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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

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.

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

New York Comic-Con Scheduled for October

NYCC Announcement:

Creating a safe, diverse, an accepting space for our community with an unforgettable experience for everyone has always been at the center of everything we do. We have approached our Health and Safety guidelines for our shows with the very same mindset. It’s with much optimism and enthusiasm that we look forward to welcoming you back to convention centers around the country, to celebrate the things we all love together.

  1. We will be running all our shows with reduced capacity. With our new safety precautions in place, attendance and badges will be very limited so that we can ensure physical distancing. We’re working closely with each convention center to determine how many people are permitted in the building every day and at a given time. 
  2. We are requiring approved face coverings for all individuals attending our events, including our exhibitors and staff. They must be worn at all times within our venues. For more information, you can visit the FAQ pages on each of our show websites.
  3. Temperature screening upon entry will be required to enter our events. Anyone with an elevated temperature will not be permitted to enter the event. 
  4. We will have increased sanitization and cleaning with enforced physical distancing throughout the event.
  5. We have also adopted a firm no handshakes, no high-fives, no hugs policy. We’re all going to have to get very smooth and cool-looking at either the elbow bump or air high-fives. Please start practicing now.

The convention is scheduled for October 7-10, 2021 at the Javits Center.

Get vaccinated, everyone! Be smart! Stay safe!

Mission Chicago Announced, Mission New York Revisited

As part of the First Contact Day (April 5) festivities it was announced that in 2022 there will be a Star Trek: Mission Chicago event. This convention is the only officially licensed Star Trek event in the U.S. by CBS now that Star Trek Las Vegas has been replaced with The 55-Year Mission Tour in Las Vegas. ReedPop, who is putting on Mission Chicago, was behind events like New York Comic Con, MCM Comic Con London, Star Wars Celebration and Star Trek: Mission New York. It is expected that annual Missions in rotating cities will follow.

We invite you to Star Trek: Mission Chicago– the ultimate Star Trek fan experience for all ages! Boldly explore the past, present and future of the celebrated franchise while embracing the ideals of a diverse and inclusive future that remains at the center of one of the most iconic brands of all time. Enjoy three full days of interactive exhibits, major announcements, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, and more from the ever-evolving Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Mission Chicago is coming to McCormick Place in Chicago IL, April 8th to April 10th 2022. 

In light of this announcement it seems only fitting to revisit 2016’s Star Trek: Mission New York which took place during Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, Hallmark displayed all 81 Star Trek ornaments that had been released up to that time (actually 80, “To Boldly Go” was still just a cardboard image).

Unfortunately, most of the photos of the Star Trek display were taken from a distance.

The gallery, in the form of a transporter chamber, stood beside Hallmark’s event booth. It was comprised of seven tall, vertical windows each holding a dozen or so ornaments.

Happily, one Star Trek fan posted a YouTube video of the ornaments which you can view at the bottom of this page. Below are the best screen caps I could get from IoMGeek’s September 3, 2016 video. Let me know if anyone has any photos of Hallmark’s ornament gallery they would like to share.

Window 1
Top: 1991 U.S.S. Enterprise, 1992 Shuttlecraft Galileo, 1993 U.S.S. Enterprise D, 1994 Klingon Bird-of-Prey
Middle: 1995 Captain Jean-Luc Picard, 1995 Captain James T. Kirk, 1995 The Ships of Star Trek, 1995 Romulan Warbird
Bottom: 1996 Enterprise & Galileo, 1996 Mr. Spock, 1996 Commander William T. Riker, 1996 U.S.S. Voyager

Window 2
Top: 1997 Commander Data, 1997 Dr. Leonard H. McCoy, 1997 U.S.S. Defiant,
1998 Captain Kathryn Janeway, 1998 U.S.S. Enterprise E
Middle: 1999 Worf, 1999 U.S.S. Enterprise – Glass, 1999 Runabout U.S.S. Rio Grande
Bottom: 1999 U.S.S. Enterprise – Stamp, 2000 Lt. Commander Worf – Glass, 2000 Seven of Nine, 2000 Borg Cube

Window 3
Top: 2001 Q – Glass, 2001 Space Station Deep Space Nine, 2001 Startfleet Legends
Middle: 2001 Captain Benjamin Sisko, 2002 Enterprise NX-01, 2002 The Doctor, 2002 Delta Flyer
Bottom: 2003 Sub-Commandr T’Pol, 2003 Captain Jonathan Archer, 2003 The Scorpion

Window 4
Top: 2004 “The City on the Edge of Forever”, 2004 Insignias, 2004 Vulcan Command Ship, 2004 Commander Trip Tucker
Bottom: 2005 Khan, 2005 U.S.S. Enterprise A

Window 4
Top: 2005 Locutus of Borg, 2006 U.S.S. Enterprise, 2006 The Transporter Chamber, 2007 Future U.S.S. Enterprise D
Bottom: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 2007 Lt. Uhura – Red

Window 5
Top: 2008 Communicator, 2008 “The Trouble with Tribbles”, 2008 U.S.S. Reliant, 2009 Klingon Battle Cruiser
Middle: 2009 Lt. Uhura – Gold, 2009 Starfleet Phaser, 2009 “The Menagerie”
Bottom: 2009 Ilia Probe, 2010 U.S.S. Enterprise 2.0, 2010 “Amok Time”, 2010 Captain James T. Kirk

Window 6
Top: 2011 “Mirror, Mirror”, 2011 Romulan Bird-of-Prey, 2011 U.S.S. Defiant
Bottom: 2011 Spock, 2012 Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy

Window 6
Top: 2012 “An Extraordinary Meeting”, 2012 U.S.S. Enterprise D, 2013 U.S.S. Kelvin
Bottom: 2013 Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, 2013 “Arena”, 2013 U.S.S. Kelvin – Damaged

Window 7
Top: 2014 U.S.S. Vengeance, 2014 “The Devil in the Dark”
Bottom: 2014 Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, 2014 Vina, 2015 U.S.S. Enterprise C

Window 7
Top: 2015 “The Needs of the Many”, 2015 Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, 2016 Enterprise “Pilot” Gold
Bottom: 2016 “The Man Trap”, 2016 Ensign Pavel Chekov, 2016 Enterprise “Pilot” Painted

Window 7
Above: 2016 “To Boldly Go” (stand-in)

Hallmark Booth Display Case
Above: 2016 Maxine Cosplay, 2016 Enterprise “Pilot” Painted

Below is the video where these screen caps were taken from. The Hallmark booth footage begins at 1:26.

2021 Dream Book Reveal Party Facebook Live

Hallmark News Release: Join us right here on the Keepsake Facebook page on April 15 for our live Dream Book Reveal Party! The event is completely free – all you have to do is join us right here on the Keepsake Facebook page from 12pm-1pm CST on April 15.

Hear from Keepsake artists Nina Aubé, Rodney Gentry and Gregor Benedetti as they share all about their NEW first in series ornaments releasing this year, what’s on their Wish List this year, and more! The event will be hosted by Keepsake editor Lindsay Evans. Be sure to tune in live for the chance to win giveaways and more!

Save the Dates! 2021!

I think it is best to say the convention dates below are tentative.

2021 Dream Book
April 15, 2021
A tradition in itself, the Dream Book will feature this year’s line of Keepsake Ornaments, as well as fan features and stunning visuals that bring Keepsakes magic to life. And don’t forget—Keepsake Ornament Club members get a chance to see the Dream Book first.

Hallmark Ornament Premiere Event
July 10-18, 2021

San Diego Comic-Con@Home
July 23-25, 2021

Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas (STLV)
August 11-15, 2021
The Rio Suites and Resort
3700 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Planet Comic Con (PCC)
August 20-22, 2021
Kansas City Convention Center – Bartle Hall
301 West 13th St.
Kansas City, MO 64015

Hallmark Ornament Debut Event
October 2-10, 2021

New York Comic Con (NYCC)
October 7-10 (Tentative)
Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Comic-Con Special Edition
November 26-28
San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Hallmark Trim the Tree Event
December 1-5, 2021

Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC)
December 2-5, 2021
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101

Hallmark: “In light of the uncertainty related to the pandemic, we have decided not to host an in-person KOC Convention in Kansas City in 2021.”

For more convention updates go to The Pop Insider.

Still Waiting on 2021 Hallmark Star Trek Ornament Previews

We sit here in December and still have no official announcement of the 2021 Hallmark Star Trek ornaments.  The ornament previews usually are presented at the fan conventions beginning in July but COVID-19 has barreled its way into everyone’s lives disrupting everything.  

The current plan is to have all of the Star Trek Storytellers releases from 2020 and 2021 to be available through 2022 until the complete line has been released.

2020 Star Trek Las Vegas Convention Cancelled

It now comes as no surprise that 2020’s last convention has been cancelled due to COVID-19. As Kevin Dilmore said last month the Vegas convention was 2020’s most likely remaining event to show the 2021 Hallmark Star Trek ornament previews. Kevin, if you’re reading, we would like to offer this site as a vehicle to announce Hallmark’s 2021 Star Trek ornaments.

Here is Creation Entertainment’s official announcement:

During this pandemic crisis, Creation Entertainment remains steadfast in keeping the health and safety of our attendees, celebrities and staff as our top priority. While we had hoped to present our Official Star Trek Convention on December 9-13, 2020, due to ongoing local, federal and international protocols, we are unable to do so.

We will be next returning again to our traditional time of year and will be back in Vegas on a new date: August 11-15, 2021 at the Rio All-Suites Resort Hotel and Casino, and its beautiful state-of-the-art convention center!

The year 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Creation Entertainment, the 55th Anniversary of Star Trek, the 20th Anniversary of our convention in Las Vegas and Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday year. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and no city is better than Las Vegas to do just that!

We are renaming the convention “Creation Entertainment Presents The 55-Year Mission Tour”. We’ll have over 100 celebrity guests as usual, multiple tracks of non-stop programming, contests, music, cosplay and surprises, plus partying galore. We’ll immerse our attendees into the positive and loving atmosphere with thousands of other fans, as we all celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s legacy. CBS is not an official partner of this event.

If you wish to hold your same reserved seat or general admission, you do not need to do anything. Your tickets and same seating will be transferred to the new 2021 date and updated tickets will be sent to you via the email address you used at the time of purchase within a few weeks. Your 2020 ticket will no longer be valid.

Hallmark Ornament Debut Tomorrow

Hallmark’s Keepsake Ornament Debut arrives tomorrow and with it is 2020’s final Star Trek offering. Uhura is the latest ornament to join the Star Trek Storyteller family and will interact with any or all of the previous three Storyteller ornaments released in July. Look for Spock, Bones, Scotty and Chekov over the next two years.

Trapped in an angry universe not her own, Lieutenant Uhura tries her best to disguise from the I.S.S. Enterprise crew that she does not belong—unlike this Christmas ornament that certainly belongs on your tree. Plug the ornament into Hallmark’s Keepsake Power Cord (sold separately) for constant illumination, then press the button to start a sound and light show based on the classic original Star Trek series episode “Mirror, Mirror.” Connect all of the Star Trek Storytellers ornaments—Captain James T. Kirk, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura—and the U.S.S. Enterprise Tree Topper (each sold separately) to unlock additional interactive performances.

  • Storytellers Interactive Light and Sound Christmas tree ornament. Connect this ornament to Hallmark’s Keepsake Power Cord (sold separately) to see the continuous light effect. Press the button to watch it perform an exciting scene from the classic original Star Trek series episode “Mirror, Mirror.” No batteries necessary.
  • This artist crafted Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2020 in copyright.
  • Add other Star Trek Mirror, Mirror Collection Storytellers ornaments (each sold separately) to unlock larger, amazingly interactive performances.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament is lead-free and measures 1.59″ W x 4.4″ H x 1.21″ D.

2021 Hallmark Star Trek Ornament Previews Today? *UPDATED*

We normally get sneak peeks of Hallmark’s future ornaments in mid-July at San Diego Comic Con but like just about everything in 2020 it was cancelled.

In recent years September 8th, the anniversary of Star Trek’s television debut, has become Star Trek’s version of Star Wars’ May the Fourth celebration.

Star Trek Day seems to be a perfect opportunity for Hallmark to sneak preview the 2021 Hallmark Star Trek ornaments. Stay tuned!

2020 Star Trek Day

Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas (STLV)
December 9-13, 2020
The Rio Suites and Resort
3700 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103