Christmas gifts for movie fans

Okay, so maybe you didn’t stretch to splashing out for James’ Bond’s Honda CRF250R motorbike from the Skyfall movie – you’d have needed £101,400 to win it on the eBay auction that raised funds for BBC Children in Need.

But here are a few other movie-inspired gadgets that should keep the film fans among your friends and family happy this Christmas.


Bond’s phone in that movie was of course the Sony Xperia T, with its 4.6in touchscreen, powered by Sony’s Bravia technology, along with a 13-megapixel camera. The phone also has Walkman and xLOUD technology for listening to your favourite tunes and is Playstation certified for games fans.
From £399, more at Sony Mobile.

The Force will definitely be with Santa this Christmas, as there’s a whole host of treats for Star Wars fans.


Who knew you could live without an Inflatable R2D2, for instance? Bring your favourite droid to life with the aid of a foot pump. The remote controlled inflatable R2D2 also self-corrects if it falls over.
Inflatable R2D2, £49.99 from Find Me A Gift.


Now you Can throw things at the walls, as part of your Jedi Training. This Star Wars Alarm Clock, which has been designed to look like a Jedi Training Remote costs £19.99 and can only be switched off is you throw it against the wall!


Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can – and now you can too – well okay, you probably won’t go swinging from building to building and fighting crime, but you can shoot webs with the Hasbro Amazing Spider-Man Mega Blaster Web Shooter With Glove.


The web shooter has been reinvented based on the latest costume and web shooters from the upcoming film, The Amazing Spider-Man. For the first time, Spider-Man will have mechanical web shooters in the movie and this Christmas you can play along with this glove and shooter combo, which shoots a fun ‘web’ string. Toys R Us, £22.99


Keep your savings out of harm’s way by hiding them in this R2D2-shaped money box, which can only be opened with a secret four-digit code. It features sound and light effects and a free app can be downloaded onto your Phone to really get the best out of the device. The moneybox costs £29.99 from Find Me A Gift.

The best of the Gadget Show Live @ Christmas – part 2


Make sure you check out part one of this guide from yesterday.

The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas brought all sorts of fun and games to East London. We had a play with a few choice items.


Ironing is very few people’s idea of a rollicking good time but the Fridja ironing system was the second most desirable item I saw in the whole show (after the OP-1). As I’m often fresh, dressed like a million bucks I need my garments to look crisp. Fridja brings high grade garment steaming to the people, and at £99 it’s at a fraction of the cost of a local dry cleaners.


Replicator 2 3D Printer
If you read Chris Anderson’s Makers (or even just my review of the book here) you’ll know that there’s a brave new world of 3D printing, where people can apply all the exciting and collaborative elements of Web 2.0 and apply them to the real world of bits and bobs. The Replicator is great for knocking up all sorts of amazing knick knacks, although at £1799 is far from an impulse purchase.


Star Wars landed in the late 70s and then never really went away. And there’s even a possibility that the recently announced sequels buy Disney might be … well good. I was charmed by this inflatable remote controlled R2D2 which can spin 360 degrees and generally float around. It’s best feature is its self-righting system that defies being knocked over – as was throughly tested by the gang of schoolboys I saw trying to give poor Artoo the kicking of his life.

Stickems are simple screen wipes made from ultra fine microfibres. What makes sticks special – and fun – is their “self -cling” backing that means you can pop them on the back of your tablet or smartphone and have them handy any time you want to remove any make-up, oil, grease of whatever you happen to have covering your phone. They come in a range of fun designs in collaboration with up and coming artists so they’re a good way of keeping your phone clean and personal.


Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest and we just need to take time to think about the simple things that we take for granted. The Mu rethinks the ubiquitous three-pin and makes it a portable pleasure for the pocket-focused smartphone world. The Mu folds down to a compact 14mm completely hiding the three pins via a clever (and patented) swivel mechanism, making The Mu 70 per cent smaller than a standard plug.

Red5 launch four ‘essential’ holiday gadgets for serious timewasters

When you are off on your travels, with so many things to see, places to discover and sites to explore, why would you need to be ‘entertained’ by gadgetry? Well perhaps on the plane, train, car or bus we could do with something to play with in order to kill some time, especially if we’re delayed. Being firmly engrossed in the holiday season, people are likely to be on the lookout for such ‘time-killing’ products at present and Latest Gadgets thought a feature about four new ‘summer travelling entertainment’ gadgets, launched by, the ‘ultimate gadget shop’, would therefore be appropriate.


Go Pad

Remember good old Gameboys that caused a storm in the early 1990s? Well the Go Pad, being reminiscent of a Gameboy, will bring all those memories of early gaming flooding back. This small and portable gaming device is likely to keep you entertained on a plane, train, bus or car, if you’re a gaming enthusiast that is and providing you’re not the one driving!

The Go Pad can also be connected to your laptop or notebook so that you have even more control of your gaming experience.

For just £17.95, the Go Pad could be worth a go, at least if not just to keep the kids entertained.

Darth Vader LEGO LED Keychain

You never know when you may have a power cut in countries like Spain and Greece, and if there is no generator backup system, you can be sitting around twiddling your thumbs without electricity for hours. Don’t let a lack of light be a problem if this situation arises on your holiday and take a Darth Vader LEGO LED Keychain with you. Press Darth Vader’s tummy and he will light the way, great if you do happen to have a power cut or are camping, but an unnecessary item if you are not camping or are not involuntarily plunged into darkness.


I don’t know about you but I would rather encourage my kids to be out in the open air on holiday, discovering new places and experiences on holiday, rather than cooped up playing video games. don’t seem to share my sentiments of holidays being an educational and cultural experience, as they have labelled yet another gaming accessory as being an essential holiday gadget. Add the Joytick IT to your touchscreen and bring your tablet-based gaming to the next level – Ditch the joystick, get outside and have some fun, don’t you mean?

Bear Grylls Survival Kits

Now this one’s more like it! Adventurer Bear Grylls has worked alongside Gerber and created an extensive outdoor survival kit. The kit includes ‘essential’ knives, tools and gears, to help you survive any potential disaster your camping holiday may entail.

For more information head to Red5.

Star Wars fans of the world unite with the best Star Wars gadgets available

Since it was released in 1977, Star Wars became an American epic, possessing a longevity only a handful of movies manage to achieve and crafting the very essence of the term a ‘classic’. Naturally such a blockbuster has been followed with a steady string of memorabilia, intensifying in sophistication and innovation with each passing decade. So recognisable is the Star Wars franchise, that when Darth Vader himself marched in to this year’s CES, nobody blinked an eyelid. With such an immense amount of toys, gadgets and memorabilia dedicated to the timeless classic, we thought the Star Wars fans amongst our readers may want to learn of some of the best gadgets available dedicated to their unhealthy obsession.

Picture courtesy of @lilstormys

Star Wars Anakin Replica FX Lightsaber

This official reproduction of Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, ignites, glows and produces sound effects digitally recorded from the movie, with such realism that you think you have been beamed out of your living room and straight into Star Wars itself. The FX Lightsaber features a robust polycarbonate bright blue blade and will naturally prove to be a sensation in a home which includes any Star Wars fans. Although it will perhaps be only the most die-hard of Star Wars fans – or the parent’s of the most persuasive of children – who will part with the 360.00 euros to own one.

Star Wars: R2-D2 USB Micro Fridge

If having a cold beer easily within your reach whilst you are at your desk takes your fancy, then simply plug R2-D2 into a USB port and pop a can down his throat and by the time you’ve surfed the net for some more crazy Star Wars toys, he’ll have regurgitated the can a whole lot colder than when it went in!

Darth Vader Nintendo Wii Sensor Bar Holder

With this Wii Darth Vader Sensor Bar Holder, you can channel the force of all your games. This high-quality sculpture would make a great addition to any Star Wars-themed bedroom. Specifically made to Nintendo standards, this uniquely crafted Lightsaber has been engineered to safely support the sensor bar whilst maintaining full range and performance.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-Ray Disc

Ahh so that’s why Darth Vader made an appearance in Las Vegas this year, he was there to promote Star War’s announcement of Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu Ray Disc. These highly anticipated blu-ray titles will be available to own from this September. What still a whole nine months away?!