MEGATech Showcase: Tree Decorating, Geek Style Beth Snyder December 9, 2016 Features In this showcase, we’re going to concentrate on ornaments that will immediately let anyone who enters your home know they’ve come to a geek-friendly environment. First, it’s the classic Enterprise, of course from Star Trek. Although gold in colour, it is made of plastic, and it measures 2.53″ W x 1.34″ H x 5.81″ D (6.42 W 3.4 x 14.75 cm). This one is an official 2016 Hallmark Keepsake ornament, to commemorate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. It doesn’t just hang there and look pretty, though… When you press the bridge, it plays the theme song (2 LR44 batteries required, included)! Make one yours for $32.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Moving on to that other space-themed movie franchise, here’s a scene between Darth Vader and Princess Leia from A New Hope that would look lovely on your tree. This ornament measures 3.5″ x 4.8″ x 2.1″ (8.89 x 12.19 x 5.3 cm), and requires a button cell battery (included) because it plays dialogue from the scene. Cost is $29.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts It’s not that I prefer the Dark Side, it’s that I have always been a fan of Darth Vader, even when I was a kid and he was supposed to scare me silly. This ornament deserves a place on your tree even if you don’t decide to go all-out geek! He measures 3.25″ tall x 2.35″ wide x 1.65″ deep (8.25 x 5.96 x 4.19 cm), and is made of resin. He’s ready to take on anyone who might threaten your tree with his red light saber in hand. And he’s cheap! You can pick up this one for just $7.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts If you’re going to do Star Wars, you’re going to need a Boba Fett ornament. This one is also made of resin, measures 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1 3/4 (6.3 x 8.9 x 4.4 cm), and has a ribbon loop for hanging. Boba Fett also costs just $7.99 US, so pick one up today! Source: Geek Alerts Yoda! (Yes, Weird Al just started singing in my head again…it’s a sickness, I think.) He’s made of resin, and stands 3″ x 1″ x 1″ (7.62 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm). He also comes with a ribbon loop for hanging, and is portrayed leaning on his cane with that all-knowing look on his face. Buy one you will, for $7.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Can I admit this? I haven’t seen any of the new movies, nor do I intend to. In my world, there are but three Star Wars movies. Thus, I have no idea who this BB-8 character is, other than assuming he’s some relative of R2-D2. However, I know many of you probably do know who he is, and therefore would want him on your tree. He stands about 2.5 inches tall (6.35 cm), and like the previous ones is made of resin and comes with a ribbon loop for hanging. Cost is again $7.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Another character about which I have no clue! This is Rey, and apparently no Star Wars collection is complete without her. She stands about 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) tall, and is ready for action with her light saber raised. Rey is made of resin, and also costs $7.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Had enough Star Wars? How about Game of Thrones? These egg ornaments may or may not actually be able to hatch a dragon (although in all fairness I would have to assume not), but they will look absolutely beautiful on your tree! Especially when your lights hit them, as they have plenty of pretty detail. Here’s the catch: Which one you get is left to chance. You pay your $9.99, and you get a randomly selected egg that could be Drogon, Rhaegal, or Viserion. Each one measures about 3.25 inches (8.25 cm). Source: Technabob Superheroes are huge this year! So why not hang Captain America’s shield on your tree, and let your friends and family know you’ve got American pride? This is a blown glass ornament, and measures about 4 inches (about 10 cm). It’s even got blown glass straps on the back, although I wouldn’t recommend trying to use them to hold it as if it were a real shield. Add one to your tree for $9.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Sticking with Marvel superheroes, how about Thor? He measures 2.25 x 3 inches (5.7 x 7.6 cm), and is made of resin. He stands, hammer poised for action, ready to take on anyone who might threaten your tree or attempt to peek at their gifts too early. Make the Avengers fan in your life happy for just $7.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Marvel doesn’t have the only superheroes… DC Comics jumps in with this Wonder Woman shield. Like Captain America’s shield, this one is made of blown glass, and features the double W symbol on both sides. It measures 4 inches across (about 10 cm), and comes with a ribbon loop for hanging. Add some girl power sparkle to your tree for $9.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts The shield is great, but it’s even better to have Wonder Woman herself on your tree! She’s made of resin and stands about 3 inches (7.6 cm) tall, with a hanging loop attached. She even comes with her invisible jet, but it’s up to you to figure out where it is (hint: it’s in the picture)… could be a fun party game, though! Wonder Woman costs a mere $7.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Can’t forget this DC hero! Add a blown glass Batman logo to your tree for just $9.99 US, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends. And maybe, just maybe, if you point one of your lights at it just right, it will actually summon the Caped Crusader to your living room. Wouldn’t that be neat? This one measures 4 1/4″ across (about 10 cm), and comes with a ribbon loop for hanging. Source: Geek Alerts At first glance, I was going to pass this one by. And then I realized this is no ordinary Statue of Liberty ornament, this one is a Weeping Angel! She stands 5.5 inches (about 14 cm) tall, and she’s just as disturbing as you’d expect her to be. Maybe if you’ve got young children you should hang this toward the top so as to not frighten them. And for the love of all things, don’t blink! She’s just $7.99 US… why don’t you own one already? Source: Geek Alerts Your tree is now covered in ornaments, and that’s great! But what to put on top… A Star! Or, even better, a Death Star! It’s available in red or blue, with the laser dish lighting up green. Not only does it light up, but it also plays the Star Wars theme and the Imperial March… what says holiday spirit more than that? It’s got a remote control, and plugs into a standard 110v wall outlet. It also includes 3 LR44 button batteries, I assume for the remote. It measures 6.5 inches in diameter (16.5 cm), and is full of awesome! Cost is a fairly spendy $99.00 US, but it’s totally worth it. Source: Oh Gizmo Angels on top of a tree? So out of style! Darth Vader on top of a tree? Phenomenal! His red light saber lights up, and he includes a programmed timer so you can use him when you need him and leave him to the Dark Side when you don’t. His cape wraps around the top of the tree, and he requires three AAA batteries (not included). Dimensions are 12.6 x 7.2 x 7 inches (32 x 18.2 x 17.7 cm), and he weighs one pound (about half a kilogram). Top your tree with the Sith Lord for $39.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Finally, we have a tree topper for those of you who prefer good over evil. Yoda (yes, Weird Al, I hear you) stands a foot tall (30.5 cm), and his robe pulls down over your tree to keep him in place. His light saber is of course green, and it lights up. He requires three AAA batteries (not included) and like Darth he weighs about one pound (half a kilogram). Festive cheer he brings, for $39.99 US. Source: Geek Alerts Share This With The World!