When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

If there's one thing that we can all agree on this holiday season, it's that your wintertime needs more Batman. Even if you think your wintertime has the maximum allowable amount of Batman in it, there can always be more -- and Funko's Batman Boxox paper craft set is a pretty nice way to add a little without spending a lot.

ITEM: Funko DC Comics Batman Paper Craft Activity Set

CLASSIFICATION: Toys and crafts

AVAILABILITY: $9.99 on Amazon

We talked about Funko's new Batman paper craft set back when it first hit shelves in August, but now that it's gift-giving season, it's definitely worth another look. I wasn't a particularly crafty kid, but I always liked putting together simple models, and Funko's line of "Boxos" look like they probably would've been right up my alley back then. Or, you know, any time in the last 31 years, if we're being honest with each other.

The big selling point for me is that you can assemble these things without any scissors, glue or tape, putting them together right out of the box, but even more than that is just how much you get. Ten bucks'll get you five of these boxy little paper figures, including Batman, Robin, the Joker, and, in a move that is both surprising and awesome, Bruce Wayne and Alfred, too, all of which clock in at four inches tall. That would be enough to get me interested, but when you throw in a Batmobile that seats two and a Batcave "playset" scaled to those figures, I'm pretty much sold. Especially since one of the sections of the Batcave is a trophy room with the Riddler's cane and the Penguin's umbrella drawn on the background.



To be fair, I haven't actually messed around with these things yet, but since it comes in right at ten bucks, it's cheap enough that I'm willing to take a risk on it. It looks neat, and assuming that Funko put the same amount of quality into it that they do with their more well-known line of Pop! vinyl figures, it's a safe bet that it'll make a great gift for kids who like Batman and building things, too.

Or, you know, adults too. Adults who really like Batman. Ahem.