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Top 10 Hallmark Geek Ornaments

Batman, Spider-Man and Star Trek, Oh My!

By Robert T. Trate     December 10, 2010


Top 10 Hallmark Geek Ornaments
© Bob Trate

 

Last week we dealt with the 7 Unorthodox Christmas Action Figure Decorations (see column). In the week that has passed we’ve put up the tree here and dived into our massive collection of holiday ornaments. No one has supplied us with more than Hallmark. There are a few here and there that try and compete but no other company has the licensing that Hallmark possesses. We took a gander at this year’s releases and to be honest we were left kind of humbled. Nothing really jumped out as a must have. Which got us thinking, what are the Top 10 Hallmark Geek Ornaments for Christmas?
 
10. Captain Kirk

Christmas Toys


Year: 1995
Artist: Anita Marra Rogers
Gimmick: None
Reason: Kirk is in his classic pose and perfectly hangs on the tree. No frills necessary.
 
9. The Jetsons

Christmas Toys


Year: 1996
Artist: Ken Crow
Gimmick: Flickering Lights
Reason: A retro classic and has some holiday charm inside the car as well. 
 
8.Nightmare Before Christmas: Sandy Claws is Coming to Halloweentown

Christmas Toys


Year: 2007
Artist:Patricia Andrews
Gimmick: None
Reason: Simply for the reason that it isn’t something that comes from Hot Topic.
 
7. Ghostbusters Ectomobile Ecto-1

Christmas Toys


Year: 2009
Artist: Unknown
Gimmick: Plays the Ghostbuster's Theme Song
Reason: A classic car from a classic film and just odd enough that it belongs on the tree.
 
6. The Batmobile

Christmas Toys


Year:1995
Artist: Don Palmiter
Gimmick: None
Reason: Because someone has to protect your tree from the Joker.
 
5. Spider-Man

Christmas Toys


Year: 1996
Artist: Robert Chad
Gimmick: Hooks to Simulate Webbing
Reason: It is as if he is in motion swinging from one side to the other.
 
4. Superman Phone Booth Magic

Christmas Toys


Year: 1995
Artist: Robert Chad
Gimmick: Lights dim and Clark Kent changes into Superman
Reason: The man of steel and the mild mannered reporter together forever on your tree.
 
3. Star Trek “The City on the Edge of Forever”

Christmas Toys


Year: 2004
Artist: Anita Marra Rogers
Gimmick: 3 Excerpts from the Episode. Lights Flicker
Reason: It is from a great episode and draws more attention than a Christmas Ball.
 
2. Darth Vader

Christmas Toys


Year: 1997
Artist:Dill Rhodus
Gimmick: Movie Dialogue, Sound Effects and the Floor Lights Up
Reason: The breathing alone, which happens every time you plug in the tree, makes it a must have.
 
1. Shuttlecraft Galileo

Christmas Toys


Year:1992
Artist: Dill Rhodus
Gimmick: Features a holiday message from Mr. Spock (voice provided by Leonard Nimoy)
Reason: The one that started it all and actually features a holiday greeting from the actual actor. Peace on Earth and good will to all!
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.

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