Summer's winding to its close, and that can only mean one thing — it's time to go back to school. Ok, most of you aren't looking forward to returning to school, but let me say that as a high school student myself there are some benefits. And I'm definitely not talking about the educational benefits we receive from school. What I'm talking about is all the cool merchandise that enters stores or finds its way online this time of the year.
Last year, we showed you guys 15 fantastic back-to-school items, from Avengers flash drives to Batman backpacks and more. But it's a new year with new awesome items for the latest geeky trends. As a real high school student, I've found you guys 15 more awesome geeky back-to-school items you need to get before classes start.
1. R2-D2 USB Car Charger
You can't start off a list of geek merchandise without including something from a galaxy far, far away. This R2-D2 car charger is the perfect way to charge up your device while driving to school without having to stop at Tosche Station. This charger includes two USB charging ports which plugs right into your cigarette lighter. My favorite part is that when you successfully plug in your electronic device, R2-D2 lights up, rotates, whistles, and beeps for you.
2. Batman Pocket Watch
Entering a new school or university? Do you need something unique that makes you stand out (in a good way, of course)? Well, this Batman pocket watch has you covered. How many people do you see carrying around a pocket watch, let alone one featuring the Bat Symbol? For about $35, you can snag this stylish accessory that's made entirely out of metal. Really, it's a must-have for all Batman fans!
3. Pokémon Stereo Headphones
Pokémon Go is taking over our daily lives, so why not rock out to your favorite tunes with these Pokémon headphones? These red and white over-the-ear headphones feature the iconic Pokéball on each side and include a mic that enables you to ring up buddies to see where you'll be Pokémon hunting today.
4. Justice League Umbrella
For about $17, the members of the Justice League will now be able to protect you from the greatest of evils — rain on a weekday. It takes you 15 minutes to do your hair in the morning and it takes the rain 10 seconds to totally mess it up. But you'll be perfectly covered with this polyester umbrella, which dons flashy logos of your favorite Justice League members like Batman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and (apparently) Nightwing.
5. Captain America Reversible Backpack
Do ever get bored of the design on your backpack? Are you a fan of Captain America? Then buying this Captain America reversible backpack is perfect for you! One side of the backpack is reminiscent to Cap's uniform with two pockets in the front and compartments inside. But turn it inside out and you'll reveal a totally different design featuring your favorite Avengers alongside the star-spangled hero.
6. "If Daryl Dies We Riot" Crossbow Mug
The message on this mug is no joke — Daryl better not be the one to kick the bucket after their encounter with Negan in the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. What better way to show that you're a part of The Walking Dead fandom than to bring this mug with you to your first day of school? The mug even has Daryl's famed crossbow as the handle.
7. The Dark Knight Joker Socks
Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight beloved by fans and critics alike, and now you can show your appreciation with some sweet socks. For just under $15 you'll get five different pairs of socks featuring Ledger's legendary Clown Prince of Crime.
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8. Arrow Logo Phone Case
This one is simple but elegant, providing fans with the official Arrow logo on a phone case made for Samsung Galaxy phones and iPhones. The case features an ultra-thin firm outer shell that fully covers the back and sides of your phone. This phone case will definitely get you ready for the show's upcoming fifth season.
9. Retro Spider-Man Pen Set
When I buy school supplies, I always pick up a generic 12 pack of black or blue pens and then buy a 2-pack gel pen set. But buying this retro Spider-Man pen set for only $5 is way more appealing. These are normal gel pens that you'd find from your local drug store or stationary store but with a unique design featuring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
10. Super Mario 3D Notebook
You can't go to school without a notebook, right? When you tilt and move this Super Mario 3D motion notebook, Mario moves across the cover just as he would in your old Nintendo. And on each and every page (100 pages total) includes grayscale 8-bit game art, bringing the classic into your daily life. I'd travel across the Mushroom Kingdom to get this one.
11. The Flash S.T.A.R. Labs Men's Pajama Pants
I know, I miss The Flash too! The highly anticipated third season is coming in about two months and there's no better way to cope with that than to rock these S.T.AR. Laboratories sweatpants. The weather will get cool enough to start wearing sweatpants in mid-to-late September, right before the beginning of the season, and these sweats will make you look like a member of Team Flash.
12. Deadpool Tactical Backpack
When transitioning into my high school years, I didn't use my locker at all. Therefore, I needed a large backpack. Backpacks featuring fan favorite superheroes or movie franchises tend to be pretty small, unable to carry all your books and supplies. But this red and black Deadpool backpack is the exception, with a heavy duty design made of durable canvas material featuring the fan favorite merc's trademark red and black color scheme. This tactical backpack features an interior sleeve for your laptop, a front zipper pocket, multiple smaller pockets that snap closed, a buckle closure flap, and multiple utility straps. In other words, you can carry everything you need with ease.
13. Superman Keyboard Stickers
A regular keyboard is pretty mundane, but these Superman stickers will brighten it up wtih the famous logo of the Man of Steel. These bright colors will separate your laptop from all the others, and mark you as a true DC Comics fan.
14. Game of Thrones Stark Scarf
Winter is coming and when it's cold, you'll be happy you purchased a scarf. This accessory features the Direwolf sigil of House Stark, letting everyone know where your true alliance lies. It'll also keep you warm during the winter to come.
15. Avengers Reversible Bucket Hat
Last but certainly not least is this spectacular Avengers bucket hat. Just like the Captain America backpack, this hat is also reversible! One side features a super-cool Avengers retro print with iconic characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, and Wolverine on one side. Flip the hat around and you find will find a smooth solid blue color for when you want to be an incognito comics fan.
Will you be purchasing any of these items this year? Tell me in the comments!