Geek Tree 2021: To Boldy Go…

In 2020, I finally exceeded the carrying capacity of the Geek Tree. This has happened before, and will likely happen again (there are no beginnings or endings to the Geek Tree… ) but this time I couldn’t simply upgrade.

The Geek Tree is a 9-foot tall narrow artificial tree. We don’t have space for an equally tall, normal diameter tree in addition to our Family Tree … and the Geek Tree replacing the Family Tree isn’t an option (or at least, not an every-year option; we’ve done it once before).

So instead of going bigger, I’m going focused. Last year, as I was putting away the Geek Tree ornaments, I decided to go with a Star Trek-themed tree. It’s fitting in many ways – The shuttlecraft Galileo is the first geeky ornament I ever received and inspired all those I collected or received afterward. After more than three decades of ornament collecting, Star Trek ornaments account for a significant percentage of my geeky ornaments, perhaps rivaled only by Star Wars in quality.

Going with a Star Trek-themed tree gives rise to some new opportunities. With far fewer ornaments on the tree (others may consider this a “normal” amount of ornaments, but why be normal?) there are opportunities for additional ornaments to augment the familiar ones.

  • Star Trek origami Paper ornaments are staples of many trees so why not the Geek Tree? The biggest drawback here is time; I’ve tried origami in the past, and while it’s fun, it’s not fast.
    • Star Trek: Paper Universe – Lots of paper Star Ships including options like a Klingon bird-of-prey, a Cardassian battle cruiser, and the good ol’U.S.S. Enterprise herself.
    • Origami Resource Center: Star Trek – Features instructions for the Enterprise, Reliant, Defiant, Borg cube, and Klingon Battle Cruiser
  • Planets: Colored glass ball ornaments were always a critical part of the Geek Tree. They were critical for reflecting light and adding depth to the Geek Tree, but they were always in the background. With a Star Trek-themed tree, you need strange new worlds … so why not add planet ornaments?
  • Nebula: The Mutara Nebula featured prominently in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and I’m tempted to try and recreate it on the Geek Tree for my Enterprise and Reliant starships. Something involving pulled cotton and purple/pink lights might work. It might also just look like some sort of giant space blob (which could also work…)
  • Galaxies: Swirling starscapes are an essential part of Star Trek, so a few ornaments that evoke that would fit the Geek Tree nicely.
  • Tree Topper: My normal Geek Tree topper is a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who … but that’s not going to work with a Star Trek tree. There is an Enterprise tree topper from Hallmark, but at $150, it’s way too expensive for me. I’m contemplating taking one of the two Enterprise model rocket kits I have and re-purposing one for the Geek Tree, though doing so might take more time than I have.


  1. Shuttlecaft Galileo (1992, string powered)
  2. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D (1993, powered, string powered)
  3. Klingon Bird of Prey (1994, string powered)
  4. Romulan Warbird (1995, string powered)
  5. U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 (1996, string powered)
  6. U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205 (1997, string powered lights)
  7. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E (1998, battery-powered lights)
  8. Borg Cube (2000, string powered)
  9. Deep Space 9 (2001, batter powered base, sound)
  10. Delta Flyer (2002, string powered lights and voice)
  11. U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01 (Metal, 2002)
  12. The Scorpion (2003, string powered)
  13. The City on the Edge of Forever (2004, string powered, sound seems to be failing)
  14. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC- 1701-A (2005, battery-powered,)
  15. Locutus of Borg (2005, powered, strong powered) – Sound synthesizer appears to have broken, so it makes a buzzing sound. Very sad.
  16. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (2006, 40th Anniversary Edition, battery-powered lights and theme song w/base)
  17. Future Enterprise (variant NCC-1701-D) (2007, battery-powered)
  18. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (2007, voice and light with batteries)
  19. U.S.S. Reliant (2008, battery-powered lights)
  20. “The Trouble With Tribbles” (2008, battery-powered sound and motion, sadly broken)
  21. Klingon Battle Cruiser (2009, battery-powered lights)
  22. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (2010, Kelvin Universe, battery-powered lights)
  23. Romulan Bird-of-Prey (2011, light up with batteries)
  24. Star Trek: “Mirror, Mirror” (2011, voice with batteries)
  25. U.S.S. Kelvin NCC-0514 (2013, battery-powered)
  26. U.S.S. Nemesis (2014, battery power, Star Trek Into Darkness)
  27. U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C (2015 battery power)
  28. U.S.S. Enterprise (Pilot Version) (2016, 50th anniversary Gold Edition)
  29. U.S.S. Franklin NX-326 (2017, battery-powered)
  30. U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031 (2018, light up with batteries)
  31. Star Trek NCC-1701 (2019, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 40th Anniversary Edition)
  32. Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (2020, Star Trek, Mirror Mirror Collection, networked)
  33. Captain James T. Kirk (2020, Star Trek, Mirror Mirror Collection, networked)
  34. Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (2020, Star Trek, Mirror Mirror Collection, networked)

The 2021 Additions

Hallmark’s current Star Trek line includes a collection of “Storyteller” ornaments that can be networked together to recreate a story. The current focus is on characters and dialogue from the Mirror, Mirror episode of The Original Series

  • Ensign Pavel Checkov
  • First Office Spock

The Lost Fleet

There are many Star Trek ornaments out there, including a bunch focused on various recreations of the crew. My emphasis, as the list above shows, has always been on starships. I have most of the starships released by Hallmark, though I have a few gaps.

  • U.S.S. Enterprise (1991) – The original, string-powered Enterprise which kicked off the entire Hallmark line. One of these years, I’d like to get the ornament, but given that it typically sells for a few hundred dollars … this is not that year.
  • Rio Grande (1999) – Amazon – I don’t know how I missed the Rio Grande when it came out; I imagine at the time I wasn’t a huge fan of Deep Space Nine and probably just missed it. If I pick up one older ornament this season, it will be this one.
  • Vulcan Command Ship (2004) – Amazon – Like the Rio Grande, the Vulcan Command Ship probably wasn’t on my radar when it came out. In retrospect, it would add some diversity to the Star Trek-themed Geek Tree, which is dominated by Federation ships.
  • I.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (2019, distributed exclusively at the San Diego Comic-Con) – I never had a chance of getting this ornament, which now goes for several hundred dollars online. The Mirror Universe ornament is neat … but it’s not several hundred dollars worth of neat.
  • U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D (2012, 25th-anniversary edition with base). I already have a 1701-D, and
  • U.S.S. Enterprise Tree Topper (2020) – I’m tempted by the Enterprise tree topper but it has two strikes against it: the price ($149) and the size. The price is a lot by ornament standards and it doesn’t go on sale after Christmas, so it’s not something you can pick up relatively cheaply. The size is also an issue; this is an impressive, hefty ship, too hefty for the tall-and-narrow Geek Tree (at least in it’s current configuration)

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The U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D in all of its illuminated glory, nestled in the 2020 version of the Geek Tree. Credit: Ken Newquist.

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