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Christmas may be seven months away, but it isn’t too early to start planning ahead for what you will be hanging on your tree. Hallmark have revealed their line-up of Christmas ornaments for 2010, including three new Star Trek ornaments, including the first ornament tied into the 2009 Star Trek movie. TrekMovie has details and images.
Hallmark’s Trek Christmas 2010
For Star Trek fans there are two tell tale signs that Christmas celebrations are near. First, you could find yourself in The Nexus spinning around until you arrive in a Victorian Christmas scene with Whoopi Goldberg. Or, you could get your Hallmark Keepsake Dreambook in the mail or at your local store. The book is a catalog of this year’s Hallmark ornaments, and for 2010, Star Trek fans will have three ornaments to decorate their trees.
New U.S.S. Enterprise ($32.95, available July)
The very first Hallmark ornament based on the 2009 version of Star Trek, the U.S.S. Enterprise looks to be an excellent offering. It is designed by the talented Lynn Norton who has sculpted many of the best Hallmark ornaments during the previous 19 years. The ornament is 6 inches long and includes lights on the deflector dish and engines. Being battery operated means the ornament has the additional benefit of being able to be displayed all year without a Christmas tree light strand.
"Amok Time" scene ($28.95, available July)
Anita Marra Rogers continues her contributions to Star Trek with this iconic scene from the season 2 opening episode, “Amok Time.” The ornament is another “scene” ornament that in the past included other offerings such as the Guardian of Forever and the iconic confrontation with Khan on the Enterprise from Wrath of Khan. The ornament is 4.25 inches and battery powered. A noteworthy feature is that the classic fight music by Gerald Fried is played.
Captain James T. Kirk ($14.95, available July)
Beginning a new Keepsake Ornament series called “Star Trek Legends” is this 4.25 inch tall ornament of the 1960s version of Captain James T. Kirk. Again produced by Rogers.
The Kirk and “Amok Time” ornaments are the seventh Kirk sculpts by Anita Marra Rogers, previous Kirks from Rogers were :
1995 Captain James T. Kirk (in the bridge chair)
2004 City on the Edge of Forever
2006 Transporter Chamber
2007 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
2009 The Menagerie
HOW TO GET YOUR ORNAMENTS
All three ornaments are available for sale at your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting July 10th which begins the annual “Keepsake Ornament Premiere Weekend.” As always, the Dreambook includes a wish list that could be brought to local stores now to reserve the ornaments.
THE FUTURE BEGINS
Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Hallmark Star Trek ornaments which began with the famous U.S.S. Enterprise (released in low quantities, this ornaments is a true collector’s item and commands hundreds more than its original 1991 price).
While Hallmark does not have Star Trek ornaments for sale during Comic-Con International this year, they will have a preview of some of the 2011 prototypes.
Hallmark 1991 Enterprise – their first Trek ornament
For those Trekkies who also like other science fiction franchises, Hallmark has ornaments from Nightmare Before Christmas, Tron Legacy, Avatar, King Kong, Twilight, Alice in Wonderland, DC Comics and Marvel, Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, Legend of the Guardians, Wizard of Oz, and many Star Wars ornaments.
POLL: Do you Trek your Tree?
Hallmark has been making Star Trek ornaments for 19 years, with a few to choose from every year. So how many have you picked up over the last couple of decades? Or are you Trek ornament free?
Special thanks to Kevin Dilmore for information and help writing this article.