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Review Of Star Trek Hallmark Ornaments Premiering This Weekend July 12, 2009

by John Tenuto , Filed under: Merchandise,Review,TOS,Toys , trackback

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
years prior).

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.



The detail on the Klingon Battle cruiser ornament is impressive

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.


[Klingon ornament video on Hallmark.com]

The Menagerie ($28 including batteries)
The Menagerie is sculpted by Maria Anna Rogers and features a very good likeness of Captain Pike.




Impressive likeness for Pike on the Menagerie ornament

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.



[Menagerie ornament video on Hallmark.com]

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



[Phaser ornament video on Hallmark.com]

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.
 

 

Comments

1. scifib5st - July 12, 2009

Time to go to Hallmark, and enlarge the display case!

2. Merk - July 12, 2009

Clean your fingernails….dude!

3. KC - July 12, 2009

They say not needing Christmas tree lights is a good thing. I totally disagree – they sell they as tree ornaments and yet they have to be activatied and don’t stay lit for a minute. That is the main reason I have decided to stop buying them.

4. mdbchud - July 12, 2009

Love the ornaments….but REALLY miss the day you could plug them into the tree lights. Nice as they are when you push the button, they only work for a short time and it was nice seeing them lit up on the tree all the time, like the original Enterprise ornament and the Galileo, etc.

5. captainJLR - July 12, 2009

cool

6. Bryan - July 12, 2009

The Coolest Hallmark ornament this year by far was the wonderful representation of the Ghostbusters Ecto-1. I made a trip to the store Saturday when they released them in my area and I got the last Ecto-1. have all the federation ships, shuttle, and runabout and the Klingon ship while very nice, probably wont make the cut of Star Trek ornaments on the tree

7. Adam C - July 12, 2009

I want that ktinga

8. Michael Hall - July 12, 2009

*Sigh* If only the Abrams film had had one-tenth the drama, intelligence, and sense of wonder of “The Menagerie”–still, after all these years, IMO the best Star Trek movie ever made.

9. MikeB - July 12, 2009

I also have stopped buying most of the Trek ornaments. Who wants to have to circle the Christmas tree pressing buttons to see the ornaments lit up? Rethink this Hallmark people!

10. starfleetmom - July 12, 2009

I’ve got all the ships hanging from monofilament line over bookcase with a string of white tree lights (aka the stars). Got my battlecruiser and Pike ornaments yesterday and preordered the phaser. The Ilia ornament is not in the catalog and the store manager didn’t know anything about it. hmmmm…

I sure hope I can get the Uhura ornament at Comic Con. I hope they set a limit to how many an individual can buy so it’s fair. Hallmark booth will be my FIRST stop!

11. Viking - July 12, 2009

I was looking at the level of detail on the battle cruiser, when my wife walked by and I commented about how I wanted it to add it to my extensive collection this year (as always). She just put her hand on my shoulder, and told me I need to get out of the house more. LOL

12. Bob Tompkins - July 12, 2009

We have 2 Christmas trees every year. One in the family room for the family and a smaller one in the mancave with nothing but Trek on it. I am only a couple of ornaments short of a complete Hallmark collection- the small tree is getting quite full. Some say I’m a couple of french fries short of a Happy Meal too.

The missing ones should be easy ‘gets’, with all the health problems these last 2 years, I’ve neglected the collection. Should be easy enough at EBay.

13. Andy Patterson - July 12, 2009

Gotta get that phaser and gotta gotta gotta get that Pike.

11

And Viking,….my wife often says that.

14. Sunfell - July 12, 2009

Hallmarks character sculpts are excellent. I have Spock at his console, and it is a lovely ornament.

Maybe they’ll start a line of Trek XI ornaments next year?

15. jastrek_montreal - July 12, 2009

i don’t like christmas. When will people get rid of these useless superstitions.

16. Jim Nightshade - July 12, 2009

I would give anything for the uhura comic con ornament-I am outta work an 2 states away from the con-sigh sniff pout

17. AJ - July 12, 2009

The D7 is to die for, and “today is a good day to die!”

18. naHQun - July 12, 2009

I picked up the Klingon ship yesterday.
And yes, it’s the best one I’ve seen.

19. The Gorn Identity - July 12, 2009

The Klingon Battlecruiser is my all time favorite space ship (yes, even more than the Enterprise). I was so glad to see the ship had little-to-no re-design in the STAR TREK movie. I’ve gotta get that ornament!

20. Hat Rick - July 12, 2009

Great stuff, as usual!

21. Scott Gammans - July 12, 2009

Am I the only one who thinks the Pike ornament is a bit ghoulish?

22. Raktajino - July 12, 2009

I own every single Trek ornament, and the ladies at Hallmark call me the Trek guy. This year I went in, bought all the Trek ornaments (and all the Star Wars and a few others) and actually told the ladies that I thought the Klingon cruiser was the biggest ripoff I’ve seen in years. Granted it looks nice, but it is not worth $32. Hopefully they pass my feedback up the line because if you are going to charge that much for an ornament, you need to add more value. Once you put in on your tree – yes, you’re supposed to put your ornaments on your Christmas tree – it’ll get lost. It’s small, it’s green, and it barely lights up. Just my two cents from a guy who, again, owns every single Trek ornament (including the original Enterprise – which is always front and center on my tree).

23. Tahni - July 12, 2009

Nothing says Christmas like gathering ’round the paralyzed vegetable that is Captain Pike. Though I guess his wheelchair did have a flashing light on it…

24. Smilin Bob - July 12, 2009

I wonder when we will get Kirk smashed under bridge ornament. Or glow in the dark Dying Spock from Wrath of Khan.

25. Jack - July 12, 2009

21, 22. heh!

26. mntrekfan - July 12, 2009

Not real inpressed with the The Menagerie ornament. looks as tho Kirk has a mullet! The klingon cruiser is very nice looking. i keep my Enterprise out all year long since it came with a nice base (came out a few years ago) as well as DS9 and the NX-07.

27. toddk - July 12, 2009

I LIKE PIKE!

28. Canadianknight - July 12, 2009

Gotta agree with several others… I *HATE* that the Hallmark starships are no longer constantly lit. Sure, it’s nice that they hang freely…but I’d rather have them lit up all the time. :(

29. Tholianhata - July 12, 2009

I too dislike the move to batteries. Not only do the ornaments not stay lit, the batteries have to be replaced. And if you forget to take them out, they might corrode inside the ornament. Terrible idea, Hallmark.

Hallmark probably could make a good bit of money selling the same Trek goodies rebranded as “tabletop decorations” or somesuch, without the Christmas ornament theme. If those came with batteries, fine. But please, Hallmark, go back to the old style for the Christmas ornaments!

30. Spockish - July 12, 2009

I love the hand phaser, now to put a Blue LED Laser in it. I know blue was used only on the pistol grip hand phasers, but Red and Green LED Laser diodes kind of need smoke for you to really see the beam. The power of Red/Green LED laser diodes would have to be much higher and in the human endangerment range so you’ll almost need a concealed handgun permit. The blue can be in the milliwatt range but Red/Green needs deciwatt (1/10th to 1 watt) power and that is skin burning levels.

I do not know id deciwatt is the real label, but when I use to work for people to Rock Concert Laser light shows thats my label. because Deca in metric is 10-100 and the letter I in metric is often used for stuff after a decimal place.

And also the color Blue reflects nicely off the Nitrogen in the Air. Figure blue would like Oxygen but something with the more balance Electron count counters that. I’m not a Sub Atomic Physicist so if you want to know why. I just know from experience with gas lasers, (all except a krypton gas one)

31. RAMA - July 12, 2009

Wow look att he detail on that battlecruiser!

32. Spockish - July 12, 2009

And for the battery problem, if they moved from watch batteries to Microwave energy they could become battery less. Just on flaw you’ll have to cannibalize your Microwave (or as I call it Radiation Chamber) and to make it glow you’d nuke it (my label normally called start the Microwave Oven)

It is a lot nicer to say Nuke your food instead of cook/roast/fry/bake/prepare/sacrifice/kill/slaughter your food.

33. Spockish - July 12, 2009

thats one (1) not on. opps

34. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - July 12, 2009

Wow that Klingon Battle cruiser looks better than any of the models they ever released.

35. Crewman Darnell - July 13, 2009

Another voice here, wishing the new Hallmark ornaments (at least the ships) could be powered by the light string, rather than batteries. I’m guessing the designers felt the ornaments could more fully appreciated if not restricted to the Xmas lights array. Unfortunately the newer NCC-1701 Enterprise and Reliant won’t light up at all unless they’re attached to the stand where the battery is located. I’ve wondered if maybe fire hazard concerns could have also played a role in the batter powered design?

36. JRT - July 13, 2009

John T.!
Great review! I love the Hallmark orny’s! Curious though…..where did you find out the price and limits for the SDCC exclusive Uhura? Hallmark had no clue whatsoever when I called’em and I was hoping to get more than one! Flying in from Norway for just one day at the con,too slow in getting my usual 4-day pass,it’ll be a mad rush around the floor to get stuff,lol! Do you happen to know the price for the Star Wars SDCC Hallmark exclusive one as well? And limits? Anyways,thanks for a great site and great reviews! Keep up the GREAT work you all do! Have FUN y’all! John-Robin!

37. John Tenuto - July 13, 2009

#36

Hello JRT,

Thanks for the kind words. Our sources at Hallmark provided us with the information. They are going to limit each day so it is as fair as can be for those who are not there everyday according to our sources.

There is a picture of the Star Wars ornament we provided to our friends at Theforce.net from our Hallmark sources. http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/hallmark_2009_star_wars_ornaments_122805.asp

Best wishes

38. greenappleman7 - July 13, 2009

Why is Uhura wearing yellow? Doesn’t she normally wear red.

39. Jim Smith - July 13, 2009

@38 She wears gold in ”Where No Man Has Gone Before” and ”The Corbormite Maneuver”.

40. Gep Malakai - July 13, 2009

Re the battery issue, the movie away from light string-powered ornaments may have come as a result of the changing voltages on newer Christmas light sets. Many of the older Trek ornaments, for example, won’t work on newer light sets at all. I figure the battery power might be an attempt to avoid problems like that in the future.

41. Holger - July 13, 2009

Wow, this Klingon Battle Cruiser looks fantastic. I keep wondering, though, how many people actually hang this stuff on their Christmas trees. I wouldn’t.

38: In 1st season episode ‘Mudd’s Women’ Uhura was wearing the gold uniform. I believe no one really knows anymore why. Probably they just wanted to test if she looks better in that gold uniform.

42. Captain Hackett - July 13, 2009

Several days ago, I walked into Hallmark store in one of Ottawa’s shopping malls and I noticed one walled section covered with a red tarp whose signage said “New ornaments – coming soon” or something like this.

Whoooo! I will buy them up!

43. Eric - July 13, 2009

A couple of reasons they probably changed to batteries. For one they originally said only 3 ornaments per strand to prevent electrical problems My tree only needs three strands which means only nine ornaments. For another there are many different types of lights and only certain ones worked with the ornaments. I had to replace our tree lights and actually had to go to several different stores to find ones that work with my ornaments. My two cents.
(Oh, Hallmark should make some kind of display where you can attach all of the light powered ornaments).

44. CJS - July 13, 2009

Deck the halls with radiation damaged paraplegics, fa la la la la la la la la.

45. RayPecoskie - July 13, 2009

There was me about to “moan” that the torpedo launcher on the front of the cruiser didn’t lite up … and then I got of my ass and watched the video :P Be cool to get a light up Bird of Prey ….

46. Steve 1 or 2 - July 13, 2009

#21 + #44 – LOL.

I thought the same thing.

47. kirksgirth - July 13, 2009

…so the phaser is basically a scale prop replica of the phaser 1! Cool.

48. I'm dead Jim - July 13, 2009

I love that Battle Cruiser. I wish they would just provide a stand for it for when it’s not on the tree.

49. Andy Patterson - July 13, 2009

21

I always thought the whole episode was a bit ghoulish.

50. Capt Krunch - July 13, 2009

Can’t wait for the battle of the Klingon cruiser and 1701-A under the tree this year…I’ll have to get 2 cruisers or 3 to re-enact the Enterprise Incident this Christmas!!!
The phaser is better than the the detachable one Playmates has put out this year!
I like Pike!!!!

51. cjc - July 13, 2009

I always had this theory that The Powers That Be didn’t want Nichelle Nichols, a black woman, wearing the same “command” colors as the captain. Just a theory, but times were different then…

52. Rich G - July 13, 2009

Switching to battery power was a great idea. Those green wires hanging off the older ornaments look awful.

53. CmdrR - July 13, 2009

So, Captain Pike, what would you like for Chistmas this year? How about being hung on a tree?

Beep Beep.

“Yes. Yes.” Fine, then we’ll hang you on a tree. Merry Christmas!

54. John from Cincinnati - July 13, 2009

I don’t remember Kirk’s hair being so long in the back.

55. Steve 1 or 2 - July 13, 2009

I wonder, will the 2010 Star Trek ornaments feature one of the Redshirts getting offed?

56. Lynn A. Norton - July 13, 2009

Thank you John for another great article about Hallmark-Trek ornaments. I’m also glad to hear that many of you are enjoying the addition of a Klingon Battle Cruiser to your fleet. It was an honor and a pleasure to sculpt it.

#40-43 and others. There may be a way to adapt your older Hallmark ornaments to plug into newer light strings. It doesn’t work in every case, but it’s worth investigating. Look at the folded instruction sheet and illustrations that were included in the box if you still have it. 1) Straighten the metal prongs that are bent over the plastic end plug of the ornament cord and remove the plastic end cap. 2) Do the same with one of the light bulbs from your light string. 3) Install the plastic end cap from your light bulb onto your ornament plug end and bend the two metal prongs back over the sides.
If successful, you have constructed an adapter plug that will fit your light string. The only down side is that you have to sacrifice a light bulb from your string to make it work.

57. Andy Patterson - July 13, 2009

And Scott Gamans…I never can figure out how to sign up for comment sections on people’s sites so I’ll just ell you here….I dig your take on the Enterprise. Love the sun above the planet on the Enterprise flyby.

58. MC1 Doug - July 13, 2009

The Klingon Cruiser is greatly detailed! I think it is a great ornament to add to my collection.

59. Jorg Sacul - July 13, 2009

@#15… why not point the phaser at yourself, set on “shut your pie hole”, and drain the power fully? Troll.

60. Scott Gammans - July 13, 2009

57 – Thanks! btw, no need to sign up; you just post yer comments and they’ll appear after they’re moderated.

I didn’t notice the type I phaser until just now. Wow, Hallmark really knows how to get into the spirit of Christmas… I know I’ve always wanted to hang weapons from the ol’ Tannenbaum. If they ever do a “Gunsmoke” line of tree decorations, I wonder if they’d have a life-size Colt .45 six-shooter?!

;)

61. Amy - July 13, 2009

I want the battle cruiser!

And I’m wondering how long it will be before someone tries to rob a convenience store with that hand phaser?

62. A Hallmark Fan - July 13, 2009

FYI-for those trying to adapt the older ornaments to newer light sets, Hallmark did see some light adapters in their stores last year, maybe they will this year, too. I didn’t end up needing them, but kept them just in case. Another reason Hallmark may be trending away from attaching ornaments to light strands is because so many trees these days are being sold as pre-lit trees. I echo the comment in #60 about the Spirit of Christmas-it’s why a few years ago we began displaying a smaller separate tree with just our Star Trek ornaments. Not exactly a traditional look, but all of the ornaments in one place makes a nicer effect and leave the other tree looking more like Christmas.

63. Scott Gammans - July 13, 2009

61, someone already tried doing it with a bat’leth…

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/18637190/detail.html

I would imagine it would take a Type II phaser to get any kind of reaction from a store clerk. A Type I phaser looks too much like an iPod.

64. Jeyl - July 13, 2009

Bought four klingon battle cruisers. One to play with (san the hook), three to recreate the opening scene from TMP.

65. Lt. Bailey - July 13, 2009

When we walked into a Hallmark to buy a sympathy card this last Saturday, I spoted the ornament section and asked if there were any Star Trek ornaments….lo & behold there was Kirk-Pike-Spock straing at me. I bought one and ther were only two left. The manager said some one came in and bought 10 of them. My guess is that I will see this person at Comic-Con or the ST Convention in Las Vegas. It is nice and the sound is very clear.

66. Jorg Sacul - July 13, 2009

According to my source at the local Hallmark store, the Indiana Jones and Han in Stormtrooper are already gone from their shelves. If you find a “Greedo” limited figure, snatch it up. They only received 4 at their store, and they were gone within 15 minutes of opening. Expect that Ecto-1 to be a toughie, too.

Anyone have a spare Uhura from Comic-Con lined up? :-)

67. Crewman Darnell - July 13, 2009

55. Steve 1 or 2 -
“I wonder, will the 2010 Star Trek ornaments feature one of the Redshirts getting offed?”

Trek could be an excellent opportunity for Hallmark to expand their Halloween offerings. Decorative Salt Vampires, a figurine of a Redshirt grimacing in agony as an inner light inside the figure glows brighter until the figure is just bright silhouette, a shrieking Mugato, scenes from “Catspaw,”…etc. C’mon Hallmark. How about it? ;-)

68. Anthony Pascale - July 13, 2009

John Tenuto, going for the nerd exacta of the day with news at trekmovie.com and theforce.net!

69. Odkin - July 13, 2009

Something about the crippled Pike in his chair with his lights blinking like a Christmas tree just seems… inadvertently tasteless.

It’s funny, and I’ll buy it, but I just picture poor blinking Chris rolling his eyes while being draped with tinsel and beads. :-)

70. JRT! - July 13, 2009

Hey John T.
Thanks for your reply,really appreciate it! Do you know the pricing of the SW orny as well? And are you going to the con yourself? Keep up the excellent work,LOVE this site! Have FUN y’all! J-R!

71. steve 1 or 2 - July 14, 2009

# 67 – Decorative Salt Vampires

LOL

That gave me another idea. A one off set of Salt and Pepper shakers featuring Lokai and Bele from the planet Cheron.

“Are you blind, Commander Spock? Well, look at me. Look at me!”
“You’re pepper on one side and salt on the other.”
“I am pepper on the right side.”
“I fail to see the significant difference.”
“Lokai is slat on the right side. All of his people are salt on the right side.”

I DID love this episode. No disrespect intended.

72. Chuckster NCC-1701 - July 14, 2009

I don’t mind that the newer Hallmark ornaments have batteries…I keep all of my ships housed in a lighted display cabinet in my “Trek” room. Eventually I will wire the ornament shelf to power the ornaments that need it. I bought the Battle Cruiser & Manegerie ornaments Sunday, and I will purchase the others when they are released, except for the limited edition Uhura…unless someone who is going to the SD Comic Con would be willing to purchase one for me…for that I would be VERY greatful. If not, maybe I’ll find one on Ebay. In my collection I have all of ornaments from 1991 to present, and I would like to continue that “tradition”.

73. Jim Nightshade - July 14, 2009

sounds like a few of us cant go to the con but wish for the limited edition ornament-how about a contest give away anthony? I dont even know why i am suggesting it-i never win anything haha

74. jdp13 - July 15, 2009

Klingon cruiser looks awesome. Anybody know of display stands sold by Hallmark or others to display these great ship ornaments? the detail on some of these ornaments blow away most models.

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76. Chuckster NCC-1701 - July 18, 2009

#74:
I use the Hallmark “Every Kid’s A Star” picture display stands, and they work great! I don’t think Hallmark sells them anymore, but a search on some popular internet auction sites should help you find some. I did post a reply before, but it was deleted, probably because I provided a link to an auction where a few were up for bid. Good luck.

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78. Bs.hines - August 19, 2009

I must agree, the battery issue certaily takes away the pleasure from the tree. My Ecto 1 did not come with instructions. Why not have a pug in which allows both battery and tree power?

79. Joao Batista Ferreira - January 10, 2010

Gostaria de comprar um brinquedo star trekc phasier e gostaria de saber como comprar

80. Steve - January 16, 2010

Love collecting the hallmark Star Trek ornaments! I do wish they
would come out with more of the character ornaments though.

81. yet another Steve - January 16, 2010

What Hallmark is labelling a phaser, looks to me like it is really a “TRI-CORDER”. Someone please verify !

82. Dennis - December 4, 2010

does anyone know if you can connect hallmark trek decors for regular Christmas light strings to LED light strings? I can’t seem to get the base of the LED light off.

83. Chris - March 22, 2011

Do they intend to do an Excelsior, and Grissom form Star Trek III?

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