The Coolest, Geekiest Stuff for Christmas

Somehow I got on the mailing list for ThinkGeek (probably because, well, I get geeky science magazines like Wired…).  But I found myself thinking that this was the coolest, geekiest stuff I’d ever seen in one place.

For example, I mentioned in another post about the Star Wars Force Trainer, where you can raise a ball with your mind.

But wait, there’s more!…

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag (image from www.thinkgeek.com)

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag (image from www.thinkgeek.com)

How about the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag?  Remember the scene from The Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo finds Luke Skywalker outside on the frozen planet of Hoth.  The sun is going down and they’ll freeze to death if they don’t pitch the shelter…

Well,  the Tauntaun that Han was riding dies from the cold, and, to keep the injured Luke warm, Han uses a lightsaber to open the Tauntuan’s guts (actually, kind of a gross little scene…).  Han then nestles Luke next to the open Tauntaun…

Now, you can keep warm with your own Tauntaun sleeping bag.  It even includes a lightsaber zipper handle, as if you’re opening up the Tauntaun just like Han did!    Quite hilarious…

Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock (image from www.thinkgeek.com)

Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock (image from www.thinkgeek.com)

There’s also Clocky, the alarm clock that forces you to get up – no hitting “Snooze” with this one! 

As soon as the alarm goes off, Clocky start rolling away, and the only way to shut Clocky off is for you to actually get up and turn him off!…

Star Trek Red Shirt - Expendable (image from www.thinkgeek.com)

Star Trek Red Shirt - Expendable (image from www.thinkgeek.com)

The last one that I liked the most was the Star Trek Redshirt T-shirt that says “Expendable”…  Any of us who saw the original Star Trek series (obviously from reruns…) knows that whenever you saw a new actor in an episode that joined the away team to check out a new planet, this guy usually wore the standard red shirt and was the one who ended up dying in the episode.

From the description of the item on ThinkGeek.com:

“In the Star Trek universe, the Red Shirt is the phase-cannon fodder obliterated on screen to alert the audience to the danger of the situation. It’s Roddenberry proclaiming, “We could have just killed one of the characters you cared about!” The Red Shirt is a sci-fi idiom for the anonymous, the expendable, the smoking boots behind a boulder.”

If you need any ideas for cool stuff for your geek friends, I would totally check this out…

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