Top 6 Nuttiest Nutcrackers Money Can Buy

Since at least the 15th century, a festive nutcracker has taken on the form of a knight or king, at the ready to crack that walnut or almond. Today, a simple lever will do the trick just fine, but the figurines are still prevalent for some standard holiday fare (and even that ballet of the same name, which runs year in and year out at the Houston Ballet). That is, of course, unless you're talking about more modern interpretations of the classic design. No, these nutcrackers are different beasts entirely, almost unrecognizable as nutcrackers, inspired by pop culture, nerd-dom or just plain nutty. To follow, a few of our nuttiest finds.

6. Star Trek Nutcrackers

Captain Kirk and Spock have been immortalized on their fair share of ridiculous yet oddly collectible crap merchandise -- bobbleheads, Pez dispensers, Legos and, of course, mugs. Add to that shopping list nutcrackers. It's all there -- the appropriate gold and blue sleek shirts for our leading men, the Starfleet symbol over the left breast, even Spock's "live long and prosper" position. The only thing missing, it seems, are their necks.

5. Storm Trooper Nutcracker

Star Trek not nerdy enough for you? How about this Star Wars-inspired nutcracker of a Storm Trooper. The stiff posture and robotic-like quality of the Storm Trooper make it the perfect Nutcracker, though there are also Darth Vader, Clone Trooper, R2D2 and Yoda versions out there, if those suit your fancy. And like the Star Trek sample above, this item comes courtesy of holiday decorations exporter Kurt Adler, who seems to have the market cornered on pop culture-inspired nutcrackers. After spending a minute on the company's Web site, you'd forget what a typical nutcracker even looked like.

Top 6 Nuttiest Nutcrackers Money Can Buy

4. Uncle Sam Nutcracker

Doesn't Christmas just scream patriotism? Make you want to sport some red, white and blue? Don a glittery top hat? Yeah, we didn't think so either. Though judging by this sequined Uncle Sam nutcracker by Holiday Lane at Macy's, you'd think it did. There's nothing like a Fourth-of-July-appropriate decoration in December to confuse you into thinking you're in the wrong holiday entirely, and what's the point of that? This just makes us shake our heads into our hands and mutter "Why?" over and over and over again. If it must be bought, please do the appropriate thing and save it for July Fourth.

Top 6 Nuttiest Nutcrackers Money Can Buy

3. Surfer Nutcracker

We generally like the decorative offerings at Target this time of year. We even picked up a tasteful berry wreath not too long ago. But in the nutcracker department, that store is cracked. Just take this sunglasses-sporting, wetsuit-donning, surfboard-toting specimen. It looks like a bad joke that accidentally got turned into an actual nutcracker. And don't get us started on that heinous white goatee.



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