It’s time for another round of ThinkGeek product reviews!
Every once in a while, the good folks at ThinkGeek send over a package of Star Wars branded items for review. I’m always happy to oblige, of course. Everything they’ve sent so far has been quite fun and this batch is certainly no exception, so let’s get right down to it.
I have to admit, having Vader’s head on my counter top is pretty awesome. The fact that it makes toast is icing on the cake. What makes it really interesting, though, is the fact that it toasts the Star Wars logo right on the bread! I was a little skeptical at first, thinking that the only part of the bread that would be toasted would be the logo, but no, the whole slice came out pretty toasty! If you like your toast a little on the dark side (har har), there’s a special knob on the back to adjust. There are two slots for bread but they look like they can also fit thinner bagels, buns, and things like frozen pancakes.
Look, I’m not going to goof around here. This toaster is the coolest thing you’ll ever have in your kitchen or office, period. Go ahead and name a more awesome-looking toaster. Take a second. You can’t. It’s worth it for that alone. The fact that it’s just as good as any other boring old white toaster you can buy out there only sweetens the deal. I showed this to a friend at work and his comment was, “Impressive. Toast impressive!” I kinda wish I would have come up with that one myself. Thanks JT.
These are the condiments you’re looking for. You might not be able to tell from the photos, but these robot shakers are ceramic and quite lovely. I was impressed with the quality of the crafting and the paint job on them. They’re shiny and have a little weight to them. You just have to be a little careful not to drop them on a hard surface or they might break on you. They have the traditional plastic stoppers at the bottom for easy refilling. You know, the usual shaker stuff – but prettier (in a droid kind of way).
R2-D2 is holding your salt patiently but the keeper of the pepper is the lesser-known R2-Q5, due to his peppery-black color. Kudos to the producers of these fine pieces for making that call. Two white astromech droids would have been a bit confusing. Great items, here! If you’re having a Star Wars barbecue, you should really own these, along with our next item…
When it comes to cool, fun products, Star Wars has the market cornered. Barbecue season is once again upon us (here in the northeastern US) which means it’s time to grill, grill grill. ThinkGeek has lots of kitchen/cooking items but I might have just found my favorite in these tongs. It’s cool enough that they look like a lightsaber, but the little kid in me exploded with joy when I unlocked them and they made authentic lightsaber sounds. When not in use, lock them and slap the red cover over the metal ends to complete the look. Grilling will never be boring again.
Now we have my favorite item in this batch, the iHome Death Star Speaker. Want to listen to the Star Wars soundtrack while sitting at your desk? Slap this bad boy down, connect via Bluetooth, and stream away. If you have a bluetooth device, you can connect to this great-looking speaker and get whatever audio you like. The first thing I did when I opened this bad boy was pair it up with my Samsung phone and crank the lastest Star Wars trailer. The sound was clear and there was no lag or delay.
I think what I liked best about this piece, though, was that I didn’t even have to read the manual to set it up and get it working. There’s a switch on the back to get it going, plus a cable for charging or hooking up manually. I took it out of the box and had it working in a hot minute.
Did I mention that it lights up? This thing is really gorgeous in dim light. It comes with a clear, acrylic stand with an imperial logo on the front too. Very sleek and very useful for background music. I love it to…. Death. (See what I did there?)
ThinkGeek has no shortage of Star Wars (and other pop culture) items.
Head on over today and get yourself some stuff!