The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has announced this year’s inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame showcases some of the greatest science fiction and fantasy creators and artifacts in history, such as Luke Skywalker’s severed hand from The Empire Strikes Back and the Right Hand of Doom from Hellboy.
Scroll down to read more about this year’s inductees.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda is an adventure video game series known for its exploration-based gameplay, mind-bending puzzles, memorable characters, and beautiful fantasy setting. Often cited as one of the first “open world” video games, the franchise includes 19 installments and has sold more than 80 million units.
Each game in the series tells an important part of the history of Hyrule, a mythical land created by the goddesses Din, Nayru, and Farore. Before leaving their new world, the goddesses left behind an object made of three golden triangles known as the TriforceTM. The Triforce grants its owner special powers that echo the goddesses’ three virtues: power, wisdom, and courage.
Many games in the series focus on the Triforce and the characters who possess the individual pieces: the courageous hero Link, the wise princess Zelda, and the powerful dark lord Ganondorf.
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka in 1986, The Legend of Zelda game was inspired by Miyamoto’s childhood in the Japanese countryside. The series has won dozens of awards and has been spun off into comic books, novels, and an animated television series.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Combining vampire hunting with teen drama, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a quintessential example of turn-of-the-century genre television.
The show follows reluctant hero Buffy Summers as she fulfills her mystical calling as a vampire slayer and demon hunter. Along the way, she gathers a group of memorable friends referred to as the “Scooby Gang,” including best friends Willow and Xander, who appear in nearly every episode. Buffy used the popular “monster of the week” storytelling style as a framework to tell deeper metaphorical stories about the struggles of daily teen life. The series debuted in 1997 and ran for seven seasons.
In 2007, creator Joss Whedon continued Buffy’s story where the TV show left off in a series of comic books for Dark Horse Comics. Known as the “Buffyverse” by fans, Buffy’s expanded fictional universe includes the successful television spin-off Angel (1999-2004) as well as numerous tie-in books, comics, and games.
One of the most influential comic book writers of all time, Stan Lee is responsible for the creation of numerous Marvel Comics characters including Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the X-Men.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber, Lee began working as an assistant at Timely Comics when he was just seventeen and became the editor soon after, writing every style of comic from romance and westerns to horror. In 1961, while considering switching careers, Lee decided to take his wife’s advice and write a comics story to please himself. The story, about four people given superpowers after being exposed to cosmic rays, was called The Fantastic Four, and it began an era of unparalleled success for the newly renamed Marvel Comics. Lee’s creations captured fans’ imaginations through a combination of relatable characters and the idea of a shared universe inhabited by all of Marvel’s characters.
Lee’s characters and storylines have appeared across all types of media including animated series, video games, television shows, and the long-standing Marvel Cinematic Universe. A self-proclaimed frustrated actor, Lee has made a cameo in every Marvel film to date.
J. K. Rowling is a British novelist best known for the beloved Harry Potter series about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard.
Raised in Gloucestershire, England, Joanne Rowling attended Exeter University before working as a researcher for Amnesty International. She first had the idea for Harry Potter on a delayed train headed to London’s King’s Cross station.
Over the next five years, Rowling mapped out the seven-book series on a massive number of handwritten notes. The first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in the U.K. in 1997 and in America in 1998 under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The series was turned into a successful film franchise, with eight films released between 2001 and 2011.
In addition to the Harry Potter series, Rowling has published six works related to her wizarding universe including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001) and The Tales of Beedle Bard (2008). She has received five honorary degrees from various institutions including the University of Edinburgh and Harvard University, and has won numerous awards including the Hugo Award and the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.
This year’s inductees join the ranks of other pop culture icons including Star Trek, director Guillermo Del Toro, composer John Williams, Dungeons & Dragons, and The X-Files. Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul G. Allen opened the 140,000 sq. ft. museum in 2000. Current exhibits include the world premiere of the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes and Indie Game Revolution.
What do you think of this year’s inductees? Which exhibit would you be most excited to see? Tell us in the comments!
Superman Soars to New Heights with Commemorative Collectible
One of the most recognizable mainstays of American pop culture, DC Comic’s Superman, will be commemorated with a range of limited edition pure silver collectibles to celebrate his 80th-anniversary milestone.
Making his debut in 1938, Superman became an instant hit and has been thrilling fans with his adventures and extraordinary powers ever since. Known to many as “The Man of Steel,” he has become a universal icon. Superman is the people’s hero, fighting the never-ending battle for truth and justice.
The first DC Comics Super Hero Pure Silver Miniature has just been released to celebrate Superman’s 80th Anniversary, along with a Silver Coin Note collection. The collectibles are produced by Auckland based company New Zealand Mint in partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment.
Designed by 3D master sculptor Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, with a limited worldwide production of only 1,000 casts, the miniature of Superman has a guaranteed minimum 150g pure silver and is finished with an antique silver polish. The miniature is approx. 10cm tall and the silver purity, DC Comic copyright, and unique production number are detailed on the base.
The Silver Coin Note collection comes in an album that includes six 5g pure silver coin notes featuring amazing images of iconic Superman comic book covers through the ages. The album is Superman-themed with every page specifically designed to complement each comic book cover, detailing Superman’s evolution through the years from 1939 to 2017.
Each silver coin note design is brought to life through a combination of engraving and colour printing. The obverse of the coin notes features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and they are legal tender in Niue. Details of the notes’ authenticity are printed on the reverse of the album’s protective cover.
Simon Harding, Chief Executive of NZ Mint, expressed the company’s excitement to partner with the Man of Steel in a press release.
“Empire magazine named him the greatest comic book hero of all time, he has sold millions of comics and become a household name. Such is his popularity it is no wonder he is now considered one of the world’s most popular Super Heroes and we are thrilled to bring this monumental anniversary collection to fans.”
The new Miniature and Album collectibles can be purchased here.
Are you a DC or Marvel fan? What do you think of this new collection? Let us know in the comments!
Rick & Morty Fans Can Skate into the Future with Primitive Capsule
Primitive Skateboarding has announced the release of an interdimensional adventure capsule with Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. The Los Angeles based skateboard company has created a 20-piece limited capsule of hard goods, apparel, and lifestyle goods inspired by the characters of the hit animated series, dimensional portals, and of course Pickle Rick.
Items are selling out quickly so fans will need to take advantage of this collection while they can. Check out a round-up of our favorite in-stock items below.
Check out the full Primitive x Rick and Morty Capsule here.
What do you think of the new Primitive x Rick and Morty collection? Will you be picking up a piece (or two) from the capsule? Let us know in the comments!
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