i personally like making baseball bats out of legos (get a yellow goblet, and two sillies. cram the sillies into the cup part of the goblet and you've got a nice bat).
as for the needler, BAWWWWWWWWWW. i really wanted one, and was hoping they'd sell the minifig with the needler in like... a limited run, but it looks like they won't.
but the gladiator's nice.