The exact reason why people feel the need to adorn their lawns and gardens with ceramic gnomes may never be known, but maybe it's a not-so-secret way to show their allegiance towards a race of tiny human-like fantasy creatures? If that's the case, why not instead display your loyalties for something a little more based in reality? Like the giant walking robot AT-ATs from The Empire Strikes Back.
An original ThinkGeek creation, this $40 lawn ornament is made from resin instead of ceramic, so it should mostly survive an accidental run in with a riding mower—or Snowspeeder. The effect is probably more convincing once your lawn is covered in snow come the winter, but even on green grass this somehow ends up looking less tacky than a gnome. [ThinkGeek]