The German merch company Gaya Entertainment tends to sign on with video game deals. Their niche is precision, able to make smaller treats for publishers all the way to high-end collectors’ items. At least, that’s their marketing blurb.
Gaya is the company behind the official Dungeons & Dragons: Ampersand gift box. That costs about £20 in the UK, holds kitchenware such as a pint glass, coasters and mugs and, as the name suggests, very much intended to be a gift.
The main hook? It’s all exclusive. You can’t get any of the design-product combos, not even the outer box, anywhere else, nor can you get them separately.
Forbidden Planet has just added the Ampersand gift box to their online catalogue, and the retailer is usually great at doing that quickly (which is why this blogger watches), but the gift set has gone straight to order, without the usual pre-order, and Gaya doesn’t (yet?) mention D&D or Wizards of the Coast in their license list.
As a result, it’s not clear how much of a heads-up/before the masses this D&D discovery is. It’s certainly not exclusive to Forbidden Planet, as GB Posters also stocks the gift item. GB Posters also has this Players Handbook Collector Print which is the same red helm design, just not on glass or box.
If it’s a literal D&D ampersand you’re looking for as a gift, they exist too, and Lost Universe has an official one in the sale. Only one.
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