Ornament-a-Day 2019: Rocket Raccoon and Groot

Day 8 of Ornament-a-Day 2019 is dedicated to everyone’s favorite heavily-armed trash panda and his flora colossus sidekick. My family is big fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, so when this Infinity War-inspired ornament featuring the duo picking it up for the Geek Tree was a no-brainer. It’s an unpowered ornament featuring teenager Groot, carrying a big gun, and … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: The Flying DeLorean

Star Wars and Star Trek dominated the early days of the Geek Tree, because those were the only ornaments that Hallmark and others were making. Thankfully, the rise of geek culture – and nostalgia for the 80s – led to a proliferation of other ornaments. The flying DeLorean from Back to the Future, Part II is one of them. … Read more

Ornament-a-Day: Ellen Ripley vs. Alien Queen

Alien (1977) and Aliens (1986) are two of my favorite science fiction movies. I never expected any characters or monsters from the films to be rendered in ornament form, so I was pleasantly surprised in 2014 when Hallmark released the original xenomorph. The creature is crouched down and ready to strike, and I like to nestle it among the … Read more

Ornament-a-Day: C-3PO and R2-D2 … with porgs!

I have mixed fillings about Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Visually, it’s a beautiful film with some of the best sequences we’ve ever seen in Star Wars (I’m thinking specifically of the desperate hyperspace jump that slew the First Order’s flagship. On the other hand, the narrative flowed unevenly, it seemed to disregard much of what came … Read more

Ornament-a-Day: Boba Fett

The Mandalorian is all the rage right now, and rightly so. It’s an excellent series that pays homage to the lore of the Expanded Universe and delivers a show that’s loyal to the look, feel, and themes of Star Wars. Of course, it all began with one of Star Wars’ most enigmatic characters (and Day 4’s featured ornament): … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Gungan Submarine

Released in 2000, the Gungan Submarine was the follow-up to 1999’s Naboo Starfighter.  The submarine appeared in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace during Qui-Gon and Obi-wan’s journey through the watery core of Naboo. It’s a powered ornament, with its cockpit, biomechanical tale, and underbelly light illuminated. It doesn’t play any sounds. It’s also the … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019

A close up shot of a starship ornament in an evergreen tree. Another starship, blurry in appearance, is in the background.

The Geek Tree has a long and storied history at Nuketown. Beginning with a humble 4-foot tree back in the late 1990s, the Geek Tree is now a 9-foot-tall (albeit narrow) tree packed with ornaments from dozens of movies, TV shows, books, and other geeky inspirations. While I’ve spent a fair amount of time discussing the … Read more

Ornament-a-Day 2019: Naboo Starfighter

I’m kicking off the Ornament-a-Day 2019 with 1999’s Naboo Starfighter. Taken from Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the Naboo Starfighter is an unpowered ornament that still manages to shine thanks to its highly reflective silver underbelly and engine pods. The silver sheen is offset by the Naboo fighter’s yellow paint job. It’s a distinctive ornament … Read more