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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Geek Tree Preview for 2007

by Ken Newquist / September 26, 2007

Hallmark's released their Winter 2007 ornaments, so it's time to warp ahead to the future of this year's Geek Tree. I have my eye on three new ornaments, two spawned by Star Trek and and Joss Whedon's Firefly.

First up is the three-warp nacelled Enterperise 1701-D from the episode of "All Good Things", the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

 Alternative Enterprise

The good news is that we get a new Enterprise and the sculpt looks great. The bad news is that Hallmark seems hell-bent on continuing to do unpowered Trek ornaments and while this one does light up thanks to an onboard battery, you have to press a button to get it to work. It's a far cry from the powered ornaments (which plugged directly into Christmas tree lights); the blue/red glow of the nacelles and deflector dishes of the older ornaments did a wonderful job of reinforcing the sci0fi feel of the tree. But I've said this too many times before.

The other notable Star Trek ornament this year recreates the bridge scene of Star Trek: Wrath of Khan.

 Wrath of Khan

Wrath of Khan's my favorite Trek movie, so I must get this ornament. The model's viewer looks a tad cheesy and the sound a bit tiny -- it's hard for Khan to sound truly threatening coming from an ornament -- but the rest of the sculpt is solid.

Easily my favorite ornament this year is one I first heard about in 2006: Dark Horse Comics' Serenity ornament:

 Serenity

Just too freaking cool. I haven't seen one in person, so I don't know if it's die-cast or not (if so, it could be pretty heavy) but it's just the sort of niche ornament I need to further diversify the Geek Tree.

Speaking of that, there are a few other ornaments out this year that I might pick up should time and funds allow. The Pirates of the Caribbean's Jack Sparrow would further expand the Geek Tree's genres. I probably have enough Harry Potter ornaments at this point, but Cauldron Trouble, depicting Harry and Hermione working on their potions isn't bad.

Of course, the big challenge this year won't be finding new ornaments -- it'll be keeping my then 16-month-old son from destroying the ones I have and/or knocking over the Geek Tree. When we went through this with Jordan, we were able to convince her not to "look, not touch"; I have no idea whether we'll be as successful the second time around.

The other notable development this year is that I plan to have a small "Geek Tree Trimming Party" for my friends. Sue and I have a family tree trimming party every year, but in the past folks have lamented not being around to see the Geek Tree go up. This year I plan to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving assembling the tree with friends, drinking beer, and watching a few geeky movies (and/or playing Halo 3).

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I've got the Serenity ornament. It'son the heavy side and very well done. Probably PVC, not metal. It has a removable hook and stand, so you can display it on a tree or not.

Worth the money.

Dark Horse issued two new ornaments in the Serenity series also.
One is just a "re-do" of the intial offering -- a version of the ship in Reaver disquise . The second is Inara's shuttle. I've seen them on the Dark Horse site and on Ebay.

I think the Reaver disguised one would freak out pretty much everyone in my family, so I'll pass on it. Inara's shuttle sounds very cool though!

Hi there, the site NToonz has a lot of cool ornaments, especially the webcomic based ones. I think it's geeky...

http://www.ntoonz.com/

I love the idea of a geek tree and might try to do this myself.

Cheers!

Thanks -- I like the General Protection Fault ornament; very geeky indeed!

On an unrelated note, unfortunately I think I just accidentally deleted your Nuketown account in my recent spam account purge. If you want to create a new one, I'll approve it ASAP.