It’s Halloween season, folks! How better for a reviewer to celebrate than to do a “Best Of” list. As such, I present to you my personal ten best The Nightmare Before Christmas collectibles based on what I know exists, affordability, and how great I think they are. So, let’s get spooky!
Before I get started, I just wanted to make sure that people know I consider this “age-old” debate over this being a Halloween movie or not. It is. The proof is in a 2015 interview / Q&A where filmmaker (Henry Selick) states explicitly that the film is a Halloween film about how Halloween people deal with that other holiday. Go ahead and check it out here. Debate settled.
NECA/Reel Toys Bendable Figures
I’ll kick this off at the bottom of my list with some figures from 2002. NECA/Reel Toys put out a set of bendable figures based on the 1993 set from Hasbro. These are not as highly sought after as the Hasbro ones, but they are NECA quality and will only cost you about $60 – $80 for the whole set, including the glow-in-the-dark Oogie Boogie.
If you’re into the original Hasbro figures (the first figures ever put out for these characters that were sold at KB Toys), you can grab them on eBay individually, which adds up to around $200 – $300. NECA did have more characters in their set, but the Hasbro ones are much more sought after.
BONUS: If you’re just interested in owning some figures, there are the Disney sets that you can grab from Disney Parks or off of Amazon/eBay/Disney online. Those won’t run you into the hundreds of dollars.
The Movie Itself
The DVD/Blu-ray or whatever you have the movie on, this is probably the most basic of the collectibles, and no fan should be without at least one copy. The Blu-ray is only $10 and the DVD can be found for under $6. If you decide to go bigger, you can grab the singalong anniversary edition for $25, which includes the Blu-ray, digital, and a 40-page gallery book. Pretty nice!
There are several versions available, so get what you like or get them all!
The Nightmare Before Christmas: 20th Anniversary Edition book
Again, no fan would be caught dead without this story in written form; it is the thing that led to the movie in the first place. You can get the hardcover for about $12 on sale or around $17 MSRP.
Any of the Funko Pops are great, but in particular, I recommend the newer Jack Skellington in Fountain glow-in-the-dark, Jack Skellington with his House, the 10″ Oogie Boogie, and from a little while back the Glow-in-the-dark Oogie Boogie. What can I say, I’m a sucker for things that glow or react to black light.
Walt Disney World Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket.
While I’m partial to the 2017 version, there’s a new 2019 version that is just his head, and it lights up, giving off an eerie glow from inside. Both versions and others can be found on eBay if you can’t make it to Disney. They will run anywhere between $20 – $30 to just buy him outright.
The 2014 Jack Skellington Hallmark Ornament
The 2014 Hallmark Ornament of Jack rising from the fountain is a great collectible. Unfortunately, I don’t own it. It lights up and looks really good just sitting on a shelf, let alone being part of someone’s tree for that “other” holiday. The thing runs around $125 on eBay or $200 on Amazon (Hint: don’t buy it on Amazon).
Good news for those of us who can’t throw $100+ out to own a Hallmark piece! There’s a version from Sketchbook that will run you around $20. It’s from 2016, and I believe it was sold at Disney at some point. Now you can snag this from Amazon or eBay for a pretty good price.
The Nightmare Before Christmas clock from Bradford Exchange
This thing is lower on the list because of how expensive it is. Typically I find Bradford Exchange products to be severely overpriced, but that’s because I can’t actually afford their stuff unless I save a lot, and that’s just not my style.
But don’t fret if you’re in the same boat as me. You could alternatively pick out one of the many Nightmare Before Christmas vinyl clocks, expertly cut out of old records that are available on Amazon (or I’m sure somewhere else). These run for around $35.
Diamond Select Figures
If your thing is action figures, and mine is, then you’ll want to add the Diamond Select figures to your collection. These are the most accurate figures with the best detailing on how these characters should actually look. Jack himself is pieced together with little pegs on the joints of his elbows, knees, and all those places because of how absolutely thin he is. It’s a brilliant design. The variations on figures are pretty incredible too. Regretfully, I’ve only snagged Jack, Sally, and an Oogie Boogie; and those are not all the collectible versions with the oversized packaging and the bases. I wish they were.
If you didn’t grab these when they were new, you’d end up shelling out a bit for some of the characters. Oogie is around $75, though you can find Jack or Sally for approximately $30 – $60 depending on what version.
Hawthorn Village Halloween Town
Hawthorn Village makes these wonderful little buildings that light up. You can create your own town if you can get all of the pieces. They are not all that expensive if you look for the right prices. You should expect to pay around $30 – $80 for each piece, depending on its condition. These collectibles are very fragile and will break off. I had a friend send me his houses and I had to do a few repairs. They look great and are a fun addition to my Nightmare Before Christmas display that sits on top of my bookshelf.
You can also get accessories that are not light-up, which will help you build the town of Halloween – things like the fountain, cemetery gate, trees, and figurines.
Any of the Hot Topic Exclusive Jack (and Sally) Skellingtons in Coffin Boxes
These are more Diamond Select figures, but they are unique. I love BIG figures, and these ones are 16″ tall! They have a bunch of different versions with different clothes and different expressions; the clothes are cloth, they come with a doll stand, they come IN a coffin box, and they are posable. If I were to guess, I’d say these are very closely based on the actual figures used to create the animation for the film. Check out the behind the scenes video of them explaining some of the shooting of the movie, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
My only wish would be that they put out more than just Jack and Sally. One complaint I have with these is that some of them are really expensive, while others just sit at the value they started at. I guess that’s not the point for some collectors. Though the variants and styles are why they are at the top of my list.
This whole list is accessible to a good portion of collectors, and what’s better, it also can serve as a great shopping list for that other holiday coming up in a couple months. Birthdays, anniversaries, you name it, and anything on this list would make an excellent gift for any fan. Not just that, but it would make a great starting point for those looking to begin a collection.
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