Updated Mon, Feb 06, 2012 by Mem
Over the course of the seven years World of Warcraft has been in action Blizzard has collected a massive following for the game. Like any game with loyal followers, WoW fans love nothing more than to announce their fandom to the world. Thanks to this need to express their nerdy side, a whole slew of licensed WoW gear has popped up into being. Seven years is a long time and Blizzard has spent most of it coming up with creative new merchandise for you to spend your cold hard cash on.
However, Blizzard has not created all of this epic WoW gear on its own. Oh no. Senseing the potential fortune to be made (because let’s face it, merchandise with the WoW tag on it may as well be encrusted in diamonds), many other companies have come on board to produce licensed WoW gear. As a result of this there is a TON of WoW gear out there if you just take the time to seek it out.
Sorting through the piles and piles of WoW gear out there can be a daunting task. So to get you inspired to take on the challenge I’ve hand picked 5 of my favorite pieces of merchandise to share. Read onward to view my picks:
The most personal and well loved icon of the World of Warcraft experience for any player is typically their very own character. Of course taking your character out of game seems nearly impossible. Or is it? One of Blizzard’s partners, Figure Prints, has realized this need for players to have a keepsake of their character outside of the gaming world and has created something of a miracle.
With just a few clicks of the mouse Figure Prints will allow you to create one of the most sought after and personalized pieces of WoW gear out there; a personalized replica of your in game character. Hand made and painted Figure Prints can recreate your favorite WoW characters as a perfect 3D replica. Using a snapshot taken from Blizzard’s Armory website, Finger Prints then allows the buyer to outfit any gear your character is currently in possession of after all the details are worked out Finger Prints custom creates each figure and ships it right to your door. Thank to the nature of this piece of WoW gear, these are not cheap, but well worth the money.
If you thought Chris Metzan walking out on stage sporting the mighty Doomhammer was one of the best things you’ve seen all year, then you will be excited to find out that you can recreate this moment by purchasing your very own copy of this legendary weapon. Sure to be an excellent conversation piece, take this piece of WoW gear out to social gatherings, the grocery store, or wherever else you may go. When your not out and about with this epic hammer it can also be an excellent addition to your home décor, useable in any room in the house. Or if you must, you could even use it for the LARPing purposes it was created for.
Designed and brought to life by a licensed partner of Blizzard, the Doomhammer is as close to real as it gets. Made of polyurethane along with PVC pipe, the Doomhammer is wrapped in real leather and weighs in at 3 pounds of pure awesome. The only downfall of this piece of WoW gear is that realism comes at a price and owning a Doomhammer of your very own will put a real dent in your purse.
If you aren’t some cyborg creation and are instead a part of the human race, it stands to reason that eventually you will need to leave your computer and find yourself something to drink. Why not make this menial task just a tad bit more exciting by quenching your thirst with one of the pieces from the World of Warcraft Stein Collection. Created by Taverncraft, these steins are sure to add some extra epicness to your drink.
Ranging from elaborate steins to less glamorous (but still cool!) mugs there is the perfect drinking apparatus for every WoW fan. My personal favorite is known as the RAWFRLRLRLRRLGLRL!!! (seen in the picture to the right) and features Azeroth’s favorite watery creature’ the murlocs. Currently these pieces of WoW gear are on sale, making them more affordable than ever. So this type of WoW gear appeals to you, be sure to hurry and buy yours today, before your favorite disappears.
If you are looking for a more affordable way to express your love of the game, the way to go is World of Warcraft themed clothing. Sure I could have picked a specific piece of clothing for this list, but there are really to many awesome pieces to choose from. Able to send any message you desire, from your loyalty to the one faction or another, to favorite catch phrases such as “MORE DOTS!”, there is a piece of clothing out there that is sure to appeal to every type of WoW fan.
Not sure where to start your search for the perfect piece of WoW themed clothing? Check out the Blizzard Store or J!NX, a licensed partner of WoW, for some epic finds. Both places host a wide range of choices for men, women, and even children and infants to be sure that every gamer in your family can own their very own piece of WoW gear.
Who doesn’t love the adorable Murlocs of Azeroth? I know I do. So it comes as no surprise that there is a plethora of gear based on these crazy creatures. One of my personal favorites is the Talking Murloc Plush Toy. Yes that’s right, a Murloc Plush Toy. Just when you thought you were told old for stuffed animals, Blizzard manages to go and prove us all wrong by producing this must have piece of WoW gear.
Based one of the most hated and loved characters in the game the Talking Murloc Plush was created by J!INX and comes packed appropriately in a cardboard wooden-crate. Standing an impressive 8 inches tall, has semi-poseable limbs and is just begging for a new home. The best part of this piece of WoW gear? This Murloc plush can express itself with a simple press of its lip through the well known “RwlRwlRwlRwl!” that inspires terror in the hearts of many WoW characters venturing too close to the coast line.
This concludes my list of top 5 pieces of favorite licensed WoW gear. Sure some may argue that the items above are frivolous, nerdy, and perhaps downright childish, but the people behind these comments have probably never felt the pure joy that WoW can bring. So why not take a piece of that happiness out of the game and into your real life by purchasing some WoW gear of your very own. Do you have some favorite WoW gear all your own? Be sure to share it with us in the comment section below!