’ve never played this series, I’d recommend you do so if you are a fan of RPGs. The game is an absolute treat!

After Mt. Aleph erupts and a boulder comes tumbling down to the town of Vale, Felix falls into the river. The boulder crashes down through the town and it causes Felix to be swept away by the river. Without going into too much detail, he then finds out what he must do and sides with the antagonists of the game. Dun, dun, dun!

A silent protagonist (Didn’t I just say he sided with the antagonists?) who uses the powers of Venus against his opponents. A brute-like style of damage.

 

Conventions

So, I’m hoping to attend a convention and an expo in September! That’ll be one busy month, but I’ve not yet finalised with my group whether or not they want to do the convention together. The expo I am interested in is the Eurogamer Expo in London, hopefully joining the team over at 1001-Up! (Did you know I am do some writing for them? If you’re reading this: Hi guys!)

I’ll not yet give details of the convention, however I will say that I should have information if I will be attending these events soon.

How will these costumes be made?

  • Deku Link

    Deku Link will be, in my opinion, one of my easiest costumes! How crazy is that?

    I will be using Papier Mache to make the head, which will basically be a whole head. I’ve also decided, after attending an awesome panel at Kitacon, that I will attempt some electronics within this costume, to try and make the eyes glow. I’ve gotten some orange perspex plastic for the eyes, 500 orange LEDs, some battery packs, some wire, resistors, my soldering kit – and much more stuff.

    The material for the clothing is simple: I’ll just be sewing together a green “Tunic” – Well, basically I’ll be wearing a skirt… … … What?

    For the hat, that too is quite simple, but I’m considering having the hat stuffed so that it won’t just lose shape. I’m also going to sew some yellow “hair” (This I haven’t sussed yet! Maybe felt? Maybe actual hair?) to the head, so that the whole piece is together. I need to get myself a 2 foot balloon to start working on this head, however. That’s my next step!

    Don’t believe me that Papier Mache can hold true for the head? Check this out! Papier Mache is awesome.

    The gauntlets I am thinking of making out of epoxy putty, though I’m going to do a lot more research on this subject before I dive in to this! Epoxy Putty hardens up with heat and is quite a lot like worbla in that respect. I’m hoping for this costume, the epoxy resin will be a better choice than Worbla, although I know I could use Worbla if it comes to it. I was thinking of making the boots as a cover rather than actually as boots. I will get some older boots and just create this large padding around the surface, before putting plastics or something shiny over it. I’ll be researching this more as time continues.

    Finally, the body itself will be a brown Morphsuit.

    I have to say – Thanks to the Slenderman cosplayer (Sam) we saw at Kitacon on Sunday afternoon for the idea!

  • Oscar Kass

    So, the head of Oscar Kass will basically be done as a mask. A simple papier mache mask… (Oh, not again!) Me an my papier mache, I want to see if I can make this stuff as durable as I need to. I hope I can.

    The clothing, however, will simply be a blue dressing gown. I will need to also make a brown belt with a lovely little skull belt buckler. This might be where Worbla will shine through, but that’s still undecided. Worbla, I noticed, is incredibly stiff after it has hardened up. Moving my arm in the Edward Elric arm I had made wasn’t easy.

    The blade will likely be a thermoplastic of some kind, or I could make it out of cardboard then put plastics around it. The hands and feet will likely be bare hands and feet (Or wearing sandals that don’t look like much for the feet. I heard there are some “invisible sandals”? I’ll have to investigate this!

    Although how could I find that? That’s like searching for Carmen Sandiego (Hi, American viewers!)

    THERE! SHE IS RIGHT THERE! THIS IS WHERE SHE IS!

I’ll admit, I’ve not yet looked into the Felix cosplay as that was the most recent idea. Have you got any thoughts on how I should or could do the Felix cosplay?

Well, that’s me done sharing my cosplay ideas for now. So, it’s quite exciting. Next month, I will be going to Bristol Comic Expo. I kind of hope I have the Deku Link costume done in time. I think it’ll potentially be a costume I reuse, many times. We’ll see, though. I might need to start making more space for my cosplays. Perhaps it’s time to clean out my room with all the junk that’s in there and start replacing it with costume pieces. Hopefully, they’ll keep well.

Do you have any ideas for cosplays that you just want to share with the world? Great! Share them here with us and if you’re looking for advice, why not ask us? I’m sure someone would help out!