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Discontinued Hallmark Legacy Cords in High Demand (2021) *UPDATED*

The Legacy Cord powers up to four Magic Keepsake Ornaments produced in 2009 and earlier. Unfortunately, it was discontinued and not available this year. This means there are 15 Star Trek ornaments (and hundreds of other Hallmark ornaments) that will remain dark, quiet and motionless if you are without.

The cord can be found secondhand on eBay at a premium. So far this month 20 Legacy Cords have been sold on eBay averaging more than $180 each. Considering each cord only lights four ornaments you would be paying $45 to power each ornament.

Hallmarkstartrekornaments.com has had more than 7,500 searches for Hallmark’s Legacy Cord just in 2021. There is no doubt Hallmark should bring back the Legacy Cord for the longtime Hallmark faithful.

“I am desperately looking for legacy cord.please bring it back.”

Nelda Cummings September 28, 2021 at 2:06 pm

“Really need to bring these back for those of us that just want to enjoy our ornaments. eBay prices are outrageous!!!!”

Camille Johnson October 24, 2021 at 4:40 pm

“Please bring back the legacy cord. Missed it the first time — will not if you bring back.”

Pat November 21, 2021 at 10:08 pm

“Why stop making The legacy cord? I have many ornaments prior to 2010 that I now cannot use. We enjoyed them and spent a lot of money on them. Come on Hallmark!”

Paula Page November 24, 2021 at 11:29 am

“I have been a collector of your Hallmark Ornaments for many years, especially the Peanuts Plug Ins plus many others. I have so many that one cord would be enough to power up my ornaments. I can’t afford to pay the high ridiculous prices for the few i find on the secondary market. How can we enjoy these ornaments with no source of power? Please bring these Legacy Cords back so we can have a Merry Christmas and keep the tradition alive.”

Ellen Van Handel December 4, 2021 at 11:41 pm

“I agree with all of the comments! I would love to power my Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments with the Legacy Power Cord and not have incandescent light bulbs interfere with the new LED ones. Please bring it back, Hallmark, for us collectors.”

Josh December 7, 2021 at 12:58 am

“I have quite a few of the older Star Trek ship ornaments that plug into the older style Chrismas lights.  Does Halmark sell any kind of powered strip with these older connections?” 

Geoff H., email, December 7, 2021

“Good evening, do you know where I may be able to locate and procure the Legacy Power Cord? I have several Star Trek ornaments that I would love to display. Any help you could provide would be gratefully appreciated.”

James, email, December 8, 2021

“Have spent hundreds of dollars on hallmark ornaments, this is bs that you no longer sell the cord to connect the magic star trek, journey to space and all the other that i paid at least 25.00 and more for.”

terri zwingle December 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm

“Please bring the legacy cord back. I have collected your ornaments since 1978. I purchased the movement ones and enjoyed them. Now I can’t find any where they work. Please bring back the legacy cord or something similar. Thank you I am disgusted that I paid the extra money for the motion ones and now Hallmark does it support them? I have a dated Hallmark ornament for every year from 1978 forward and would like all of them on my tree….”

Joni Marusak December 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

I understand and appreciate people’s concern about the Legacy Cord. I do believe there’s an alternative in the marketplace that will offer a solution.

Hardware stores, home-improvement stores and online retailers still offer strands of lights that accommodate the outdated “pigtail” connectors. Do a search or read the packaging for “incandescent Christmas lights” with incandescent being the key word. A Lowe’s in my area currently is offering a strand that would work for less than $3, which is a bit of a savings over eBay. If you want to make sure a strand will work, slip one of your less-valuable ornaments in your pocket and check the connection for yourself at the store.

A new incandescent strand also gives the bonus of additional lighting that a Legacy Cord doesn’t. One rule-of-thumb from my engineer friends: plug no more than four pigtails into any one strand of lights. They can be a power drain on the whole cord as it is and plugging in five or more risks blowing a fuse on the strand.

Hope this helps. Merry Christmas and keep those tree photos coming!

Kevin Dilmore, Dec 13, 2021 3:49 PM

Please bring these back. I spends thousand of Dollars at Hallmark and it’s not fair that I can’t power these ornaments anymore.

-Kimmkr, Dec 24, 2021 6:21 PM

Sorry, This is a poor excuse from Hallmark. They have been in very short Supply for years. My store only ever got a few of them ever year. I finally had it lined up to snag one this year and they discontinued them. I dont want to use older style lights on my pre-lit tree so these options are not even options. Hallmark is just being greedy and sees it as a reason to force folks to buy newer versions.

-Scott, Dec 28, 2021 1:00 PM

None of the current incandescent strings that I checked out fit the Magic Ornaments. The sockets are too small. I checked many big-box retailers like Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Target, and Walmart and all the light sockets were too small. The only exception was the set of Phillips incandescent lights I purchased. Those were too large. I have one string of older lights that fit when I hold them in with electrical tape. Kevin, if you know of a specific brand of newer incandescent lights that fit the Magic Ornaments, I’m all ears. If I find one that fits, I’ll update this post.

-Lisa, Dec 28, 2021 6:02 PM

I am trying to power my old Star Trek ornaments. I have tried what you suggest and it doesn’t work. Others have had the same experience as shown in the comments below. Do you have a better answer?

-Patrick Sharp, Dec 31, 2021 1:45 AM

Please, please, we are also desperate for a legacy cord. I thought I had ordered one but received a magic cord instead. So frustrated!

Jody Yoxsimer, January 9, 2022 8:03 pm

Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments compatible with the Legacy Cord:
1991 Enterprise, 1992 Galileo, 1993 Enterprise D, 1994 Klingon Bird of Prey, 1995 Romulan Warbird, 1996 Voyager, 1997 Defiant, 1998 Enterprise E, 1999 Rio Grande, 2000 Borg Cube, 2002 Delta Flyer, 2003 Scorpion, 2004 Vulcan Command, 2004 “The City on the Edge of Forever”, 2005 Locutus of Borg

By the Numbers: Enterprise B Day!

Today, November 18, 2021, is the 27th anniversary of the release of Star Trek Generations and with it comes the stark reminder that we are still without a Hallmark Enterprise NCC-1701-B ornament. How can any collection be complete with this infamous Excelsior-class starship missing. This was the site of legendary James T. Kirk’s “death”!

An upgrade of the Excelsior-class, she was the third Federation starship to bear the name Enterprise.

During her maiden voyage under Captain Harriman, the starship received a distress call from two El-Aurian transport vessels caught in a strange, mysterious energy ribbon. Kirk, on board as an honored guest, assisted in the rescue while the Enterprise-B got caught in the Nexus.

Kirk was integral in saving the ship, but as the Enterprise pulls away, the ribbon suddenly strikes the starship, tearing a large gash through the hull.

In its wake, it left only a gaping hole in the bulkhead where Captain Kirk once was.

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Hallmark has produced no less than 24 Enterprise ornaments over the course of 30 years and still we wait for the NCC-1701-B.


Star Trek Generations was released in 1994 and Hallmark has missed opportunities at the 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th anniversaries. Generations’ 30th anniversary is only three years away and it would be a perfect opportunity to “right the ship”. Hallmark, you’re on the clock!

What kind of society are we without B’s?

OOF! 😉

Okay, let’s all sit down and have an honest chat about the B. I assure you that we’ve had her on our sensors for a long time. (As also the U.S.S. Excelsior—and yes, we are very in tune with the design differences between the starships.) The short answer is, sure, we could do the B . . . but you wouldn’t be so happy about it.

I’m hoping I can get an assist here with some top and side profiles (hint hint). I know a lot of us could do a pretty good job sketching the B from memory but take a good look at the design here. To do the B the way we would want to—with light in all the right places—that’s not an easy trick. We have to pack those skinny nacelles (these are hardly ample, Scotty) with wires and lights and plot the placement of circuit boards and battery housings and all the things either in the primary hull, which is pretty shallow as well, or the pot-belly of a secondary hull that isn’t quite as accommodating as you think.

One solution is just to make the whole ornament big enough to do everything you’d expect it to do . . . leaving you with a B that is unpleasantly out of scale with the rest of your collection and possibly a price point that would be a bump up, too.

Part of the wait we’re all experiencing is on technology. Advancements in consumer electronics, many of which come with price reductions, happen all the time. It was the introduction of a tiny wireless RF chip at the right price that unlocked our ability to do our Storytellers ornaments. I’m hoping you’ve enjoyed what’s come of that so far. 😉

In my own personal experience (and it’s matched by that of plenty of others) the B is the second-most requested Star Trek Keepsake Ornament I’ve heard. The only request I’ve heard more over the years is for a U.S.S. Enterprise tree topper and you know how that story ends. We get it; we want the B, too. I can tell you that it’s not an “if,” it’s a “when.” We just don’t know when.

I’d be remiss if I signed off without thanking each of you for your support of what we’re doing with the Star Trek license. I’m over the moon from your responses to Star Trek Storytellers—it’s among my associations with Star Trek of which I’m most proud. I’m so eager for next year’s additions to complete the story. You’re all terrific and I appreciate you greatly.

Kevin

PS—if you’re gonna make a pitch of reasons to do the B, I might reconsider the mention of it being the place where Captain Kirk died. We’ve done a Star Trek death scene before and I still remember the social media response to THAT one. haha 😉

-Kevin Dilmore, 11/18/21 aka Enterprise B Day
Starboard elevation. Image from cygnus-x1.net.
Dorsal elevation. Image from cygnus-x1.net.
Ventral elevation. Image from cygnus-x1.net.
Fore elevation. Image from cygnus-x1.net.
Aft elevation. Image from cygnus-x1.net.

More Enterprise B articles…

The Curious Case of The Scorpion and the Copious Colors of Canopies

Star Trek: Nemesis images.

2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis included a scene with Picard and Data escaping in a Scorpion-class ship. In 2003, Hallmark released The Scorpion ornament and it is the only Star Trek ornament that involved both Lynn Norton (ship sculpt) and Anita Marra Rogers (character sculpts) together. Each artist was known for sculpting dozens of Star Trek ornaments during their career. Unfortunately, The Scorpion went under some last minute changes and Rogers work has gone mostly unseen for years.

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 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, startrek.com
The Scorpion ornament with a darkened canopy.
Promotional images showing a clear canopy.

I recently received an email from a reader who was following up on our conversation about the canopy’s shading in The Scorpion’s comments section two years ago.

I am the original poster who inquired about the lighter canopy Scorpion ornaments a couple years back. I see that there were some recent updates on the thread and I thought I’d comment on what I’ve found out regarding the topic. Please feel free to post any of this info to your website if you think it is useful.

While I have never found an ornament with a completely clear canopy as shown on the box, I can confirm that there are contrasting shades of canopies that differ from ornament to ornament. I’ve attached some photos of an ornament I acquired on ebay earlier this year with a lighter canopy next to an ornament with a darker canopy that I’ve had for some time. The difference looks somewhat subtle on camera, but is more apparent in person. I used to have an ornament with an even darker, almost black canopy which I sold off some time ago in favor of one with more visible figures.

So I’ve found that there are multiple variations of this ornament to suit your taste. You can own one with a very dark canopy which is more faithful to the film, or a lighter one which better shows the figures in the cockpit. Most seem to be somewhere in the middle. The good news is that this is one of the more affordable ornaments on ebay and other online marketplaces, so it is cheap to acquire the one you want or to collect multiple variations if you are so inclined.

I hope this information is helpful or at least interesting for someone.

Thanks,
Rob

P.S.
Thank you for all of the great information on this website. Because of you, I was able to acquire an HMS Bounty ornament last week to add to my collection. So as always, thanks and keep up the good work!

Rob’s images comparing canopy tints.

There seems to be a wide range of tints available on The Scorpion which result in quite different ornaments. If you have the blackened canopy the ornament could be almost any spaceship since it isn’t one of the recognizable iconic ship designs known in the Star Trek universe. If you have a clearer canopy, the images of Picard and Data turn the ornament from a generic sci-fi spaceship to a true Star Trek ornament.

A big ‘thank you’ to Rob for the information, his photos and the very kind words.

2021 Keepsake Ornament Debut Delayed Two Weeks

NEW EVENT DATES! Ornament Debut | October 16-24

Shipping challenges are affecting Hallmark’s product availability for the holiday season. To ensure the best selection possible, they have rescheduled this event to October 16-24 (previously Oct. 2 – 10), with early KOC shopping available on Oct. 15. Holiday Open House (HOH) has moved back by one week to Nov. 12 – 21 (previously Nov. 5 – 14).

Star Trek™ Mirror, Mirror Collection Ensign Pavel Chekov Ornament With Light and Sound & Star Trek: Picard™ La Sirena Ornament With Sound due out October 16, 2021.

Although a number of October ornaments have been pushed back to November there is no word of either Star Trek ornaments being delayed.

Resellers Overcharging for the Star Trek™ HMS Bounty Klingon™ Bird-of-Prey Metal Ornament

A word of warning not to buy/preorder the overpriced HMS Bounty that is showing up on eBay. The event exclusive ornament will be available to buy from home on July 23, 2021 at Noon E.S.T. and October 7, 2021 at Noon E.S.T. There will be a limited amount so be sure to log in early.

Updated photo 7/16/21. Went from two sellers to five sellers overnight.

HOW TO PURCHASE POPMINDED EXCLUSIVES

This year, we will offer event exclusives ONLINE ONLY in conjunction with the following events, typically attended in person: Comic-Con@Home, scheduled July 23-25, 2021, and New York Comic Con, scheduled October 7-10, 2021. Product allotments will be divided evenly between the two convention timeframes. Exclusives will be sold on a first-come basis starting at Noon Eastern Time (9 a.m. Pacific Time, 11 a.m. Central Time) on the first day of each convention.

Additionally, small quantities…will be allotted for sale to Keepsake Ornament Club Members. For more information on membership, go to hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornament-club.

For details on how to purchase exclusives, visit PopMinded.com/Events and expect the PopMinded convention shop to return in-person, to a full line-up of events in 2022.

For more information about PopMinded by Hallmark and the products offered, visit PopMinded.com.

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Product Details

  • Designed by Jake Angell, this metal Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2021 in copyright.
  • PopMinded™ event exclusive ornament and one of only 3,750 issued. Limited availability while supplies last, not available in stores.
  • Originally created for 2021 San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con and select events.
  • Metal Christmas tree ornament measures 4.5″ W x 0.58″ H x 2.89″ D.

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!”

Artist Inspirations: Storytellers

Evil Spock in the Transporter room “welcoming” the away team.
Spock went from arms crossed to the Terran Empire’s salute. I’m glad they didn’t make the ornament based off the far right image.
Good Uhura just after shutting down Evil Sulu’s advances.
Evil Chekov in an attempted coup after disembarking the Turbolift with Kirk.
Left: Evil Sulu in a second attempted coup.
Right: The blade of the dagger is turned fat side out so you can see it from your couch when the ornament is hanging on the tree.
In the episode, “Mirror, Mirror”, Kirk is never seen in the power stance with arms akimbo like the ornament depicts (A). He can be seen most of the time in his space-cowboy-strutting position (B) and once in the I-found-a-new-woman-in-my-room pose (C) and once in his I’m-gonna-kick-bad-Sulu’s-butt position (D). Kirk is the only Storyteller of the five released so far that isn’t based on a screen image from the episode.

Artist Inspirations: Uhura (2007-2020)

Uhura in her iconic pose, left hand up to her ear and elbow pointed out, was recreated in Keepsake form in 2007.
Left: Uhura in “The Carbonite Maneuver”.
Right: The 2009 convention exclusive ornament is a simple repaint of the 2007 Uhura in red, happily, she strikes her famous pose wearing gold in the “The Carbonite Maneuver” (S:1, E:10). The back of the Hallmark box states Uhura had only wore gold in that one episode although she had donned it previously in “Mudd’s Women” (S:1,E:6).
Left: Nichelle Nichols as Uhura in a 1966 publicity still.
Right: 2015 Legends Series: Uhura ornament with slightly less hair and missing the front overlap on her skirt.
Left: Uhura in “Mirror, Mirror” (S:2, E:4).
Right: 2020 Storytellers Series: Uhura ornament.

How Much Will the HMS Bounty Cost? *UPDATED*

It is still announcement day for the 2021 Hallmark Star Trek Event exclusive ornament and we have a contradiction in pricing. Corporate and PopMinded have pricing at $35 while the main order page has the Keepsake listed at $40 (See below for screen shots).

corporate.hallmark.com
PopMinded.com
Hallmark.com



6/29/21 UPDATE:

Pricing on Hallmark’s website has been adjusted down to $35:

Artist Inspirations: Scene Ornaments (2004-2019)

The City on the Edge of Forever (2004)
The action shot of Spock and Kirk jumping through the portal is a sculpt inspired by their jump from the past (middle), not to the past (left).
Locutus of Borg (2005)
“Star Trek: First Contact”, Borg Queen and Locutus.
The Trouble with Tribbles (2008)
Unfortunately, Kirk’s eyes closely resemble Mr. Magoo’s in this otherwise accurate sculpt.
The Menagerie (2009)
Kirk and Spock are at slightly different angles to Pike compared to their position in the episode. The ornament has Kirk turned toward Pike 45 degrees while Spock is more squared up and perpendicular to him.
Amok Time (2010)
Any slight difference in the positioning of the Vulcan lirpas is quickly drowned out by the fantastic battle music that accompanies the ornament. Unfortunately, the sculpt depicts Kirk moments before his shirt is sliced open. We could use a torn-shirt Kirk ornament in a bad way.
Mirror, Mirror (2011)
In the episode, McCoy is pressed against the computer bank. In the sculpt, there is distance between him and the wall and his head in leaning back.
An Extraordinary Meeting (2012)
If you are wondering why the artist has the Spocks standing in front
of a wall adorned with the Federation’s delta insignia…
“Put aside logic, do what feels right”.
Arena (2013)
(A,B) The Gorn approaches a trapped Kirk and (C) raises his dagger, (D) the episode breaks for commercial, (E) the Gorn reaches out toward the rock, (F) grabs the rock and (G) pulls it away allowing Kirk to escape

This ornament is a view we never see on screen. It is the moment that occurs in image (F) but from the camera angle we are familiar with from image C. No explanation why the ornament does not include the vine netting around Kirk’s leg.
The Devil in the Dark (2014)
Spock’s elbows are bent and his forearms placed more vertically on the close shots (bottom left) while in the long shots his arms are more outstretched with his forearms horizontal (top). Spock’s boot and legs are exact copies from the long shots. The ornament is a blend of the different shots.
The Needs of the Many (2015)
While most (WARNING: 39 year old spoilers ahead!) of Spock’s death scene in The Wrath of Khan is shot from Kirk’s side of the glass, from the moment Kirk puts his hand on the glass until Spock’s actual demise, the scene is all shot from Spock’s side of the glass. While the ornament can be viewed from both sides it is impossible to reproduce the movie camera’s perspective from the back of the ornament. In the end, we get an ornament of a classic scene from Kirk’s perspective.
The Man Trap (2016)
Kirk and the Salt Vampire.
The Naked Time (2018)
(A) Sulu enters the bridge, (B) Sulu’s guard arm is raised in the scorpion position, (C) Kirk ducks Sulu’s lunge, (D) Kirk jumps over the bridge railing to the lower level, (E) Sulu resumes the scorpion position, (F) Sulu holding Uhura faces Kirk, (G) Uhura’s struggles draws Sulu’s attention, (H) Uhura breaks away

Sulu’s likeness is captured from image B or E. Kirk’s stance is closest to that of F or G. Kirk’s position to the sword is never closer than that in image C. The Naked Time ornament marries many moments in the scene to capture an iconic but nonexistent moment in time.
Saru and Burnham (2019)
Burnham gives Georgiou’s telescope to Saru in the first season episode “Choose Your Pain”. In the episode, the pair simply stand in front of the telescope case which sits on a table and the ornament depicts them in a similar standing position but with Saru holding the case, a moment we never see appear on screen.

2021 Top 10 Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments: #1

#1: 2001 Space Station Deep Space Nine

Retail: $32.00
2021 Secondary Market: $67.95
Size: 5 1/2” Dia. x 3 1/4” H (4 1/2” H with base)
Code: QX6065

We have finally reached #1 on our Top 10 list! The Deep Space Nine space-station of 2001 is a gorgeous sculpt and stands head and shoulders above the others. The ornament was sculpted by longtime Star Trek ship artist, Lynn Norton:

“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.”

Lynn Norton, hallmark.com, 2016

The Hallmark space-station includes a detachable base. When off the base the ornament can be hung from a tree and when attached it can be displayed on a desk or shelf and enables the Magic Light and Sound function. The display base is powered by two AAA batteries and, once the button is depressed, it illuminates yellow lights at the primary docking ring airlocks and a red light at the fusion reactor.

Blueprints courtesy of universostartrek.com.

The base also powers the audio function which allows you to hear the words of Captain Sisko from the series finale of Deep Space Nine:

“To the best crew a Captain ever had. No matter what the future holds, no matter how far we travel . . . a part of us will always remain here, on Deep Space Nine.”

-Captain Sisko, “What You Left Behind”

To top everything off, this is an ornament that actually displays six other ornaments. When Hallmark’s Ships of Trek was released six years earlier there really wasn’t a place the three pack of miniatures could be safely hung on the tree. The mini ships of 1995 and 2001 (see below) were way too small to display properly on a tree and there was always a danger of them being accidentally tossed out with the tree in January. The space-station includes a hook on each of the three upper docking pylons and three on the docking ring. Although not to scale, the ships look fantastic and take the Deep Space Nine ornament to another level.

1995 Ships of Trek (left), 2001 Star Trek Legends (right)

We have reached the end of our list and it wasn’t easy winnowing it down to just ten ornaments. It was difficult to not include ornaments like 2000’s Borg Cube, 2002’s Enterprise NX-01, 2010’s Amok Time, 2013’s Arena and 2016’s The Man Trap. Depending on the day any one of those ornaments could make the Top 10 but there is never a question that the #1 spot will still belong to the Deep Space Nine space-station.