Christmas is coming early as Hallmark’s 2008 ‘Dream Book’ (their annual catalog, usually available in April) has been leaked to the interweb. The ‘draft’ Dreambook details three Star Trek ornaments for 2008: The U.S.S. Reliant, a scene from “The Trouble With Tribbles” and a Kirk era communicator. See below for more details and (somewhat grainy) pictures
Hallmark’s 2008 Trek line up
USS Reliant (from Wrath of Khan)
The USS Reliant ornament features lights. This continues the TWOK line that started last year with a scenery ornament of Kirk, Spock, and Sulu responding to Khan. The ship ornaments are often very detailed. The Reliant will retail for $32.
Trouble With Tribbles
The second ornament is “The Trouble With Tribbles” which features the voice of Captain Kirk. It appears from the description that the tribbles may egress from the overhead compartment, allowing fans the fun of frustrating Captain Kirk for the holidays. The 2008 “The Trouble With Tribbles” ornament seems to be part of what is becoming a new tradition of episode-specific items from Hallmark. Previous ‘episode’ ornaments are: “City on the Edge of Forever” (2004), Khan from “Space Seed” (2005), and the “All Good Things” Enterprise NCC 1701 D (2007). The Trouble With Tribbles ornament will retail for $28.
The Kirk era communicator ornament offers lights and sound files from communicator conversations from the show. The price is $18.50.
Available to order in April
Hallmark will pre-orders for these starting this April in Hallmark stores, with debut parties at local stores traditionally in July, October, and November. A sheet usually accompanies the Dream Book at most stores which allows for ornaments to be pre-ordered and placed on hold when they arrive for sale. The Reliant and Tribbles ornaments will be available for the July store parties, and the communicator ornament is available this October.
Hallmark…a long line of Trek
Since 1991 Hallmark has released three or four Trek ornaments every year, and they have been very popular with collectors. The first ornament (TOS Starship Enterprise pictured below) can now fetch over $200 on Ebay. Over the years they have made ornaments from all five Trek TV series and three films (Wrath of Khan, First Contact, and Nemesis). It is likely that Hallmark plans to have ornaments based on the JJ Abrams’ Star Trek film for Christmas 2009. Because ornaments debut in April, and must be designed before this date, even if the Star Trek feature film had opened during Christmas 2008 as originally thought, a Hallmark ornament showing designs or ships would probably not have been offered this year.
Hallmark’s first Trek ornament from 1991
To see some previous Star Trek ornaments in action check this holiday article from Trekmovie.com (and yes, we already know about the clicking noise…its Santa’s reindeer, okay!).