We all have that one friend who, when asked what their favorite Christmas movie is, deliberately picks one in which people get killed. Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are go-to answers, of course, but Gremlins is the right one. And not just because of Phoebe Cates’ so-absurdly-dark-it’s-funny reveal of why she hates the season. No, it’s a great Christmas movie because even the villains indulge the season, playing with toys, singing carols, getting drunk and taking in a movie. Can the Gremlins help it that humans just happen to die as a result?
NECA has made multiple Gremlins figures over the years, and they also tend to surprise fans with new Christmas-themed toys each year. Elf and Christmas Vacation have been among those, but now it’s time for the Gremlins to get in on the action. A two-pack of the critters singing Christmas carols (or holiday songs, if you prefer; Gremlins aren’t religious) is coming in September.
In addition to their sheet music, which looks legit, the former Mogwais come with cookies and candy accessories. Because a Gremlin with a sugar buzz equals extra mayhem. Moreover, like Santa Claus, they’re big fans of eating after midnight. And since this set heavily reuses existing Gremlin bodies, it’s priced reasonably at $39.99.
Even if you’re not a toy collector, some Christmas Gremlins can add a geeky creepy touch to your holiday decor this year. And they’re articulated enough that you can probably find a way to put them on the tree, if you desire. Just make sure it’s not adorned with too much “bright light!”