1) William Shakespeare Action Figure ($9) You’ll never be bored again with your required Shakespeare reading. With this Shakespeare action figure, even the incredibly dull and impressively boring “The Tempest” comes to life.

2) Jesus Nodder ($8) It’s always nice to be on good terms with the potentially most-famous and well-respected religious icons. Watch as this holier than though figure nods at you, according to your discretion, with approval.

3) Nunzilla Wind Up ($6) What can I say, nuns crack me up, particularly nuns with a ferocious temper. Seeing them out of their calm, serene and spiritual element is sure to give you a good laugh, even if it is just a toy.

4) Hopping Leiderhosen Wind Up ($5) Hopping Leiderhosen? Hopping leiderhosen! Whoever came up with this concept should be given a medal, or a giant, shiny trophy. So inventive, so hilarious, it’ll leave you rolling on the floor with laughter.

5) Michelle Obama (Female Force) Comic ($3.99)
Politics can be such a bore. Give health care, war, environmental issues and all the other dull White House business some character by livening it up with an animated biography of Michelle Obama. You’re bound to rekindle your love of cartoons in the process.

6) Mini Fun Meals Mini Figures ($4.95) Can’t afford to take your lady out for a nice steak and lobster dinner? Here’s the next best thing. Plastic dinner sets make fancy dinners tangible for students on a budget. There are no snooty, pretentious waiters to deal with, it’ll save you a few Benjamin Franklins and it’s way more fun!

7) Alphabet! Keychain Collection ($4.95) Now this is the way to learn your ABCs. Cute, adorable animals and foods take the shapes of the alphabet on miniature key chains. It’ll make you want to go back to kindergarten and have a “Sesame Street” marathon. Ah, childhood.

8) Domo Qee Figure ($8.99) I confess: I’m a sucker for Domo. This tiny, angry, screaming monster gets me every time. My motto, one that you should seriously consider adopting as well: the more Domo in your life, the better.

9) Shaky Bacon ($7) This plush bacon with a look of anxiety, for fear of the consumption to come, is so cute you’ll want to become a vegetarian. Be on the look out for his breakfast friend, Mr. Toast. You’ll have your own personal breakfast club!

Where to Find:


4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 663-0122; soapplant.com

Meltdown Comics and Collectibles

7522 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 851-7223; meltcomics.com



7972 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323) 782-1411; kidrobot.com


Munky King

7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323) 938-0091; munkyking.com


Japan LA

648 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles (323) 934-5201; JapanLA.com