It looks like a crime scene not yet cleaned up. My Darth Vader Christmas ornament lies decapitated and in pieces. It all happened because I swung my jacket onto a stack of books that this ornament and my other recent ornament purchases (Frosty the Snowman and Christmas Vacation moose mug) were sitting on top of. The jacket began to slide off and just as it began its descent to the floor, I remembered — “HEY, MY ORNAMENTS ARE UNDER THAT JACKET AND IT’LL PROBABLY PULL THEM DOWN WITH IT!!!”
I tapped into the Speed Force and reacted. Time began to slow. Even with the risk of running myself to death a la Barry Allen during Crisis on Infinite Earths, I could not, would not stop. All great heroes have to make sacrifices. Except I still wasn’t quick enough. All three ornaments were going down. The moose mug and Frosty I caught, but…
My Christmas bonus this year was a Target gift card and I blew it on these three ornaments earlier tonight. As you all know, I need ornaments for my room tree.
You can plainly see in the picture what I got but I’ll recap for you.
- Darth Vader Star Wars ornament
- Frosty the Snowman ornament
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation moose mug ornament
They’re all blown glass ornaments, which isn’t my favorite style of ornament. Blown glass almost always screams “cheap”, “tacky” and/or “ugly” to me but I think these ornaments were pretty well done. I’m typically into the PVC-type ornaments that you might see at Hallmark. Something in a hard plastic and not so fragile that you have to treat it like nitro glycerin when handling.
By the way, I just discovered this awesome site: www.hallmarkornaments.us. I’m going to waste so much time there trying to see if I can spot any of the ornaments I had as a kid.
The Darth Vader ornament was a pretty easy pick. There was an R2-D2 ornament and he’s cool and all but he’s not as cool as Darth Vader. Plus, it was the last one! He’s actually a pretty cool ornament. Good thing he doesn’t have glitter all over him that blown glass ornaments usually have.
The next easy pick was the iconic moose mug ornament taken from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Also the last one in stock! Even if I was flip-flopping between Vader and R2-D2, there was certainly no room for debate on whether I was getting this one. You know, rumor has it that there are still some people in this world that have never seen this movie! Well, for the uninitiated, here is some of that sweet moose mug action as seen in the film:
The Frosty ornament is done in the much more usual blown glass style but given that it’s Frosty the Snowman, I can let all the glitter slide. He glistens as all snowmen should. I almost didn’t get him. After picking Vader and the moose mug, I circled Target’s Christmas department several times looking for another ornament or some type of holiday knickknack. I was about to give up and pick up a fairly cheap and goofy looking cloth Santa Claus ornament when I finally saw the row of Frostys stuck between all kinds of Spongebob and Dora Nickelodeon nonsense.
Oh yeah, and that ceramic house in the background with Santa on it? It lights up and it’s pretty much awesome. It’s been in the family collection for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations ever.
I think I scanned this one from an issue of Marvel-Two-One. It’s been awhile though, so I’m not positive.
I’d love to get my hands on that lazer sword! In some circles, it’s called a lightsaber, but apparently the Joe Kubert School (click and go look at the larger version… they produced this ad!) has never heard that term or they simply wanted to blaze their own trail. Geez, you could make a killing on eBay with this stuff today.
Anyone know what a “transfer book” is? Some type of Colorforms or trace book?