Whenever a smash-hit blockbuster hits cinema screens, you can expect businesses to cash in on it’s success by releasing plenty of licensed merchandise and tie-in products. From creepy dolls to online slot games, here’s our round up of some of the weirdest and most surprising to date. . .
Doctor Who Tardis Shower Caddy
Though it didn’t receive the same critical acclaim as the TV series, in 1996 Doctor Who was released as a feature-length film. And if you’re a Whovian who needs to create some extra space in your bathroom, what could be better than your own Tardis? It’s the perfect storing place for all your essentials, like shampoo, bubble bath and yellow rubber ducks.
Monopoly Jurassic World
The long-awaited 4th instalment in his phenomenal Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World is Spielberg at his finest. And if Chris Pratt’s dinosaur-training skills have inspired you to create your own theme park full of velociraptors and triceratops, you’ll be happy to hear that the film franchise teamed up with Monopoly, to release this unusual edition of the property-buying board game. Invest in dinosaurs and park attractions to wow park guests and beat your opponents.
Superman: The Movie Online Slot Machine
Back in 1978, Christopher Reeves squeezed into a very tight lycra suit to play Clark Kent in DC Comic’s Superman: The Movie. A few decades later, Playtech – one of the biggest game software companies on this planet (or on planet Krypton for that matter) – created an exciting online slot machine based on the film. It comes with bonus rounds like ‘Save The Day Free Games’ and ‘Crystal Bonus’, as well as 4 jackpot prizes. You can play it at the online casino powerspins.com. And the best bit? Many of the games here you can try out in demo mode, meaning there’s plenty of no deposit free spins at Power Spins.
Casino Royale Ice Lollies
Casino Royale was Daniel Craig’s first outing as Secret Agent James Bond. A few years after the film release, thanks to a poll of sweet-toothed British ladies, the ice-cream company Del Monte Superfruit Smoothies concluded that Craig was the coolest (not to mention hunkiest) Bond star in history. To celebrate, they gave the 007 agent his own ‘license to chill’, by recreating him in limited-edition, ice-lolly form. Though it was tasty (if not a little creepy), the frozen treat is sadly no longer available.
Fifty Shades of Grey Teddy Bear
When the screen adaptation of E.L. James’ raunchy novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, hit cinema screens, a wave of risqué tie-in products entered the market – including this official Christian Grey Bear. Holding his own pair of kinky handcuffs and made (as his designers put it) with ‘the silkiest fur’ you can get your paws on, this teddy looks like he’s up for plenty of late night thrills.
Star Wars R2-D2 Fish Tank
Star Wars has established itself as one of the biggest and best film franchises in the world. It’s earned the respect of fantasy fans worldwide – though we’re not sure what those fans would make of this 8-litre droid with an aquarium as his central compartment. Admittedly, R2-D2 is an unusual place to house your goldfish, but this tank does look rather snazzy. The droid’s head rotates on command and he comes with a periscope, so you can see your pets bobbing about up close.
The Birds Barbie
A horror film from Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds has been leaving movie-watchers cowering behind their popcorn since it’s release in 1963. In light of this historic horror flocked with violent crows, a rather strange Barbie doll hit the shelves. Styled on the leading lady TippiHendron mid-bird attack, you’re probably not going to see it in any little girl’s doll collection – though it does make an interesting collectable for Hitchcock fanatics.