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Welcome once again to the movie marketplace that is Watto’s Emporium, which rounds up some of the best merch that we found across the online galaxy this week. And this week’s round-up is both adrenaline pumping and moving, as we celebrate an acclaimed new film release and the loss of cinematic giant, in this, another week at the Emporium…

3. Mickeys Gym (beltsbucklestees.com, £12)

Today, Rocky Balboa returns to the big screen in Creed but he isn’t fighting this time, he is whipping young Adonis Johnson Creed (son of Apollo) (Michael B. Jordan) into big match shape. The film has been praised by critics (read our knockout review here) and has earned Stallone a Golden Globe win, a BAFTA nomination and (as of this week) an Oscar nomination! So celebrate this underdog story by going back to where it all began, with this t-shirt from beltsbucklestees.com, inspired by Mickey’s gym from the original film Rocky- where Balboa learned to become the ‘Italian Stallion’.


2. Rocky Lounger (greatgearstore.com, £13)

However if you prefer something a bit cosier but with an edge of Rocky too, then why not punch that buy button over at greatgearstore.com, with this Rocky inspired Lounger. Basically a blanket with sleeves that turns your torso into the body of Balboa (trunks and entrance gear et al). It is a great idea and a very comfortable use of the Rocky franchise. Hell it has gotta be easier getting that Rocky look by chucking a blanket over yourself than running up steps, punching meat and chasing chickens!


1. Alan Rickman Shirt (redbubble.com, £14.93)

However on a much more serious note, we at Starburst were devastated at the news of the death of acting giant Alan Rickman yesterday, at the far too young age of 69, as a result of a battle with cancer. The loss of Rickman is shocking and heartbreaking (especially so soon after musical/acting icon David Bowie and rock legend Lemmy) but as viewers, we were all truly gifted to have witnessed the talent of the man who played villains you loved to boo and characters you just loved. From The Sheriff of Nottingham and Hans Gruber to Dr. Lazarus and Severus Snape, Rickman has left an indelible imprint on the world of film. And this moving shirt from redbubble.com perfectly summarises this. Simply picturing the figure of Rickman as Snape, with the poignant words “Alan Rickman 1946-Always”, which comments on his famous statement about the pride of being a part of the Harry Potter series. Goodbye Mr. Rickman and thank you for your baddies, sharing your talents, engrossing with your presence and that voice! By grabthars hammer you shall never be forgotten!

Be sure to keep an eye out every week for our pick of the top 3 funnest, funkiest and freakiest finds in our online merchandising explorations!

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