Microsoft has a large amount of merchandising product for all of its major franchises, including Halo, Gears, Forza, and of course, Minecraft.
Recently, I found myself itching to buy some Minecraft Legos
for myself for a younger relative, and I figured I'd explore what other gift options there are for other toy nerds other people looking to pick up gifts for Xbox gaming friends and family.
Let's take a look!
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There's a huge range of Minecraft Legos available, giving you mini-figs and block types from all of Minecraft's biomes, settings, and endearing blocky characters. The cool thing about Minecraft Legos is that they're designed to be customizable. You needn't follow the rigid instructions found in other Lego sets. Instead, Minecraft gives you guidelines and ideas for other creations to build using the bricks that come in each set.
Gears of War Funko
If you're looking to expand your Funko Pop collection, why not add a chainsaw Lancer into the mix?
Funko produces a range of Gears of War-inspired goodies, based on characters from the universe, all the way up to Gears of War 4.
The Funko figurines have a vinyl construction and all sport the same cutesy style. The figurines are cheap but well made, and they're highly collectible. So be warned, this is one toy line you might find yourself addicted to.
Gears of War Replica Lancer
Both myself and our executive editor Daniel Rubino own this thoroughly important piece of kit, and I can't recommend it enough to Gears of War fans.
The Replica Lancer has functional LED lights, a torch attachment, adjustable sights, and an extendable chainsaw lever. The detail on this product screams quality, from the metallic paint job to the dried blood splatter. This is simply a great product, and if you're a Gears fan, you shouldn't be without it.
Halo Mega Bloks
I know what you're thinking: Mega Bloks? That's lame, give me Legos! Well, once upon a time I felt the same way, until I caved and picked up this Halo Warthog Mega Bloks set, and found myself converted.
Mega Bloks might not be Legos, but they're the very next best thing, and once the sets are put together, you can barely tell the difference. The Mega Bloks mini-figs are far more detailed than their Lego counterparts too, which is quite fun.
Killer Instinct Ultimate Source figures
Ultimate Source produces an entire line of highly detailed Killer Instinct figurines, often with interchangeable weapons, bases, and extra poses.
The figurines aren't really for playing with (not that I've tried ... really). They are more for display purposes.
Forza Hot Wheels toy cars
It probably comes as no surprise that Forza Horizon 3 just got a Hot Wheels expansion, given the partnership the toy car company has with the Forza franchise already. Hot Wheels produces a range of high-quality metallic car miniatures based on the appearances and licenses of the Forza franchise.
There's a huge collection available on Amazon, and they're all quite cheap.
Play Arts figurines
At the higher-end, Square Enix's Play Arts toy company makes a huge array high-quality, fully poseable figures from all sorts of franchises and fandoms. Here are some of the best Xbox-related ones.
There is also a huge (and expensive) Play Arts figure for Marcus Fenix from Gears of War. It's badass, and certainly one for any avid Gears of War collector.
All the Kai figurines come with bases, accessories, and sometimes interchangeable parts to allow for different types of poses.
- See Play Arts Master Chief at Amazon
- See Play Arts Locke at Amazon
- See Play Arts Marcus Fenix at Amazon
To my horror, I couldn't find an Ori and the Blind Forest plushie. Someone seriously dropped the ball there, not to mention the absent Xbox Onesie. Also, if I can't buy a Cuphead cup in the future, Microsoft should probably hire me as its merchandise licensing guy. For real.
Do you buy franchise toys and merchandise? Are you as nerdy as me? Hit the comments and let me know
so that I feel less ... alone.
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Jez Corden a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!