Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Christmas Story Gift Guide

It wouldn't be Christmas time without Ralphie Parker and company. "A Christmas Story" has truly become a classic over the past quarter of a century, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. To celebrate the film's 25th anniversary tons of licensees have put out a wide assortment of toys, collectibles, and memorabilia featuring the film's memorable characters. Here's a run down of some of the best gifts you'll find this season for the "Christmas Story" fan on your gift list.

Here's where it all began, in the writings of Jean Sheperd. This edition of "A Christmas Story" gathers together the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. You'll find young Ralphie Parker’s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father’s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie’s duel in the snow with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s unstoppable campaign to get Santa—or anyone else—to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Even if the whole adult world is telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”?

The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, come together perfectly to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and make us laugh.

Warner has released a new ultimate edition of the film on both DVD and Blu-Ray. The discs themselves are the same as previous releases. No new special features here, but what you do get is a tin chock full of goodies including a recipe book inspired by the film, cookie cutters, and an apron with the film's logo.

The Blu-Ray edition comes with a strand of the infamous leg lamps from the film.
If you don't yet own the film this is the perfect edition to bring home.

The Parker family is probably one of the most memorable families we have ever met in the history of cinema. Now you can recreate your favorite scenes from the film this Holiday season with these highly detailed and beautifully sculpted figures from the collectibles toys experts at NECA. Available as a set including the entire family or as individual pieces.

You can also find a figure of Flick with his tongue attached to the tree just like in the movie.

The notorious piece of home decor that almost tore apart the Parker family is now available to own as a 20 " desk lamp. Made by the folks at NECA with a great deal of attention to detail. This lamp is the closest to having the real deal without putting down hundreds of dollars for the specialty limited edition full sized replicas.

What better stocking stuffer than this tin full A Christmas Story band-aids? Three different designs are included.

It seems like there is a monopoly game for every popular film or TV franchise that has ever existed so it makes total sense for Ralphie and the Parkers to join in the fun. If you still don't own any version of Monopoly this is the ideal one to get for this holiday season.

Available by the truck load at your local K-Mart is this wonderful gigantic tin chock full of delicious cheap pop corn. The tin is very durable and you can definitively keep it after eating all the corn to store your favorite "A Christmas Story" collectibles. Includes butter, cheddar, and caramel pop corn.

Playing cards are always fun and if they feature Ralphie and company then they are probably the perfect stocking stuffer. 2 decks are included inside the tin featuring black and white images straight from the film as well as Parker family portraits.

Why wait for Christmas every year to spend time with the Parkers? Now you can have them on your wall all year long with this 2009 wall calendar featuring multiple stills from the film. Available now at your local bookseller.

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