There’s a ton of great collectible merchandise out there for fans of sci-fi, comics, and fantasy. While they’re not all perfect, most of the merchandising tie-ins are at least somewhat logical these days. And then there’s stuff like this.
If you’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, you know how intimidating that the HAL 9000 computer can be. As he loses his digital mind, the stubborn computer takes over the ship and becomes a murderer. Peering out from its singular red eyeball, HAL will kill you with his blank stare and monotone voice.
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of fun and inspired Christmas trees based on video games, science fiction and other pop culture memes. So I figured that this holiday season, I’d put together a compilation of some of my favorites of all time.
Are you the kind of person who eats at their desk and gets food all over their computer keyboard? Well, now you can have food on your keys 100% of the time, and without the pesky Cheetos’ dust and constant need for cleaning.
Created by artisan keycap maker Dwarf Factory, and exclusive to Drop, Foodie Keycaps look just like real food, only miniature, and in the shape of a key.
There are lots and lots of headphones to choose from, but if you prefer substance over style, then you’ll definitely want to check out the TMA-2, a clean and minimally designed set of headphones from Denmark outfit AIAIAI.
If you set your mind to it, you can make a lamp out of just about any material you can think of. While I was perusing the pages of Instructables, I came across this unique and eye-catching modern ceiling lamp, made almost entirely out of zip ties.
Instructables Community Manager Audrey Obscura created this wild hanging lamp from roughly 1200 red 8″ zip ties.
The best part of waking up is coffee in my cup… and a made-from-scratch feast to carbo-load like the Hulk. Luckily, the breakfast of champions now gets a superhero boost with the Avengers 4-Slice Waffle Maker which invites Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor to your dining table.
The easy-to-use plug-in appliance cooks four small waffles at a time – each one featuring an iconic symbol of the super A-team: Captain America’s shield, Hulk’s fist, Iron Man’s helmet, and Thor’s hammer.
Take a trip through space every time you chop onions or slice tomatoes. These awesome Cosmos kitchen knives will send you on a journey to the heavens as you brunoise, chiffonade, julienne, and macedoine your veggies.
Chef’s Vision’s colorful knife set features vibrant images of outer space emblazoned onto durable stainless steel blades.
One of the more satisfying sights in the original Star Wars trilogy was watching Imperial TIE fighters get blown to smithereens by the Rebellion. But this awesome stained glass TIE fighter lamp is one that I’d never want to see in pieces.
This beautiful work of Star Wars fan art was handmade by Russian glass studio V&G Fantasy.
You know the old saying “roll your dice, move your mice?” Well what if that went something like “roll your ducks, move your mice?” I don’t think that rolls off the tongue quite so easily. Still, if you get these D20 dice, that’s exactly what you’ll be rolling..
Until I have a sentry of robots or Mark Rober’s Glitter Bomb 2.0 guarding my mailbox, my big fear this time of year is leaving the house and missing a package delivery. I’m not paranoid, but I am an Amazon junkie, and my neighbors know from personal experience that front porch thefts are on the rise.
You’ve been able to get a LEGO minifig of Yoda for a long time now, but if you want a more substantial way to pay tribute to the green Jedi master, then check out this new LEGO set, which lets you build a jumbo-size model of Yoda.
LEGO set number 75255 lets you build a 16″ tall sculpture of Yoda from 1771 bricks, and includes lots of neat details, like a posable head and eyebrows, as well as fingers and toes that move.
It’s pretty amazing what smartphone cameras are capable of these days. I used to carry around lots of camera gear to events, and with very few exceptions now, my iPhone 11 Pro Max is all I bring with me.
Do you ever wish that sometimes an octopus could reach out with its eight arms, and just hug and squeeze you? Well now you can experience that sensation with this plush octopus tentacle cushion.
SK Japan’s soft and neck-hugging pillow wraps around you, offering the warm embrace of a squishy octopus tentacle – minus the sucky bits.
When Rick Sanchez first turned himself into a pickle, things didn’t go very well. But eventually, when he put his immobile body into a rat-based exoskeleton, at least he was able to get himself around. Now you can enjoy the flavor of Pickle Rick in your very own mouth, courtesy of Pringles.
From the image above, they just look like regular Pringles.
They’re three little keys that every Windows user dreads having to use, but Ctrl-Alt-Del have been part of PC life since all the way back in the 1980s. If you’ve endured your share of soft reboots and Task Manager app quits, then wear these as as a badge of honor with this awesome ring.
Joy Complex’s cast steel statement ring looks almost as badass as a set of brass knuckles, but I don’t recommend using it to punch your computer monitor or the guy at Geek Squad who told you that all your data is gone.
The Ctrl-Alt-Del ring is available in a few different steel finishes, and a variety of sizes over on JoyComplex’s Etsy shop, and prices range from $80 to $90.