2016 Geek’s Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater/Jumpers

Ah, Christmas…A time for giving, a time for peace and a time for the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater showcase!

Zelda Christmas Sweaters/Jumpers

Comic Book Hero Christmas Sweaters/Jumpers

Is it ever Summertime in Gotham City? What better way to celebrate your love for the perpetually Wintry city than a Batman Christmas Sweater. In fact, we’re pretty sure we’ll have something for you no matter who your favourite comic book hero (or villain) is!

Gaming Christmas Sweaters/Jumpers

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…so let’s stay indoors, throw on our favourite gaming Christmas jumper, turn out all the lights and get some serious gaming done. Whether your taste is in retro beat-em-ups, animal husbandry collectathons or AAA post-apocalyptic simulators, we’ve (literally) got you covered.

TV & Movies Christmas Sweater/Jumpers

9 of the Most Amazing Official Assassin’s Creed Hoodies

Assassin’s Creed hoodies are an absolute phenemomon, in no small part thanks to the fact that the hero in each game wears similar a hooded garb.

We’re rounding up the very best Official Assassin’s Creed hoodies. So no matter if your favourite Assassin is Altair, Ezio, Desmond or Jacob, you can find your perfect disguise…

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And here’s a more detailed look at some of the very best hoodies…

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Hoodies

Assassin's Creed Unity: Blue/Brown Hoodie

This brown and blue hoodie from Assassin’s Creed: Unity features a peaked hood and a print of Arno’s Phantom blade on the left wrist

Assassin's Creed Unity: Blue/White Slanted Stripe HoodieThis blue and white Unity hoodie is made from a sporty type of polyester, making it perfect for parkour. The finely embroidered crest on the back reads “Liberté, égalité, fraternité ou la mort” – Liberty, equality, fraternity or death.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Hoodies

acsyndicatehoodieThe latest Assassin’s Creed hoodie is inspired by Jacob Frye’s outfit in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, with a warm, thick black material, subtle copper-gold highlights and a unique hood.

Which is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

 

Star Wars 3D Wall Lights

 

Star Wars 3D Deco Wall Lights are an amazing way to add light to a room and are perfect showpieces for the living room, a child’s bedroom or your very own mancave. The lights are 3D model replicas of the Star Wars saga’s most popular characters or vehicles, with a unique ‘crack’ sticker that makes it look as though the character or vehicle has come smashing through your wall.

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Each model has a different type of glow that suits the character or vehicle (for instance, Boba Fett glows a menacing red, while the Millennium Falcon’s rear exhaust glows a space-age blue). The lights are battery powered and use LED bulbs; the glow is similar to a night light or mood light. Each Star Wars light includes a remote control for operation.

Update 4th September 2015: The brand new Episode VII range has been announced and is now available to order. The range includes:

Star Wars 3D lights were first released in Europe in May. The models announced so far are:

 

We also have an extensive guide that explains everything you need to know about Star Wars 3D Lights.

Star Wars: BB-8 3D Wall Light

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Everyone’s favourite droid from Episode VII comes crashing through your wall as a 3D Light

  • BB-8 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows red and blue
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: October 2015

Star Wars: X-Wing Fighter 3D Wall Light

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The redesigned X-Wing glows red and yellow as it crashes into your wall

  • X-Wing 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows red and yellow
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: October 2015

Star Wars: Kylo Ren 3D Wall Light

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Kylo Ren, the lead villain in The Force Awakens as you’ve never seen him before – smashing through the wall in your house!

  • BB-8 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows red and blue
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: October 2015

Star Wars: Boba Fett 3D Wall Light

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The most fearsome bounty hunter in the galaxy as you’ve never seen him before; the crack sticker makes it look like Boba Fett has come smashing through your wall.

  • Boba Fett 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows red
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: May 2015
  • Length: 25cm, breadth: 15.3cm, height: 32cm

Darth Vader 3D Wall Light

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Do not underestimate the power of the dark side. Seriously, the red glow looks awesome at night.

  • Darth Vader 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows red
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: May 2015
  • Length: 25cm, breadth: 15.3cm, height: 32cm

Death Star 3D Wall Light

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That’s no moon, it’s an awesome Death Star 3D Wall Light!

  • Death Star 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows white and green
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Length: 31.9cm, width:16.7cm, height:31.3cm

Yoda 3D Wall Light

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Place Yoda’s head on wall, you will. Admired by visitors, he will be.

  • Yoda 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows green
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: May 2015
  • Length: 34.2cm, width: 13.7cm, height: 23.4cm

Yoda’s Lightsaber 3D Wall Light

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It wasn’t until the prequel trilogy that we finally got to see Yoda’s lightsabre, but now it can be immortalised on your wall forever.

  • Yoda’s Lightsaber 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows green
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Length: 55.1cm, width: 12cm, Height: 10.8cm

Millenium Falcon 3D Wall Light

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She may not look much, but she’s got it where it counts. Specifically, the blue light on the exhaust and white lights on the cockpit and front of ship.

  • Milennium Falcon 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows blue and white
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Length: 40.1cm, Width: 9.3cm, height:23cm

R2-D2 3D Wall Light

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Show your love for everyone’s favourite droid (at least until Episode VII hits) by mounting him on your wall for everyone to see.

  • R2-D2 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows white
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Length: 2.84cm, width: 16.7cm, Height: 34.5cm

Imperial Stormtrooper 3D Wall Light

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Though famed for their inaccuracy in marksmanship, this Imperial Stormtrooper light will definitely hit the spot

 

  • Stormtrooper 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows white
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Length: 25cm, Width: 15.3cm, Height: 32cm

Darth Vader’s Lightsaber 3D Wall Light

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Not as clumsy or random as a nightlight. An elegant light for a more civilized age.

  • Darth Vader Lightsaber 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows red
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries or 2 x AA batteries, depending on type of light.
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Length: 73.3cm, Width: 11.7cm, Height: 16.6cm

C-3P0 3D Wall Light

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With a realistic 3D mould and eyes that glow yellow, this C-3P0 wall light IS the droid you’re looking for.

  • C-3P0 Lightsaver 3D Deco Wall Light
  • Glows yellow
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Length: 23.8cm, Width: 16cm, Height: 34.5cm

 

Everything You Need to Know About Star Wars 3D Wall Lights

 

 Powering the light

  • The batteries last approximately 40 hours when fully charged.
  • Each Star Wars light takes 3 x AAA batteries.
  • Each 3D Light comes with a new set of batteries so you can start using it straight away.
  • The included batteries are not rechargeable, but you can use standard AAA/AA rechargeable batteries in the lights (AAA or AA depending on the model of 3D light).
  • The Star Wars 3D Lights are designed to be cordless, so it is not possible to power them via a mains power supply.

The Bulbs

  • The Star Wars 3D lights use LED bulbs. The advantage of this is they never get hot (so are safe to touch) and they are highly energy efficient (rated A+ on the EU energy efficient scale).
  • The bulbs in the Star Wars 3D Lights last a ridiculous 40,000 hours (which is about 13 years if you were to use it for eight hours a night).
  • The lights are designed to be used as mood lights, rather than light up an entire room. They are bright enough that you can move about your room without turning on the main light.

Timers and remote controls

  • Each Star Wars 3D Light is fitted with a 20 minute countdown timer, so you can set it to automatically turn off as you drift to sleep.
  • The remote control has on/off and 20 minute timer countdown options. Ithe remote uses infra-red to transmit the signal.

Installation

  • The lights are really easy to install. Screws and plugs are included in the box and the only additional tools you’ll need are tape and a drill. Check out our full installation guide here.
  • Each Star Wars light is a slightly different size. Take a look at the in-depth look at different models above to get the exact dimensions for each. For reference, the Star Wars character heads are approximately the size of adult human heads.

Crack Stickers

  • The crack stickers are applied like any adhesive sticker, by placing it on the wall and smoothing out any imperfections with a credit card. You can see our full installation guide here.
  • We don’t currently sell the crack stickers separately, but they are available to buy direct from the manufacturer.
  • One crack sticker is included with each 3D Light.
  • Crack stickers can be applied to any smooth wall/surface, but may not stick to textured surfaces like brick walls or certain wallpapers with raised patterns.
  • The sticker can be removed by applying heat with a hair dryer to the surface of the entire sticker and slowly peeling it off in a downward motion.
  • If you move a 3D Light, you will need to purchase a new crack sticker.

3D Lights and children

  • They’re ideal for use as a child’s night light
  • We would recommend installing the 3D Lights out of a child’s reach, especially for very small children.

 

Which Assassin’s Creed replica weapon should you get?

Ubisoft have been thoughtful enough to create real-life versions of their stealthy series’ weapons, so that any would-be Assassin can test out their stealth skills at the nearest cosplay convention. So, which one should you get?

Assassin’s Creed III Weapons

tomahawkAssassin’s Creed III Tomahawk: Connor may not have been the most popular Assassin, but this Assassin’s Creed III Tomahawk is definitely one of our favourite weapons. Nothing quite so satisfying as lodging it into an unsuspecting enemy (or fellow office worker’s) head.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Weapons

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Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Hidden Blade: Edward’s stealthy weapon was the first of the replica hidden blades to be made. Perfect for cosplay, when you’re ready to emerge from stealth mode, hit a switch and the blade pops out.

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Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Pistol: Edward’s pistol is a true collectible (and relatively rare now it’s out of production). Although it’s purely ornamental, we reckon the decorated barrels and wood/metal construction are enough to scare your enemies anyway.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Weapons

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Assassin’s Creed Unity: Hidden Blade: Arno’s multi-purpose Phantom blade serves as both a hidden blade and a crossbow – and of course, the perfect cosplay accessory.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Weapons

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: Cane Sword: Measuring an impressive 36 inches, Jacob’s secret weapon is a spring loaded, button triggered scythe blade and full sword. The sword unsheathes from the cane at the push of a button – perfect for stealthy attacks on your friends.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: Gauntlet with Hidden Blade: One weapon isn’t enough for Jacob Frye, and as if wielding giant metal knuckle dusters weren’t enough, it also hides the infamous hidden blade within.

Which is your favourite weapon? Leave a comment and let us know!

Post-Apocalyptic Fashion: Fallout 4: Vault 111 Sole Survivor Hoodie

Emerge from your bunker in style with Merchoid’s officially licensed Fallout 4 Vault 111 Sole Survivor Hoodie. Inspired by the in-game uniform, the Fallout hoodie features the striking blue vault uniform fabric and familiar yellow “111” icon on the front and back.

The sleeves, stamped with the Vault-Tec quality seal of approval, have reinforced patches to protect you as you clamber across the rough terrain of a battle-scarred earth.

The hoodie has two ample sized front pockets to stash much needed tech and a long zip fastening to ward off the battering winds of a harsh climate.

The hoodie also features an inbuilt sun visor to ward off harmful rays. However, be warned! It is not guaranteed to protect you from a nuclear fallout!

Available to order right now, ensure you’re prepared for any future eventualities and join the Brotherhood of Style!

The 5 Most Awesome Official Fallout T-shirts

So, the world’s been been nuked, society has crumbled, your city’s decayed and there’s every chance you’ll die from radiation poisoning in the next few hours. Still, that’s no reason to let your appearance get sloppy!

Fallout: Vault Boy T-shirts

Gaze at these Fallout shirts and learn everything you need to survive in a harsh, nuclear environment from everyone’s favourite post-apocalyptic mascot: Vault Boy!

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So…which is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

In Depth Look: Legend of Zelda Bathrobe

The wait is finally over! We’re now able to give you a closer look at the Legend of Zelda Luxury Bathrobe…

Zelda Bathrobe

The Zelda dressing gown is the latest product in our ever expanding Legend of Zelda range, and merges comfort and style into one (very) cosy bundle. Available in medium and large, the simple, classy design of the bathrobe makes it suitable for both male and female Hyrulians alike.

The dressing gown is a lovely deep emerald green with rustic brown trim and the luxurious 100% Polyester material is softer than Wolf Link’s fur. Just imagine kicking back and relaxing as you settle down for an all night Zelda-fest wrapped in the ultimate luxury. Never mind Ganondorf stopping you mid-game, your game’s more likely to be interrupted by you drifting off to sleep.

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Embroidered across the back of the robe is an opulent golden Wingcrest proclaiming the Hylian Royal Seal of Approval.The robe also features two large front pockets perfect for safely harbouring your most beloved 3DS console, ocarina and maybe some hint glasses? You know, just in case….

The Legend of Zelda Luxury Bathrobe is out now!

 

 

The GIANT Chewbacca Plush

Our Star Wars collection has included 9″, 15″ and 24″ Chewbacca plushes before, but our lastest Chewie plush is literally head and shoulders above all others. Cast your eyes on the GIANT Chewbacca plush (the biggest one ever made) – which stands at a MASSIVE 4 feet tall (120cm)!

48 inch GIANT Plush Chewbacca

Being twice the height of our previous 24″ plush makes him twice as huggable! Every embrace you’ll be greeted with a familiar movie-realistic “RRer-ggghghghhghs”, recorded directly from the original trilogy.

48 inch GIANT Plush Chewbacca

We also have sensible-sized Chewbacca plushes available for those whose bedrooms aren’t the size of space stations.

48 inch GIANT Plush Chewbacca

Even at 1.2m, the largest ever Chewbacca plush is still dwarfed by real life Chewbacca actor (Peter Mayhew), who measures 2.18m and makes a comeback in Episode VII later this year.

48 inch GIANT Plush Chewbacca

Imagine running your hands through this thick, luxurious wookie fur!

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48 inch GIANT Plush Chewbacca

The Giant Chewbacca Plush is available to buy now for £249.99 (which includes free shipping) – just pity the poor postman that has to deliver it to your house!

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate T-Shirts

 

We can now reveal the latest range of official T-shirts for the ever popular Assassin’s Creed series, which are due for release in early August 2015. Based on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate game, the range of shirts feature the twin protagonists Jacob and Evie, as well as imagery from the London based setting.

 

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Raven T-Shirt

We’re hoping the raven is a useful pet that can be trained as a pickpocket accomplice.

 

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Walking Jacob Hooded Shirt

You will become like the Assassins when you don this hooded shirt.

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Ghost T-Shirt

No spoilers here, we hope.

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Warrior Black T-Shirt

We can’t wait to get our teeth into Victorian era London.

 

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Warrior White T-Shirt

Jacob is one of two playable characters, in a world first for the Assassin’s Creed series.

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 Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate British Flag T-Shirt

Shine yer blade guv’nor? This is the first time an Assassin’s Creed game has been set on British soil.

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Jacob Gauntlet T-Shirt

Cor blimey! He looks like a right scary ‘un!

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Official Witcher 3 T-Shirts

Buy official The Witcher 3 T-Shirts at Merchoid

Merchoid is proud to present the official range of Witcher 3 T-Shirts, all available now at Merchoid.com. Created in conjunction with CD Projekt RED, we’re thrilled to show you this exclusive look at the Merchoid Witcher 3 Collection, all in stock now.

The Witcher 3 Medallion T-Shirt

Geralt’s wolf’s head medallion plays a key role in every Witcher game. Earned as an early reward for any young witcher passing their rites of passage, the medallion also acts as a practical tool for detecting magic and spells. The Witcher 3 Medallion T-Shirt immortalises the latest iteration of the iconic object in a fashionable style.

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The Witcher 3 Monster Slayer T-Shirt

Like other witchers in the game, Geralt has been modified to give him supernatural powers to take on giant, dangerous monsters and still survive to tell the tale. The Monster Slayer shirt features a montage of monsters about to be laid waste by the might of Geralt’s sword.

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The Witcher 3 Silver Sword T-Shirt

This T-Shirt captures the twin elements of a witcher’s strongest arsenal: the single handed sword and the symbols of the magical signs, which can be cast with the spare hand. The magical symbols on the shirt are Yrden (magical trap), Quen (shield), Igni (flames) , Axii (charm) and Aard (telekenisis).

Witcher 3: Silver Sword T-Shirt

The game, released on May 19th 2015, is a hardcore action-RPG featuring Geralt as a young Witcher, set in a vast and detailed open-world environment based on the Polish fantasy novels of the same name. It’s been collecting 10/10s from reviewers faster than Geralt harvests wolf pelts, and we’re pleased to say that the outstanding level of quality has carried over onto the official T-Shirts.

Buy official The Witcher 3 T-Shirts at Merchoid