Of all the games to inspire
ingenious acts of devotion among fans, Portal must rank pretty high –
with all manner of in-game items recreated irl to the delight of
nerds worldwide. Now Valve's stepping into the fray, commissioning
toy-maker NECA for a life-size replica of the game's signature
weapon, pre-priced at $130. Doesn't look like such a tool of feminist empowerment
side-on, does it now?
We imagine that if you were
an identical twin, and if you had some particularly gullible friends,
you could play some pretty devious pranks with one of those. We'll
leave you to sort out the details, though, as Valve's also previewed
these darling plushies based on Team Fortress 2. They'd keep
closet-monsters at bay better than all the night-lights your room
could ever sustain. All these – as well as the rather more manly
TF2, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead action figures seen below - will be available from NECA in the coming months.