Ornament-a-Day 2019: Darth Vader Peekbuster

The last Ornament-a-Day entry is dedicated to the only geeky ornament left on the family tree: 2012’s Darth Vader Peekbuster. Given that the family tree is where the wrapped family presents go and since this Vader is designed to detect and scold would-be present peekers, it’s entirely appropriate.

This battery-powered, Christmas-themed Vader wears his traditional black armor but has red gloves and a red cape. When turned on, Vadar’s motion sensor detects when objects (usually people, occasionally dogs) move in front of it. He then says things like:

  • “Your feelings for these presents are strong. Too strong, perhaps.”
  • “Peek again, and you’ll feel the full power of the dark side.”
  • “No peeking. There will be a substantial reward for your patience. “
  • “I find your lack of patience disturbing.”
  • “You will peek again. It is your destiny.”

It’s a cute ornament, but given the amount of traffic that passes in front of the family Christmas tree, it’s not a practical one (which, of course, sums up most of my geeky ornaments, regardless of what tree they are on).

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