There are a lot of specialty Christmas ornaments out there, from cartoon characters to sports figures to dogs and cats and pretty much everything you can imagine. We’re not all that traditional, we’ve been collecting a couple of lines of ornaments over the years that we’ve thought were cute, but the only really geeky ornaments we have on our tree are the Godzillas.
Let’s take a look at these kaiju collectibles in a little more depth, shall we?
The series, made by Carlton Cards, started in 2005 with the above Godzilla stomping Tokyo, was something we had to have immediately. Each ornament has light and sound and they’ve introduced a new one every single year since. Unfortunately, we were unaware that this was intended to be an ongoing series because they vanished from the local Hallmark store that we bought ornaments at after 2006. We just didn’t know that they were still coming out until we stumbled across one again at the local Kohls in 2010. Unfortunately again, Kohls stopped carrying them thereafter and again, we didn’t know it was still going on.
So far, we have three out of the set, the 2005, 2006 and 2010 ornaments and we’re going to be picking up the rest once we get around to it. I’ve got an order in right now for the 2013 ornament featuring Mechagodzilla.
So here’s what’s out so far:
2005 (pictured above), features Godzilla stomping on Tokyo. When you push a building (seen on the right), it plays the Godzilla cry.
In 2006, the ornament features Godzilla coming out of a city, with several buildings exploding around him. It plays the classic Godzilla theme with Godzilla effects over it.
2007 is a lenticular design that shows several monsters as you tilt it, with a light-up screen and Godzilla effects.
2008 is Godzilla holding the head of Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla’s eyes light up and features both monsters’ sound effects.
2009 has Godzilla attacking a train with a light-up explosion. Sound effects include Godzilla roar and crash.
2010 is burning Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Destroyah. All of the flames light up and Godzilla roars.
2011 features Godzilla taking out a lighthouse, which lights up and features waves and roar effects.
2012 went back to something simpler, Godzilla stepping on one of the maser tanks, with roars, sound effects for the tank firing, etc.
2013 brings us our first non-Godzilla ornament, it’s Mechagodzilla with light-up eyes and explosions and the expected sound effects.
Pictures of all of the ornaments are featured below, you can click on each individual image to see it up close.
So what weird and geeky thing do you do on your Christmas tree? Please share in the comments!