‘Hunger Games’ Tie-In Covers Leave Us Wanting More

In this week's Hobnobbing, we compile a wish list of other movie merch we want to own.

Hunger Games” fans got an early Christmas present Thursday (December 1) in the form of three movie tie-in covers revealed by Scholastic featuring several characters from the March 23 release. “The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In Edition,” “The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” and “The Hunger Games Tribute Guide” are all due February 7, with a fourth title, “The World of The Hunger Games,” hitting bookstore shelves the same day as the film’s debut.

To be sure, these new tomes will offer plenty of insights into the post-revolution, dystopian universe created by author Suzanne Collins in her YA trilogy. But why stop at books? There are plenty more Panem playthings we’d love to see hit the market. Here’s our wish list for 2012 (are you taking note, Santa?):

Katniss’ bow and arrow
Forget fussy nail polish. What we love most about heroine Katniss Everdeen is her ferocious fervor. After all, the tribute can spear any object with a single arrow — a skill we’d love to master (using a regulation bull’s-eye, of course — none of this “killing people” business … ).

“Hunger Games” Hunk of the Month Calendar
There’s no denying the men of “The Hunger Games” are easy on the eyes. And while we’d never want to objectify them, we certainly wouldn’t mind their help counting off the months until the sequel, “Catching Fire,” drops in 2013. They can even leave their shirts on if they want.

Peeta’s Pastries
Get Pepperidge Farm on the phone, stat! We have a soft spot in our heart for the baker’s son and wouldn’t mind sampling a few of his tasty treats (if you know what we mean). A PBJ on Peeta bread? Simply delicious.

What official “Hunger Games” merch would you like to own? Sound off in the comments below and tweet me @amymwilk with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!