In July, we posted about Hallmark’s new Storyteller packaging seen in images found on the Hallmark website. At the time we didn’t know if it was something we would see on physical packages or just limited to online images. It can now be confirmed the larger artwork is on physical packaging and is slowly making its way into stock as older inventory is depleted.
Along with the new artwork are new item numbers for the 2020 and 2021 Storytellers.
099. 2020-21 Storyteller Mirror Sulu Red Box QXI6071 099a. 2022 Storyteller Mirror Sulu White Box QXI7876
100. 2020-21 Storyteller Mirror Kirk Red Box QXI6061 100a. 2022 Storyteller Mirror Kirk White Box QXI7873
101. 2020-21 Storyteller Mirror Uhura Red Box QXI6074 101a. 2022 Storyteller Mirror Uhura White Box QXI7883
102. 2020-21 Storyteller Enterprise NCC-1701 Red Box QXI6004 102A. 2022 Storyteller Enterprise NCC-1701 White Box QXI7866
104. 2021 Storyteller Mirror Spock Red Box QXI7002 104a. 2022 Storyteller Mirror Spock White Box QXI7893
105. 2021 Storyteller Mirror Chekov Red Box QXI7005 105a. 2022 Storyteller Mirror Chekov White Box QXI7886
Hallmark’s third year of Star Trek Storytellers brings us our third version of packaging design. The 2021 Storytellers had an ornament image that was roughly 20% larger than its 2020 predecessors. The 2022 Lt. Commander Scott ornament has a large front image that takes up the majority of the packaging face conforming with the rest of the 2022 Hallmark lineup.
Although Hallmark stores (at least mine) are stocking Storytellers in their original packaging, Hallmark’s website has photos of the 2020-21 ornaments in updated 2022 packaging. No word if this is something that will actually be available in stores or if it is simply for marketing uniformity.
Kevin Dilmore has announced that the 2020 Hallmark Star Trek Storyteller ornaments will be available until the entire series has been produced. This means Kirk, Sulu, Uhura and the Enterprise tree topper will be available to purchase in 2021 and 2022.
We still have Spock, McCoy, Scotty and Chekov to be released over the next two years. Although there hasn’t been any official announcement, it is likely we will see Spock and Scotty in 2021 and McCoy and Chekov in the final year.
Whichever ornaments are released next year they will be available in both 2021 and 2022. There is still no word if the 2021-2022 Star Trek releases will be exclusively Storytellers or if we will see other Star Trek ornaments. With all the new Star Trek series that have and will be coming out it is hard to imagine we won’t see something from Picard or Lower Decks.
This will be the last post about Hallmark pricing for 2020. In my response to their last email to me I asked why the equivalent Harry Potter Storytellers are cheaper than their Star Trek counterparts and below you will find their response.
Hopefully, the higher prices don’t drive away fans.