I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that many of us have dreamed about being a secret agent at least one point in our lives. Whether such dreams came ages ago after watching Jason Bourne leap from roof to roof, or more recently after watching James Bond take down Spectre, it seems that the life of a spy is pretty dang cool (minus the whole, “always fearing for your life,” thing).
Alas, unless we’re currently being scoped out as potential MI6 or CIA recruits, it’s not likely any of us will be actually be joining secret government agencies anytime soon. Instead we’ll just have to be excited as ever to watch secret government agencies do their thing on TV. Which brings us to…
Focusing on the boatload of cool Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gear that you should gift others, *cough* yourself, this holiday season!
For Agent Old School: The Comics
I realize that, “Agent Old School,” implies that I’m about to pitch buying a friend or loved one the old S.H.I.E.L.D. comics but… I’m not.
I’m sorry! It was a tease of a header considering I’m actually going to suggest investing in the new S.H.I.E.L.D. comics that feature most of your favorite characters from the Marvel television show.
The most recent 12-issue S.H.I.E.L.D. series follows Coulson, May, Fitz, and Simmons as they traverse the universe and join other Marvel characters (Howard the Duck for one) to solve mysteries and prevent global, and universal, disasters. The comics are super fun and, while mostly irrelevant in regards to the actual show, give some unanimously favorite characters exciting adventures that fans can enjoy and tag along with.
There are multiple covers for every issue, each equally as MARVELous as the next, and are just as fun to look at as they are to read! Quality aesthetics and content? Why wouldn’t you want to get these for a friend or loved one?! Collect them all and have the coolest comic collection, better yet give the coolest comic collection, this holiday season.
And be on the lookout for the new S.H.I.E.L.D. comics, written by Arrow exec Marc Guggenheim, that are coming out soon!
For Agent Toy Collector: PopFunkos!
Let’s be honest, we can’t all cruise around in a little red Corvette like Prince.
I mean… Phil Coulson.
Luckily, at the very least, we can carry one around and make whooshing noises like the children we are with one of PopFunko’s newest additions to their Rides collection. Who wouldn’t want a mini Coulson, wearing mini shades, driving around in a mini Lola?! Only nefarious members of Hydra probably. And if cars aren’t really your thing, but S.H.I.E.L.D. Funkos are, you can get your hands on Phil Coulson and Melinda May figures! What’s cooler than having the Director and the Cavalry sitting on your desk like the badasses they are? Nothing.
Side Note: WTF PopFunko?!?! Where are my female superhero Funkos? My Daisy “Quake” Johnson and my Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse? Or my FitzSimmons PopFunko set?!?! With their matching lab coats and accompanying dwarves? Or my MackFunko wielding a shotgun-axe? And where in the hell is my Lance “Damn the Yanks” Hunter Pop? Hell, you know those WardWarriors would appreciate a Grant Ward figure.
No pressure PopFunko but… c’mon. Get on it. I need me some more S.H.I.E.L.D. toys and with the Secret Warriors coming soon… methinks there might be even more characters that I’d like to see in Pop-form!
For Agent Art Snob: The Art of Level 7 Prints
If you go to the S.H.I.E.L.D. section of Marvel’s online shop, there’s an unfortunately lacking amount of things for purchase. Which is a bummer for those who are itching to get their hands on some exclusive Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. gear.
Luckily, that doesn’t much matter because, as they always say: quality over quantity, right? And nothing says high-quality quite like S.H.I.E.L.D’s exclusive, “Art of Level 7,” episode prints.
Do you have a favorite episode from the back half of season 2? How about, “Melinda,” where we finally got some backstory on the mysterious Agent May? Or the, “Dirty Half Dozen,” which brought the OG S.H.I.E.L.D. team back together? Perhaps you enjoyed Lady Sif’s return in, “Who You Really Are.”
No matter which 2B episode was your favorite, it goes without saying that owning one of the exclusive prints would be pretty freaking cool. Whether it be hung in a man cave, or put on full display above the fireplace, you know that a S.H.I.E.L.D. print would look good anywhere.
Can’t really find room in your budget to buy all of the exclusive, limited edition, artwork? Fear not!
For those of us who can’t exactly drop $600 dollars on the (admittedly awesome) full-set of home décor… there is a far cheaper option. All of the Art of Level 7 prints became variant covers for a slew of Marvel comics!!! Priced at $8.93 each over at MidTown, you can get your hands on the exclusive, “Art of Level 7,” comic variants without having to sell an arm to do so! That means you can get 5 of the variant comics for the same amount of money you’d pay for one of the actual prints!
Pretty sweet deal. Even sweeter gift.