Best movie merchandising: Kong Arms!
Let's face it: Hulk Hands were impractical; Rodney's clunky Ro-Boots (from Robots) were lame; and the novelty of that Spider-Man Silly String glove wears off pretty quickly.
But Electronic Kong Arms are a whole different kettle of wearable mass merchandising. They're just one of the cagillion tie-ins you'll see for Peter Jackson's King Kong remake (in theaters Dec. 14). The lifelike, rubbery mitts come complete with dirt painted in the skin grooves. A motion-activation box emits hair-raising ape roars and victim's screams. But, apparently, they are safe for cute kids (like this one -- how awesome is that face!) of 4 years or older.
Scale model of the Empire State Building and helpless blonde sold separately. (No, not really.)