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Click meSpacerLando's 2006 Pop Culture Christmas Tree
By Lando Da Pimp

Its that time of year again for my annual article featuring my Pop Culture Christmas Tree. Each year Mrs. Da Pimp allows me to decorate a small tree with the newest Hallmark Pop Culture ornaments with a new train under the tree.

This year Hallmark sent me a wide variety of ornaments from their 2006 collection. Remember not all Christmas Ornaments have to be boring old glass balls!


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Anakin Skywalker And Obi-Wan Kenobi
(Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)

The Star Wars films may be long over but, that doesn't stop the merchandise from continuing to roll out. The depiction of the final battle from Episode III is the best ornament of the collection. It may not look like much but, a press of the button reenacts the scene using dialog from the film with lightsaber sounds and lights.

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Harry Potter: Creeping Along the Corridors

This year's Harry Potter ornament depicts a three dimensional Potter with a backdrop or Ron & Hermione, creeping along the corridors. It appears that the ornament depicts a scene from Chamber of Secret based on the backdrop photograph. My biggest problem is the glasses. This isn't just a Hallmark problem. Every action figure / bust has yet to perfect glasses. Most of the time they look way to large for the figures face.

You can buy this ornament here


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Shrek, Donkey And Puss In Boots

Shrek 3 arrives in theaters next year, but until then Hallmark has created another ornament based on the second film. Shrek holds a happy Donkey with Puss In Boots a separate small ornament. It doesn't look it, but Puss is really small.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean

The sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean was the biggest film of the year but this ornament is based on the first film / Disney ride. The dog holding the prison cell keys is the most famous scene from the Disney ride. So far both films have utilized this scene. The ornament features Jack Sparrow tempting the dog with a bone that plays a song with a press of a button.

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Spider-Man

Another Spider-Man ornament is included in this year's Hallmark collection. Spidey hangs from the tree limb with a string that mimics his web.

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Deck The Halls, Charlie Brown

Every year Hallmark makes a Peanut ornaments. This year's ornament features a glimpse into the Brown household with Charlie, Sally, Snoopy, and Woodstock decorating the Christmas Tree. The ornament plays the Peanut gang singing Deck the Halls.

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The Wizard of OZ Glinda The Good Witch Arrives!

Let me state something first. Glinda the Good Witch was hot and now she hangs from my tree incased in a plastic transparent ball. The Wizard of Oz was one of the first "blockbuster" films and only seems fair that it belongs on my tree. Of course it is a bit girly.

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Nothing seems more irritating to me than dancing Penguins. Correct that, dancing penguins with Robin Williams voice. This may not have been my choice to hang this ornament, but with everything the wife always has an opinion. You can make the penguin dance by pushing the button on the back of the ornament. Luckily, it doesn't make sounds.

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Each year I also place a train around the tree. Over the past few years I have used my Lionel Train and the Santa Fe Super Chief Set 10020 LEGO train. This year, LEGO produced a new train set specifically for Christmas, The Holiday Train. LEGO is being politically correct by calling it the Holiday Train. It's clearly a Christmas train filled with presents, Christmas trees, and using festive red and green colors.

The 965 piece train is made up of an locomotive with coal tender, passenger car, freight car, Christmas tree carrier, and caboose and measures 45" long. The engine has a 0-6-0 train wheel arrangement of six powered driving wheels (three powered axles on either side), and no leading nor trailing wheels. Real engines with that wheel arrangements are typically used as a switchers in the US and for slow speed engines in Europe. Both engine and coal car are green colored and decorated with holly. The engine fits one mini-figure comfortably.

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The passenger cars roof opens up revealing the interior that holds 4 different mini-figure passengers. Inside is a set of chairs and tables. On either side of the car is an entrance way with a door.

You can buy the Holiday Train with the 9v Motor and track or without. I already owned the track and motor from my Santa Fe Super Chief Set 10020. I couldn't fit the motor onto the locomotive so I placed it on the passenger car.

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The freight car is filled with toys and wrapped packages. This was the longest car to build because each package is built with multiple 1 x 2 plates. A motor scooter, books, and an extremely large rabbit are included with the multiple wrapped packages. The Christmas Tree carrier and caboose follow up behind the freight car. The tree carrier holds three pine trees with red posts on either side to keep the trees from falling out. Matching the colors of the locomotive the caboose is also decorated in green with holly. Unfortunately the caboose doesn't open up to reveal the interior of the car.

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I instantly ordered the Holiday train when it was for sale in October. It was really hard not to open up the set until now. I wish that the locomotive was a bit larger. Being a train enthusiast the more wheels the better. I love Christmas themed toys and hope that LEGO continues to release new Holiday theme products.

Each year I try and make my pop culture tree unique from the previous year. As long as Hallmark continues releasing ornaments of pop-culture I will continue with the tradition.

You can order just the Holiday Train only from LEGO or you can buy the Holidaty Train with 9V motor and track.





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