I’ll admit it. I’m a little geeky at heart. I’ve been reading fantasy and science fiction since my father gave me my first copy of The Hobbit in grade four. I own all the episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and the sole season of Firefly on Blu-ray. In my late teens I had a boyfriend who played the card game Vampire: the Eternal Struggle, and I may or may not have played a few games of that too. I still like playing video games, though finding the time is a lot harder now than it was before having kids.
Now that I’ve established my geeky credentials, let me introduce you to Fortress Geek. Based in my hometown of Vancouver, BC, Fortress Geek is a Canadian mecca for all gifts geeky and nerdy. I was recently asked to check out one of their coolest products – the Tetris Constructible Light.
Did you know that 2014 marks the 30th birthday of Tetris? Who doesn’t know this classic video game? Talk about a little piece of my childhood! I remember hours and hours spent playing Tetris on the old school Game Boy – before colour. Remember this?
Well, now the classic Tetris game has been transformed into a fun novelty lamp and toy. The blue I-piece plugs into the wall, and each freestanding tetromino piece stacks on that. As you build the lamp, the pieces light up on contact (through the metallic edge rails). LED lights inside keep the pieces cool to the touch.
The inverse L is pink instead of blue, and the I-piece is a darker blue than I remember, but otherwise the colours match fairly closely to what are now the standard Tetris colours. The seven tetromino pieces can be stacked and balanced together any way you like to make hundreds of different designs. Combine sets for even more light-up Tetris fun!
Each piece is reversible and made from lightweight plastic. The pieces occasionally need a bit of finessing to get the connection just right to light up, but despite this minor annoyance, these Tetris lights are a lot of fun! They’re a great conversation starter too. Everybody who comes over spends at least a few minutes playing around with them and reminiscing about playing Tetris. While these are definitely not meant for young children, I have let my four-year-old try them under close supervision. She thinks they’re the coolest thing ever!
Fortress Geek carries tons of other cool, geek-inspired gifts like T-shirts, baby clothes, games, toys, gadgets, and home and kitchen decor. This Boba Fett bathrobe would be a fantastic gift for any wannabe bathtub bounty hunter, and as a Joss Whedonite, I love this Firefly-inspired ladies T-shirt. Here’s just a small selection of the geeky gifts you’ll find at Fortress Geek. Visit Fortress Geek to find the perfect gift for every geek in your life!
Browse Fortress Geek’s catalogue by category or by popular franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Portal, Adventure Time, and Game of Thrones. The Tetris Lights I reviewed retail for $48.95 CAD.
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Disclosure: I received a sample item for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.