What is pop culture? Yes, we know, popular culture, but that spans across anything trendy, whether it’s the latest “TV” series you’ve just binge-watched on Netflix, that classic movie you can lovingly quote entire dialogues from, or even a celebrity you’d pay an arm and leg to take a selfie with. We can all agree on one thing though — any pop culture success spawns dedicated devotees. You’ll see them in droves at this Singapore’s own Comic Con, but you’ll also know someone who’d happily shell out precious coins for a real lightsaber (true story, already did that); who’d launch into a well-researched debate on whether Thanos is justified in his massacre; or a friend who’s up in arms over something trivial as whether Die Hard‘s a Christmas movie. You’ll soon learn that nothing’s trivial, so treat all fandoms with equal respect. Be their No.1 fan then, with these on-trend treats.
1. DISNEY X ALDO DAMSEL BAG, $89
Available at ALDO stores at ION Orchard and Bugis Junction.
It doesn’t get more magical than Disney, what more when Aldo puts a fresh spin on their accessories with fun motifs that play up the OG couple, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. From bags, to shoes, to a cute pair of shades, our heart’s full from just looking at them all.
2. PANDORA DISNEY FROZEN CHARMS, FROM $99
Available at Pandora.
Who said only little girls can be fans of Disney Princesses? If your sister or friend loves the Frozen franchise and can’t stop talking about Frozen II, then she would love this new addition to her Pandora charm bracelet.
3. SWAROVSKI STAR WARS R2-D2, USD239
Available at swarovski.com.
Bound to bring a smile to any Star Wars aficionado, and perhaps a good introductory character to the kid who has no idea what Star Wars is, glam up any collection with an adorable crystal R2-D2, one of the most lovable characters in the Star Wars franchise. It’s cute, it’s shiny, who wouldn’t love it?
4. ASICS TRANSFORMERS SNEAKER, $169 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at ASICS.com.
ASICS’ collaboration with Hasbro sees an interpretation of the classic GEL-LYTE V silhouette in a nostalgic and fun Transformers design. The sneaker comes with components featuring three main characters: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron; you can transform (see what they did there) each side according to the character or colour you feel like wearing. The full collection includes t-shirts, a hoodie, cap and gym bag. Collect them all! Oh wait… that’s Pokemon. It’s more than meets the eye! Yep.
5. STAR WARS X LE CREUSET STONEWARE MINI ROUND COCOTTE, USD90
Star Wars’ most unexpected collaboration yet? Possibly. We’ve seen many channeling the epic galactic franchise, but cookware has to be the most unusual yet. But exceptionally well done, these are! These round cocottes from renowned brand Le Creuset perfectly capture the spirit of the galaxy’s favourite droids, while you can always opt for a Dark Side-appropriate Dutch Oven or carbonite-laden Han Solo roaster.
6. CRAVINGS BY CHRISSY TEIGEN 12PC ALUMINIUM COOKWARE SET, USD139.99
Available at target.com.
To consider yourself a pop culture nerd, one has to be following Chrissy Teigen — queen of sarcastic clapbacks — on Twitter. Such are the rules. For the person you know who inexplicably knows all the latest celebrity gossip, they’ll appreciate this set of cooking apparatus from the talented chef. Yes, homegirl can cook up more than sassy disses!
7. FLEABAG HOT PRIEST HOLIDAY GREETING CARD, $9.22
Available at Etsy.
When was the last time you got all hot and bothered by a religious figure? You bet Fleabag, a brilliant piece of TV by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will make you feel all those inappropriate feelings. Immortalise that moment with this greeting card, perfect for a friend who swooned at the pious-turned-salacious word, “kneel”.
8. CLOCKWORK MUG, £16.99
Available at Firebox.
Pour in some
Moloko regular milk in this. For the devotchka or chelloveck who understands the intricacies of Clockwork Orange‘s strange Nadsat language, do a droogie favour because this is the perfect boorjoyce chasha cutter can buy. Think we’re spouting gibberish? Move along now…
9. JESUS IS KING VINYL, USD25
Available at shop.kanyewest.com.
From “Jesus Walks” to the epic Sunday Service series, the world’s been obsessed with everything Kanye does since his music debut, and it just gets better. Whether you believe in Yeezy or not, you’re bound to know someone who worships his every move and marketing genius, ugly sweatshirts included. That person deserves this vinyl.
10. BABY-G BGA-250-4ADR1, Beach Traveler Series), $149 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at G-SHOCK Outlets.
You’ve seen it on TV, you’ve seen it in music videos, you’ve definitely seen it in the streets. BABY-G is a household name when it comes to timepieces, it’s also the watch most of us yearned for, even as kids. Chic enough to wear daily, and functional enough for any outdoor activity, this is a watch anyone would be glad to receive.
11. MOTOROLA RAZR, USD1,500
Available soon, only at Verizon.
The ‘90s called, they want their phones back. Flip phones are back and better than before. Back in the days before the iPhones and Androids touchscreen phones were introduced, devices like the flip phones were all the rage. Now, with the ‘90s making a comeback, vintage silhouettes are making a return — just like this Motorola Razr. Bringing a world of nostalgia back, the Motorola Razr sports similar features to its predecessors with additional specs which include a 6.2-inch OLED Flex Display, a 2.7-inch exterior Quick View OLED display, internal nano-coating for splash resistance — which hopes to ride a fad into the people’s pockets.
12. POMELO X SMILEY TIE BACK DRESS, $34 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at pomelofashion.com.
Did you know that the smiley face is an officially licensed symbol? Now you do. That infectious happy yellow-faced grin belongs to The Smiley Company, who has teamed up with fashion brand Pomelo for a series of fun, joyful wear. This dress in particular features a cheeky peek-a-boo back detail, and can be worn layered or on its own. Happy days ahead!
13. SPIDER-MAN SWINGING CHRISTMAS JUMPER, £39.99
Available at geekstore.com.
We’re still not over the Spidey mania, because how could we when Tom Holland’s portrayal’s so disarmingly charming, or when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proved to be such an underrated hit? Get someone this friendly neighbourhood interpretation of the ugly Christmas sweater so they can swing by all the upcoming parties in ironic style — because, with great buying power, comes great style.
14. THE RIHANNA BOOK, £120.00
Available at therihannabook.com.
This side of the millennium, it’d be difficult to find a bigger celebrity than superstar musician and fashion / beauty entrepreneur Rihanna. The girl from Barbados invites you into a peek her world in this visual autobiography, which contains over 1,050 images that intimately detail her growing up years, tour performances, and plenty of behind-the-scenes moments that have never been published. Bag gals or not, Riri fangirls would appreciate this hefty tome.
15. PALADONE FRIENDS CENTRAL PERK NEON SIGN, $46.30
Available at asos.com.
You simply can’t say pop culture without referencing this hit television show of the early 2000s. And since the world of F.R.I.E.N.D.S sadly only exists in our imagination, we say add this Central Perk neon light sign to your space. All that’s missing now is a good cup of coffee (and Gunther).
16. BULBASAUR PLANTER, $41.14
Available at Etsy.
As one of the more underrated starter Pokémons, your friend will get to fully harness its plant power with this Bulbasaur succulent planter. No need for green fingers… hopefully!
17. COMIC IMAGES YODA BACKPACK, $34.99
Available at Amazon.
Though it may seem like everyone’s buzzin’ over Baby Yoda at this point in time (us included), it’s pretty clear that Yoda training Luke in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, still makes one of the most iconic scenes to note from the Star Wars film series. On your visits to Dagobah, be sure to swing on Jedi Master Yoda on your back as you reenact the scene with his young jedi-in-training with this plush character backpack where you can store a full Force of essentials.
18. HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS DRESSING GOWN, $74.11
Available at asos.com.
To all devoted Potterheads, this super-soft knit Hogwarts bathrobe by ASOS should be in your rotation for everything Harry Potter. Prepare to start practicing spells in front of your mirror.
19. MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES AVENGERS: ENDGAME POWER GAUNTLET, USD99.99
Available at Amazon.
2019’s been a long year, and it feels like it’s been forever since Avengers: Endgame came out. Well, if anyone’s ever wanted to re-enact the final scenes of the film, here’s your chance. This Infinity Stones on this intricately designed electric gauntlet pulsate when activated, and even plays sound effects inspired by the film. The articulated fingers can also be locked in a clenched fist position, allowing for a powerful display on any collectors cabinet.
20. LEGO STRANGER THINGS, $349.90
Available at bricksworld.com.
This Lego set has over 2,200 pieces to build the Byers’ house — and The Upside Down! After constructing everything, you can stand the set either way: the “normal” house featuring front porch with furniture… or upside down with poor Will and dilapidated facade. Poor Will! It includes 8 character figures including… the Demogorgon (and that’s really what you’re buying this set for, right?).
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