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This weekend Hallmark stores are having their annual Keepsake Ornament premiere parties, and Star Trek is invited. Available now are two of the three Trek themed ornaments for 2008 (a third will be available this October). Trekmovie.com has a review of the new ornaments, and provides news about some new DST items.
Christmas in July
It takes the power of Q to turn the U.S.S. Voyager into an ornament in the world of Star Trek. For fans, however, all it takes to get a Star Trek Christmas ornament is a visit to the local Hallmark store. At premiere parties on July 12th and 13th, Hallmark stores are revealing many of their ornaments of the year, including the "The Trouble With Tribbles" scene ornament and the U.S.S. Reliant.
"The Trouble With Tribbles" ornament is the newest in the line of scene based Star Trek ornaments. Available previous years were The Wrath of Khan battle scene (2007), transporter with Kirk, Spock, and Scotty (2006), Locutous meets the Borg Queen from First Contact (2005), and the "City on the Edge of Forever" Guardian scene (2004). The Tribbles ornament includes some great detailing, from holographic sticker decorations to the delta shield shaped speaker. As usual for these kinds of ornaments, there are sounds and voice effects when a button is pressed. As a bonus, this nice ornament also includes the constant barrage of Tribbles on Captain Kirk as in the original episode.
The U.S.S. Reliant continues the traditional starship line started in 1991. The very first Hallmark Star Trek ornament ever was the 1991 U.S.S. Enterprise and it commands nearly $200 because it was produced in limited numbers. For each of the last 17 years, one or two starships or vessels have been included in the ornament line. This year, U.S.S. Reliant is an excellent example of this kind of ornament. The lights are bright and the details are excellent. It is to scale with other ship ornaments, and with nearly 20 starship ornaments in the collection, fans could have a "Starfleet" themed tree with great aplomb.
Not all traditions are preserved by Hallmark during the last two decades, though. First, for the second year in a row, ornaments no longer include the "collector card" found prior to 2007. These cards featured a picture of the item on the front of the card and a "TO/FROM/DATE" form on the back and were handy for managing collections. It appears to cut costs these cards are a thing of the past. Also, Hallmark appears to have abandoned figural ornaments. Starting in 1995 with Captains Kirk and Picard, action figure sized ornaments of various characters were always offered. Nicely detailed and to scale with each other, the ornaments were good items for display at Christmas time, or any time during the year. Despite the fact that there are plenty of characters available that yet to be "ornamented" the last Star Trek figural ornament was Khan in 2005. Last year, a limited edition Uhura ornament was offered, yet it was not to scale with previous editions. Despite these concerns, the Hallmark Star Trek ornaments are always fun items that help make the nice emotions of the holiday season seem not so far away.
The Tribbles ornament sells for $28 and the Reliant goes for $32. Although Hallmark eventually sells ornaments online, the only real way to get these now is to visit the stores. However, a good secondary dealer of Star Trek Hallmark items is Hooked on Ornaments.
The third ornament, a Starfleet communicator, will be available this October. Hallmark offers a preview (including sound effects) of the communicator ornament at their website.
Video: See (and hear) the new ornaments in action
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS NEWS – PHASER PACKS
Want to start thinking of holiday gifts? There is some news for fans of the popular Diamond Select Toys role playing toy line. Just in time for Christmas, DST is reissuing their incredibly popular Original Series Phaser and communicator prop toys now as a reasonably priced set in two varieties.
The standard two pack includes the Phaser (with black handle) and the regular communicator. The Phaser includes the detachable type 1 module with sounds and lighting effects. The communicator has a moiré, a flip open grille, voice and lighting effects, and a awesome call back feature that allows for the Enterprise to hail you. This set conjures images of the 1970s "Exploration Kit" only with scaled items and much better quality. The item is available for $39.99 this December. You can preorder now from Action Figure Express. You can complete your landing party set by picking up the Science Tricorder ($31.99) which arrives is September and is also available for pre-order from AFX.
|Star Trek Communicator and Phaser Two-Pack||Star Trek Original Series Science Tricorder|
(pre-order for December)
(pre-order for September)
Entertainment Earth has its own exclusive edition of the two pack. This version includes the gold handle for the Phaser and the previously available exclusive communicator with a bonus phrase. The EE exclusive edition is available this December for $49.99 and can be pre-ordered now. This two-pack makes a good companion set to Entertainment Earth’s exclusive Medical Tricorder which comes out in October and is also available for pre-order.
|EE Exclusive Star Trek Classic Gold Phaser and Communicator Two-Pack||EE Exclusive Star Trek Original Series Medical Tricorder|
(pre-order for December)
(pre-order for October)
Khan phasers coming
Speaking of phasers, Diamond Select Toys has confirmed with Trekmovie that there will be a Wrath of Khan phaser available for preorder soon, shipping this winter or next year. If pricing and quality are consistent with previous role playing toys from DST, this will surely be a good item for fans.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas this July!