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ThinkGeek Addiction: Reviews of ThinkGeek Stuff

Updated on August 7, 2013

A look at all my fun and geeky gifts and toys and wall art from ThinkGeek!

I have a problem. I am a ThinkGeek.com addict. I am constantly spending ridiculous amounts of money on really cool toys and gadgets and t-shirts and stuff that I really do need, honestly. I've decorated my flat and visitors tend to get completely distracted wandering around going "oooh, Firefly posters, oooh, pixel sword, ooooh decapitated unicorn head, ooooh Minecraft magnets". ThinkGeek stuff also makes for really awesome gifts for anyone remotely geeky, scientific, nerdy, oddball, difficult to buy for or into fandom.

So, I mentioned that I have a problem. What? No, no it's not my addiction to ThinkGeek. I need it, it's not a problem! No, the problem is that I have all this awesome stuff and I want to show it off.

So that's what this is. A collection of all the stuff I bought, for myself and other people, and reviews about what I got and whether I'd buy it again. I hope this acts as a useful guide to gifts, and infects you with the awesomeness that is ThinkGeek. Photos are all mine except where I no longer have the item (many were gifts), in which case it is an official product photo from ThinkGeek or Amazon.

This page is a continual work in progress as I figure out what I think of things, get better photos and buy more stuff. You'll notice that most of it is recommended; this is because I do carefully research what I buy before paying for international shipping (the bane of my existence), and because ThinkGeek has a lot of generally awesome stuff. There are always a few things that just don't work though.

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I've ordered several times from ThinkGeek, usually in bulk for Christmas and to save a bit on shipping and there are a few things to be aware of. Oh, and I live in New Zealand, so international shipping and regulations are a factor for me. If you're in the US, then you can get FREE Shipping on orders $75+

Customer Service, Shipping and Prices

Customer service is awesome and they are very easy to get in touch with. This is were they rise well above Amazon.I had the couriers lose a large part of an entire order, and had a misshipped order in the same lot that customs didn't notice was a quarter of the listed size and weight, and ThinkGeek replaced it with no hassles whatsoever (refunding me for the several items that had since sold out). Wish I could say the same for Customs and the couriers though! (A large order of Christmas presents sat in Customs for nearly two months while I had a fight with them over paying taxes again for stuff I hadn't actually received).Prices are usually very similar to Amazon (but are a fixed price so while there are occasional discounts, there aren't any second hand items. There aren't any vastly expensive "almost out of stock everyone wants it" items either).They ship overseas for a lot of stuff that Amazon won't. It's one reason I keep going back there, because I can't actually buy foam Minecraft swords and stuff from Amazon. That said, I'll list the Amazon products as well for those people who don't need to worry about international shipping.That said, food can't be shipped out of the States and many of the electronic gadgets may have incompatible plug sockets and power requirements, so I haven't bought any of those (sadly).Packaging has always been fine with posters in sturdy tubes and nothing ever damaged. Generally items come in large boxes packed with airfilled recyclable plastic padding (though it's not recyclable in NZ yet...).They accept Paypal and major credit cards (the Paypal thing is another benefit over Amazon, at least for me)

Products: What kind of stuff do they sell?

ThinkGeek mostly sells geeky stuff: Star Trek accessories, Firefly replicas, Star Wars light sabres, ninja themed stuff, funny mugs, cooking equipment, molecular jewelry, gaming related collectables, posters, t-shirts, solar powered stuff, wrapping paper, mini waffle makers, laptop and iPod accessories of the cool kind, cubicle warfare items... basically, anything that someone geeky looked at and went "Cool!"Officially licenced: No rip offs, only the official stuff.There's a LOT there and it's very easy to get lost and distracted wandering through their store.Some of their products are exclusive (and often limited edition as well), others are sold on behalf of smaller artists and companies, and some stuff is easily found across different chains and websites.There IS a lot of junk on there, and I spend far more time every shopping session weeding out the 'it looks cool but I will never ever have any use for it' stuff than adding things to my cart. But equally, there's a lot of very awesome, often useful, stuff there as well.

The really cool stuff can go out of stock, especially leading up to Christmas, so buy it when you can.Points: They have a pretty generous reward system allowing you to accumulate points with every purchase. These can be redeemed for a free gift (there's a specific selection which does change, and I can usually find three or four items that I'd like). The only drawbacks are that the free gift must accompany another purchase of a certain amount, and that they expire after a year. But because of that, ThinkGeek aren't stingy on the points, so once you've shopped there once, it's usually worth a return visit.

Films & TV

Firefly, Star Wars & The Princess Bride

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A great way to flush out the Firefly fans is to walk around wearing this. And the nice thing about the design is that non-Fiefly fans just think it's a silly cartoon design and not some terrible obscure and geeky trivia. And then, when you make them watch Firefly, at some point they will see the shirt again and their brain will make fizzy sparkling connections and they will go "ooooohhh!".

The material is quite thick and a bit rough; so it's not really a summery t-shirt. It looks great and respectable (I wear it to work) and people want their own. Unfortanately, I've noticed a small hole starting in the seam under the armpit... I'm not sure if I can blame the t-shirt because I am abusive to my clothes, and I've had it nearly a year with frequent wear, but it's annoying.

Would I buy again? Yes. While I'm a little unhappy with the hole, it's not very noticeable, and the t-shirt itself is awesome.

Firefly and Serenity T-shirts and Trivia
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I've always wanted to walk around wearing this awesome little design, but when I finally bought the t-shirt, I went and gave it away as a Christmas present to a friend who also sensibly appreciates the magnificence that is The Princess Bride and had just started a job that required a name tag. The t-shirt was normal size and quality, and soft.

I know for a fact that they wear it regularly.

Would I Buy It Again? Absolutely. It's a perfectly decent t-shirt and a fun, sneaky reference to a brilliant book and movie.

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I bought one of these as a Christmas present for a Star Wars mad friend. By purest chance, my mother bought one for my dad locally as well!

Moleskine are lovely high quality books for drawing and writing in. The Star Wars aspect is basically the design on the cover, and a tiny poster tucked in the back.

Would I buy again? Not for me. Moleskine is very good quality and I do buy them for drawing in, but I'm not into Star Wars enough to care about it being official merchandise. As a gift though? Definitely. As a limited edition collectable? No. It's neither interesting nor limited enough to care about for the sake of collecting. Get this as a nice themed, good quality notebook or diary or sketchbook for someone who likes Star Wars.

Gaming

Portal and Minecraft

Portal-Themed Stuff from ThinkGeek - Everything Portal-related that I've actually bought from ThinkGeek

All the cookie cutters in the set.
All the cookie cutters in the set.

Also Available on Amazon

Portal 2 Companion Cube Plush KeychainCHECK PRICE

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Sold out/ Limited Edition

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Portal 2: The Official GuideCHECK PRICE

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Minecraft Foam Pickaxe and Sword

My sword hangs over the fireplace, ready to seize against wandering intruders!
My sword hangs over the fireplace, ready to seize against wandering intruders!

Minecraft Sheet Magnets

You can build all over your fridge!
You can build all over your fridge!

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Science Stuff and Geeky Gadgets

Molecular Earrings - Caffeine, Seratonin and Dopamine

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/9efe/

Would I buy again? Yes. These are beautiful earrings and would make lovely gifts even without the science aspect. The fact that they are based on specific molecules (and that the molecules are relevant to people's lives) just makes them more interesting. You can choose between different molecules to find the design and meaning that suits you or your recipient the best.

Giant Plush Microbes

Fun and scientifically icky yet cute gifts!

ThinkGeek usually has some kind of "buy two get one free/get the second one half price" deal on these little plush toys, and they make fun little stocking stuffers or small gifts. They'd also make great study aids! They aren't all microbes; there are bacteria and viruses and cell types and even a couple of tiny worms. They're about 5-7 inches big, so just about fit in your hand and is cuddly and... well, plush.

While you may have to pick your audience, especially for the sexually transmitted diseases, most people think they're adorable and awesome. It helps that you can choose from a lot of different ones, so that everyone can get their own special disease. I gave all the ones I bought away, so I've only got one photo.

Would I buy again?: Yes, if I needed some generic stocking stuffer gifts for friends, but I probably wouldn't buy them for myself as I wouldn't really know what to do with them.

Available microbes

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/6708/

Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)

Bad Breath - Halitosis (Porphorymonas gingivalis)

Beer Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

BookWorm (Anobium punctatum)

Brain Cell (Neuron)

Chicken Pox (Varicella-Zoster virus)

Common Cold (Rhinovirus)

Ebola (Ebola Virus)

E. Coli (Escherichia coli)

Egg Cell (Human Ovum)

Flesh Eating Disease (Streptococcus pyogenes)

Flu (Orthomyxoviridae)

Gangrene (Clostridium perfringens)

Gonorrhea/The Clap (Neisseria gonorrhoeae)

Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis)

Herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus 2)

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H.I.V. (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

Kissing Disease/Mono (Epstein-Barr Virus)

Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)

Malaria (Plasmodium falciparum)

Mange (Sarcoptes scabei)

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

Nerve Cell (Neuron)

The Plague/ Black Death (Yersinia pestis)

Rabies (Rabies Virus)

Red Blood Cell (Erythrocyte)

Salmonella (Salmonella typhimurium)

Sleeping Sickness (Trypanosoma brucei)

Sperm Cell (Spermatozoon)

Stem Cell (Hematopoietic stem cell)

Stomach Ache (Shigella)

Syphillis/The Pox (Treponema pallidum)

Toxic Mold (Stachybotrys chartarum)

Ulcer (Helicobacter pylori)

White Blood Cell (Leukocyte).

Yogurt (Lactobacillus bulgaricus)

Giant plush microbes on Amazon!

You can also find all the little microbes on Amazon, as well as a few pre-made themed gift sets for romance, Christmas and Halloween!

The unopened H2O Instant Water Candle Kit
The unopened H2O Instant Water Candle Kit

H2O Instant Water Candle Kit

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eba5/

I can't actually tell you if this is any good as I'm saving it as a gift. It comes in a small package, of a size easily slipped into an envelope.

The kit contains the pieces for a floating wick and colouring. You need to provide the container, water and cooking oil.

Basically it's a safe DIY candle that you could have a lot of fun with - but equally, you may never use. A nice gift and probably great for kids.

Melting Clock

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e7f1/

I bought two of these - one for me, and one as a quirky yet useful gift.

Would I buy again? Yes, they're fine as a clock and they look awesome and arty and they can be hung on random shelves or piles of junk. I don't really use mine, but that's just a lack of clock-checking-habit. Extra clocks are generally useful, so they're not useless gag gifts either.

The JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick is tiny and shiny.
The JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick is tiny and shiny.

JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e75a/

Another gift, as I have no iPhone or iPad I can't tell you if it works. It seems to work as a simple pressure joystick that suctions to the screen iand can be moved around instead of using your finger. They only work for arcade games that actually use jjoystick movements and according to reviews on Amazon, are liable to come off easily. There are different sizes for iPhones and iPads and there are lots of different ones available (they're all very cheap as they apparently don't work brilliantly).

Would I buy again? Got this as a Points freebie, so I technically didn't pay the first time. It looks like a cool gift, dubious about how well it works, so... maybe.

Titanium Straw

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e59c/

I hate wastage and all those stupid disposable plastic items of cutlery. I actually bring home a lot of the plastic forks and spoons that I get and use them for a while.

This straw is incredibly light, and I want to stab things with it to test out the 'amazing strength'. It is basically just a straw, but it can be boiled to sterilise it (if that's an issue for you) and would be much more effective for tracheotomies.

Would I buy again? I'm not sure I'll ever really use it, but it seems like one of those incredibly useful little items that may become invaluable further down the track. There's nothing wrong with it

My cat camps out with the glowing solar light
My cat camps out with the glowing solar light

Solar Powered Water Bottle Cap

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/b4ad/?srp=6

This is supposed to be for camping - it's a solar powered bottle cap that charges up all day and then sits on a bottle of water in the evening, diffusing the light through the water for a bright, useful glow.

It's supposed to fit any standard 2.25" diameter drink bottle, but that may be a US standard. I've only tried jars so far - the closest (pictured) doesn't quiiiite fit. A friend also borrowed this for the light in an Iron Man costume - it's the perfect size.

It is very bright, has a light sensor that turns it off when it detects light (which was a problem for the costume - they had to tape something over the back in the end) and is easy to put in a pocket or use as a hand torch. It can also be turned on and off with a a button. It also makes a fantastic outdoor light, and a small version would be awesome for creating a glowing Phial of Galadriel

, There are lots of fun possibilities for creating an interesting lamp with different bottles and the cap has holes to attach a cord to, so it could be hung from somewhere or used as a lantern (I haven't tried this because I haven't found a bottle it fits securely yet).

Unfortunately, while it claims to last four hours (after eight hours of charging), I haven't ever managed this. Of course, I haven't ever managed to charge it in full sunlight for eight hours yet, as it has either been inside, or out in grey weather, so it hasn't had a proper test. Unfortunately no solar panel (especially one this small) is going to charge very fast, but the battery in this one supposedly stores enough power to actually be useful for once.

Would I buy again? I think so. I don't really need it as a nightlight, outdoor light or reading light, and it's a little too expensive for a toy, and I haven't managed to fully charge it yet, but it seems to work well, looks good, and has multiple uses.

Not available on Amazon. However, there is a similar product: The Lightcap

Swashbuckling BBQ Sword

USB Heated Blanket

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/cf6d/

This is pretty small - just enough to cover your lap or wrap around your shoulders. It does come with a handy button that fastens it snugly around you, and is the perfect size for a cat.

Creepy and Random

Zombies and tentacles!

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Check out the full review at the Geeky Gift Guide

Zombie Brain Gelatin Mold

A creepy way to liven up your jelly!

This was a gift for a friend, and we actually used it recently. It works great, you just have to prop it up carefully while upside down (so find a small bowl to fit it into or pad it with a teatowel or something so it doesn't rock).

It is, basically, a jelly mould, but the braaaaains pattern comes out great, as long as you fill it to the top (otherwise you get a cut-off brain).

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/aa74/

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Zombie Crime Scene Tape

CAUTION! ZOMBIES AHEAD! (And probably behind as well!)

This is a cheap gag gift or awesome decoration for a Halloween party, or even a prank (screen off someone's office and wait for them to realise what it actually says!).

The roll is pretty big and can easily decorate most of your house at 50 feet of (non sticky) tape. I bought it for a flatmate who adores zombies and it was a definite hit.

There's also a "Biohazard - stay out" option.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9c9/

This exact product isn't available on Amazon, the only Zombie Warning Tape available there is this very zombie themed but less believable one.

This warning sign matches the ThinkGeek tape perfectly, though!

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Tentacle Tee Dress/Shirt/Hoodie

Tentacles!
Tentacles!

No longer available from ThinkGeek. Can be bought on Amazon.

Stuff I Want

Things I'd like to buy but can't ship, afford or justify (or just haven't gotten around to)

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e70c/

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e912/

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e71c/

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e7d1/

I saw these on a friend at a local convention and they were truly awesome, fun and attention grabbing.

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      Luisinho 2 years ago

      Could you plz put one up for the pocket edoiitn? Thnx in advance (shop)!Advance shop... get it? Like from the GBC versions? Ahhhh, I explained it and now it's not that funny. =[

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I confess, I find ThinkGeek products highly addictive - those finger tentacles ROCK.