merry geekmas!

Other than a sort-of philosophically pedantic chicken-and-egg sort-of quandary,(1) the only real problem with being a huge fan of Star Wars(2) is the prospect of being pigeonholed.

Over the years I’ve received many, many gifts themed or related to Star Wars. Some were cool as hell – a lightsabre (a good one from F.A.O. Schwarz(3)); some were more on the lame side – a chess set with characters from Episode II cast in plastic.

This year proved no exception, except that this time the gifts fall more on the cool-as-hell side of the continuum.(4)

  • Lego(5) Star Wars video game
  • Lego Star Wars, 2 – The Original Trilogy video game
  • Star Wars Battlefront video game
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game(6)
  • Darth Tater, Spudtrooper, and Artoo-Potatoo, a series of Mr. Potato Heads(7)dressed as Star Wars characters.
  • Three Star Wars/Lego pens. These are functioning writing implements that have a Lego Star Wars character affixed to the top.(8)
  • And a small die-cast vehicle that I can only call the VaderMobile that is an exaggeration of pretty much nothing seen in any of the movies. But it’s still cool, and if Vader traded in his iconic shuttle for a set of wheels(9), this is how he’d roll.

So far, the Lego Star Wars video game has gotten the most use, but I’m sure I’ll have found plenty of time to indulge each of this geek gifts appropriately by the end of the week.


  1. Viz, am I geek because I’m a fat guy who wears glasses, or am I fat guy who wears glasses because I’m a geek. This can, obviously, be debated until the proverbial cows come home and will never be any more fully unwended than any of Zeno’s well-known paradoxes.
  2. Star Wars is copyright registered trademark of Lucasfilm, Ltd., a privately held company founded in 1971 with headquarters in Presidio of San Francisco, California.
  3. FAO Schwarz is a subsidiary of Toys “R’ Us, a privately held company founded in 1957 with headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey.
  4. I love any and all words ending in -uum.
  5. Lego is a registered trademark of Lego Group, a private, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark.
  6. Notable if for no other reason than right at the start of the game you get to play as Darth-freakin’-Vader. Hot. Geeky. Damn.
  7. Mr. Potato Head is a product and registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc., a publicly traded corporation founded in 1923 with headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
  8. Yoda, Darth Maul, and Darth Vader.
  9. Speaking metonymically, of course.
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