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Geek toys review: Star Wars FX Lightsabers

Chris Comiskey at

There are certain moments in life I’ll never forget. That time I forced my brother down a make-shift zipline constructed of clothesline rope and a wooden dowel that served as a “pulley,” and then watching him plummet into the earth, breaking his wrist (his fault—he shouldn’t have let go). Or the time when I first beat Battletoads on the NES. (OK that never actually happened.) And know what? I’ll never forget the first time I wrapped my fingers around the glorious hilt of a Star Wars FX lightsaber and fired it up. I mean yeah, the first time I held one was, like, 6 hours ago, but still: I know I’ll remember it for eternity, because this toy is quite possibly the best thing to ever happen to me. Ever.

Geek toys review: Nanodots

Chris Comiskey at

When the carrying pouch is more entertaining than its contents, there’s something amiss. Inside an admittedly awesome yellow drawstring bag—complete with atomic logo emblazoned across the front—lies a handful of magnetic BBs called nanodots. That stick to each other. Awkwardly. That’s all they do. This is sort of like tearing open the wrapping paper off a massive box on Christmas morning only to discover a mouth-guard and a jockstrap within.