When a movie is popular, there’s a good chance that there will be merchandise tied to it. I’m not talking about fast food toys. I’m talking about things that surface years after the movie has been released. And when you’re a movie nerd, it’s hard not to want to buy these things. Here are some of my favorites. It’s worth noting that I only own one of these… for now.
The Godfather Horse Head Pillow
Even if you’ve never seen The Godfather, odds are pretty damned good that you know that there’s a scene involving a horse’s head. And if you have seen it, then you know that the horse head scene is THE iconic moment in a trilogy that’s full of iconic moments. Now, you can channel your inner Jack Woltz and re-enact the infamous horse head scene with this giant pillow.
The Fargo Snow Globe
When the film was released on VHS in 1996, there was a special edition that came with a snow globe celebrating the infamous woodchipper scene. Not only did it stir up snow when shaken. It also stirred up blood. Can you imagine that on a little kid’s shelf?
Star Wars Wampa Rug
The folks at Think Geek have a LOT of Star Wars merchandise. It’s all pretty cool. I have to say, though, that my favorite is the Wampa Rug. It’s just like a bear skin rug but it looks like the wampa. I bet it’s extremely warm, too… you know, after you get it off of the ice planet, Hoth.
The Dude’s Japanese Baseball Player Raglan from The Big Lebowski
When Jeff Bridges starred in Cold Feet in 1989, there was a scene in which he sported a raglan featuring a Japanese baseball player named Kaoru Betto, also known as “the Japanese George Brett”. Apparently, it wasn’t from the studio’s wardrobe. Bridges actually owned it. We know this because he wore it again, first in The Fisher King and then again in 1997 in The Big Lebowski. And now, the people who run Lebowskifest sell the shirt. This is the one item on the list that I already own. I get a huge grin when I wear it and people recognize it from Lebowski.
Pulp Fiction Bad Mother Fucker Wallet
How do you know it’s yours? It’ll be the one that says Bad Motherfucker. And it can be yours thanks to the people at BMF Wallets. While I don’t actually own this one, I know someone who does.
Dogma Buddy Christ Dashboard Statue
You may recall the hilarious “Catholicism Wow!” campaign from Kevin Smith’s Dogma. It featured a kinder, gentler, “more uplifting” version of Jesus, known as the “Buddy Christ”. Following the film, Smith’s company put dashboard versions of the Buddy Christ up for sale. I temporarily owned one of these, but ultimately gave it to my friend who is tall, thin, bearded, and has long hair.
Stay Puft Marshmallows
Think Geek strikes again, this time with an actual brand of marshmallows based off of the giant marshmallowy villain in Ghostbusters. There is no Zuul. There is only a spongy confection. I would bet a lot of money you could melt them easily with a proton pack. Just don’t cross the streams.
Marty McFly’s Nikes from Back to the Future II
Nike recently made a huge splash by releasing a limited edition replica of Marty McFly’s Nikes. A quick search on eBay shows that they’re currently selling for upwards of $5,000, and they don’t even self-lace like the ones in the movie. Basically, the only way I could afford them would be to travel 30 years into the future in my flying DeLorean, buy a sports almanac, and make a shitload of money by gambling. Thanks for the idea, Biff Tannen.
This is the most jaw-dropping piece of film paraphernalia on the list. What is a MiniMate, you ask? Wikipedia says they’re “a block-styled miniature action figure originally created by Art Asylum in 2002 and now released by Diamond Select Toys.” They’re a lot like Legos. And they have a set based on Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War epic, Platoon. Repeat after me: what the fuck?!?!