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Today the ThinkGeek monkeys ventured into the wilds of Fairfax to harvest pumpkins suitable for slaughter. We managed to gather our samples and escape the herds of feral children before our ship jumped into warp.

We encountered many curiosities on our journey.


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(More photos and video in our Pumpkin Patch Flickr set.)

The only thing left to do is hack into our pumpkin haul mercilessly and we've got a whole pile of great template ideas from our contest. We'll show some of our artistic handiwork on our Friday, October 30th Justin.tv broadcast.

Some of our favorites are below, and there's still time to enter to win a Tauntaun sleeping bag!


PUMPKIN TEMPLATES O DOOM


Don't Panic by FuziDave


Big Bang Theory by Madyson125



Super Mario 1-1 by ominousoat


Eye of Sauron by Tinnurien


C3PO by spirid0n


Domo kun by adamviolet


Timmeh-o-Lantern by whataslacker


Mooninites by Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Poe by raphaelsmuse5


Blue Sun by Shimo


Bender by The Bender Pumpkin


Timmy on Tauntaun (!) by Rindoshi


Enterprise by maddoghoek


Pumpkin cells by CaptDNA


Silly walk by Gigaflar3


Anne Stoke's Arachnoid by Noel-FantasyPumpkins.com


Stargate by GeekyOne


Mouse-powered pumpkin by LT55


Dalek by doctordonna

 

GO! ENTER YOUR TEMPLATE!

Hey guys. Tauntaun Sleeping Bag here.

You might've heard from Consumerist, Gizmodo, Topless Robot or @guykawasaki that I've arrived safely at the ThinkGeek mothership. Who knew a few unboxing photos could stir up so much jibber-jabber?

I just wanted to check in on my journey from Hoth to Realitytown to let you know that all is well at ThinkGeek and they're being very nice, despite being a bunch of over-caffeinated monkeys.

They even treated me to a lunch of fungus and mushrooms that were growing inside their fridge. But I think that was an accident.

For right now, I'm keeping busy with WoW and helping Customer Service answer the phone (I like to pitch in) but I can't wait for my fellow Tauntauns to show up. I'm getting lonely. I mean, I love the attention, being the first one here, but it's not the same.

And from what I can tell, I'm not the only one waiting for my friends to show up. If you want news and photos, you can sign up for email updates here.

So thanks for all the well-wishing, and I'll keep you posted on what's happening here at ThinkGeek HQ!

Yours, stinkily, 

First Manufactured Tauntaun

P.S. Apparently you can compete for me by entering ThinkGeek's Halloween Pumpkin Template Contest, and you've got until 10/29/09 to submit an entry. (Check out some of my favorites below--including one of me!)


Han on Tauntaun by pchanrocks


MST3K silhouette by danhojan


Twenty-sided by backslashdave

And a few more photos, post-unboxing...

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It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and it's so chilly at night Timmy has to cuddle up with the server for warmth. But at least we have the 31st to look forward to.

Needless to say, we do Halloween up right: ridiculously detailed costumes, lots of candy-nomming, and this year we're going to try our hand at slaughtering pumpkins. But what to carve?

Which is why we're presenting our First Perhaps Annual but Let us Settle for 2009 Geeky Pumpkin Template Design Contest Extravaganza. Here's the deal:

UPDATERY: The winnars have been announced over here with carved examples! There's also a superlative list of other templates we hearted. Thanks to all who entered, and we'll see if we can talk the pumpkins into doing this again in 2010!


  1. You design* a geeky pumpkin template (PDF, Flickr upload, JPEG on your blog, scan embedded in Google doc, whatever) designed to be printed out onto 8.5x11" piece of paper. We only want your template, not something you bought from a site. Or stole from a child. That's rude.
  2. Describe your template and link to it in the comments attached to this blog post by October 29, 2009 at 12 midnight EDT. You can submit more than one template, but don't go crazy.
  3. Meanwhile, we'll carve our pumpkins and Timmy will judge your templates. (Warning: He will not be accepting bribes this time.)
  4. Contest winners will be announced during our October 30th Halloween Live Stream Monster Bash and Costume Contest (time TBD). Hurrah!

* Non-artists, please don't fret: we won't be awarding prizes based on your command of vector illustration tools. Do be clever, though!

** There's always fine print. Here is ours.

Prizes will include fame as well as:


Some really clever templates so far:


Don't Panic by FuziDave


Big Bang Theory by Madyson125



Super Mario 1-1 by ominousoat


Eye of Sauron by Tinnurien


C3PO by spirid0n


Domo kun by adamviolet


Timmeh-o-Lantern by whataslacker


Mooninites by Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Poe by raphaelsmuse5


Blue Sun by Shimo


Bender by The Bender Pumpkin


Timmy on Tauntaun (!) by Rindoshi


Enterprise by maddoghoek


Pumpkin cells by CaptDNA


Silly walk by Gigaflar3


Anne Stoke's Arachnoid by Noel-FantasyPumpkins.com


Stargate by GeekyOne


Mouse-powered pumpkin by LT55


Dalek by doctordonna


Binary Boo by xandi2549


Twenty-sided by backslashdave


Zombie vs Lumberjack by meizme


Cover of Brisinger by Noel-FantasyPumpkins.com


Barcode Happy Halloween backslashdave


Wifi backslashdave


Han on Tauntaun by pchanrocks


Autobot by jhliu


I am 10 Ninjas by jhliu


One Pumpkin to Rule Them All by PuckByter


MST3K silhouette by danhojan

   


To get those creative, pumpkiny juices flowing, check out these masterpieces:

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