Dude's Top Products for May 2019
Several of Dude's Top Products for May 2019 were Game of Thrones-themed merchandise. Almost as if to counter the disappointment surrounding Season 8 itself, a few clever artists and designers came up with some stellar pieces to honor the Seven Kingdoms' swan song.
But even Valyrian Steel Razors and fire-breathing Dragon Lamps couldn't take out the month's #1 most popular product: a jock strap for chilling your balls.
Catch-A-Lure Fly Retriever
When it comes to gifts for Dad, the Catch-A-Lure is pretty fly for a fish guy. (Especially a fish guy who likes dad jokes.)
The Catch-A-Lure fly retriever is a small, simple way for fly fishermen to retrieve their tangled, presumably lost lures. It has a sharp concealed blade able to cut up to 25 pounds of the most gnarled and braided line during testing. The Catch-A-Lure attaches to a rod tip and uses heavy-duty magnets to attract steel hooks and bind them to its side while the blade cuts through line and retrieves the lure from trees and bushes.
Earth Traveler Ultralight Teardrop Trailers
Hand-built and custom-made with fuel-efficient and electric vehicles in mind, Earth Traveler teardrop trailers are ultralight campers aiming to bring an RV camping and road tripping experience to everyone. The trailers will be available in two models, the luxury, 100% carbon fiber T250LX, and a slightly heavier, 300-pound T300 made of fiberglass and resin reinforced feathers. Both are one-piece builds, and have closed dimensions of 5' x 5' x 11', expanding to 11' x 7' x 11' when open.
Valyrian Steel Razors
Valyrian Steel Razors don't come with any replacement blades, and have none available to purchase. Because the blades attached to their respective iconic Game of Thrones weapon hilts never dull. And maybe also the cats who forged the set of Valyrian Steel Razors are hoping whoever buys them only shaves as often as Jorah Mormont, Jon Snow, and Jaime Lannister, and they won't get much use anyway.
Quite the lot there to mug for grooming supplies, 'eh?
Oh and one more thing: if you try to buy a Valyrian Steel Razor, you'll probably come away as disappointed and pissed off as you are with Season 8 of Game of Thrones.
Bad Idea Pyro Cage Incinerator
Now here's a Bad Idea: a 48" American steel Pyro Cage incinerator to use in place of your 55-gallon drum for burning yard debris, cardboard, and bad juju. The Pyro Cage has a panel construction with a tab-and-slot design for tool- and hardware-free assembly. Panels are lined with angled slot cutouts to improve cage rigidity and airflow for hotter flames and more thorough burns.
Game of Thrones Dragon Lamp
My co-worker Drew just got one of these Game of Thrones Dragon Lamps. He sits it on his desk at work. Guess what I just got to sit on mine? Bowman Mini Crossbow, baby! Working on attaching some lion head embellishments to the sides. I know, not quite a scorpion, but this dragon looks a little more Rhaegal than Drogon to me, so he should be an easy target. At least until Drew brings in his Dany action figure to sit on top of the lamp.
In addition to the pre-made Dragon Lamps available, design creator 3Demon has the files up to purchase for $6 if you want to try 3D printing your own.
Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet
Craig Thibodeau, operating as CT Fine Furniture Shop, specializes in complex mechanical furniture, taking inspiration from 18th century woodworkers Abraham and David Roentgen. He created the Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet in collaboration with puzzle maker Robert Yarger. The piece is pretty spectacular, holding many delightful secrets amongst its moving parts.
Once you've folded down the Wisteria lid you'll find a collection of doors and drawers that open only if you solve the puzzle, and tug on them in the right sequence to release their latches. There are other "right moves" you must make too to access other sets of cubbies. Check out the video.
HydraLamp Anti-Gravity Fountain Lamp
The HydraLamp Anti-Gravity Fountain Lamp is cool on its own and all, but what really makes this neat display piece a candidate for your living room are the cat and Corgi. Check out the videos. These two are as baffled about the HydraLamp's anti-gravity water drop technology as I am, but look way, way more endearing trying to figure it out.
me Sleek Face & Body Permanent Hair Removal System
While I doubt its universal effectiveness and permanence, the me Sleek hair removal system says it is an FDA-cleared at-home hair removal device that will rid you of unwanted body and facial hair over the course of a 7-week treatment period. Each session with the me Sleek takes between 1 minute (underarm, face, bikini area) and 8 minutes (each leg, male chest) and the company says you should see a 46% permanent hair reduction in 2 weeks, and up to 94% after 7 weeks of use.
Infinity Gauntlet Meat Tenderizer
The Infinity Gauntlet Meat Tenderizer: When Perfect Steak is Your Endgame. This new piece of Avengers merch is even cooler looking than the Thor's Hammer meat mallet I saw at the end of last year. I wonder how big of a pain in the Than-ass it is to wear and use. Seems like you'd need a surface lower than your countertop to get the right angle and leverage with your arm to bring your fist down effectively.
BioBubble Wonder Bubble Tunnel Fish Tank
A tunnel for your betta fish, a feat of physics for your aesthetic pleasure. BioBubble's Wonder Bubble Tunnel Kit is a freshwater fish tank whose egg shape gets super nifty on the top half with an arcing aquatic tunnel that uses positive water pressure to stay filled when its ends are submerged. When your fishies need some exercise or a change of scenery, they can swim on up and through it, perhaps pausing for a bit in the center viewing window to get a better look at what's streaming on Netflix.
Promithi Mini Camping Axe Multi-Tool
This mini camping axe has just a 60mm (2.4") blade, but Promithi says it's still good for chopping, cutting, splitting, and trimming. Hmmm. Hot dogs into slices for the kids, maybe.
Cute as it may be, I can't see using the mini camping axe for any true axing jobs, but its additional tools - 2 x hex screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and a hammer handle - might make it worth having along on trips and excursions for small tasks, and to hack the crusts off of PB&Js and grilled cheese sandwiches. Again, for the kids.
LEGO Stranger Things - The Upside Down
Even LEGO fans who aren't into Netflix's Stranger Things should be able to appreciate LEGO's tribute to The Upside Down. The 2,200+-piece set is designed to flip on a couple of tree tops between the Stranger Things human world and its parallel dimension, The Upside Down. The details included and its overall "reflected" effect is a real eye-catcher.
Might be a body-snatcher too. Someone let me know after you've assembled The Upside Down and spent a few nights with it.
CoolMen Testicle Cooling Device
Need a Father's Day gift for a would-be dad? The CoolMen Testicle Cooling Device, despite sounding and looking like no more than an awesome jock strap for chilling your balls, exists in the name of fertility. It's a testicle temperature stabilizer that CoolMen makers say "greatly improves the semen," and turns men previously struggling to conceive a kid into egg-dominating Sperminators.