It is Christmas in July with the Hallmark Ornament Premiere Weekend. This weekend Hallmark began selling much of the 2009 Christmas ornaments, including two new Star Trek Keepsake (of a total of five planned for the year). See below for first impressions of the Klingon Battle Cruiser and Menagerie ornaments
Christmas in July
Since 1933, Christmas in July celebrations have played a fun and important cultural role. For example, Christmas in July celebrations were utilized to bolster morale among troops during World War II. Not surprisingly, though, modern Christmas in July events have a more commercial aspect, including Home Shopping Channel all-day sales marathons. There is at least one Christmas in July event that blends both the old fashioned traditions (you often enjoy free cookies and neighborly conversation) and the modern consumer aspect (many things to buy): the Hallmark Ornament Premiere Weekend. This weekend, July 11th and 12th, Hallmark Stores around the world begin to sell Christmas items, including about 65% of that year’s available ornaments. For 25 years, Hallmark Keepsake ornaments have been a holiday tradition, and beginning in 1991, Star Trek themed ornaments have been a hallmark of Hallmark’s Keepsake line. This year, Hallmark is releasing an amazing 5 Star Trek ornaments (more than they have in many
Klingon Battle Cruiser and The Menagerie Ornaments
During the July ornament premiere, two of the five Star Trek ornaments are available and fans could get them now at their local retail stores.
Klingon Battle Cruiser ($32 – including batteries)
Venerable sculptor Lynn Norton has created what is arguably one of the best Star Trek ornaments ever from Hallmark, the Klingon motion picture era battle cruiser. Norton’s design is sophisticated and very detailed, with excellent coloring and lighting effects.
The ornament is meant to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and it does so in style. Because of its quality, the Klingon battle cruiser ornament would be an impressive display on a desk at home or work all year.
Because all Hallmark ornaments no longer depend on Christmas tree lights to power them (they have their own battery sources), they are also perfect for year-round display. Check it out on video.
The Menagerie ($28 including batteries)
The Menagerie is sculpted by Maria Anna Rogers and features a very good likeness of Captain Pike.
The ornament utilizes watch style batteries (included) to engage its light and sound effects. Of course, Pike’s light beeps, excellently coordinated with the dialog from the episode featured with the ornament. What is also nice is that the lines from the episode are about friendship and helping, appropriate ideas for any holiday celebration. Here it is on video.
More Star Trek ornaments for 2009
The other Star Trek Hallmark ornaments are available in two waves. An exclusive Uhura ornament (wearing her gold uniform) will be available for sale at the San Diego Comic Con July 22-26. The Hallmark booth (located in the Lucasfilm Pavilion) will have 450 Uhura ornaments available for $25 (they will sell a limited amount on each day, one ornament per customer, per transaction). They will also be revealing some of next year’s items.
Comic Con exclusive Uhura ornament
Then, October 10th and 11th is the Keepsake Ornament Debut weekend where a limited and exclusive Ilia ornament and a TOS phaser ornament ($18.50) featuring sound and voice effects will be offered.
TOS phaser and limited edition Ilia coming in October
More Genres Ornaments:
For Trekkies who like other brands of science fiction, Hallmark also has very cool ornaments. There is a really wonderful Wonder Woman ornament, and a Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, and Flash ornaments. There are five cool Star Wars ornaments (including an exclusive and limited Greedo ornament available this weekend and a San Diego Comic Con exclusive Clone Troopers ornaments). There is a Ghostbuster’s car, Indiana Jones ornament, Nightmare Before Christmas item, and even a Galaga video game replica ornament. Check out all the genre ornaments at your local Hallmark or online at Hallmark.com.