Abducted and imprisoned on a hostile alien starship, Captain Jean-Luc Picard is freed by Commander Data in disguise. Together they battle their way through the corridors of the huge vessel into a shuttle bay, where they discover a fleet of Scorpion attack flyers.
Unable to open the shuttle doors, their only means of escape is for Captain Picard to pilot a Scorpion through the twisting interioir of the ship to freedom.
This Keepsake Ornament features glowing lights on the Scorpion’s wing panels ans exhaust port as well as in the landing lights. The cockpit instrument panel is also lighted. Sculpted by Hallmark Keepsake Artists Lynn norton and Anita Marra Rogers.
The Scorpion ornament was sculpted by Lynn Norton but the Data and Picard figures within were sculpted by Anita Marra Rogers. Rogers sculpted a majority of Star Trek ornaments that were not starships and generally focused on figures.
All promotional photos of the Scorpion are shown with a clear canopy and characters are easily seen. Final production of the Scorpion included a tinted canopy mostly obscuring the characters inside.
“Look closely beyond the smoked canopy of the Scorpion ornament, and you may discern painted figures of Captain Picard and Data in the cockpit as sculpted by Keepsake Artist Anita Marra Rogers. Original designs for the ornament included a transparent canopy transparent on the ornament, but changed to match the studio model used for filming. The change came too late to alter photographs on the ornament’s retail box and other Hallmark publications, which clearly show the figures.” -Kevin Dilmore
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From browsing ebay listings, there appear to be two different versions of this ornament. One has a dark black canopy in which Data and Picard are hardly visible. The other has a lighter, smoke grey colored canopy in which Data and Picard are much more visible. Does anyone know if there were variations in the manufacturing? You can see the difference in the ebay photos below:
I am not aware of two different tints to the canopy. The clear canopy was used for promotional images only and never made it to production. I wonder if the difference in the two links you have is only the lighting.
I wondered about the lighting factor myself. While the canopies in question are definitely not clear as shown in the photo on the box, they do seem to be quite a bit lighter than standard. Taking a look at my personal ornament, the figures are obscured unless you hold it directly up to a source of bright light. I’ve seen several listings on ebay in which the canopies appear much more transparent making the figures clearly visible. I’m curious if there is another factor at play such as these ornaments possibly being exposed to sunlight and fading over time. Or, might there have been a variance during the manufacturing process causing two different shades? I may have to buy one of these ornaments for a side-by-side comparison with my own.
If you end up picking one up let me know what you find out. I’ll look into it myself and report back.
So I ended up picking up an ornament with one of the lighter appearing canopies. The new ornament is ever-so-slightly lighter in color than my own ornament but the difference is negligible. I’m a little disappointed as I like the idea of being able to see the figures a bit better. It seems that the difference in appearance is indeed due to the lighting used in the photos. In any case the mystery has been solved!
Thanks for the update. Is it possible to remove the canopy and have it still look appropriate to display? Just wondering if it might be a good solution to get a look at the character figures.
I suppose it might be possible. Since I now have two, maybe I’ll display the second one this way. Thanks for the suggestion.
I have one in the original box that has the clear canopy. Manufactured in 2003.
If there is anyway you could take photos I would love to see it. If that means waiting until Christmas when it gets unpacked I understand. My email is near the top in the side menu if/when you have pics. Thanks.
I stand corrected sir. I opened it for the first time to take a picture to show you and the canopy is dark, even though it shows a clear canopy on the cover of the box! Hmmmmm. Very misleading.
Well, that does jive with what we thought was going on. Thanks for looking into it!
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