By Andrew Liszewski
Well here we are folks. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 25 days of our first Christmas countdown. What started out as an ill-conceived plan to post tacky Christmas-related gear that we normally wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole has ended up really growing on me. So for those of you actually reading this post on the 25th I either congratulate you for your dedication to keeping up on this countdown or I have a lot of sympathy for you because you’re probably trying to avoid visiting family or have nothing better to do this day.
I’m sure a few of you might be disappointed by my selection for the final entry of the countdown but even before writing the first post at the end of November I knew I’d be finishing with the infamous Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story today.
For many of us (in North American at least) December 24th & 25th is now spent with at least one or two viewings of the TBS network’s 24-hour marathon of that now classic film. Now while a lot of us would probably never stick something like this in the front room window like Ralphie’s old man did, I’m sure we’d gladly display it somewhere in the basement or den. Of course these days there are a lot of different companies selling copies of the leg lamp (longtime readers will remember a previous post I wrote about a nightlight version of it) but I’ve done my homework and believe I’ve found the most accurate reproduction.
The ‘Leg Lamp Factory’ as it’s called has gone as far as to purchase the copyrighted mold design from the original leg manufacturer to ensure their lamp reproductions are as accurate as it gets. At 50-inches tall the lamp will be hard to miss in any room of the house but just in case it doesn’t catch everyone’s eye the leg itself lights up and glows just like the one in the movie did. The best part I think is that the Leg Lamp Factory will actually deliver the lamp in a cardboard crate that looks exactly like the one seen in the film complete with excelsior wood shavings and spray painted ‘fra-gi-le‘ warning.
The full size 50-inch replica of the Leg Lamp is available for $269.99 and having it delivered in the look-a-like crate box will add on another $99. The company does sell smaller versions that are of course also cheaper but why skimp when it comes to something like this?
So from everyone here at OhGizmo I hope you all had a Happy Holidays and of course I want to remind you to check back here on December 1, 2007 for the 2nd Annual OhGizmo Christmas Countdown!