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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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JarrodSarafin 12/10/2010 1:47:44 AM

Was just thinking about this the other day and I definitely know the geekiest thing on our Christmas tree. We recently nabbed a Indiana Jones figure with a Raiders of the Lost Ark theme...For those with google, it's from Hallmark and called "Retrieving the Idol"

I would definitely place that in my top 5 of the geekiest things on our Christmas tree this year and it's so awesome! Its gimmick is playing the classic Jones music as well...Bob, you got one of those babies?

Definitely want the Vader one listed above too...I can't believe we don't have that Vader one! :)

Icemizer 12/10/2010 4:45:29 AM

The Galileo Shuttlecraft was not the first Star Trek Ornament from Hallmark it was the second. The First was the original Enterprise released in 1991. The talking Shuttle is very cool however, especially when it talks to the Hallmark Borg cube.

Chris Beveridge 12/10/2010 4:52:30 AM

 I've got 3 of those. My superman and batman ones hang from the ceiling in the living room year round as well.

Betenoire 12/10/2010 6:28:25 AM

The Enterprise from '91 was first as Icemizer says. It was also I guess rare as hell as I have seen it going for over $250.

I lucked out and got one for Christmas the year it came out (the last one at the store according to my mom who got it for me).

And it hangs on my geek tree with the other Star Trek, Star Wars, comic and misc ornaments I have. Yep, I have a whole geek tree, bow before my geek kingdom. :P

Wyldstaar 12/10/2010 7:11:41 AM

My parents bought me the Galileo ornament for Christmas that year.  I guess they figured that since I was a Star Trek fan back then that I'd like it.  They also got me an Enterprise E and a Bird of Prey.  That sort of thing just doesn't seem very Christmasy to me, so they stay at the bottom of the box of Christmas ornaments rather than the tree.

ultrazilla2000 12/10/2010 7:14:46 PM

Ok...now make one for American Greetings!  Their ornaments are just as cool and their Godzilla series is a personal favorite!

drumshine 12/15/2010 10:20:57 AM

Yes!! I have the Vader and the Spiderman one. I don't think they've made one, but they need to make a spider-man that hangs upside down.

Vader rules. I have an auto-timer on my lights. There's a quick click of the lights...some familiar breathing, and then..."The Force is with you young Skywalker, but you are not a jedi yet."  - Awesome. The house rule is - lights click on, not a sound from anyone until Vader is finished.

jochimus 12/25/2010 2:57:34 PM

Got the Ecto and Spidey ornaments on our tree now, also got a Supes ornament and a Bats ornament from the early to mid-'90s, and a Space Ghost ornament from a couple years ago. I usually get a new one each year; this year I got the new Enterprise (I had the 1701-A from a few years ago, but it got broken last year).

I dig the Trek and Wars ornaments, but some of Hallmark's choices strike me as exceptionally odd, like the year they made an ornament of the Death Star.  Yeah, nothing says peace and good will to all during the holiday season like the space station that annihilated untold billions.

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