Retro Gifts @ Think Geek
By James Grahame
It's time to start thinking of gifts for the holidays, and nothing says "I give a stylish damn" quite like retro stuff. So, without further ado, here's a look at some of the best Retro gift schwag from Think Geek.
First up is a set of five retro video game propaganda posters (above). Weirdly, Soviet-style imagery works well when promoting 8-bit titles like Joust, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Dig Dug and Tron. Each measures 15 x 22 inches and is, uh, printed on paper. $49.99.
For those who crave vintage NES and SNES action, the $49.99 Retro Duo console offers compatibility with cartridges from both systems. Two controllers are included and it's plug compatible with the original SNES controllers, if you happen to have some lurking at the back of your closet. Includes S-video and composite video output and stereo sound.
The Stylophone was first released over 40 years ago. It's been re-released with a few minor tweaks, but basically it's still the same bleepy handheld instrument that inspired the likes of David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Erasure the first time around. Includes built-in speaker, headphone jack, mp3 player input and runs on 3xAA batteries. Guaranteed to drive your friends and family absolutely batshit crazy. $19.99.
The original Big Trak was released amidst a flurry of TV adverts in 1979. Now it's back in a smaller, slightly more intelligent form. Basicially, you program a set of moves using the keypad and the Bigtrak Jr programmable rover executes them with complete obedience. This can lead to some unfortunate accidents involving stairs, household pets, open flame and young children. Serious fun, as long as your house insurance is paid up. Requires 3 x AA batteries, $39.99.
Finally, the perfect gift for crazy cousin Nordbert (who has been stockpiling freeze-dried food and ammunition for the last 20 years). I guess he plans to gloat as everyone meekly starves to death around him following The Big One. In any case, he needs a little Christmas cheer and nothing says, "Please share your end of the world rations with me so I don't die during the last Christmas holiday" quite like a slide rule.
The Think Geek slide rule is a fully functional replica of the one that Nutty Nordbert used to carry to physics class every day (weekends included). It includes lots of little numbers, several plastic slidey bits and lots of other little numbers. Guaranteed to confuse Nordbert long enough that you can whack him over the head and swipe his Spam stash while he's out cold. $19.99.
For those who stuck it out until the end, here's the best part. Use the coupon code RETROSTUFF50 to save $10 off your purchase of $50 or more.