Light Toppers™ Collection

Originally released by Empire in 1996 in both Halloween and Christmas designs, Light Toppers™ came in three different versions:

  1. Tree Light Toppers™ designed to be attached via an integrated clip to any off-the-shelf C7 or C9 light strands.
  2. Pathway Light Toppers™ designed to mount to Toro and Malibu landscape lighting via specifically designed adapter plate that was screwed to the bottom.
  3. Complete Light Toppers™, alternate forms of the Pathway Light Toppers™, that were sold as sets with a traditional ground stake, C7 bulb and cord.

Both the Tree Light Toppers™ and Complete Light Toppers™ versions would only last into the 1997 season; leaving only the Pathway Light Toppers™ version to continue production until Empire’s 2000 closure. 1998, 1999 and 2000 would all see the introduction of new designs and an occasional discontinuation of older designs. Empire’s 1997 Easter catalog would include a new bunny design alongside two new egg designs—however it is unknown whether they were produced. Many designs are adapted versions of pre-existing Empire blow mold designs.

Less than a year before Empire’s closure, their Light Toppers™ patent (filed in 1996 under the name “Home Decoration System”) would be issued in 1999. After Empire’s 2000 closure, General Foam Plastics would acquire the rights and re-stamp each mold with their name. General Foam Plastics would continue to sell the Pathway Light Toppers™ version for several more years, however they would not introduce any new designs.

Both Empire and General Foam Plastics would import their Light Toppers™ from China. It is unclear what company within China was responsible for manufacturing.

Companies

Empire

9"H x 5"W x 4 ½"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Angel

#16190

Available 1999-2000

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© Nick Kraelew

9"H x 4"W x 4"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Penguin

#16190

Available 1999-2000

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© Nick Kraelew

9"H x 5"W x 3 ½"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Bear

#16190

Available 1999?-2000?

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© Nick Kraelew

9" Pathway Light Toppers™ Reindeer

#16190

Available 1999?-2000?

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© Nick Kraelew

10 ½"H x 5"W x 3 ½"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Candle

#1592, 1594, 16190

Available 1996-2000

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© Nick Kraelew

9" Tree Light Toppers™ Candy Cane

#1388, 1389

Available 1996-1997

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© David L. Arsenault

9"H x 4"W x 4"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Elf

#16190

Available 1999-2000

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© Nick Kraelew

9" Tree Light Toppers™ Santa

#1388, 1389

Available 1996-1997

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© Mel Fischer

10"H x 4 ½"W x 4"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Santa

#1592, 1594, 16190

Available 1996-2000

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© Nick Kraelew

9 ½"H x 5 ½"W x 3 ½"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Snowman

#1592, 1594, 16190

Available 1998-2000

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10"H x 3 ½"W x 3 ½"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Soldier

#1592, 1594, 16190

Available 1996-2000

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Pathway Light Toppers™ Christmas Tree

#1592, 1594, 16190

Available 1998-2000

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9 ½" Pathway Light Toppers™ Ghost

#7380, 7385

Available 1996-2000

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9 ½" Tree Light Toppers™ Ghost

#7390, 7392

Available 1996-1997

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© Mel Fischer

9" Pathway Light Toppers™ Alien

#73800

Available 1999?-2000?

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9"H x 5 ½"W x 4 ¼"D

Pathway Light Toppers™ Gargoyle

#7380

Available in 1998

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9" Pathway Light Toppers™ Monster

#73800

Available 1999-2000

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9" Pathway Light Toppers™ Vampire

#73800

Available 1999-2000

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8" Tree Light Toppers™ Pumpkin

#7390, 7392

Available 1996-1997

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© Mel Fischer

9" Pathway Light Toppers™ Pumpkin

#7380, 7385

Available 1996-1998

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9" Pathway Light Toppers™ Pumpkin Patch People

#7380

Available in 1998

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9" Pathway Light Toppers™ Pumpkin Scarecrow

#73800

Available 1999-2000

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Pathway Light Toppers™ Witch

#7380

Available in 1998

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