- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2016

Here’s a selection of top gift ideas for pop-culture collectors in the family.

Holiday Harley (DC Collectibles, $80) — Sculptor Paul Harding takes inspiration from comic-book artist Amanda Conner’s version of the Joker’s true love to offer a striking, statuesque version of the maniacal Harley Quinn.

Standing 8 inches tall, perched over in her high-heeled boots and pegged to a base designed with her moniker, this mixed-media masterpiece features Harley with pasty white skin and wearing a black, white and red outfit that the Rockettes would admire.

Of course, in the truest of her twisted festive spirit, the meticulously painted statue of Miss Quinn also wields a gift-wrapped mallet and bomb.

Premiere Batgirl (Diamond Select Toys, $150) — This 12-inch-tall, eye-popping resin statue of Barbara Gordon’s alter ego takes owners back to the days when the live-action “Batman” television show ruled the airwaves in the 1960s.

Sculpted by Clayburn Moore, the piece does not really capture the face of actress Yvonne Craig (who portrayed Batgirl in 1968) but makes up for it with a pouty expression and a spot-on version of her sparkly purple, full body suit.

Further costume details include a flowing yellow-and-purple cape, yellow utility belt, purple gloves, black-and-purple cowl with long, curled brown hair pouring from it, and high-heeled boots.

The statue shakily sits atop a green base sporting the retro Batman logo and is limited to 1,996 pieces. I highly suggest owners keep this masterpiece safe in a sturdy display stand and away from wobbly floors.

Red Wave Daryl Dixon (McFarlane Toys, $19.99) — Fans of AMC channel’s zombie apocalypse show will appreciate this affordable, mildly articulated figure of one of “The Walking Dead’s” most popular characters.

Owners get a 7-inch-tall, hyper-realistic version of a figure, a 3-D sculpt of actor Norman Reedus’ head and more than 300 applications of hand-painted decoration captured from season five of the show. The figure comes with seven points of articulation.

He wears a sleeveless leather vest, muddied boots and pants and buttoned shirt; and wields a finely crafted version of his deadly crossbow and carries a removable knife and sheath.

The figure can also stand on a base sporting the show’s logo so admirers can appreciate the details, down to bloody hands and a tear in his pants exposing a dirty knee.

As is tradition with Todd McFarlane and his minions offering outrageous figure accessories, Daryl also comes with the head and bloodied spinal column of a recently mutilated zombie, certainly a nice touch.

At this price, gifters should look at buying a few more Red Wave figures for that special collector including Rick Grimes with a pistol, Michonne with katana and Abraham Ford with an assault rifle, or add stars from the “Fear the Walking Dead” companion show such as Madison Clark with a fire extinguisher or Travis Manawa with a shotgun.

Jack and Sally Doll Set (Diamond Select Toys, $150) — A perfect gift for fans of Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated classic “Nightmare Before Christmas,” this beautiful pair of limited edition dolls (only 1,993 made) stand roughly 16 inches tall and impeccably recreate the creepy characters Jack Skellington and his ragdoll love interest Sally.

Complete with cloth costuming (Jack in his stripped black-and-white suit with tails and Sally in a tattered dress), both look ripped from the film and feature softer plastic bodies (think Barbie quality) to offer limited poseability.

The pair can be displayed via the included hard plastic and metal stands to showcase some the intricate designs.

Oh yeah, Jack and Sally also arrive in a bright yellow coffin-shaped box with a tethered white stake used to keep the lid closed.

Marvel Gallery Deadpool (Diamond Select Toys, $45) — Marvel Comics’ famed “Merc with a Mouth” comes to three-dimensional life via an affordably priced, 10-inch-tall statue made of PVC but looking as great as any of the higher-end resin or Polystone equivalents seen on the market.

With a sculpt by Jean St. Jean, and showcasing some excellent paint detail, the figure pays tribute to the character’s sequential-art roots.

Specifically, the masked Deadpool wears his traditional red-and-dark-blue tactical suit, a pair of strapped wooden and silver-tipped sword sheaths on his back and various buckled pouches on his hyper-muscular form.

Permanently mounted on a base, but looking like he is leaping from an explosion thanks to translucent swirls of plastic smoke, the figure is in a position to strike using a pair of katanas gripped from behind.

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