Review: Red Dwarf XI Official Merchandise

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Red Dwarf merchandise has very much been a ‘here’s a thing and maybe we’ll do another thing sometime’ affair for years. So the launch of a dedicated online store to sell exclusive Series XI merchandise is something of a big deal. Launching with a variety of items shortly before the series aired on Dave with a promise to ship in October, fans have been excitedly waiting to get their hands on the various goodies now available to them. With items gradually being shipped out, we’ll be looking through what’s available and giving our opinions.

But before we get too far into that, let’s just take a moment to look at the process of getting this merchandise to your door.

Ordering & Delivery

The store itself is largely without problem, though the low quality resolution of the images aren’t the most helpful in trying to choose your product. However, it’s once an order has been placed that many people have experienced difficulty. Seemingly, Sandbag who control the website and distribute the stock have had some problems with some items not being delivered from the suppliers. Not necessarily the end of the world, but certainly a situation where it would probably have been better to notify customers who placed orders in September that this would be the case sooner than October 25th considering that the store vaguely quoted that orders would be shipped in October.

But what about the orders that didn’t contain the delayed items? Well that’s where things get complicated. It’s been difficult to get an answer from Sandbag on what items were causing the issues, with suggestions that it may have been the Starbug Manual t-shirt, the Kryten key ring and the pin badges. Yet we’ve heard from various people whose orders don’t contains any of these, were placed on the opening day of the shop and yet still hadn’t received their items. Meanwhile, others that placed orders much later seem to have received theirs, calling into question what on earth has been going on.

All of which could of course have a genuine legitimate reason, but with Sandbag seemingly reluctant to answer these questions it doesn’t look great, especially when a look at their Twitter profile shows just how many people have raised complaints with their other store fronts.

From my own point of view, when the order for the first part of this review did arrive, there were a couple of issues:

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Item quantity 9, outstanding items 0, total items 8. There’s a slight disparity there, and one that meant this order was incomplete. Again, that’s not great, and a glance online suggests that it’s not the only instance of it happening.

(EDIT: We’d rather hoped that this was a one off instance, but included it here anyway considering how many other problems there had been. We’ve at least been heartened to see that most people now seem to have received their merchandise despite all of the issues up to this point. However, when our second delivery of items arrived, the same mistake occurred again and more annoyed emails had to be sent to Sandbag. Buyer beware if ordering multiples of the same item.)

Still, at least this part of the order arrived safe and sound, right? And after all, when you’re store contains mugs, postcards, lanyard with bendable plastic and card and other such delicate items, you’d make sure that it was sent well packaged, wouldn’t you?

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Oh. Yes, that is exactly what it appears to be; a large plastic bag with no protection beyond a sticker that says fragile. Fine for t-shirts, and the mug came encased in a polystyrene box inside, but for items such as the lanyard, the item arriving at your door intact and unbent is entirely beholden to the delicacy of the postal service.

But that’s the distributors, and what we can hopefully establish is that whatever issues they have, that isn’t the case with the manufacturers. For example, while we aren’t particularly impressed with Sandbag’s packaging, we do however quite like the labels that the manufacturers have used on most of the items, which while being non-essential are a nice extra touch that makes the items feel a bit more like quality products.

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But onto the items themselves. We’ll be updating this post with more items over the coming weeks and months, but here is an initial smattering of the items that are available. We’ll be examining each one under three headings; design, quality and value. As a gage for value, we’ll be comparing what you would be likely to pay for an item of similar quality at a gig or show as that seems to be the model that the store most closely replicates.

So let’s take a look shall we?

Series XI logo T-shirt

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Price: £20

– Design

First up is the standard Series XI logo t-shirt. Fairly standard and straightforward, but in all honesty that’s what it needed to be. Of course if you were trying to replicate the t-shirts of the 90s you would probably also include a star field around the logo, but somehow that would look wrong here. The clear and straightforward design may not be the most flashy that is on offer in the store, but it’s perhaps the one that should be the staple of any order.

No sleeve decals on this t-shirt, and as with all of the others, label information is printed on the inside of the shirt, which is actually quite a welcome touch in avoiding fraying, fading or indeed annoyance if you are the type of person that normally cuts labels out.

– Quality

As with all the t-shirts in the store, the material is thinner than with the most commonly familiar Dwarf t-shirts of the 90s. However, as anyone that has had one of these shirts in their drawers for years will know, over multiple wears and washes the design is prone to cracking. The combination here of the material and print should go someway to protect against this is other similarly produced t-shirts are any point of comparison.

The print itself is also surprisingly nice, with the red text almost developing something of an embossed quality that really makes it stand out. Full marks on the quality of this t-shirt.

– Value

If we work on the basis that a t-shirt at a gig will set you back something in the region of £20, then this seems about right. It might not be the most unusual design on offer, but it’s a solid item with nothing to fault. We’d certainly recommend this one if placing an order.

 

JMC logo T-shirt

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Price: £20

– Design

Interestingly, the design for this one changed from the initially released images. As you may remember, the first time we saw this design it looked like this:

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It’s a tiny change, but we’d always say it’s worth replacing 11 with XI when referring to the series. Of course, this change also means that the text doesn’t stretch across the design in the same way any more which is a slight downside. As a result, the decision was probably then made to also change the text colour from dark red to black, which now makes the text stand out more than it did before.

Whether this bothers you or not will probably depend on how happy you are that the merchandise is series specific. It’s something that shouldn’t be that surprising though and though they might not be as soundly remembered due to not having the repeated print runs of a Twat It t-shirt, the show did have series specific t-shirts in the 90s.

Ultimately though, this is a classic design just like the London Jets t-shirts, and even with the addition of series-specific text, we’re very happy to see it included here. It’s also our first example of a t-shirt with a sleeve design in this range:

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– Quality

As with the other t-shirts, the base materials are all sound. The print on this one doesn’t have the same sort of embossed quality that the XI logo one does, but hopefully once again the way the it is printed should prevent the design from cracking too quickly.

– Value

If you consider the Series XI logo t-shirt good value, then chances are you’ll feel exactly the same way with this shirt. It’s a strong familiar design which the XI detailing doesn’t intrude too much onto, and the sleeve design is a nice touch to top it off.

 

Captain Bollocks T-shirt

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Price: £20

Design

What could very well be considered the ‘Let’s Get Out There and Twat It’ of this range, it seems entirely fitting to have a design that could get you thrown off a board of governors if worn to a school sports day.

Given the rather devoted following that Chris Barrie seems to garner, it’s unsurprising that Rimmer is singled out as the only member of the core crew to get their own t-shirt, and it also rather helps that it using a strong gag from one of the best episodes.

Making a change from the black t-shirts of the rest of the line, this t-shirt fittingly comes in Rimmer-esque dark blue with the image and text given a blue hue too. We also get double sleeve prints on this one, with the Series XI logo given a blue make over on the left arm and an outline version of Rimmer’s badge on the right arm which is a particularly nice touch:

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For the main design, the picture used may be the standard shot from the main promo picture, but it seems fitting for the text underneath. The choice to split cap and tain over two lines seems a slightly odd one to me, and I’d probably have preferred that it was all on one line. That said, it doesn’t ruin the design, but goes for a particular look that may appeal to others more than it does to me. 

Quality

A different colour, but the this blue t-shirt is of every bit the same quality as its black counterparts. One issue that had concerned me in advance is that a large print design on the front can tend to look back if it reaches too close to the edge of the t-shirt as it wraps around the person wearing it, but no such issue here.

Value

At £20, it’s hard to argue that this is any less worthwhile than the other t-shirts in the range. Having a different colour is nice and especially as it was done to fit in with the design. Providing the splitting of the word captain doesn’t drive you nuts, it’s a good buy.

 

‘Lady Be Good Club’ glow in the dark T-shirt

Price: £20

– Design

Now this is really rather nice. For anyone that like their t-shirts to be more subtle in the references to the shows or film they are linked to, this is nicely obscure enough to a general audience, and making the Series XI logo only a small part of the design is very much appreciated in this regard.

The combination of the club logo over the scientist and formulas is a lovely way of summing up the whole concept behind that section of the plot in Twentica, and overall is a visually pleasing design in it’s own regard. The only shame is that the logo didn’t feature in the episode itself, but the design is good enough here that it’s easy to overlook.

This t-shirt is also the only one in the store to feature a glow in the dark design, with all of the formulas being printed in this manner. Now I like a t-shirt with a bit of a glow in the dark design, and of the ones in the store, this is one where it seems easiest to incorporate. The only issue is that because the parts that glow are quite small, it;s difficult to make out what they are in the dark, and instead you just get an overall glow. However, given that it’s not central to the design and you aren’t paying extra for it, it’s nothing to major to complain about.

– Quality

Certainly one where the photo in the store doesn’t do justice to the final item. By only having a few colours in the design, all the elements stand out much better than in the photo. While quality shouldn’t differ greatly from t-shirt to t-shirt in the store, this is perhaps an exception and you could certainly make a good case for the quality here being better than on several of the others.

– Value

This might not be one of the first items you’d think to order from the store, and really that’s sort of a shame. Yes, there may be more important items that you would definitely want, but the overall item is excellent and probably one of the t-shirts you’d get the most wear out of by not beating you over the head with a massive XI logo.

 

Long sleeved Kryten costume T-shirt

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Price: £22

– Design

This was by far the item that felt most like a gamble. An amusing concept and one that didn’t look terrible, the big question when looking at it in the store was how would it look in person?

The answer may be subjective, but I was surprised. Costume t-shirts are certainly nothing new, and perhaps the most notable recent line has been the range of Doctor Who costume t-shirts to cover each Doctor. The big issue I have always had with this t-shirts is that they are short sleeve however, and so it never looked quite right to me

This t-shirt therefore already takes steps to win points with me by taking a long sleeve approach. Of course, as with any t-shirt of this kind the design doesn’t stretch all over the t-shirt, but that’s only to be expected and one that should be evident when ordering on the store. However the choice of the point to fade the design into the rest of the shirt and where to place the design on the arms actually works quite well.

One unexpected way that the design works is that the chest pieces take on a slight 3D look by virtue of the way that they lay when the shirt is worn. With the Doctor Who line, the shirts are often depicting a coat as well as a shirt or jumper, and the print is normally portraying something that lays flat. With the Kryten design however, man boobs are suddenly an advantage

As a final touch, while costume t-shirts normally have a blank back, this one has a nice addition of the Series XI logo at the top which stops it from being too plain.

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– Quality

Long sleeved rather than short-sleeved, but equal in quality. The print feels different to the other shirts however, specifically at the centre, so it’ll be interesting to see how well it lasts in comparison. No real issues aside from this.

– Value

At only £2 more than the other t-shirts in the store, the comparative value on this item is pretty good. For a large print long-sleeved shirt we’d have expected a price tag more in the region of £25 at least, but £22 seems entirely reasonable. T-shirt wise, it’s the item on the store that is least like something you’ll get anywhere else, and this combined with the quality takes it from being a quirky item to one that’s well with having.

 

Red Dwarf XI Christmas sweatshirt

Price: £40

– Design

Now this one could be divisive. As with so much of the range, the Christmas sweatshirt’s design is based around the main Series XI promo image, though this time with a bit of photoshopping to add Santa hats. It shouldn’t work really, but looking at it in person, the addition of this Christmas element doesn’t look like it’s just been added in photoshop, and the addition of the H on Rimmer’s hat is a nice touch.

The addition of Snacky and Asclepius to the image is presumably one made to balance out the design and not have an empty space at the top half of the circular motif. While organ harvesting and the automatic dispensing of snacks are a central part of my holiday celebrations, there’s nothing about the characters that make them immediately obvious inclusions for a Christmas design. However, as two of the more memorable guest characters who also appeared in one of the most popular episodes of the series, it’s difficult to complain about them appearing on an item trying to encapsulate the series.

While the promotional image has made heavy use of the purple circle, this sweatshirt replaces it with a mixture of multicoloured fairy lights and stars. It’s a part of the design that has grown on me somewhat; partly for actually providing a variation on the image it’s based on, partly for adding a bit of colour. In all honesty, black would’t be my first choice for a Christmas jumper given that they normally play on kitsch, and black doesn’t really fit that. As such, any colour we can get from the design is very welcome.

At the bottom meanwhile, the Red Dwarf XI logo has had a minor amendment to turn XI into Xmas. Yes, it’s silly, but that’s really what you want from this sort of design. Granted, by the next Christmas you’ll have a chance to wear it, Series XII will have made this out of date. However, in that regard it’s no different from ay other item in the store.

– Quality

Surprisingly good here. Christmas sweatshirts aren’t hard to come by, and many a company like Teefury will produce similar sort of offerings for various properties, all be it unauthorised ones. What I expected therefore was something very similar with this item, but in actual fact the quality of the sweatshirt appears to be a bit better. The sweatshirt feels softer to the touch than those similar sweatshirts, and the elastic around the cuffs and waist is better applied too.

The one element that it can’t escape is the fit, which I would describe as ‘generous’. This has been the case with any Christmas sweatshirt I’ve ordered in the past, and while it will vary from person to person, the result is that the neckline sits a bit low and the arms are a bit long. However, I wouldn’t say it’s any worse than in any of those cases, and is certainly better than some examples I’ve seen.

– Value

This is a difficult one. In person, the item is nicer than I expected or indeed the picture on the website suggests. However, there is no escaping the fact that at £40 it’s an expensive investment, especially for something you will only wear for a month a year and which by next Christmas won’t be for the latest series.

However, had a Series VI Christmas sweatshirt been a thing, would I be wearing one in December 2016? Of course I would. It’s the same price and the hoodies, and the pricing point will obviously be linked to the combination of the more expensive materials and the short run. Justifying spending out that sort of money will mainly come down to how much wear you can and will get out of it, but for anyone with more than a passing interest in the series, it’s actually a surprisingly nice and unusual item of have.

 

JMC tote bag

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Price: £12

– Design

We could talk about how you can store any object into its strange cloth walls. We could talk about how you could then carry these objects anywhere. We could talk about how we are dizzied by its genius. Fortunately, the bag has a big old XI across the front, meaning we can avoid such references, least carrying one around become as referentially perilous as standing near a toaster at a Red Dwarf convention.

The obvious design to run with on a bag may have been the standard Series XI logo, but personally I’m glad that this wasn’t the one that was used. The JMC logo is far more fitting here, and I for one quite like the adjustment that have been made to make it XI specific. The XI that has been added fits perfectly without seeming out-of-place, and the addition of the episode titles around the edge give a nice colour border. As fans we often like to grab a series number as a banner to attach an opinion or feeling to, but it’s nice to pull out the episode titles as well and it perhaps isn’t something we see often enough.

– Quality

When Twentica aired on Dave, it was also being shown simultaneously at a fan screening at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. Those lucky enough to go were given a few freebies that included a set of badges, an exclusive wristband, a postcard, a pen and a Series XI canvas bag. We had assumed that these would be exactly the same bags as the ones being sold in the store as was the case with the badges, but as it turns out they are both different.

Why mention this? Well it’s because there has been a marked improvement in the quality. The previous version was a very light weight affair made of very thin material that felt like it wouldn’t last for very long and if you used it for your shopping, you probably wouldn’t put anything as heavy as tins in it. The version from the shop meanwhile is much harder wearing and made of much thicker material.

While I had been braced to condemn the quality of the item, I can’t find fault with this version and in actual fact it’s sturdier than other similar bags I have.

– Value

While the quality may be very good, there is no escaping the fact that £12 is high for a canvas bag. Shopping for similar items at Forbidden Planet, whose prices rarely tend to be the lowest, the average price is in the region of £7.99. Even at a gig or show, I don’t think I have seen a tote bag at a price higher than £10.

It’s probably one of the items from the store that will get the most usage in my household, but does that make the value good? No, not when compared to similar items. You will ultimately be paying around a £4 premium for the Red Dwarf name, which if you’re a rabid fan like we are on this site you’ll no doubt pay, but for anyone else it’s a hard price to justify.

Mug

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Price: £12

– Design

If you’ve got to pick an image to sum up the series, the promo picture used on all the advertising is a pretty good one. It also means we can get an image with a black backdrop on a black mug, which is normally better for photos anyway, and is certainly a better colour than the standard white for Red Dwarf.

It’s also useful if you keep staining your mugs aren’t can’t be arsed to wash them, which is clearly the actual issue de jour here.

– Quality

Mugs are ten a penny, but even then you can generally tell the difference between a cheap one and a better quality one. This feels more in the later camp and it certainly looks nice on the shelf with the photo print having come out quite well.

However it’s not without issue, and the issue is a common one with black mugs. As the image being used has a black background, it has been printed in its entirety onto the mug leaving the image to bleed into the colour of the mug. It’s not noticeable at the top or bottom of the mug, but by the handle there is a clear difference in colour running from top to bottom where the print runs out. It still looks nice overall, but it’s just something that bugs you a little once you’ve noticed it.

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– Value

This item is perhaps the biggest contention on the value front. I don’t believe I’m alone in seeing the price of the mug and immediate reacting by saying ‘HOW MUCH’? I’ve certainly paid ludicrous sums for mugs before now which perhaps speaks most for the rate at which they accidentally get broken in my household, but I don’t think I’ve ever shelled out more than a tenner.

Given the wild variety of mugs at different prices for different franchises, the Forbidden Planet price comparison can’t really apply here. Instead, we decided the best comparison would be to look up how much a major touring artist charges for their mugs.

Taking Iron Maiden as an example, how much do each of their mugs cost? Well… £12. So as it turns out the price in entirely in line with the market we’ve chosen to compare it to. Does that make it good value? Not really, but it does show that the store isn’t necessarily charging over the odds compared to other similar set ups.

Lanyard with ID card holder

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Price: £8

– Design

I have to admit, lanyard with ‘in-world’ passes seemed a new thing to me when I saw it listed in the store, but as it turns out, they have been around for a while. For a similar example, this X Files Lanyard is branded along the strap, and the pass is designed to look like one used by Mulder.

The Red Dwarf one follows a similar line of thought with a lanyard branded with the Series XI logo and little pictures of Starbug, and an ID badge made up to look like a standard issue JMC affair. One nice touch that this has is that instead of trying to replicate something for a particular character, it instead leaves the details and photo space empty to allow you to fill it in yourself and give yourself rank of Grand Admiral.

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Of course, by using the Series XI logo on it, this is slightly undermined somewhat, but it’s ultimately something of a silly item I suppose, and it certainly isn’t intended to be a prop. The back is mostly blank bar a small Series XI logo and the copyright details, but being it’s on the side that will normally be covered this probably doesn’t matter much.

– Quality

You’ll doubtless have come across plenty of lanyard before, and this really isn’t different in quality from most. The designs are clear and everything is sturdy, and the ID card section is clear and on reasonably rigid card in a plastic case that isn’t just the cheapest you could use. I would however be extremely worried about it arriving intact and undamaged in your order due to the packing issues listed above.

– Value

If the likes of the t-shirts are core presents, this is the type of item that would constitute a stocking filler. But is £8 to much for that? Well, much as with the bag, if we take the prices at Forbidden Planet as a reference point, we can see that most are in the region of £5.99, and even then most of these also come with an extra bit hanging off the lanyard with the ID badge. It’s a fun enough item, but £8 of fun might be stretching it frankly.

Double Sided Kryten Krysis Keyring

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Price: £8

– Design

This is certainly one of the more unusual items in this new batch of merchandise. While Red Dwarf keyrings are nothing new, the quality of these in the past has been variable, and laser etched blocks aside, these have generally been replicating a logo. With this item though, the Series XI specific nature of the line works to it’s advantage, giving an opportunity to make a Krysis specific design.

Using the promo shot of Kryten in his red costume as seen on the postcard set, a reverse image has been created to match up with this in reverse using a combination of the hands from that image and the regular costume from another. Fortunately, there is nothing to betray the fact that this is what had been done, and unless you had already compared it with the promo shot, you’d struggle to know which side featured the original image.

Having a headless Kryten torso seems an odd idea for a keyring when it’s described to you, but given the nature of the two different costumes and the episode itself it works rather well here. Most of all though, considering that keyrings are standard items in any merchandise lines, it’s nice to see something unusual being done here.

– Quality

Those of you that purchased the metal Red Dwarf logo keyring some years back will be all too familiar with it’s key flaw; merely printing the design onto shinny metal meant the design scratched off in a matter of days. Thankfully therefore, this keyring gets around that issue by adding a thin plastic coating over the top of both sides.

It doesn’t detract from the print or make it feel bulky, and the protection it offers against wear and tear is hugely welcome. Over the two of these that we have looked at, the prints were marginally better aligned onto the metal on one of them, but not in a way that we expect should cause any issues. Certainly it was worthily making it in this manner rather than purely in plastic as the item has a satisfying weight to it and  looks and feels much more appropriate and worth owning.

– Value

This is again a tricky one. With a few exceptions, anything over £5 for a keyring seems excessive. The cost here will of course no doubt reflect the custom shape and double protected prints, but manufacturing expenses are unlikely to make this an easier pill to swallow for fans watching their wallets.

However, in all honesty this is one of the best items in the range along with the t-shirts, and if we were recommending items purely on the basis of quality, then this would certainly be one of the first we would suggest you buy. It is certainly slightly expensive for what it is, but at £3 more than we’d normally expect to pay for such an item, we do at least believe that the item should be relatively hard wearing and therefore if you are prepared to part with a few pounds extra, this is a solidly recommended item.

4 x Button Badge Set

Price: £5

– Design

As with so much of the line, the badges take their cur form the main Series XI promotional picture. Each member of the cast gets their own badge with the name curved around their headshot. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but certainly better than a hundred similar knock off badges on eBay.

Of course one by product of using the main promo picture is that the text on the Lister badge has to be placed on the opposite side of the badge to the other three. Hardly an issue really, but if the DVD spines for Monk have you foaming with anxiety, it might prove a slight annoyance.

– Quality

It’s pretty difficult to get badges wrong. You know what you expect of a badge, we know what you expect of a badge, and there will obviously be very little that we can add that will change your expectations. However, the one note we would make is that we had expected the design printed on the badge would the whole of the paper that has been used in the badge. Instead however, it covers the surface and overlaps slightly onto the rim, but the black backdrop then runs out and leaves the trim of the badge with a white edge.

It’s not viewable from the front and is really only something that you would notice when wearing them and looking down, but it was an element that struck us as odd in terms of the items quality.

– Value

At first glance, £5 for four badges certainly seems a little on the expensive side. However, when you consider that a bag of slightly smaller badges at a Matt Berry gig will set you back £4, it seems about on par with average sort of price for this kind of set.

6 x Postcard Set

Price: £5

– Design

Each of the six postcards is used to represent one of the six episodes of Series XI, and often using the promotional pictures used to promote them in advance as is the case with Twentica, Give & Take and Krysis. For the other three, they may not be images that are as immediately familiar in terms of being used promotionally, but are certainly ones that were used over the course of the lead in to their respective episodes in things such as the SFX special.

All seem fairly representative of their episode except for Can of Worms which is a fairly generic shot, all be it one that shows off the Series’ location work. Also included is an index card with thumbnails of all of the postcards and a key to show which episode they relate to should you be the kind of person that would buy a set of postcards to a series you haven’t watched, yet should for some reason care enough to still want to know what they relate to.

Each postcard’s image features the Series XI logo at the bottom left which should come as no surprise given the rest of the line, and makes sense given that this is a line of cards rather than prints. The backs meanwhile contain the logo and state which episode the image relates to, thus rendering that index card pointless.

– Quality

Given that some of the images such as the Twentica one are naturally quite dark, it’s something of a relief that the prints on these cards have come out well. The images are crisp and clear, which is especially nice for the Give & Take and Officer Rimmer cards where there is background detail to make out. No complaints from us on the quality of anything in this pack.

– Value

£5 is roughly standard for a pack of six cards at a show, and indeed if you were buying individual postcards at a seaside these days it’s increasingly common for them to cost £1 each. Whether you’re willing to spend £5 on items to send out to other people and leaving you with just that superfluous index card is a different matter. We’d take a fair guess though that most people purchasing these will be keeping all of them for themselves.

One possible use therefore for the item would be to buy a photo frame with spaces for several postcard sized photos. Placing this set inside such a frame would give a nice summation of the series as an alternative to the overall series poster, and would be an option that would allow you to have something to represent each episode too.

‘Red Dwarf Posse’ A3 Poster

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Price: £5

– Design

Back again to the Series XI promotional image, though this time being used more or less in it’s intended manner; as a poster. There’s no point on going over old ground on the image again, so if you like it as we do then you’ll like this, and if you don’t you won’t.

There are a couple of differences here though. Firstly, the character names have been added at the top of the poster to make it more like a film poster, and features Rimmer and Lister’s first names too which isn’t something we tend to see on promotional materials or merchandise. It’s design choice and one that doesn’t massively impact the final product particularly unless what you want is more of a replica of the promotional poster and less of a poster.

Fortunately, given he positioning, you can likely crop this out with a good frame. The same goes for the bottom where a red bar has been added to include the copyright information for the image. This information was always going to be included so isn’t really a surprise, but it’s a shame that instead of just placing the text on the image the designers have chosen to use the bar as it looks out of place. Again, it probably gives a good reason to get a frame that will cover the bottom of the poster up.

– Quality

As with the badges, it’s sort of difficult to get a poster wrong, and indeed the only reason for us to pass comment in this section would be if there were something wrong. Fortunately there isn’t really anything to draw criticism against here, and even though the larger image size slightly betrays the photoshopping of the cast picture onto a background, that’s more to do with the original picture and really nothing to pose a grievance.

– Value

At £5, it’s about on par with the price of similar items at gigs and shows. It’ll probably be an item that doesn’t feature massively highly on your own list of desired items from the store, but as part of what has always been a staple of Red Dwarf merchandise, it’s probably one that’s worth adding to your order at some point down the line if you have the £5 and the wall space to spare.

More item reviews to follow soon. Keep checking back on the site for further updates!

  • Dan Pendleton

    Still not received any of mine ☹️