What better way to show your love for Marvel Comics than by buying a Wolverine-branded TV? Marvel have licensed their characters to a television manufacturer for a new line of expensive merchandise, but we're wondering: Are they thinking too small?
The new televisions - ranging in price from $1699 to $1989 - are being promoted as "the ultimate comic fan's TV":
These 22, 32, 42 and 55-inch LCDs/40 and 46-inch LED HDTVs feature Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Wolverine, Thor and others embellished on the bottom corners of the frame as well as a themed splash screen that appears for 8 seconds when you turn on the TV.
Because, you know, that kind of thing is important when you just want to watch the latest episode of Two And A Half Men (I wonder if the Marvel TVs get upset if you watch something based on a DC property, like Human Target or Smallville?). But maybe I'm looking at this wrong and, having exhausted the underoos and duvet covers market, high-price merchandise is the future for comic publishers. If that's the case, then here're some other options that they may wish to consider:
Marvel Comics Interior Decorating
I'm not talking about just getting some X-Men posters and maybe a replica Thor helmet, I'm talking about getting Marvel to get their artists to design a room and create original artwork for said room featuring your likeness that they can then use in a real comic book at a later date. Sure, it seems extreme, but that may be because it was part of an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last week. But now that we know that it's possible, how can any true Marvel fan not want it for themselves?!?
The Sub-Mariner Speed Boat
What shows off that you love Marvel Comics more than a speedboat emblazoned with the image of Namor, ruler of Atlantis and occasional lover of Sue Richards, the Invisible Woman? I think you know what I mean. Of course, there's always...
A Working, Lifesize Replica Spider-Mobile
It's a comic classic - Admittedly, mostly because of fans wondering why the hell someone whose main schtick is climbing walls would need a car, but still, memorable is memorable - and yet, Marvel doesn't seem to want a piece of these particular merchandising dollars. They're leaving money on the table...
Stark Industries-Branded Pacemakers That Would Make Your Chest Glow
Yeah, like you wouldn't at least consider it. Added points if some enterprising medical technology company packaged it just like Pepper's gift to Tony in the first movie. Suddenly, major cardiac surgery will become the new thing for the most hardcore of Avengers fans, and Marvel will finally have that elusive lock on the whole bodymod demographic they've longed for since the failure of their "glue rocks to your body so that you look like the Thing" initiative.