I just emailed Santa my wish list:
Star Wars Han Solo Carbonite Chocolate Bar ($11.99, ThinkGeek.com)
Remember in “The Empire Strikes Back,” when Darth Vader seals Han Solo in carbonite and hands him over to Boba Fett to deliver to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt? This is that, only smaller and made of dark chocolate.
Rocket-shaped salt and pepper shakers ($48, UncommonGoods.com)
Used to, kids dreamed of becoming astronauts. Today, not so much. Space flight has lost a lot of its romance, and rockets are just another budget item for politicians to haggle over. (We’re bumming rides from the Russians these days, for crying out loud.) These sleek salt and pepper shakers are a nice reminder of when the future was bright and anything seemed possible. Plus, they’re cool-looking.
Speaking of rockets….
1/48 scale model of the Lunar Excursion Module ($141.81, Amazon.com)
This isn’t a model kit or a toy. This is one of those sturdy things guys used to put on their desks. OK, geeky guys, but still, guys. Here’s something you might not know: The real LEM didn’t have seats. Seats would’ve made it too heavy, so Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed standing up.
Tin robots (various)
I love these things. I want an army of them guarding my desk. Vintage tin robots would be best, but I’d settle for reproductions. I love the colors and the clunky design and the fact that they’re mechanical, not digital, and that they’re completely impractical. I don’t think there’s really a need for a giant mechanical man with a human face and machine guns its chest, but, I have to say, that would be kind of cool
Star Trek Starship Enterprise Pizza Cutter ($29.99, ThinkGeek.com)
I’m not much of a Trekker, but I am a geek, and this is pretty cool … so cool, in fact, that I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be too embarrassed to use it, probably, depending on who’s around.
1966 Batmobile ornament ($17.95, Hallmark)
What I really want is a real Batmobile. There’s a guy in Indiana who makes them, life-sized and street legal, but they’re $250,000 each, so I’d settle for this. Plus, it plays the “Batman” theme. Nothing says Christmas like the “Batman” theme.