Every year, collectors anxiously await the release of Hallmark’s next Star Trek Keepsake ornaments. The first Star Trek Hallmark ornament was the original USS Enterprise NCC-1701 in 1991. Since then, Hallmark has produced at least one Star Trek ornament with lights and sound every year, as well as some without the bells and whistles. And with Christmas two months away, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays.
For 2020, the folks at Hallmark have outdone themselves. Not only are there 3 new Star Trek Keepsake ornaments, there’s also a large tree topper, and all are themed around the classic episode “Mirror, Mirror,” And together, they tell a story, for real.
Hallmark 2020 Keepsake collection tells a Star Trek story
Let’s start with the stunning U.S.S. Enterprise tree topper. Measuring in at almost 10 inches high, this tree topper will be noticed. The artist, Jake Angell, has designed a clean NCC-1701 and stylish base of four delta shields. A support rod attaches to the underside of the base and can be attached with hook and loop tape to the top of the tree. The base can also stand alone on a table.
When plugged in with the included power adapter the base lights pulsate, as do the ship’s nacelles and center of the saucer section, while ambient ship sound effects play. The sound effects last about 10 seconds at which time the ship lights remained steadily illuminated and the delta shield lights change colors every few seconds. The colors are white, yellow, red, purple, blue, and green.
Pressing the button on top of the secondary hull activates a light and sound show that is mesmerizing. The opening theme song of Star Trek: The Original Series, complete with Captain Kirk’s voiceover, plays while the lights dance along to the music.
There is also a remote control, so you don’t have to worry about reaching up to the top of your tree to activate the show. The remote is shaped like a Starfleet delta and has a hanger loop on top so you can hang it on the tree disguised as just another fabulous Star Trek ornament. The remote uses 2 LR-44 button batteries (included).
As if the breathtaking ship wasn’t enough on its own, Hallmark has three Keepsake character ornaments this year that interface with the topper. This year’s characters are in the “Mirror, Mirror” Collection: Captain James T. Kirk, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura.
The ornaments are definitely aesthetically pleasing. Jake Angell did a fine job designing the trio of “Mirror, Mirror” characters. Each stands on a lighted base with the light matching their uniform color. Mirror Kirk stands handsomely with his arms akimbo and is a fair likeness.
Mirror Sulu looks fit and has a mischievous look on his face. Mirror Uhura is a stunning as Nichelle Nichols was in the 1967 episode. The details of the uniforms are painted precisely and the colors look good. I am impressed with the artistic design and quality of the final product.
See and hear Hallmark’s Star Trek Storytellers
But these aren’t just Keepsake Ornaments, they are Storyteller Ornaments! Using the Keepsake Power Cord (sold separately), you can create different story combinations. Each character’s pedestal has a button on it. When depressed, the ship activates, playing the theme song and voiceover, and then the story begins. You can also start the story with the delta shield remote. Each character (including the ship) lights up and speaks lines from “Mirror, Mirror.” Each ornament that you connect unlocks more content.
The following video shows you the sound features of the 2020 Hallmark Star Trek ornaments.
Star Trek novelist and senior writer for Hallmark Kevin Dilmore wrote the script for the main performance as well as every permutation of it depending on which ornaments take part. According to Dilmore, more Star Trek Storyteller characters are coming in the next two years.
Hallmark Storytellers Mirror Mirror Collection available now
The 2020 collection is available at Hallmark stores and online at hallmark.com.
U.S.S. Enterprise Tree Topper (6.59″ W x 9.89″ H x 15″ D) retails for $149.99.
Captain James T. Kirk (2.42″ W x 5.74″ H x 2.31″ D) retails for $34.99.
Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (1.55″ W x 4.47″ H x 1″ D ) retails for $34.99.
Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (1.59″ W x 4.4″ H x 1.21″ D) retails for $34.99.
You can also get the entire set together retails for $254.96.
Keepsake Storyteller Power Cord (powers up to 7 ornaments) retails for $14.99 USD.
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