9 Geeky Robot-Themed Products You Need in Your Future


Calling all robot lovers: It's easier than ever to show your passion for all things 'bot at home, at work, or just walking down the street. Go ahead, treat yourself to one (or all) of these shiny and new robot-themed products.

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1. Schylling Metallic Robot Coin Bank

A shiny robot piggy bank
Schylling, Amazon

Use this shiny porcelain money bank to save up for a real robot of your own. It's 10 inches tall, so there's plenty of room for all those pennies.

Find it on Amazon for $23 and at these other retailers:

2. Betsey Johnson Kiss and Tell Robot Crossbody Bucket Purse

A black faux-leatherr purse with a robot on it
Betsey Johnson, Amazon

Futuristic fashionistas will love this faux-leather robot bag from Betsey Johnson featuring a studded 'bot with a big heart. Johnson must love robots herself, because she also makes another robot-shaped crossbody purse in gold that features a big circuit board heart and beaded arms, as well as a flashy robot-themed coin purse.

Find it on Amazon for $81 and at these other retailers:

3. Build Your Own Robot Kit

Here's a no-brainer: If you love robots, the best gift to get yourself is the materials to make your own. This kit from UncommonGoods has all the pieces you need to build a little robot buddy. From there, you can whatever use materials you have lying around the house to improve upon your creation. As the product description suggests, "Upcycle any old piece of unused hardware or spare parts to build a friendly little robot, bursting with geeky, goofy personality—a little bit like its maker?"

Find it at UncommonGoods for $15.

4. Honey & Brie Design Mr. Robot Enamel Pin

A gray enamel pin in the shape of a robot
Honey & Brie Design, Amazon

This adorable robot has a big heart. Can you find room for him in yours?

Find it on Amazon for $10.

5. SUCK UK Tin Robot Lunch Box

Robot Tin Lunch Box
SUCK UK, Amazon

Pack your lunch for a long day at the lab (or your coding class) inside this retro tin robot lunch box. It's the perfect size for a sandwich and some snacks.

Find it on Amazon for $20 or at these other retailers:

6. JWH Robot Pillow

A robot-shaped pillow on a bed
JWH, Amazon

Snuggle up with this plush pillow and dream of electric sheep.

Find it on Amazon for $13.

7. DowBier Mini Robot Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Three robot-shaped Bluetooth speakers next to an iPhone
DowBier, Amazon

This teeny, adorable Bluetooth speaker boasts 10 hours of playback and comes with a lanyard so you can hang it anywhere you like. It's available in three colors: navy, white, and pink.

Find it on Amazon for $19.

8. Kikkerland Robot Tea Infuser and Drip Tray

A robot-shaped tea infuser resting inside a glass mug full of tea
Kikkerland, Amazon

The adjustable arms of this stainless steel infuser hang on tight to the lip of your mug while your tea is steeping. It also comes with a drip tray to keep things neat after you take your 'bot out.

Find it on Amazon for $12.

9. Tovolo Robot Pop Flexible Silicone Popsicle Molds

Four robot-shaped popsicles
Tovolo, Amazon

These silicone popsicle molds allow you to create four different robo-pops in your favorite flavors, with four unique robot-leg-shaped popsicle holders to complete the look. Everything is BPA-free and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Find them for $9 on Amazon and at these other retailers:

This Damn Fine Twin Peaks Box Set Is the Only One Fans Will Ever Need


Fans of David Lynch’s three-season drama Twin Peaks know there’s quite a lot to excavate. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC and returned for a one-season engagement on Showtime in 2017, has been a perpetual source of ambiguity, red herrings, and the downright inexplicable.

Now there’s a centralized hub of all things Peaks to dwell on. Twin Peaks: From Z to A is a Blu-ray box set containing all episodes of the original series; 1992’s feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return; an international version of the 1990 pilot with additional footage; as well as an abundance of new and archival material totaling 20 hours in length.

The box for the 'Twin Peaks: From Z to A' Blu-ray DVD set is pictured

Inside the package, which is illustrated with the Douglas firs that are part of the show’s iconography, are mini-figures of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, played in the show by Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, respectively. The box acts as a diorama of sorts and opens to reveal the Red Room, a location where many of the show’s most surreal moments took place. A series of three-by-five index cards provide backdrops of key scenes. The only thing the set doesn’t have is Lynch’s hand-drawn map of the show’s Washington location, but you can find that here.

The set is limited to 25,000 copies. It retails for $139.99 on Amazon and is due for release on December 10.

[h/t Newsweek]

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This Stunning Tiny ‘Cliff’ House on Amazon Costs $105,000 (and Up)

Q-haus, Amazon
Q-haus, Amazon

Tiny houses are cheaper, simpler, and definitely more portable than full-sized homes, and thanks to online retailers, they're easier to purchase. On Amazon, you can shop for pre-fabricated tiny houses in between adding toilet paper and bed sheets to your cart. One of the latest minimalist structures Amazon has sold is a "Cliff" house with a few luxurious amenities you won't find in many conventional homes.

For $105,000, the third-party seller Q-haus will ship you its Cliff model in two ready-to-assemble modules, according to Southern Living. The 774-square-foot house is modular and can have two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. The bathrooms—which are where many tiny homes cut corners—are spacious enough to house either a bath tub or a sauna. The space also boasts built-in furniture, smart-home technology, an outdoor terrace, and tall windows for letting in lots of natural light.

The Cliff is definitely cheaper than most brick-and-mortar homes on the market, but as Realtor.com warns, the Amazon price tag may be deceiving. Unless you're a skilled professional, you'll likely need to hire contractors to put the components of the home together for you. Add that to the cost of the land and the concrete foundation for the home's footprint and you're looking at a bill that's much larger than the $105,000 you'd pay up front.

Tiny homes may also seem like a good option if you're looking for new place to live immediately. But transitioning to tiny house life is rarely as easy as putting together a structure and calling it home. Zoning laws, insurance, and storage are all factors tiny home owners need to contend with before moving into their new abode.

Q-haus's Cliff design sold out shortly after it hit Amazon, and there's no indication of when or if it will be back in stock. But if you still have your heart set on downsizing your lifestyle, there are plenty of tiny dwellings available on Amazon for much cheaper prices.

[h/t Southern Living]