Between the Marvel Cinematic Universe, soon to be 5 Netflix series, X-Men, and Deadpool, there’s an entire world of heroics out there and, predictably, the endless Marvel merchandise to go with it. The important thing though is finding out what’s worth buying and what you’ll still be proud to own in five years time. You need truly Marvel-lous ways to wear your love on your sleeve and you need it now. Without further ado, here’s the best Marvel merchandise you can buy right now.
1. Marvel Super Heroes Lego: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2; The Milano vs Abilisk
Get ready to brick roll. This Lego set doesn’t just come with The Milano spaceship but also the little stud versions of the Guardians themselves. Star-Lord, Gamora, Nebula, and Drax are there and there’s even a tiny, ridiculously cute Baby Groot to desperately try not to lose. Add in the Abilisk monster with tentacles and a mouth that actually opens and you’ve just bought another very expensive toy again. Uh oh.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Funko Pops
If it’s got eyes, it can be a Funko Pop! If that wasn’t an official rule, it is now as these adorable plastic figures continue to take over our desk space and therefore the world. When it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy 2, you can pick up Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, and Rocket but of course you’re already dribbling over the idea of a Baby Groot. Yes, there he is. Just think how sweet he’d look next to your cup of morning coffee. Speaking of…
Buy it UK: £11.44 from Amazon
Buy it US: $18 from Amazon
3. Funko Pop! Groot mug
Why not just take the next step and drink from Baby Groot? Weird? Never! Thankfully those edges just look jagged and this ceramic mug is ideal for settling down to an MCU marathon with your favourite hot beverage. Just be easy on Groot when it’s time for washing as he’s not dishwasher friendly. Well, let’s face it. Neither are you.
4. Thor Hammer LED wall light
Just how long have you been tempted by these LED Avengers wall lamps? Not only can you get Mjolnir embedded in your paintwork, complete with cracks and blue lighting, also available are Hulk’s fist, Captain America’s shield, Iron Man’s hand, and Spidey’s web slinging arm. It’s basically like having the cast of Avengers: Infinity War as really intrusive next door neighbours who suck on your electricity.
5. Dancing Baby Groot
Of course there’s a dancing version! At an adorable 11 inches high, Groot takes three AA batteries (mercifully included) and dances to a built in version of Come a Little Bit Closer. And don’t worry if you get sick of that particular track. Pop Groot next to any speaker and he’ll happily boogie away to whatever you want him to. You can even pose his arms for peak enthusiasm and squee-inducing Instagram videos.
Buy it UK/US: £27/$34.99 from ThinkGeek
6. Iron Man mechanical keyboard
Have all the fun of being Tony Stark but without the risk of super villains smashing you out of the sky with this gaming keyboard. Based on the Mark XLIII suit design and with three levels of reaction rate control for its mechanical keys, this peripheral is an impressive official offering. Plus, just like Iron Man himself would want, every key is fully customisable with LED lighting and it’s all held inside a metal housing that you could probably use as some kind of ultra shiny weapon should you so wish. Helpfully, there’s absolutely no need for your heart to be run by nukes.
Buy it UK/US: £77.36/$99.99 from ThinkGeek
7. Official Spider-Man cufflinks
Looking smart in a new jacket and trousers but still want to actually feel like you’re wearing a Spidey suit underneath? Sounds like you need these web slinger cufflinks, complete with 3D Peter Parker in his arachnid outfit. They’re completely official and even come in a slick Marvel branded gift box for peak Spidey-osity. If you’re not a fan of spiders, the Iron Man options would make an, err, Stark contrast.
8. Stark Industries Messenger Bag
It’s a bag with a light up arc reactor. That’s all I really need to say, isn’t it? This official Stark Industries bag is a ThinkGeek exclusive and has been designed with everything a modern day superhero needs from fashionable portable storage. The strap is fully adjustable and there’s a padded pouch for up to 15” laptops as well as organiser sections and plenty of zips. Even the arc reactor has been designed to make sure you don’t run out of AAAs and can be easily controlled from the seatbelt style strap. Yeah, try not to be too sad that it runs on actual batteries.
Buy it UK/US: £77.36/$99.99 from ThinkGeek
9. Luke Cage and Jessica Jones Funko Pop! figures
There’s been at least five minutes since we saw a Funko Pop! related item so it’s time to draw your attention to these brooding heroes. There’s not really much merch out there for Netflix’s Defenders crew but these adorable Jessica Jones and Luke Cage figures help make up for the deficit. If neither of them float your boat - look, Jessica comes with scarf and her leather jacket and boots combo! - then Daredevil, Elektra and the Punisher have also had the Pop treatment. You’ve not got enough display room, have you?
10. Marvel Bathrobe
Heroes need to be snuggly. Don’t let them fool you with all their world saving antics and tough demeanour. Whether it’s the secret spa weekends that Thor doesn’t tell anyone about or Spidey’s daily face mask routine, even heroes need to pamper themselves every so often. Ideal then is this ultra cosy grey fleece bathrobe. Complete with Marvel logo and brightly coloured comic action inside the hood, this is the true way to feel like you have super powers on the way to pick up your morning coffee from the kitchen or while slobbing about watching Netflix.