Category Archives: Norton, Lynn

Star Trek Communicator Article, 1998

1998, Deep Space Nine and Voyager were on the air and Star Trek: Insurrection was in theaters. Hallmark had only released its 16th and 17th Star Trek ornaments and Kevin Dilmore interviewed longtime Hallmark Star Trek artists Anita Marra Rogers and Lynn Norton for Star Trek Communicator magazine. The magazine, a bimonthly publication of the Official Star Trek Fan Club, folded in 2005.

A big ‘thank you’ to the wonderful reader who sent me this article.

Star Trek Communicator, Issue 119 (October November 1998)

“It is Paramount’s criteria that the characters do not have a hook in any part of their bodies. Therefore, we have to incorporate a part of their environment with them as a vehicle to place the ornament hook.”

Anita Marra Rogers

Within two years Seven of Nine would have a hook driven into her cranium, a practice that continues with character ornaments to this day.

Top Left: An example of the “environment” that was required to avoid skewering a character’s body.
Top Right: In the early days, Hallmark would sometimes implement a ‘fish hook’ design which swept a hook over a character’s head.
Bottom Left: Seven of Nine’s head wound in 2000.
Bottom Right: Picard’s unfortunate hook placement in 2017 resembled some sort of torture device. “THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!”

Lynn Norton’s “USS Bellwether, NX-90866, Ingress Class”


Star Trek – Lynn Norton – U.S.S. Bellwether
Mixed Media Sculpture
18″ x 11″ x 8.5″

Literature: See Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years, Titan Books, London, p.77 (illus).

Fictional starship display model, U.S.S. BELLWETHER, NX-90866, INGRESS CLASS science vessel with experimental METAWARP propulsion by Lynn A. Norton.

Lynn A. Norton is an artist who, since 1991, has sculpted nearly all of the Star Trek starship ornaments that have been produced by Hallmark for their beloved and bestselling Keepsake Ornaments line. Norton sculpts and prototypes original patterns for ornaments and toys from his personal home studio. His process remains the same as always. He starts by making detailed drawings and then employs engraving tools to hand-carve the ornaments from synthetic wood. Though Norton technically retired back in 2006, he continues to sculpt Hallmark’s Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments. As he told author John Peterson for the book Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments: The Inside Stories from the Artists Who Create Them, “I’d like nothing better than to sculpt starship ornaments until my fingers fall off.” He lives in Leawood, Kansas.


Although the one-of-a-kind model has been auctioned off you can purchase a 13″ x 9″ print of the model for $14.95.



Comic-Con International
San Diego, CA, United States
July 21 – July 24, 2016
at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts
363 5th Avenue San Diego, CA

Star Trek Convention

Las Vegas, NV, United States
August 3 – August 7, 2016

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Toronto, Canada
August 19 – September 5, 2016

The Paley Center for Media

New York, NY, United States
September 16 – September 25, 2016

Destination Star Trek

Birmingham, United Kingdom
October 7 – October 9, 2016

Star Trek: The Exhibition

Blackpool, United Kingdom
October 14 – October 31, 2016

French Paper Gallery

Paris, France
November 10 – November 26, 2016

Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.

Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
December 13 – December 18, 2016

Star Trek Cruise I

Miami, FL, United States (*Note – The cruise sailed the Caribbean to Cozumel, Mexico and the Bahamas returning to Miami)
January 9 – January 16, 2017

Chabot Space & Science Center
San Francisco, CA, United States
February 3 – March 12, 2017

Middle East Film & Comic Con
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
April 6 – April 8, 2017

Lynn Norton is a 3D artist who has sculpted nearly all of Hallmark’s “Star Trek” ornaments since 1991. “I imagine the ship I’ve designed to be a science vessel that is capable of exploring the galaxy beyond the range of existing Federation craft,”

84) 2017 Enterprise C Battle Damaged (Qty 3,325)

Source:  Hallmark

PopMinded by Hallmark plans its highest-ever level of yearly participation at the nation’s largest pop culture fan gatherings with limited quantities of products and collectibles developed exclusively for events starting next month.

PopMinded, which debuted nationally last year, is Hallmark’s new way to celebrate fandom with gifts and collectibles created and chosen 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 through its event pop-up store.

PopMinded will appear at Planet Comicon Kansas City scheduled April 28-30 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo.

Three exclusive Hallmark Keepsake Ornament designs including the Enterprise C repaint, an itty bittys® plush, and two other gift items will be sold in limited quantities at Comic-Con International, to be held July 20-23 in San Diego, Calif.

U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-C, a Keepsake Ornament inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” depicts the iconic starship with a battle-damage paint scheme as it appeared on screen.  This repaint of a 2015 Keepsake Ornament has a total production run of 3,325 and sales will be limited to 225 per day.

PopMinded will make its first appearance at The Official 2017 Star Trek Convention, scheduled Aug. 2-6 at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. The repainted U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C Keepsake Ornament previously available at Comic-Con International will be sold at this event with 100 available each day.

Another first for PopMinded will be Salt Lake Comic Con, scheduled Sept. 21-23 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Products to be sold at the PopMinded booth will be announced closer to the event.

At New York Comic Con, set for Oct. 5-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, PopMinded will offer all items previously available at Comic-Con International with the same daily allocations.

Additional details about prices for each exclusive product, as well as activity plans for each event will be announced closer to the respective convention dates.


Hallmark Sculptor Lynn Norton’s Favorite Ornament

When Lynn begins creating a Keepsake Ornament, he researches the subject of his work until he is comfortable with his mental plan for sculpting it from beginning to end. He draws inspiration not only from his fellow Keepsake Artists but from his childhood memories of time spent in front of the TV.
“Being the first generation to be introduced to television at an early age, I was entranced by the imaginative sets and props that were constructed to bring stories to life,” Lynn says. “As crude as they were, the science-fiction artifacts of the early 1950s still inspire me—especially when I get a chance to sculpt one of them.”
That said, it may come as no surprise to learn Lynn’s personal favorite among his Keepsake Ornaments.
“I have to say that the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” space-station ornament is still my favorite. It was the most challenging sculpture for me and the Keepsake engineering staff,” he says. “My idea to offer it with docked miniature starship ornaments turned out to be a winning combination with Star Trek fans.”


List of Lynn Norton’s Hallmark ornaments…
2016 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 3295QXI3404 | STAR TREK™ “Pilot Version” | 50th Anniversary Gold Edition
Lockheed® Vega 5B | 1595QX9231 | 20th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2015 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-C | 3295QXI2499 | STAR TREK: The Next Generation™
WACO Aristocrat Model SRE | 1495QX9049 | 19th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2014 Keepsake Ornaments
Howard DGA-6 “Mister Mulligan” | 1495QX9193 | 18th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2013 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Kelvin™ | 3295QXI2162 | STAR TREK™
Gee Bee Super Sportster Model Z | 1495QX9182 | 17th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2012 Keepsake Ornaments
Cessna® 172 Skyhawk® | 1495QX8241 | 16th in the Sky’s the Limit series
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-D | 3295QXI2051 | STAR TREK: The Next Generation™ | 25th Anniversary
2011 Keepsake Ornaments
Romulan Bird-of-Prey™ | 3295QXI2007 | STAR TREK™
Nautilus | 1795QXD1069 | Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1957 Chevrolet® Fire Engine | 1995QX8849 | 9th in the Fire Brigade series
Culver Cadet | 1495QX8857 | 15th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2010 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 3295QXI2156 | STAR TREK™
H-1 Racer | 1495QX8316 | 14th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2009 Keepsake Ornaments
Cessna® 310 | 1500QX8302 | 13th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Klingon Battle Cruiser | 3200QXI1185 | STAR TREK™
LA135 Limited Edition Lawn Tractor | 1500QXI1172 | John Deere
2008 Keepsake Ornaments
Hannah Montana | 1500QXD2151 | Disney Channel
U.S.S. Reliant™ | 3200QXI4221 | STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan™
Ercoupe 415-D | 1500QX2851 | 12th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2007 Keepsake Ornaments
Future U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 3200QXI4347 | STAR TREK: The Next Generation™
Cessna® 195 | 1500QX2377 | 11th in the Sky’s the Limit series Edythe Kegrize | Sculpted by Nina Aubé, Anita Marra Rogers, Nello Williams and Linda Sickman
Festive Santa—Puppy Love | 3900QXC7011
2006 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701 | 3200QXI6293 | STAR TREK™
Monocoupe 110 Special | 1500QX2363 | 10th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2005 Keepsake Ornaments
1931 Laird Super Solution | 1495QX2045 | 9th in the Sky’s the Limit series
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-A | 2800QXI6215 | STAR TREK™
Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster | 695QXM2072 | 5th in the Sky’s the Limit series
TIE Advanced x1 and Millennium Falcon™ | 1495QXM2085 | Star Wars™
2004 Keepsake Ornaments
Spartan Model 7-W Executive | 1495QX8391 | 8th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Vulcan Comman Ship | 2800QXI4084 | ENTERPRISE™
Spirit of St. Louis | 695QXM5181 | 4th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2003 Keepsake Ornaments
1936 Stinson Reliant | 1495QX8147 | 7th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Curtiss R3C-2 Racer | 695QXM4877 | 3rd in the Sky’s the Limit series
The Scorpion | 3200QXI7509 | STAR TREK: Nemesis™ | By Anita Marra Rogers and Lynn Norton
Lost Treasures | 7500QXC4609 | Airplane
2002 Keepsake Ornaments
Staggerwing | 1495QX8093 | 6th in the Sky’s the Limit series
DELTA FLYER | 2400QLX7663 | STAR TREK: Voyager™
Enterprise™ NX-01 | 2400QXI2943 | STAR TREK™
1917 Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” | 695QXM4363 | 2nd in the Sky’s the Limit series
The Family Room | QXC4566A | Keepsake Ornament Studio Limited Edition
2001 Keepsake Ornaments
Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster | 1495QX8005 | 5th in the Sky’s the Limit series
The Flight at Kitty Hawk | 695QXM5215 | 1st in the Sky’s the Limit Miniature series
Space Station Deep Space 9 | 3200QX6065 | STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine™
Starfleet Legends | 1495QXM5325 | STAR TREK™
Santa’s Desk | 7500QXC4562 | Keepsake Ornament Studio Limited Edition
15th Anniversary Celebration Wreath | 5000QXC4572 | Keepsake Ornament Club Member Exclusive
2000 Keepsake Ornaments
Borg™ Cube | 2400QLX7354 | STAR TREK: Voyager™
Spirit of St. Louis | 1495QX6634 | 4th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Treasure Tree | 6500QXC4521 | Keepsake Ornament Studio Limited Edition
1999 Keepsake Ornaments
Curtiss R3C2-2 Seaplane | 1495QX6387 | 3rd in the Sky’s the Limit series
Runabout – U.S.S. Rio Grande | 2400QXI7593 | STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine™
1998 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-E | 2400QXI7633 | STAR TREK: First Contact™
1917 Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” | 1495QX6286 | 2nd in the Sky’s the Limit series
1997 Keepsake Ornaments
The Flight at Kitty Hawk | 1495QX5574 | 1st in the Sky’s the Limit series
U.S.S. Defiant™ | 2400QXI7481 | STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine™
1996 Keepsake Ornaments
Millennium Falcon | 2400QLX7474 | Star Wars™
STAR TREK™ | 4500QXI7534 | 30 Years
U.S.S. Voyager™ | 2400QXI7544 | STAR TREK™
1995 Keepsake Ornaments
Romulan Warbird™ | 2400QXI7267 | STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION™
The Ships of STAR TREK™ | 1995QXI4109
1994 Keepsake Ornaments
Klingon Bird of Prey™ | 2400QLX7386 | STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION™
1993 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 2400QLX7412 | STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION™
Song of the Chimes | 2500QLX7405 | By Trish Andrews and Lynn Norton
1991 Keepsake Ornaments
Starship Enterprise™ | 2000QLX7199

Lynn Norton Gives Insight on Star Trek Ornaments


After 50 years, the distinctive image of the USS Enterprise has come to serve not only as home for hundreds of explorers of the future but also as an iconic symbol of the Star Trek universe and all that represents to its fans. For more than half that time, sculptor Lynn Norton has devoted uncounted hours to interpreting incarnations of the beloved starship, creating Keepsake Ornaments for Hallmark that bring fans’ favorite memories and fantastic moments to Christmas trees each year (and admittedly to collectible displays all year long for many people).

As many fans’ thoughts turn to decorating for the holidays, Lynn shares his thoughts not just on his appreciation for starship designers but his own joy in helping fans celebrate with ornaments of the good ol’ NCC-1701 — and bloody A, C, D and E (just not B).

“I consider the ships I have sculpted to be like characters rather than objects,” he says. “Each is recognizable, and almost as specific as a human face. I’m looking at them as a fan, of course — I’ve been watching since the first broadcast—but also as a sculptor who appreciates their beauty and qualities as icons.”

Read more here.