The other day I ended up on Popgadget, which happens to be a site covering “Personal Tech + Innovative Life Style for Women”. I have no remembrance of how I landed on the site, but I assume it was when – once again – I was googling for some product. Although I certainly don’t have an innovative life style (and, just in case you were wondering, I’m not a woman either … not that it matters), I had this immediate “Want! Need! Will Have!” moment when I saw the photo of the “Human CD Holder” on said page. I then used Popgadget as a jumping board on my search for who produces and sends out this holder and similar products and ended up on both wrapables.com and then on Amazon.com that carries a whole lot of Wrapables’ products (affiliate link). Of course, as is always the case with these geek products, you can easily find a whole slew of sites covering them such as geekologie.com, haha.nu, technabob.com, and a trillion others. Of course, as is often the case, they got with the program about one year before I did.
I’ve mentioned before that “if you have rather large collections like I do, it’s always nice to have a smaller selection close to your stereo if the collection, which is often the case, is stored in a rather elaborate shelf or container system wherever it fits – and that’s usually not right next to your stereo equipment.” Had I known back then that geeky holders like the ones I’m about to feature here existed, I might well have opted for them when I started out with my site.
“Better late than never”, so let’s have a look at these discoveries.
The Human CD Holder is not one product but has been turned into a whole range of CD and other media holders. They all have in common that the CD storage area is made from MDF wood, whereas the “human” is cast from Poly-resin. Each holder features “human figurines that are positioned to look like they assist in holding the CDs.
01) Lifting Man CD Holder (measures 4.7″ x 9.5″ x 8.25″)
The “Lifting Man CD Holder” is my favorite one of the lot and I think I’m going to order one of these to check out if they get here in one piece from the US. As you can see from the photo, it will only hold standard jewelcases and, if you like, standard digipaks (“digipacks”). Anything bigger than that is most certainly a no-go. It also looks like the maximum capacity should be 10 to 11 single CDs, depending on what you put in there. I have quite a few (mostly black/dark wood) figurines standing around my apartment and this one would fit well with those. You can purchase this CD holder from Amazon.com for $39.95.
02) Pushing Man CD Holder (measures 4.7″ x 20″ x 7″)
The “Pushing Man CD Holder” looks like lots of fun as well, being able to hold more than the “Lifting Man” one, but I wonder if the whole thing is going to tip to the left if you load it up until the end of the CD storage area. From the photo it seems that way, so I guess it’s not meant to be filled up completely. You can purchase this CD holder from Amazon.com for $39.95.
03) Climbing Man CD Holder (measures 4.7′ x 20′ x 9″)
The “Climbing Man CD Holder” can also be hung on the wall if you don’t want to have another one standing around. Apparently, the end plate is affixed to the wall and the “climbing man” part juts out staright from the wall. I’m not so sure if I’m a fan of the golden figurine and I wonder why they decided to break the mould and move away from the dark color. You can purchase this CD holder from Amazon.com for $39.95.
04) Zig Zag CD Holder (measures 4.7″ x 21.6″ x 6.3″)
The “Zig Zag CD Holder” is perhaps the most flexible one as it can also hold larger objects … and allows us to be a bit more chaotic by either leaning or piling the CDs or whatever up against/on it. You can purchase this CD holder from Amazon.com for $49.95.
I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. If it’s not overdone – and I know people who love to plaster these kinds of geeky things all over their workspace and/or apartment – it can be a real eye-catcher, especially over here in Europe where, as far as I know, these products are unavailable.
Check ’em out.