Happy Mail: Discworld Collectibles

As some of you might know, I’m currently reading my way through the Discworld novels. If you’re unfamiliar with the Discworld, I’ve written about it HERE. I’m now on book eighteen, and for the most part, I’m having a great time in this quirky, outrageous world.

I’ve always been a collector. Not a serious one, but I like things that remind me of feelings, experiences, or stories I’ve enjoyed. Considering I’ve read quite a few Discworld novels this year, it’s no surprise that I became curious about what collectibles were available.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Everything shown is purchased on my initiative for my own money. This post is not meant as an advertisement or bragging about what I can afford to buy. My only intention is to recommend websites/items that I personally use/own for people who enjoy collectibles/merchandise. 

In contrast to other famous book series, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. the author of the Discworld books, Terry Pratchett didn’t believe in franchising his creation. Instead, he handpicked a small number of people to produce and sell officially licensed merchandise and collectibles for his books. Therefore, despite the enormous popularity of the Discworld series, there is a limited range of items and retailers available.

The upside to this, is that the people designing, producing, and selling these items are genuine fans of Terry Pratchett and what they offer is mostly well-designed and well-made.

The Discworld Emporium (co-founded by Terry Pratchett) is one of two websites I’ve found that sells licensed Discworld collectibles internationally, the other being Discworld.com.

I purchased a few Christmas gifts for my aunt from Discworld.com last year, but this was my first time placing an order with the Discworld Emporium. Both purchases were easy to make, the shipping and delivery time was equivalent of other experience I’ve had ordering from the UK, and overall I had a positive experience with both companies.

As for this particular package, opening it was a treat. It’s only a couple of stamps, an Ook!, and a simple note but it makes such a difference for the overall experience. These simple details show that they know the world and have fun with it.

The first thing I bought was two sets of bookmarks, sorry, Ookmarks. They’re designed by artist David Wyatt who’s illustrated several covers for the Discworld books. I like his interpretation of these characters; they’re pretty spot on to how I imagine them.

They’re priced at 7.50£ per set. Qualitywise, they’re a standard laminated card and measures approx 50 x 195mm. They all have a tab towards the top that fastens the ookmark securely to the page.

I don’t think I’ll ever do that, I’d be too worried about the characters bending and getting creesed, but that’s me. Other people might actually like to use their ookmarks, not just keep them in their package to be admired.

I also bought a t-shirt, mostly because of the print. DEATH is one of my favorite characters and the quote, taken from the fourth Discworld novel, Mort (you can find my review of the book HERE) always makes me laugh. The t-shirt is 100% cotton, costs 15£ and comes in a classic and a ladies version.

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It’s illustrated by Joe McLaren who’s also the cover artist for the Discworld Collection’s Library Editions, (I’ve written about it HERE and HERE). I’m not a t-shirt person, but I thought it would be funny to wear while working out. In all honesty, I’ll probably end up giving it to my aunt. I love it, but she’ll get more use out of it than me.

Then, finally, there was the item I’d been ogling for months; Great A’Tuin, the star turtle.

I love this figurine so much. It’s sculpted by artist Richard Kingston and hand cast in a bronze resin with a polish made from powdered bronze. It measures 120mm across and is priced at 50£.

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I think it’s lovely, the details are intricate for the price (compared to other collectible items I own purchased in the same price range), and the turquoise helps to bring out the shine in the bronze.

One thing worth mentioning is that the images (both mine and Discworld Emporiums) can give a false sense of size. If you’re not used to purchasing collectible items, the price can lead you to expect something bigger.

If you’re an adult of average size this figurine will fit in the palm of your hand.

I’m really happy with these items. If you’re a fan of the Discworld novels and you enjoy collectibles and/or merchandise, I think both Discworld.com and Discworld Emporium are good alternatives. Discworld.com generally has more of a focus on artwork and printed items, while Discworld Emporium has more figurines and other high-quality collectible items. Whatever your preference, I think they’re both worth a look.

If you’re a collector, Discworld or any other kind,  I’d love to hear about your favorite item(s) down in the comments!

Unless credited, all images displayed on this blog are either mine or Copy Right Free and released under Creative Commons CC0. They are available for free at one or more of the following places: Max Pixel, FlickrPublic Domain ArchivePixabay or Gratisography.

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