Ornament-a-Day 2019: U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656

The U.S.S. Voyager (NCC-74656) is an understated, string-powered Hallmark ornament from 1996. Taken from the Star Trek television series of the same name, the Voyager has no audio component. The 11th Ornmanent-a-Day entry uses its power to illuminate its deflector dish and two warp nacelles. They glow with the standard red-and-blue familiar to Star Trek fans, but it’s a more subtle illumination than the Enterprise 1701-D. The Enterprise stands … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Glass Vader

Glass Vader, today’s Ornament-a-Day entry, is unique: it’s the only blown glass ornament on the Geek Tree. I’ll freely admit that this wasn’t one of my favorite ornaments when I first got it at one of our family Christmas parties. It’s a black glass ornament with red sparkles near the base, making it difficult to see … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C

Another time travel-centered ornament, the Enterprise-C appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise”. During the episode, the timeline changes because the Enterprise-C passes through a rift in space/time. As it does so, it lands in a future in which the United Federation of Planets is at war with the Klingon Empire and the Enterprise-D is a warship. It turns … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Santa Yoda

The original topper for the Geek Tree was a glowing blue orb. Although vaguely sci-fi-ish, it wasn’t a great way to top the tree. And then came Santa Yoda. Part of a series of figurines that included a Christmas-themed R2-D2 and C-3PO, Santa Yoda features the 900-year-old Jedi Master in Santa garb. he’s got a full red-and-white … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Serenity

In 2006, Dark Horse Comics released a Serenity ornament, the Firefly-class starship that was the namesake of the series with the same name. Unfortunately, they sold out before I could buy one. A few years later, my wife bought my a Reaver-disguised version of Serenity inspired by the vessel’s appearance in the Serenity movie, but it’s a grim ornament for a … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Bilbo Baggins

So far Ornament-a-Day has focused on Geek Tree’s science fiction ornaments, but thanks to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter there a good number of fantasy ornaments as well. The Bilbo Baggins ornament from 2013 features the hobbit puffing on his pipe and contemplating a golden ring (obviously, the One Ring he acquired in Gollum’s cave). It’s an … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Santa Spider-man

In my heart of hearts, I’m an X-Men fan … but I have a lot of affection for Spider-man. That waxes and wanes based on storylines; I have a bunch of Spidey comic books from the Todd Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-man days, but I stopped collecting during the terrible One More Day/Brand New Day retconning storyline that saw … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Golden Enterprise NCC-1701

A gold-covered version of the Enterprise starship

I’ll admit, I was skeptical of the Golden Enterprise NCC-1701 when I got it. The 50th-anniversary ornament features the original Enterprise (no stinking A, no stinking B, no stinking C, no stinking D) … with a gold finish. On the one hand, it’s undeniably garish and gaudy. On the other hand … it’s a freaking golden Enterprise! … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Iron Patriot

A close up view of the red, white, and blue Iron Man armor.

Surprisingly, there’s no Iron Man ornament on the Geek Tree. Despite being one of the lynchpins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the closest I get to him is the Iron Patriot, the re-themed War Machine armor (painted red, white, and blue) from Iron Man 3. Today’s Ornament-a-Day entry features the armor in a flying action pose, and it adds a … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D

A side-view of the starship Enterprise 1701-D

The Geek Tree could easily be the “Star Trek” tree. Starships from the franchise’s television and cinematic runs dominate the tree, augmented by the occasional character-focused ornament. The first Star Trek ornament – and the one most sought by collectors like myself – is the 1991 version of the Enterprise. Released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Star … Read more