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new version of Mathmos' Telstar in matt black and copper

Mathmos announced a new version of the telstar, still one of the best designs of them, but this one is not convincing.

It looks like the millenium Telstar, but in matt black and copper.

Not my taste, and not worth 77 Pounds.

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You're right, all this copper and black shit is annoying, some new goo colors would be phantastic.

doddy said:

At least LL release colourful designs that capture the imagination and gain sales.
The only thing Mathmos release is the same old colours, boring blacks, chromes and coppers. How about something colourful, bright, to blast those winter blues away.
They have discontinued all the wonderful coloured lamps, jets and fluidiums, and desperately need something to inject some colourful life into the range. Lava lamps are all about Colour! So come on Mathmos ditch the dowdy and bring on the sunshine!

I think that this is the most undesireable lamp in their entire range. Having seen one up close even the black astro with its white legs is better. Only just tho.


i like the copper and chrome  concept more than the black

I can't say I'm a fan either. I did e-mail mathmos earlier in the year with this image as a suggestion; I would buy this in a heartbeat.

I would buy that. Its stunning. But not plum wax.


yellow fluid orange wax (or visa versa) is the best combo for anything copper plated


doddy said:

I would buy that. Its stunning. But not plum wax.

besides the poor body colors choice, the problem with mathmos IS the loss of quality of their lava : nothing like it was 10 years ago, today it's no more than the rest of the pask, bubbles going up, cooling then diving.

Get lost mathmos for having destroyed what was the best lava lamps (I own 30 of them, I know what I'm alking about)

mathmos black isn't, it's only dark plum ! I complained with them after the purchase of a black heritage astro with black goo

doddy said:

At least LL release colourful designs that capture the imagination and gain sales.
The only thing Mathmos release is the same old colours, boring blacks, chromes and coppers. How about something colourful, bright, to blast those winter blues away.
They have discontinued all the wonderful coloured lamps, jets and fluidiums, and desperately need something to inject some colourful life into the range. Lava lamps are all about Colour! So come on Mathmos ditch the dowdy and bring on the sunshine!

I totally agree they should not be using the black name whatsoever. The colour is off purple. Even plum can be used for red purple green or yellow as plums exist in lots of colours. How anyone can actually say they like this off purple is beyond me. Even poo coloured wax would look better. I mean who buys these? How have they stayed in the range for so long. Even when the lovely pinks have been discontinued? I will never understand mathmos and the weird way they work.
However, Sorry but I cannot agree about the bottles. I have new astro and astrobaby bottles and theywork really well. Lots of blobs, snakes, serpentines etc. One thing though I do use a dimmer with my few lamps which seems to regulate tbe wax a lot better. I think the new bottles with their logo and lower lip fit much better and stops them wobbling a lot.
One thing tho. I do have a new turquoise baby bottle that has gone cloudy without any intervention whatsoever. And i do look after my 3 lamps. Maybe just a bad bottle but my others are brilliant.
When all is said and done would rather have mathmos than LL any day.

I too use a dimmer, the same kind used on old lunar as a matter of fact and it does nothing for the new heritage lamps I purchased besides alowing me to run them for as long as I want (in fact they have been running for 3 days now).

I do own a 'black' plum one, it's lovely by day as the light doesn't show at the bottom so the goo stays  blackish, by night it's too dark to be enjoyable.

Of these 4 astros : turquoise/turquoise/clear, shiny/blue/yellow, black/plum/clear and matt/red_pink/clear, only the turquoise shows some kind of old mathmos ways with the snakes_serpentine going up to the top and sometimes rescending or breaking. The others won't go past the middle of the bottle to break (as it was intended to) in 2 or 3 bubbles.

when I reach mathmos about my disappointment I was told that it's due to their new formula.

I too reached out to Mathmos and was told it was their new formula. Basically what they did was that they had two types of Astros, the silver ones and the colourful base ones. They each had their own formula so they would work well on their own different bases. At some point Mathmos made a new formula where all the bottles would work on any base which has far far too much surf in the liquid, this causes the wax to break up really fast so basically you get a blob going up and down.

When I buy a bottle from them I have to dilute it down so it works like the old bottles, what I don't understand is why they are doing this. At first I thought it was the liquid densities were not been matched or sloppy manufacturing but it looks like it is intentional on their part. It seems that they want it to be like this. It is maddening because they won't seem to listen to reason.

Maybe we need to send them a link to this discussion.

Hi All, has anyone ordered one of these? If so, what kind of a box did it come in? 

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