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Best of 2017: Entertainment

As the sun sets on 2017, we can’t help but sit back and reflect on what a year it’s been for the entertainment world: Stranger Things 2 turned our worlds upside down; Game of Thrones season 7 left us speechless and the new Star Wars movie hit our screens last week. Here we take a closer look at some of the most iconic moments of 2017.

 

Movies

 

DC Movies

Let’s kick things off with this Amazon warrior princess that took the box offices by storm: the one and only, Wonder Woman. 2004 being the last time we saw a female superhero lead (Catwoman), it was refreshing to see such a badass woman front and centre. Raking in almost 822 million USD, it beat Justice League (635) by a mile, another 2017 DC release, where Wonder Woman was joined by an entourage of fellow DC superheroes.  Whilst this didn’t receive the greatest of reviews, we could never not enjoy so many iconic characters on one screen! We have loads of DC merch for you to check out!

 

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Thor: Ragnarok

Wonder Woman wasn’t the only hero to have a solo film: 2017 saw the release of Thor: Ragnarok, which was by far the funniest Marvel film there has been. His newly discovered super power – humour – had us gripped by the get go. For someone new to our world, Thor’s comic timing is on point!

 

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Despicable Me 3

But perhaps it would be more impressive to make people laugh when you’re speaking a foreign language? That’s where the Minions come in! This year, they were back on our screens in Despicable me 3 and funny as ever. Gru found out about his twin brother (who looked more like a cross between Richard Branson and Donald Trump) and returned to the dark side one last time… what could go wrong? Turns out a lot! But the staple moment of the movie was when Agnes found out that unicorns are actually FLUFFY! (Don’t die please). We have Fluffy the unicorn and lots more Minion merch perfect for any kind of fan!

 

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Star Wars

We also saw great things from Disney this year with the release of Star Wars last week. One thing that is undeniable about this movie is the way it has brought generations together; you just had to look around the cinema to see children with their grandparents, groups of friends, people there for the first time and people by themselves feeling comfortable in their Star Wars family. Whatever your opinion, there isn’t any other franchise of films that could unite times quite like Star Wars does.

 

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast was also released by Disney this year which didn’t disappoint! Whilst I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that Hermoine felt slightly out of place in it, it was a fantastic rendition of an Oscar winning timeless classic. The special effects were remarkable allowing us to connect with Lumière and Mrs Pots just as well as we did (eventually) with the Beast. Disney’s live action remakes don’t stop here with Cruella and Peter Pan due to be released in 2018.

 

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TV Series

 

Stranger Things 2

2017 has also been a phenomenal year for TV series. We saw the release of Stranger Things 2 which definitely lived up to expectations. I was so pleased to have the gang back and be a part of their shenanigans again. The series didn’t come without its surprises (and I’m not just talking about Dustin’s hair at prom) but mainly by how much I liked Steve by the end of it! His transformation was nearly as drastic as Dart’s: from high school heart throb who’s a bit of a d**k to the secret hero of the whole series, taking on the Upside Down right at the source. I can’t help but think that their make shift solution will come back to haunt them though… cue series 3! Check out our range of Stranger Things Funko Pops!

 

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Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty has taken Netflix by storm this year with the release of the third season. More dark and ambitious than the previous 2 series, this series took the characters on even wilder adventures to more outrageous places and introduced us to even more bizarre characters like Cornvelious Daniel, Jaguar and Logic, to name a few. We can’t wait to see what season 4 will hold (in like, a really long time).

 

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Game of Thrones

I don’t know if you heard, I mean, it was kept on the DL and not many people were talking about it but this thing called Game of Thrones season 7 was out this year? Na, I hadn’t heard either. This was the first series without the influence of a book by George R. R. Martin and fans were very sceptical about this development. But it was still as gripping as ever leaving us with many questions on our lips but the main one being how are we going to wait till 2019 for season 8!?

 


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2017 was a cracking year for entertainment and also hosted some interesting announcements like Tom Hardy as Marvel Comic character Venom and Tarantino potentially making a Star Trek movie (what?). We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds! But whilst we are waiting, check out our range of Entertainment merch – there’s something for everyone!

 

Special

The top 10 Star Wars themed merch to buy right now

Unless you have been stuck in the swamps of the Dagobah system, you will know the new Star Wars installment The Last Jedi came out last week. We thought this would be the perfect time to highlight some of our favourite pieces of merch for you to check out. Whether you’re a fan of the prequels, original trilogy or the current saga, EMP has all the Star Wars merchandise you need to keep yourself surrounded by the Force!

Jedi Bathrobe

This Jedi bathrobe is your only hope to replicate the look that Obi Wan Kenobi has in the first Star Wars outing A New Hope. With a belt and sewn in tunic the only thing you need to complete the look is a handy lightsabre! Given the time of year, this would be the perfect addition to the back of anyone’s bedroom door.

 

Ewok Mini Rucksack

 

The Ewoks were a much controversial addition to the third movie, Return of the Jedi, but undoubtedly make a good design for our mini rucksack. But don’t worry, no Ewok’s were harmed in the making of this backpack! With adjustable shoulder straps this pint sized handbag alternative is big on comfort and ginormous on fluffyness.

The Last Jedi – Her Universe – Rey cardigan

Strong, bold and brave, Rey is undoubtedly the breakout star of the new trilogy, and you can mold yourself in the saga’s new hero’s image with this Rey cardigan; pairing fashion and Star Wars has never looked so good!

BB-8 Funko Pop!

Get yourself the next best thing to a real droid, with this BB-8 Funko Pop! As the cutest new robot in the saga he (or she?) has been a welcomed new entry to our family of loved Star Wars characters.

Rey Perfume

Fill your senses with this Star Wars perfume: a light floral and citrusy smell, designed to mimic the qualities of Rey with a sleek, androgynous finish. The rose gold bottle making it awesomely stylish as well as boasting an outer space vibe.

Jedi Slippers

Want to be comfortable and a follower of the Good Side of the Force? We’ve got you (and you’re feet) covered! No Jedi is complete without this pair of Jedi Slippers. Pair these with the Jedi dressing gown and you’re ready for a Star Wars marathon!

 

The Last Jedi T- Shirt

Seen the new movie or just dying of anticipation? Well there’s no better way to let the world know that than with our Last Jedi t-shirt. Picturing Rey accepting her destiny and holding up her lightsabre – the perfect addition to any Star Wars fans wardrobe.

 

Porg Skirt

 

This stylish piece pays tribute to perhaps the cutest character Star Wars has ever seen!

 

Cantina Band On Tour T-Shirt

It’s one of our bestselling products, so no Star Wars merch list would be complete without our Star Wars Cantina band shirt. Relive one of the most iconic scenes of the series with this Mos Eisley t shirt.

Porg Funko Pop!

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any cuter, Porgs have been made into a Funko Pop! – a must have for your Funko Pop! collection.

Like what you see? Take a look at our full Star Wars range for more goodies from a galaxy far far away!

EMP, Fashion, Gifts, Movies, Music, Special, TV

EMP Christmas Blogger Event

So its official – Christmas parties are in full swing. But at EMP we don’t do things normally… forget the polite conversation, terrible cracker jokes and dozing off at 8pm; bring on the green screen photo booth, bathtubs as chairs, rocking music, vegan cupcakes –  oh, and some of our favourite Disney, Gaming, Harry Potter, Alternative and Geek bloggers and influencers – then you’ve got yourself an EMP Christmas party! Here are the highlights of our Christmas Blogger event!

We ask some of our bloggers some Christmassy themed questions – check out the video below!

 

Roisin and Nick with our House Targaryen pillow!

 

Thank you to all our bloggers for coming! We hope you had a rocking (around the Christmas tree) time!

Ava Elizabeth

Candy Valentina

Charlotte Ruff

Emilina Love

Emily Simpson

Gregory Gaige

Hannah – Courange and Kindness

Hannah Cunningham

Haydy – Squibb Vicious

Hayley – Strangeness and Charm

Jojo Pearson – Lemonade Jar

Kariss – Shy Shrange Manic

Katie Erin

Kayla Hadlington

Kinga Kurek

Kitty Cowell

Leigh – Fox & Feather

Luisa Christie

The Geek of Steel

Nick – The West Wing

Rhian Westbury

Roisin – Disney Find

Sarah Louise Porter

Books for Shauna

Sophie Elizabeth

The Metal Tris

 

 

Fashion, Movies

Star Wars is 40 – Here’s 40 of Our Coolest Pieces of Star Wars Merch!

star wars is 40

A long time ago (well, exactly 40 years) in a continent far, far away (well, North America)…Star Wars was released! Yes, this cultural phenomenon is 40 years old today, and what better way to celebrate by looking at some of the coolest bits of Star Wars merch available to purchase from EMP.co.uk?

We all love a Star Wars t-shirt, sure – and you’ll find a few in the list below – but did you know that thanks to EMP you can pretty much stock your kitchen, cover your walls and adorn your surfaces entirely in Star Wars goodies?

Intrigued? Read on, my young padawan…

FURRY CHEWBACCA SNAPBACK BASEBALL CAP
On cold days, nothing’s gonna keep your head warm better than a cap made with Wookiee fur.

SHOOT ‘EM UP T-SHIRT
Star Wars meets Space Invaders on this awesome retro gaming-inspired tee.

DEATH STAR EGG TIMER
“Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this egg timer.”

HAN SOLO FROZEN IN CARBONITE DOOR POSTER
Stick this up in your home and you won’t need to tell your guests not to dump a valuable shipment of spice at the first sight of an Imperial freighter. They’ll just know.

BOBA FETT BATHROBE – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
Jetpack sadly not included.

DEATH STAR SUBLIMATION PRINT DRESS – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
The sublimation print on this EMP exclusive means the deep inky black of space will never fade.

BEN KENOBI FUNKO POP! FIGURE
Because sometimes during those long days at your desk, you need a wise old sage to turn to for advice.

YODA “WELCOME YOU ARE” DOORMAT
Wipe your feet you must, and to take your shoes off in the hall do not forget!

LIGHTSABER PIZZA CUTTER
Because if you were a Jedi Knight, you know you’d use your lightsaber to perform everyday cooking tasks. Think of the time you’d save!

ROGUE ONE REBEL ALLIANCE MILITARY JACKET – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
As worn by Cassian Andor himself. Show you’re fighting the good fight.

CANTINA BAND ON TOUR T-SHIRT
Nerd alert: the band are really called Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. But that shouldn’t stop you buying this tee, which is also available in plus size and as a hoodie.

STORMTROOPER HELMET DECANTER
How else do you think they were pouring drinks at that big party the end of Return of the Jedi? There were a lot of helmets hanging around.

DARTH VADER HELMET BISCUIT TIN (WITH SOUND)
I find your lack of Bourbons disturbing.

X-WING KNIFE SET
Planning a daring assault on some potatoes? Then this knife set is for you.

STAR WARS RETRO LOGO LONG-SLEEVED T-SHIRT
This tee celebrates the 40th anniversary by casting that classic logo in some groovy ‘70s colours.

PRINCESS LEIA/BOUSHH FUNKO POP! FIGURE
Don’t worry, the thermal detonator isn’t live.

DARTH VADER OVEN GLOVES
Perfect for yielding your lightsaber pizza cutter with.

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE TOP TRUMPS
If these were really true to the movie, whoever has the Death Star should just automatically win. Obviously, the good people at Top Trumps made it a bit more of a contest.

CHEWBACCA REVERSIBLE HOODIE
Running errands during the day and cosplaying at night, without time to go home and change? Then this awesome hoodie is for you. Disclaimer: no Wookiees were harmed during the making of this hoodie.

EWOK HANDBAG
Because who doesn’t want to carry an adorable Ewok around with them all day?

ROGUE ONE DARTH VADER & DEATH STAR PYJAMAS – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
Trouble sleeping? Try having a Dark Lord of the Sith and the most powerful weapon in the galaxy looking after you.

BB-8 TEAPOT AND CUP
Make sure you remove the map to Luke Skywalker’s location before you make tea in it, or the galaxy will never forgive you.

R2-D2 & C-3PO “BEST FRIENDS FOREVER” T-SHIRT – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
N’awww. Celebrate cinema’s greatest bromance with this top, exclusively available from EMP.

REBEL FLORAL JUMPSUIT – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
At first glance it looks like your regular floral jumpsuit – perfect for the coming summer months. Peer a little closer and there’s R2, 3PO, an X-Wing and more!

DARTH VADER SOCKS WITH CAPE
The cape plays a big part in making Vader as scary as he is; without it billowing behind him he wouldn’t have half the presence he does. Now when you take your shoes off you’ll strike fear into the hearts of your enemies – assuming that doesn’t happen already.

IMPERIAL FLEET BLUEPRINT POSTER
See this on your wall every morning and you’ll have assimilated all the information you need to build an armada capable of conquering the galaxy in no time.

IG-88 FUNKO POP! FIGURE
If you believe Boba Fett gets an unfair amount of coverage relative to the galaxy’s other bounty hunters, then show your support for this metal menace by picking up his Funko Pop!.

BLURRED STORMTROOPER T-SHIRT
Maybe this is intended to represent Finn’s feelings as his morality becomes blurred in the opening act of The Force Awakens. Maybe it’s just a cool design. Either way, great tee!

ROGUE ONE JYN ERSO JACKET & SCARF – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
Whether you’re on temperate Lah’mu, tropical Scarif, scorching Jedha or stormy Eadu, this jacket (with integrated scarf and detachable hood) will keep you looking good and protected from the elements.

REVELL BUILD & PLAY IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER
No need for glue or paint with this baby – just clip the parts together and within minutes, you’ve got a magnificent ship worthy of leading your fleet.

UNMASKED DARTH VADER FUNKO POP! FIGURE
Relive Vader’s heartbreaking final moments with this Funko Pop! – just don’t burn him on a pyre afterwards. And no, he won’t reappear as Hayden Christensen.

METAL EARTH R2-D2 & C-3PO MODEL SET
Challenging, yes, but who said building droids was easy?

JABBA THE HUTT T-SHIRT
Doe closest u’re likely tah get tah doe fun of Jabba’s bunko – also available che women! (Translation: the closest you’re likely to get to the fun of Jabba’s palace – also available for women!)

BATTLING SHIPS WALL TATTOOS
Stage a battle for galactic supremacy on your walls – just make sure you’ve cleared it with your mum/landlord first!

JEDI KNIGHT BATHROBE
A great Jedi once said: “Dry not. Do, or do not. There is no dry.” We think Yoda will be eating his words once he’s slipped into this bathrobe – might be a bit big for him, mind…

VINTAGE STAR WARS LOGO T-SHIRT
Transport yourself right back to that glorious summer of ’77 with this tee.

STORMTROOPER COSPLAY HOODIE – EXCLUSIVE TO EMP!
Keep the hood down when you’re off duty, but once you’re called into action, zip it up all the way and you’ve got yourself a helmet. Just be careful not to bang your head once it’s on – that’s been known to happen…

SPACE BATTLE HEAT CHANGE MUG
Teabag goes in: lonely X-Wing drifting through space. Water goes in: SPACE CARNAGE.

SECOND DEATH STAR MOUSEMAT
“Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational mousemat!”

SITH LORD COAT
Stroll to work with the power of the dark side behind you with this awesome coat – the pockets are deep enough for your lightsaber, and there are even hidden pockets inside the lapel so you need never lose those precious Death Star plans again.

The forty products listed here are just the tip of the sand dune. There’s enough in our Star Wars merchandise section to fill a starship, so check it out today!

Fashion

8(ish) Easy Cosplay Ideas Available from EMP

Comic Cons are happening up and down the country this summer – and that means cosplay! Have you got your costume ready yet?

If you’ve ever been to an event like Comic Con, you’ll know the surreal feeling of walking around surrounded by a menagerie of characters from movies, TV, comic books and gaming, all represented by fans in stunning detail. The commitment of these uber-fans is to be lauded – fair play, guys – but what if you want to jump on board the Comic Con cosplay vibe train with minimal effort involved? Or you’re keen to join in the fun but can’t pick a character? Or you’re worried your efforts are going to look like a dodgy Blue Peter make? Don’t worry – as Europe’s #1 retailer for officially-licensed entertainment merchandise, we’re here to help!

assassins creed merchandise collage

ASSASSIN’S CREED – ASSASSIN COSPLAY OUTFIT

Assassin’s Creed is one of my favourite video games; in my dreams I’m climbing around London like Evie Frye (the view from St. Paul’s sure is something else!). If, like me, you’re fan of the saga and you want to bring some honour Assassin-style to your Comic Con, you can put together an authentic outfit in just a few clicks.

Make yourself instantly recognisable in an EMP-exclusive Assassin’s Creed wrap coat (A) or a Lancaster loop scarf (C) on top of a black top and jeans. Then add the crucial details – grab a black (D) or silver Assassins insignia necklace (B) and either this imitation leather Assassin’s Creed wrist armour (E) or a silver (F) or black Assassins crest bracelet (G) to complete the look – or check out our Assassin’s Creed merchandise section to add more!

zelda cosplay ideas

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA – LINK COSPLAY OUTFIT (FEMALE)

Maybe thanks to Breath of the Wild’s storming success, you want to show your love for this legendary (pun intended) franchise with a Link costume? We’ve got all you need.

So how can you get the Link look? Start with the top half: either combine a Legend of Zelda t-shirt (B) or dress (C) with this replica hat (A) or grab this super-detailed women’s Link cosplay hoodie (H). Now, grab the replica Hylia shield (D) and Master Sword (E) to ensure you can easily repel any evildoers at your convention, accessorise with a belt pouch (G), vambrance bracelet (F) and Hyrule Triforce necklace (I) and you’re good to go and save the princess!

Guys: there’s plenty of Zelda cosplay options for you too! Check out our The Legend of Zelda merchandise page.

TNBC cosplay ideas

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – JACK & SALLY COUPLE’S COSPLAY OUTFITS

 

Summer may be approaching, but there’s never a bad time for some The Nightmare Before Christmas cosplay!

EMP have made it super-easy for any couples who are budding TNBC cosplayers. Guys: grab this Jack Skellington morphsuit (B), and ladies, pick up the EMP-exclusive Sally cosplay dress (C), and – uh, that’s it!

Of course, there’s plenty more available from our Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise selection – the girls can become Jack with this Jack Skellington cosplay dress (A) and Jack hat (D), which both go beautifully with this Jack and Sally handbag (E).

beauty-and-the-beast cosplay

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – BELLE AND BEAST COUPLE’S COSPLAY OUTFITS

I, like little girls worldwide, always dreamed of dressing up as Belle one day – and the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie ensures that a whole new generation will do the same! Thanks to EMP, that doesn’t have to be a dream any more – and what’s more, you can have your own Beast too!

Our Beauty and the Beast merchandise section has tons of EMP exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else – so your Belle and Beast outfits are sure to turn heads. Choose either Belle’s ball gown (B) or Belle’s everyday ruffle dress (C) – the former should be complemented by this Disney Couture Beauty and the Beast tree necklace (A), while the latter’s outfit will be completed by a Disney Couture rose choker (E) and Belle hair bow (D) – and, of course, a stack of library books. Guys – become the Beast for a day with this stunning embroidered Beast blazer (F). You’ll be the most beautiful couple at the convention – assuming you get a post-transformation Beast, of course!

alice in wonderland cosplay ideas from emp

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – ALICE, QUEEN OF HEARTS, RED QUEEN, CHESHIRE CAT AND MAD HATTER COSPLAY OUTFITS

The wacky world of Alice in Wonderland is ripe for cosplay inspiration – and with more than 100 products in stock, our Alice in Wonderland merchandise section has plenty to help you put the perfect outfit together.

There are several suitable dresses for Alices, but my personal favourite is the EMP-exclusive Alice Through the Looking Glass blue dress (A), which is perfect to match with these cute “curiouser and curiouser” earrings (G).

There are a couple of options if you have a dark side and want to become Alice’s tormentor: the Queen of Hearts classic dress with attached cloth crown (B) or the amazingly detailed Through the Looking Glass Red Queen dress (C).

Complete the outfit with the “Off With Their Heads” earrings from this Alice in Wonderland earrings set (F).

Looking for something more fun? How about this Cheshire Cat onesie (D)? Or what about the Mad Hatter’s hat (E)? In the end we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.

dragon-ball cosplay

ANIME COSPLAY COSTUMES

Something from the world of anime more up your alley? Be a modern Sailor Moon by combining this adorable pink Sailor Moon varsity jacket (A) with the replica Moon Stick (B), add some manga-inspired make-up and copy Bunny’s hairstyle and you’re good to go!

What about joining Goku in the constant fight to protect Earth and the universe from the bad guys? Simply pick up this Dragon Ball Z Turtle School and Kaio insignia t-shirt (C) or this black and orange Turtle School tee (E). Girls, grab a Kame dress (D) similarly inspired by Goku’s training gear.

Love One Piece? Become King of the Pirates! Get Luffy’s straw hat (G) and wear it with a red t-shirt, or even better, with the One Piece Straw Hat Crew varsity jacket (F).

marvel cosplay

MARVEL COSPLAY – WOLVERINE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN, DEADPOOL AND IRON MAN COSTUMES AND OUTFITS

Fancy yourself as one of the X-Men? Prove it with this Wolverine cosplay hoodie (A) or the Wolverine chest t-shirt (B).

Or are you more of an anti-hero type? Combine this Deadpool costume t-shirt (C) and Deadpool beanie (D), make sure you’re never too far from some chimichanga and you’re basically the “Merc with a Mouth” himself!

A Captain America-inspired outfit is easy to create thanks to the Captain America costume t-shirt (E) and the cork shield logo cap (F) (for the guys) or the Captain America sprayed logo t-shirt (G) with shield hairslide (H) (for the girls).

If your Spidey sense is tingling for a Spider-Man outfit, no problem, the Spider-Man logo hoodie (I) and 3D Spider-Man cap with mesh eyes (L) should do the trick. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility!

Or if you fancy inhabiting the skin of a genius superhero billionaire philanthropist playboy (and don’t we all?) this Iron Man zip-up hoodie (M) is all you need to become Tony Stark himself.

There’s plenty more Marvel-inspired clothing in our Marvel Comics merchandise section – or perhaps you want to switch sides and cosplay as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or Harley Quinn? Check out our DC Comics merchandise section!

star wars cosplay

STAR WARS COSPLAY OUTFITS – R2-D2, STORMTROOPER, YODA, CHEWBACCA AND EWOK OUTFITS

We’re stocking some incredible EMP exclusives in our Star Wars merchandise section, including hoodies that leave you a zip away from being being R2-D2 (A), a Stormtrooper (B), Yoda (C) or an Ewok (E)!

Or how about transforming into everybody’s favourite Wookiee with this Chewbacca onesie (G)? Staying in character all day will be easy; respond to anything with a WUUAAAAAHHHHHH and you’re set!

If you just want to jazz up an everyday outfit with a few Star Wars-themed items to make you feel 100% Comic Con ready, no problem – we’ve got hundreds of Star Wars accessories, including this Yoda beanie (D), an adorable Ewok handbag (F) this Chewbecca furry cap (H) and more!

What are you cosplaying as at an upcoming Comic Con? Which Comic Cons and other conventions are you heading to this summer? Let us know – and if you’re heading to the MCM London Comic Con (May 26-28), come say hi to the EMP crew! Our interactive stand will be at booth 4732 in the North Hall – we’ll be meeting customers, handing out catalogues and freebies, selling some of our hottest merch, and more – see you there!

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