Where Did You Get It? Toys'R'Us
What Did It Cost? $24.99 plus tax
What Was Stock Like? Probably 8-12 total, but it was the first time I'd seen them in person
Unboxing Think Geek's Light-Up Redstone Ore
While making my usual rounds hunting for Skylander variants etc., I spotted this Minecraft Redstone Light from Think Geek. Technically they call it the "Light-Up Redstone Ore" but I think 99% of people would agree that "Redstone Light" successfully and succinctly describes this item best.
My Nephew, as you should know, is big time into Minecraft...given that it was red and that we have recently been playing around with Redstone, I figured it would be a cool Valentine's gift. The product was not priced on the shelf, but the nearby stickers seemed reasonable...I didn't know it was $25 till I got home. That is a higher price than you can get online at Amazon $22.49, or Think Geek at $19.99, but I suppose the fact it was there, I didn't have to pay freight, and I had it for Valentine's Day covers the premium.
This is your typical novelty gift, but it seems to be well made and looks like it will give him years of enjoyment. My only concern is that the "tap" action isn't quite smooth...there is no set point to trigger a change and sometimes you can inadvertently do so, but all-in-all, I think that constitutes only a minor issue.
The light itself is pretty cool. Don't forget that you need 2 AA Batteries and a small Phillips screwdriver to access the battery compartment. Once you have the power source in place you simply slide the switch to the "ON" position (it is tucked away nicely on the bottom side).
The cool thing is there are 3 levels of brightness that go from a dim glow all the way up to an impressive output of red. I don't think you'd want to read by the Redstone light, but it would work well as a night light, side table tap light, or just a really cool light up block at parties and get togethers.
For the price, I think it is a nice item and should function as intended for years to come.
Below you can see the 3 different levels of brightness...If nothing else you know you've got a hit with any Minecraft fan and a sure fire conversation piece!