On Kickstarter: A Question Block Lamp Straight Out Of A Video Game

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For the vintage video game loves of the world, 8-Bit Lit has a Kickstarter project that is aimed directly at you. The company is currently accepting crowdfunding contributions for their Question Block Lamp, and it looks like it’s straight out of your favorite Mario Bros. game.

Although the lamp won’t be sending magic mushrooms your way any time soon, it is actually interactive. Hitting the bottom of the lamp turns the light on and gives feedback in the way of a coin sound. If you’re lucky you’ll get the sound of an extra life.

Units come with a 20 foot power cord so the lamp can be hung easily without having to be right next to an outlet. 8-Bit Lit took to Kickstarter in order to improve upon the original design of this lamp. The first version took off after it was listed on Etsy and The Next Web covered it. This new version adds better electronics, a longer power cord, a mounting kit and a matching aluminum stand.

I asked 8-Bit Lit founder Adam Ellsworth why backers should be confident that this Kickstarter will deliver. “We’ve hand built over 1,000 lamps with a stellar team in San Francisco, and have been working for the last several months with a group in Berkeley to produce the lamps at scale overseas,” he told Crowdfund Insider. “I’ll be flying out personally to help ramp up and oversee production.”

The team has laid out the production timeline to follow the Kickstarter campaign…

  • August 2013: Visit manufacturers, produce handmade Limited Edition lamps in San Francisco
  • September 2013:  Oversee first units off the line
  • October 2013: Lamps and stands ship to fulfillment center
  • November 2013: Lamps and stands are delivered to Kickstarter backers

The campaign has a lofty $100,000 goal, but I’m betting that this one will be fully funded before all is said and done due to the wide appeal of the subject matter at hand.

Backers can claim a lamp for $49. Add $20 for the video-game-themed stand or be prepared to drop $125-145 for the handmade, expedited version with early shipping. Delivery of mass-produced units is being estimated for November of 2013.


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