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2021 Top 10 Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments: #4

#4: 2020-2022 Storyteller Enterprise Tree Topper

Retail: $149.99
2021 Secondary Market: $179.99 (still available in stores through 2022)
Size:  6.59″ W x 9.89″ H x 15″ D.
Code: QXI6004

Star Trek fans and collectors have been clamoring for a tree topper for years. 2016 brought the Death Star tree topper to Star Wars fans. In 2019, Harry Potter fans got their tree topper in the form of the Hogwarts Castle. Finally in 2020, the centerpiece of Star Trek Christmas trees everywhere soared into homes. A mammoth 15” long Enterprise Tree Topper places #4 on our Top 10 list. Standing at almost 10” tall it is the bane of Christmas trees everywhere that may have already been brushing the ceiling.

Storytellers by Hallmark are a series of themed ornaments that are linked together to recreate a story. Disney, Harry Potter, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Peanuts and Star Wars are all brands that have received the Storytellers treatment in recent years.

The chosen Storyteller episode is Mirror, Mirror, one of the rare times all the main characters had a substantial part to play. In this episode, we encounter the evil version of our loved crew who are now a part of the Terran Empire instead of the United Federation of Planets. The characters in the Mirror Universe are aggressive and mistrustful in personality.  This is a universe where advancement is more likely achieved by murder rather than promotion. Mirror, Mirror is a much beloved episode of Star Trek and the mirror universe would be revisited in five episodes of Deep Space Nine, two episodes of Enterprise and nine episodes of Discovery.

By far the heaviest ornament to date, the Enterprise tree topper comes with a rigid plastic rod that Velcro’s to the top of your tree. Once the rod is secured, the Enterprise mounts onto it and the end result is a surprisingly stable topper. The ornament is then connected to a power adapter (included) which needs to be strategically hidden within the tree. Press the button on the remote control or on the base of the tree topper to watch it illuminate in blue, green, purple, red, white, and yellow lights. The sound effects range from Star Trek’s theme to thunder to the transporter chamber and many other sound effects.

The tree topper is a beautiful sculpt by Jake Angell who has been doing ornament designs since 2012. The Enterpise is activated by a Starfleet Delta remote which is an ornament of its own in disguise. The upper and lower main arrays glow in a stunning white but the standout is the rotating nacelles. This ship is the real deal.


When linked with other Star Trek Storytellers ornaments you will hear dialogue from the episode. The beauty of the design is that the ornaments communicate whether you own two ornaments or all eight that are planned in the series. The ship’s main function when other characters are connected is that of ship sound effects which gives the scenes a true Star Trek atmosphere.

Mirror, Mirror Storytellers Series
Enterprise Tree Topper (July 2020)
Kirk (July 2020)
Sulu (July 2020)
Uhura (October 2020)
Spock (July 2021)
Chekov (October 2021)
McCoy (2022)
Scotty (2022)

There is no reason to pay inflated prices on eBay or secondhand sites. All of the Storytellers that have been released will be available in Hallmark stores through 2022. The only time the entire set will be for sale at once will be October through December 2022. The set will not be available after Christmas 2022.

Image from hallmark.com review

This ornament will stand proudly atop your Christmas tree.
This ornament has a remote control.
This ornament has lights.
This ornament has sound.
This ornament communicates with other ornaments.
This ornament can be displayed on its own.
This ornament would bully its way into any Top 10 list.
This ornament is three pounds of Christmas goodness.

Next time, logically, we discuss #3.

Tree Topper Tips and Troubleshooting (U.S.S. Enterprise)

A tree topper that boldly goes where no tree topper has gone before!  Congratulations on your purchase of Hallmark Keepsake’s Star Trek Tree Topper.

  • Your box includes your tree topper, power adapter, support rod, three hook and loop fasteners, remote, and remote batteries.  
  • Your Star Trek Tree Topper plugs into a power adapter for constant illumination. You may also press the button on either on the Starfleet insignia remote control or on the top of the tree topper to start a sound and light show, featuring the music of “Theme from Star Trek.”
  • Connect one or more Star Trek Storytellers ornaments:  Captain James T. Kirk, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (each sold separately).

Insider Tip Video
https://player.vimeo.com/video/436599983

Assembling the tree topper
1.  Position the support rod with the pin facing up, parallel to your tree’s central branch
2.  Evenly space the three hook and loop fasteners around the central branch to fasten the rod to the tree
3.  Connect the power cord to the underside of the base
4.  Gently and securely place the base atop your tree and plug the cord into your wall outlet

  • The tree topper’s default light performance will begin when the power is connected.

Remote
Insert the two batteries (included) into the battery compartment of the remote control. 

Troubleshooting Steps To Pair With Storyteller Ornaments
1.  Ensure the batteries of the remote are installed correctly (flat side up)
2.  Plug the power adapter from the box into the base of the Enterprise
3.  Plug the power adapter into a working wall outlet
4.  Plug the end of the Keepsake power cord into each of the Storyteller ornaments, ensuring a tight fit
5.  Plug the Keepsake power cord into a working wall outlet  
6.  Activate the show with the remote or pressing one of the buttons on a Storyteller ornament or on the top of the ship  
7.  Ensure all pieces are plugged in tightly

Star Trek™ U.S.S. Enterprise™ Tree Topper Replacement Remote Control

Regular price $5.99.
Available July 10, 2021

Product Details

Did your Star Trek Collection U.S.S. Enterprise Tree Topper remote dematerialize? Now you can easily replace it—or buy a second remote just in case. Design features the Starfleet insignia; batteries included.

  • Replacement remote control for Star Trek Collection U.S.S. Enterprise Musical Tree Topper With Light (sold separately) is artist crafted by Jake Angell.
  • Requires two (2) replaceable LR44 batteries, included.
  • Plastic remote control measures 2.31″ W x 3.64″ H x 0.79″ D.

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Replacement Tree Topper Remotes Available Through Hallmark

It should be reassuring to know that if you lose or break your Star Trek Tree Topper remote it won’t be a complete disaster. You will be able to fire up the Enterprise and Mirror Universe crew with a replacement remote. Keep in mind it will not be replaced with the Star Trek delta symbol remote that came with the topper originally but with a festive green tree that resembles a pine car air freshener that you would hang from your rear view mirror.


Tree Topper Universal Replacement Remote Control

Regular price $4.99

Product Details

Misplaced the original remote control that came with your Hallmark Tree Topper? Not to worry, this replacement remote ensures the topper’s light and music show will go on! Fun Christmas tree-shaped design makes it easy to spot. The remote is battery operated with LR44 button-cell batteries (included). Universal remote control is compatible with all Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Tree Toppers. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments.

  • Replacement remote for Hallmark Tree Toppers (sold separately).
  • Hallmark Gold Crown Exclusive.
  • Battery operated. Three (3) LR44 batteries included.
  • 1.5″ W x 2.6″ H x 0.79″ D

 

2020 Star Trek Storytellers Hanging Around

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.

2020 Hallmark Pricing, Part 5 – The Final Chapter

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.

Keep Collecting the Future!

2020 Hallmark Pricing, Part 4 – Hallmark Response Received

We have been covering not only the price hike in the Star Trek Storytellers series but also the discrepancies between the Dream Book and Hallmark’s official website.

April 05, 2020 – Part 1

April 10, 2020 – Part 2

April 10, 2020 – Part 3

Well, I said I would post Hallmark’s response when it was received and here it is.  I’ll let it speak for itself.

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