Things To Spend Your Money on Besides Books

Use money for something other than books? That’s crazy talk!

Or will this merchandise change your mind?

(1) The maker of the ”real Star Trek Communicator”, The Wand Company, assures buyers it was made with “structured-light 3D scanning to ensure that every curve and line of the original was replicated perfectly.”


(2) The Wand Company got its start with Harry Potter, but it also has produced a couple versions of Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver. The Tenth Doctor’s model  goes for $119.95.

10th doctor sonic screwdriver COMP

What does it actually do? According to CNET:

You may not be able to have a real working TARDIS of your own, but you’ll certainly feel like an advanced alien with two hearts and a strong British accent when you wield your mighty sonic screwdriver to turn up the volume on BBC America.

(3) Combine hyperfannishness with comfort on overnight campouts while you ”Slumber In The Belly Of The Beast”

In the sub-zero wasteland of the planet Hoth, only the strong survive… and of course those lucky Jedi protected by the thick skin of a Tauntaun. Now after exhaustive movie viewing research and analysis ThinkGeek Labs has isolated the exact synthetic compounds needed to re-create Tauntaun fur. What have we done with this supreme knowledge? Created a Tauntaun sleeping bag of course.

This high-quality sleeping bag looks just like a Tauntaun, complete with saddle, printed internal intestines, and a plush lightsaber zipper pull. Now when your kids tell you their favorite Star Wars movie is “Attack of the Clones” you can nestle the wee-ones snug in simulated Tauntaun fur while regaling them with the amazing tale of “Empire Strikes Back”.

Use the plush lightsaber zipper pull on the Tauntaun sleeping bag to illustrate how Han Solo saved Luke Skywalker from certain death in the freezing climate of Hoth by slitting open the belly of a dead Tauntaun and placing Luke inside the stinking (but warm) carcass. If your kids don’t change their tune on which Star Wars film is the greatest ever, you can do your best Jar Jar impression until they repent.

It’s $149.99 – if you can find a seller. ThinkGeek was out of stock when I checked.

(4) Or another option available for the exact same $149.99 price is the Marvel by Selk’bag which allows you to suit up and enjoy any adventure as your favorite Marvel super hero. Choose Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk or Captain America.


(5) ThinkGeek’s very first claim about the Light Mine Magnetic Orb Flashlight is —

Won’t blow up

That headline may be a lie. You see, the folks at Light Mine have assured us on multiple occasions that the Light Mine Magnetic Orb Flashlight is only a flashlight and that its similarity to an underwater naval mine is merely in design, not function. We’re inclined to believe them, but The X-Files taught us to Trust No One. In that spirit, we recommend caution when inviting a Light Mine into your home and will offer a full refund if in fact, a Light Mine detonates in your house.

Seriously, though. The Light Mine Magnetic Orb Flashlight is the coolest hands-free lighting device on the block. Simply stick it to any magnet-friendly surface and aim it where you need light. We love it for doing a little DIY around the house (and the magnets come in handy for scooping up wayward screws). It’s also a handy friend to have in your car in case of a late-night flat tire or engine trouble. Stick one on the fridge and you’ll always have a flashlight handy for when the power goes out!

(6) Anyone on a budget who finds these other goodies out of their price range will appreciate that The One Ring Keychain Metal Pendant  (based on the Lord of the Rings movie design) can be ordered immediately for $4.79. With free shipping!


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14 thoughts on “Things To Spend Your Money on Besides Books

  1. I’d like to warn other Hobbitses that the last item doesn’t work. I was hoping it would be a replacement for the one I, um, lost but I was mosst disssappointed.

  2. There are also universal remote controls available as original Star Trek Phaser 2 pistols and Hogwarts wands.

    I infer that the communicator would work in conjunction with a cellphone kept on, worn unobtrusively in a belt pouch or in a pocket, but silenced, with the ringtone instead coming through the communicator, which you would then flip open to answer. You couldn’t dial out with it unless your cellphone had voice-dialing capability — for example, you could the flip it open, say “Kirk to ENTERPRISE,” and your landline at home would ring so you could tell other family members you were going to get home late.

    As soon as I told my wife Nila about the One Ring keychain and the price, she faunched for it immediately, so thank you, Mike, for mentioning it.

    Did you notice Think Geek’s starship Enterprise-shaped pizza cutter?

  3. As soon as I told my wife Nila about the One Ring keychain and the price, she faunched for it immediately, so thank you, Mike, for mentioning it.

    I have a One Ring wedding ring. My wife does too, which kind of makes the “One Ring” thing a bit of a misnomer, but that’s something we kind of overlook.

  4. I’ve been eyeing the tauntaun sleeping bag for years. If I ever find a “real” job, maybe I’ll get one.

  5. Aaron, very cool.

    Just pretend your rings are two of the three for Elven Kings.

  6. Just pretend your rings are two of the three for Elven Kings.

    Well, they have the lines of Black Speech in elvish script, so it would be close, but probably not feasible.

  7. That communicator is nifty. I sort of want one, but due to the recommendation threads on here I think my spending money is booked up for the next year so so. 🙂

  8. Meredith

    I’ve started to list stuff I Like to check on Amazon deals; in the last few months I’ve grabbed stuff with just about every big publisher. I am a happy bunnie…

  9. @Stevie

    You inspired me to check the kindle deals today, and what do you know – Station Eleven was on offer. Score!

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