If there's one thing Christmas trees have been lacking all these years, it's miniaturized versions of classic arcade game cabinets. Thankfully, the people at Hallmark have decided to fill that void in style with their new Pac-Man Christmas keepsake ornament. Not only is it a fantastic reproduction of the classic arcade cabinet (though I would've preferred the cabinet original artwork), but it actually lights up and plays sounds from the game. We're not talking cheap sounds here either, these are the original sound effects taken directly from the arcade game. At $18.50, the price tag is a bit on the steep side, but that's a small price to pay to have your tree adorned with all this illuminated retro gaming goodness isn't it? The only way they could've made this ornament better was if it played a few animations from the game itself or they actually made it playable. Hey, I can dream. Suffice it to say, until you have this new Pac-Man ornament in your possession, you can consider the arduous task of decorating your tree to be incomplete. Hit the jump to see the Pactacular ornament in action:
I dunno about you guys, but I hope to hell Hallmark decides to release more of these video game ornaments. I'd love to decorate my tree with an entire row of arcade cabinet reproductions such as Zaxxon, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Frogger, Dig Dug, Galaga, Q*Bert and of course, Ms. Pac-Man. Come on Hallmark, don't let us classic gaming fans down now... you created this desire and now it's time to deliver the goods. Please don't force us to make our own ones.
So how about you guys? Do you own any video game themed ornaments? Are there any video game ornaments in particular you'd like to see produced?
pac-man on 12/01/2008 7:52 pm
That is awesome.
Creepy-critters on 12/01/2008 8:05 pm
I'm planning on making a whole array of Sackboy ornaments
stitchfan626 on 12/01/2008 8:18 pm
i would love to see hallmark work with Sega so they can make similar ornaments which are miniaturized versions of the deluxe cabinets for Hang On, After Burner, Out Run, and possibly my personal favorite: Thunder Blade
saturnknight on 12/01/2008 8:22 pm
they should do a Donkey Kong one too, all the classic popular arcade games
Silver on 12/01/2008 9:49 pm
I'm fine with the Pac-Man themed Christmas tree, you can get it with hanging spheres that look like power pills and a ball with a mouth hanging from another branch. A tree full of Pc-Man mayhem!
I would also bet my bottom penny for a cabinet with Super Bomberman. I know, a lot more recent, but the music if pretty nifty.
xe-cute (Guest) on 12/01/2008 9:52 pm
I want a Bubble Bobble one.
captain516 on 12/01/2008 10:50 pm
If they make Spy Hunter and Rampage ones(two of my favorite arcade games of all time) taht play the theme music,I would give my first born child to own them.
Steve (Guest) on 12/01/2008 10:54 pm
You could so make that fully functional...
Copper on 12/01/2008 11:54 pm
Gah! That's adorable! Must talk to my aunt...She works at Hallmark here in town! (Just the retail store, so sorry, can't put a bug in her ear about more, but I definitely would!)
Scorpio1976 on 12/02/2008 12:33 am
Hallmark needs to make a Gauntlet ornament, just so I could hear "Blue Wizard is about to die" eminate from my tree!
-RoG- on 12/02/2008 2:24 am
Actually, I could really go for a Sinistar ornament so I can hear it say "I HUNGER!" whenever I press the button on it.
Pentegarn on 12/02/2008 5:14 am
20 bux ain't too horrible for something that cool
Bujold on 12/02/2008 7:13 am
Actually, I think I would have nightmares if my Christmas tree began saying things like "BEWARE I LIVE!"
That, or it would be infinitely cool, like that Santa Claus figurine with a forever rotating head I saw at the store, but sadly didn't think about buying. Just imagine how awesome of an Halloween decoration this would have been with one of those "spooky" tapes you get at the dollar store playing.
HowardC on 12/02/2008 10:08 am
I doubt you'll ever see anything released besides this pacman one. Old people identify arcade games with pacman and pretty much nothing else. Expect the long-anticipated pong console ornament to follow next. ;)
If you are willing to spend the cash, it would be quite easy to make it playable.... I'm pretty sure there is a version of mame for the gba. Gameboy micro + mame = win!
SunnyD on 12/02/2008 10:47 am
If I recall correctly, didn't they release keychain versions of the arcade games that WERE playable?
on a side note, i'm decorating my tree with pure white (not transparent) spheres, some fruit, and then cutting out little ghosties and sticking a pac-man at the very top of the tree. Gorgeous!
XtinaxFan on 12/02/2008 12:45 pm
Some teris shaped baubles would be cool.
For ages i've wanted a Sinistar alarm clock, "run run", "rawr" . Just what everyone needs to wake up to.
Relaxing Dragon on 12/02/2008 1:27 pm
I'd love some Invader ornaments from Space Invaders. Simple, yes, but ionic.
And I agree with above, some tetris ones would be completely awesome.
bobbidyboo on 12/02/2008 2:35 pm
If they made a Zero Wing ornament, all my twenty dollars are belong to Hallmark.
Mental Pooperscooper on 12/02/2008 5:58 pm
wow, i got that same ornament a few days ago...
Someone had to bring this up eventually so why not me, SUPER MARIO BROS. a few super mushrooms, some semi-transparent Boos, mario stepping on luigi's, head a chain of Bowsers minions instead of tinsle leading up to the king kuppa on top of the tree with peach slung over his shoulder & holding up a power star...Oh and we need some stinger ornments
MissEvie on 12/02/2008 6:02 pm
I used to do a tree all in AOL CD's,
now we have one that is done in all star trek,
Every year I get my Husband the newest one from hallmark. I have even made felt stockings that look like uniforms!
I would love to do a tree in Arcade games!
I am sending an e-mail to Hallmark to request more! They can NOt stop at just Pacman!
-RoG- on 12/02/2008 6:42 pm
MissEvie, your comment about the AOL CD's actually sparked an old memory for me. When I used to work at Circuit City as one of their Web Designers years ago, AOL came to visit our corporate headquarters during the holidays one year. They actually brought their AOL mascot with them and everybody was given the opportunity to take a photo with the lil' guy which was then printed onto a Christmas greeting card we could give to our co-workers. Now, AOL was always a pain in our side because many of the people who used their service had problems viewing the Circuit City web site. I guess I felt like this greeting card thing was the perfect opportunity to let off a little steam. And here was the result:
Adoring Fan (Guest) on 12/02/2008 9:32 pm
I was going to suggest a Metal Slug ornament, but god damn do I want my Christmas tree to tell me that it hungers.
10,000 Volt Ghost on 12/03/2008 3:40 am
That AOL picture is awesome.
Pac-Man, are you getting that ornament or what?
Sick Boy (Guest) on 12/03/2008 3:28 pm
Rog you're the fucking man. I actually wanted to hang a dead body from the tree because you know of all the people I've killed digitally in GTA 4.
pac-man on 12/03/2008 6:14 pm
I dunno, dude, despite my moniker I'm not the biggest fan of the game. Whodathunkit?
Autrach Sejanoz on 12/03/2008 9:14 pm
I don't know what's more awesome - the Pac-Man ornament, or RoG's AOL picture.
Just had a thought...the only way that the ornament could be any cooler was if it played (and showed the video for) "I WILL BEAT PAC-MAN!"
-RoG- on 12/03/2008 10:21 pm
Autrach Sejanoz, holy shit man... if I had the ability to hack the ornament and put that song on there, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Can't believe I didn't think of that idea. Good call!
Oh and thanks guys, glad you like my AOL greeting card picture. Feel free to use it as your own personal greeting card this month... I'm sure your families would appreciate it.
kidneyboy on 12/04/2008 1:51 am
Looks pretty sweet! Not too much to pay for Pac-Man on your tree! I would want a 4 player TMNT one! Or Spy Hunter.
Happy 9th Birthday I-Mockery! Rock.
resident-adam on 12/04/2008 11:22 pm
Word, that Pac-Man ornament is gonna get bought.. and also a Happy belated Thanksgiving and an early Happy Holidays.
CaTlaloc on 12/05/2008 12:25 am
I love going into the Hallmark store and pushing all the ornament sounds effects at the same time. The old ladies working the front counter always give me the look of death for doing that.
ecco6t9 (Guest) on 12/08/2008 1:56 am
Holy Jesus! I'm going to Hallmark tomorrow.
MissEvie on 12/08/2008 6:07 pm
CaTlaloc: My hubby and self love to push all the sound effects button's. Walmart employess just ignore but the guys at Meijers get upset if you push them all, again and again and again.
Geminate on 12/19/2008 7:01 pm
Uh, just forget the ornament and buy the real thing instead of a Christmas tree...you would probably 'save' money.
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