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2020 Sneak Peek: The Official STAR TREK™ Convention: Las Vegas


Hallmark Unveils 2020 ‘Trek’ Ornaments and More at STLV

See what ‘Trek’ ornaments and other decorative figurines are on the way from Hallmark.

There were revelations and giveaways aplenty during the brilliantly named “Is There in Truth No Keepsakes?” Hallmark and Star Trek Product Panel on Saturday morning at Star Trek Las Vegas. Hallmark’s licensing Creative Manager Christine Taylor and Senior Writer Kevin Dilmore provided fans with an exclusive first look at four Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments from Hallmark’s 2020 line. Hallmark is going all out, as 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of their Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments.

Captain Kirk
STAR TREK™ Collection
Storytellers

Security Chief Sulu
STAR TREK™ Collection
Storytellers

Lt. Uhura
STAR TREK™ Collection
Storytellers

The Star Trek Storytellers Keepsake Ornament Series will launch with Captain Kirk, Security Chief Sulu, and Lt. Uhura as seen in the TOS episode, “Mirror, Mirror.” Each ornament will feature sound from TOS and bases that light when the characters speak. Further, each character-themed ornament tells its own storylines from the episode, and when connected together to a Keepsake Power Cord, they build to a bigger part of the story, each playing off scenes with one another.


U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701 Tree Topper
STAR TREK™ Collection

Fans were also wowed by the fourth 2020 ornament revelation. The U.S.S. Enterprise Tree Topper lights up and plays the TOS opening monologue, main theme and closing theme. When it’s paired with the characters in the Storyteller Series, the Tree Topper reacts by building a bigger storyline with coordinating sound effects and lights. Taylor and Dilmore also announced that they should expect additional coordinating Star Trek Storytellers Ornaments in the 2021 collection.

By STARTREK.COM Staff

Reprint of: “Hallmark Unveils 2020 ‘Trek’ Ornaments and More at STLV”

August 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

2020 Sneak Peek: National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention

In conjunction with the National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention (NBDCC), Hallmark once again provided an advance screening of the Barbie Keepsake Ornaments that will be released later this year and a Sneak Peek of the dolls that next years line will be based on. Amongst the 2020 designs that were reveled were:

Violette™
Barbie® Doll

Red, White ‘n Warm™
Barbie® Doll

Day-to-Night™
Barbie® Doll

Shoe-sational!
Barbie™ Ornament

August 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Jeep used as Model for 2019 Hallmark Ornament

Bill Heins of Lyon County, Kansas is a Jeep fanatic.

1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
25th in the All-American Trucks series.

He has five of them in working order and several more that are in parts. Now, he has one that’s much smaller — small enough to hang on a Christmas tree.

One of his Jeeps was used to as a model for a 2019 Hallmark Christmas ornament.

Heins got in touch with Hallmark after a friend of his, Mike Starkebaum of Topeka, learned that Hallmark was looking for a stock Jeep Scrambler to model an ornament after.

“Mike knew mine was 100 percent stock,” Heins said. “So he contacted me.”

It had the dimensions Hallmark was looking for in a model.

They arranged a day for Heins to drop off his Jeep at Starkebaum’s store, 4×4 Land, so some representatives from Hallmark could come down and get the vehicle’s specs.

Heins dropped his vehicle and went to run another errand in Topeka. When he came back, the Hallmark representatives had been and gone.

Though the ornament was just released July 13, all this happened quite a long time ago. Hallmark ornaments are planned at least 18 months before they come out, as Heins learned when his Jeep became one.

Heins is honored to have something based on his Jeep hanging on Christmas trees all across the nation this coming holiday season. He’s especially honored to be able to gain recognition for Scramblers such as his and further the cause for such vehicles.

“Just to have a Scrambler ornament was quite a privilege,” he said.

Heins is a member of the Scrambler Owners’ Association, a national group open to those who own Scramblers, which were only built from 1981 to 1986.

Three of Heins’ Jeeps are Scramblers.

“When you’re wanting to see something preserved, you try to take the opportunities to allow it to happen,” he said.


Bill Heins of Lyon County, Kansas (right) stands with Steve Farley, Hallmark President of Retail Business in front of Heins’ Jeep Scrambler.

When the ornaments were released to the public for purchase, Heins was invited up to a Hallmark store in the Kansas City area, where the company is headquartered.

“The manager is a Jeep person and had found out about my involvement,” he said.

The manager, Misty Heitman, wanted to have one of the vehicles at her shop to draw attention to the ornament reveal and to let shoppers get a good look at it before buying a miniature version.

Heins agreed to drive up to the shop, purchase a few of the Jeep ornaments, and show people his Scrambler. Another friend who owns a similar Jeep also attended.

“We believe in preserving the Scrambler Jeep and this is just a small way to make sure it happens,” he said.

The ornament is part of a series Hallmark has been creating each Christmas for years, based on vehicles.

According to Heins, the 2019 ornament is the first one the company has ever made that was based on a Scrambler.

It is white with a Christmas tree and a large, wrapped present in the bed of the truck.


A Jeep Scrambler belonging to Bill Heins was used as the model for the 2019 Hallmark Christmas Ornament.

The ornament differs from Heins’ Jeep in some ways. Heins’ Scrambler is brown, for one thing. But it’s the preservation of the Scrambler that counts, as far as he’s concerned.

“Mine was just a small part of it,” he said.

The ornaments are currently available for purchase in Hallmark stores around the country.

By Lydia Kautz [email protected]

Reprint of: “Lyon County man’s Jeep used as model for 2019 Hallmark ornament”

July 27th, 2019|0 Comments

2019 Reveal: Holiday Barbie® Ornaments

The wait is over. Here she is! Inspired by the 2019 Holiday Barbie™ Doll, this Keepsake Ornament is the perfect way to celebrate the Barbie™ tradition of fabulous holiday fashions.

Barbie shines in an elegant gown with a red and white striped peppermint print and silvery sparkle detail. A beautiful bow adorns the gown’s shoulder and complements a dramatic red train. Her long, blonde hair is styled in waves with a chic side part, and silvery chandelier earrings complete the look.

Holiday Barbie™ Ornament
5th in the series.
Inspired by the 2018 Holiday Barbie™ Doll

July 24th, 2019|0 Comments

2019 Sneak Peek: Comic-Con International: San Diego

The Sneak Peek at Comic-Con International included seven Star Wars Keepsake Ornaments that are set to be released in 2020.


Star Wars™

Top row, l-r: X-wing fighter™, BB-8™, Imperial AT-AT™
Bottom row, l-r: X-wing fighter™ and TIE Fighter™ (set of two miniatures), Lack of Faith, Luke Skywalker™ and Darth Vader™ (set of two miniatures) and, Yoda™

July 21st, 2019|0 Comments

2019 Reveal: Holiday Barbie™ Dolls

Here are pictures of the 2019 Holiday Barbie™ Dolls that inspired this year’s Holiday Barbie™ Ornaments.

Barbie shines in an elegant gown with a red and white striped peppermint print and silvery sparkle detail. A beautiful bow adorns the gown’s shoulder and complements a dramatic red train. Her long, blonde hair is styled in waves with a chic side part, and silvery chandelier earrings complete the look.

2019 Holiday Barbie™ Dolls

July 3rd, 2019|1 Comment

Press Release: Hallmark Announces 2019 Event Exclusives for Fan Conventions

Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, itty bittys® among items planned at events

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 17, 2019) — PopMinded by Hallmark is preparing to greet fans at the nation’s largest pop culture fan gatherings later this year with limited quantities of products and collectibles inspired by iconic characters and developed exclusively for fan events.

PopMinded, which debuted in 2016, is Hallmark’s way to celebrate fandom with gifts and collectibles created and curated with all fans in mind. PopMinded continues and expands on Hallmark’s decade-long tradition of providing event attendees access to Hallmark’s ever popular event exclusive products available only through convention pop-up stores.

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament designs, itty bittys® plush characters, and other gift items will be sold in limited quantities at these events on Hallmark’s 2019 convention calendar. View the calendar at PopMinded.com/Events.

Limited availability items include:


Star Wars™


STAR TREK™

A Wild Ride on Endo
Star Wars™: The Return of the Jedi™

Features Paploo™ the Ewok™ piloting a speeder bike as seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. A variation of an ornament featuring a Scout Trooper™ will be available in Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting in July. This event exclusive ornament also plays sound from the film.
Total production run: 3,200.
$40.00 USA

Chewbacca™ Bandolier itty bittys® Carrier
Star Wars™
itty bittys®

designed to hold nine Star Wars itty bittys® to sport around the convention. These one-size-sits all carriers will be sold while supplies last.
Total production run: 2,500.
$18.00 USA or $8.00 USA with the purchase of three Star Wars itty bittys®.

I.S.S. Enterprise™
STAR TREK: TOS

Inspired by the classic episode “Mirror, Mirror” of the original Star Trek television series. The Mirror Universe’s flagship of the Terran Empire is a repainted version of a sculpt first offered in 2016.
Total production run: 3,475.
$40.00 USA


Marvel Comics

Iron Spider
MARVEL

A Marvel Avengers three-pack of PXL8® ornaments inspired by Captain America, Iron Man and Thanos.
Total production run: 1,500.
$39.00 USA

Captain Marvel
MARVEL
PXL8® Enamel Pin
$8.00 USA

Exclusive to Comic-Con International San Diego
(Available while supplies last)

PopMinded’s line of PXL8® style collectible enamel pins will continue to feature 8-bit renditions of favorite characters at 2019 events.


Ghostbusters™


Wizarding World™


DC

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Burnt)
Ghostbusters™
itty bittys®

This “toasted” variant (regular version available in Hallmark Gold Crown stores) comes packed in a city scape that celebrates the 35th anniversary of the release of the original Ghostbusters feature film.
Total production run: 1,800.
$10.00 USA

Sybill Trelawney™
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
itty bittys®

Inspired by the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry staff member.
Total production run: 1,800.
$10.00 USA

Wonder Woman
DC
Ice Mold

A silicone mold that shapes ice cubes that look like Wonder Woman’s iconic mode of transportation, as well as the iconic WW logo
Total production run: 1,000.
$20.00 USA

A very limited number of 2019 event exclusive Keepsake Ornaments will also be available for sale later this year to members of the Keepsake Ornament Club. Information for joining the club can be found online at Hallmark.com/KOC

At the end of the 2019 convention season in October, any remaining stock of the year’s event exclusives may be made available for sale online. Check for details at PopMinded.com

Additional details about daily allocations for each event exclusive product as well as activity plans for each event will be announced closer to the respective convention dates. Look for additional Hallmark pop-culture products including greeting cards to be available at each event.

June 17th, 2019|0 Comments

2019 Reveal: Stanley Cup® Champions St. Louis Blues®

Stanley Cup® Champions St. Louis Blues®
Special Edition

Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues®. For their first time ever, the St. Louis Blues® are Stanley Cup Champions. Join the celebration and commemorate this historic win with this special Keepsake Ornament. But don’t wait long – supplies are limited.


PREORDER NOW
Available at participating Hallmark Gold Crown Stores and on Hallmark.com

June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Member Exclusive Offer: KOC Flash Sale (2019 Comic Con Ornaments)

We are excited to share that on October 7, 2019 KOC Members will have the opportunity to purchase three of the 2019 Comic Con Keepsake Ornaments online only.

A Wild Ride on Endor™
Star Wars™: The Return of the Jedi™

​I.S.S. Enterprise™*
STAR TREK™

Iron Spider

*NOTE: Will also be available at The Official STAR TREK™ Convention to be held July 31 – August 4 in Las Vegas,

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

2019 Reveal: Fan Conventions Exclusives

Here are the exclusive pop culture Keepsake Ornaments Hallmark will have at some of the biggest conventions of the year.


Star Wars™ Celebration
Chicago , IL. | April 11-15


Comic-Con® International and New York Comic Con

Three ornament designs will be offered in limited quantities at Comic-Con® International, to be held July 18-21, 2019 in San Diego, CA, and at New York Comic Con, set for October 3-6, 2019 in New York City.

Ralph McQuarrie C-3PO™ and R2-D2™
Star Wars™

A Wild Ride on Endor™
Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi™

I.S.S. Enterprise™*
STAR TREK™

*NOTE: Will also be available at The Official STAR TREK™ Convention to be held July 31 – August 4 in Las Vegas,

Iron Spider


2019 National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention
Kansas City, MO. | July 31 – August 3


D23 EXPO
Anaheim, CA. | August 23-25

Shoe-sational!
Barbie™ Ornament

The Dognapper
Disney Mickey Mouse

April 6th, 2019|1 Comment