2015 Black Tribbles gift list for geeks

    It’s the holiday season with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock. And don’t forget to hang up your sock, ’cause just exactly at 12 o’clock, the Tribbles will be coming down your chimney with the perfect gifts for that special geek in your life.

    Each month, Philadelphia’s prolific podcasters, the Black Tribbles, visit Speak Easy with special reports on everything sci-fi, comic books, movies, video games, cartoons, and other stuff that every nerd needs to know.


    It’s the holiday season with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock. And don’t forget to hang up your sock, ’cause just exactly at 12 o’clock, the Tribbles will be coming down your chimney with the perfect gifts for that special geek in your life.

    Marvelous movie collection

    For the maniac merrydom who must “make mine Marvel,” SuperTribble has crossed the far-flung galaxies to bring you one of the legendary Infinity Stones, sequestered in ethereal style within the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection.



    This set is stacked with Blu-ray, 3D and digital copies of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of The Galaxy,” and “Ant-Man” — plus striking packaging designed by artist Matt Ferguson, a Dark Elves scroll, uniform patches, ancient drawings, a decorative orb to house the powerful stone and much, much more.

    Next-generation video gaming

    Nothing says “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” like scurrying across a radiation-scorched Earth searching desperately for edible sustenance while keeping one eye on a roving mutated menagerie bent on flaying your limbs and drinking from your skull like a goblet. That’s according to Jason, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Tribble, who says the good times never cease in Fall-Out 4, the “next generation of open-world gaming” from Bethesda Game Studios.


    The follow-up to 2008’s Game of the Year Fall-Out 3 features multiple stages of creative freedom and excitement as you collect, upgrade and build hundreds of armaments and chem-warfare devices in the battle of survival, death nipping at your heels with every step, turn, and jump. You’ll be tied down to the couch in yuletide glee for days on end.

    Cut the cord

    While you bask on the sofa soaking in all that delicious pixelated mayhem, there’s no better time to keep the smart phone batteries bright. Storm Tribble suggests you forego the cumbersome cords and prongs and lay yours down on the Samsung Charging Pad.


    Utilizing Qi Inductive Charging Technology that eliminates the need to attach a cable every time you want to charge your device, the seductive pad sits patiently on any flat surface waiting to serve. Lay down your phone, and it charges automatically while still allowing you to use it without unplugging. And don’t let the Samsung name scare you away. A whole list of smart phones just aching to rest themselves on a comfy pad, and with the necessary tech inside to do so, is available here.

    The Force is strong with this one

    But let’s not kid ourselves. This year every geek, nerd, Tribble, Trekkie, Whovian, and hobbit — everybody — is filled with the Force, for it sleeps no more. Tickets to” Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” are all that is on the gift list of the (Jedi) Master Tribble, and he’s willing to bet it’s number one with your Droid too.


    The long-awaited, highly anticipated next chapter in the interstellar fantasy series has revved up its marketing campaign in recent weeks with toy line sales, merchandising aplenty, and evocative trailers that harken back to the franchise’s glory days with promises of spectacle to come. Returning icons, stars of tomorrow, gadgets and gizmos to ignite another clone war — this one has it all, and you-know-who would greatly appreciate a front row seat (make that the 10th row). And next to you, as well, of course.

    watch-cloakWinter is coming here

    Alas no matter how early you get the tickets, the lines will still wrap the Cineplex awaiting the seating of the legions. And a day in December is a day in “the brick.” Simply put — baby, it’s cold outside. Leave it the ever-prepared masked crusader, the BatTribble, to see that you are protected from the elements.

    Sashay via fingertips to the Etsy shop of The Centuries Chest for their “Game of Thrones”-inspired Winter Watch Cloak. Handmade from faux leather hides as well as fur (true and faux), this stunning piece of craftsmanship could rest proudly on the shoulders of Jon Snow himself as he strides the top of the Wall manning the Night’s Watch over Westeros. So, it’ll have no problem the paltry winter winds of the ‘hue-man’ world keeping you toasty as a Tauntaun, without any of the ‘ick.’  

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