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PopMinded Booth at Star Trek Mission Chicago

Image from @StarfleetUnderG on Twitter
Star Trek itty bittys with 2019 ISS Enterprise, 2020 Tribble and 2021 HMS Bounty close behind. Image from @StarfleetUnderG on Twitter
Upper left corner we get a glimpse of the 2022 Scotty and McCoy Storyteller ornaments. Image from @Mc156 on Twitter

Left: What appears to be Star Trek Storyteller advertisement/brochure. We need to see more of this!

Right: Buttons? Pins? Swag? Images from @StarfleetUnderG on Twitter

Star Trek Mission Chicago Opens Tomorrow

Assemble your crew and lay in a course for Star Trek: Mission Chicago—the ultimate Star Trek fan experience for all ages! Whether you’re a Ten-Forward regular or fresh out of the Academy, Star Trek: Mission Chicago has something for everyone!

Discover a new frontier of immersive experiences and unique encounters with fellow fans unlike anything you’ve seen before. Explore the past, present and future of Star Trek while embracing the ideals of a diverse and inclusive future that remains at the center of Gene Roddenberry’s beloved universe. Join us as we go beyond expectation with a fan experience loaded with celebrity guests, exclusive merchandise and exciting announcements that can only be offered at Star Trek: Mission Chicago, the official fan convention brought to you by ViacomCBS and ReedPop.

Star Trek Mission Chicago

The weekend’s Hallmark event will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:15 with a preview of Star Trek offerings hosted by Christine Taylor and Kevin Dilmore.

“A Piece of the Hallmark Action”

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Saturday, Apr 9th

01:15 PM – 02:00 PM

Here’s your first look at what’s coming this year from Hallmark that’s just for Star Trek fans, including Keepsake Ornaments, itty bittys, gift items and more. Join PopMinded by Hallmark’s Christine Taylor and Kevin Dilmore to see what’s new PLUS have your shot at prizes from Hallmark’s Star Trek product lines.

Panelists: Christine Taylor, Kevin Dilmore

If you’re looking to get up close with some of the Star Trek cast there will be opportunities to obtain photos and signatures of your favorite actors.

Photo OpsPriceFridaySaturdaySunday
Alexander Siddig$654:20pm1:30pm
Annie Wersching$603:50pm11:30am
Anson Mount$8012:40pm2:30pm
Anthony Montgomery$502:50pm12:30pm12:10pm
Anthony Rapp$604:50pm5:40pm1:10pm
Blu Del Barrio$501:50pm6:10pm1:40pm
Chase Masterson$304:20pm1:30pm12:00pm
Connor Trinneer$502:50pm12:30pm12:10pm
David Ajala$601:20pm5:30pm12:50pm
David Ajala in Costume$1201:40pm6:20pm1:50pm
Dominic Keating$503:10pm12:50pm12:30pm
Doug Jones$701:20pm5:30pm1:00pm
Ethan Peck$801:20pm
Evan Evagora$604:10pm11:50am
George Takei$1003:00pm3:00pm
Ian Alexander$502:10pm6:30pm2:00pm
Isa Briones$603:50pm11:30am
Jack Quaid$502:20pm3:40pm
James Cromwell$802:10pm2:40pm
Kate Mulgrew$1102:30pm2:10pm
Kenneth Mitchell$501:40pm5:40pm1:10pm
Mary Chieffo$601:30pm6:30pm1:40pm
Michelle Hurd$604:10pm11:50am
Nana Visitor$504:40pm1:50pm1:20pm
Natalija Nogulich$403:30pm1:00pm2:00pm
Noah Averbach-Katz$501:30pm6:10pm1:00pm
Noel Wells$40
Robin Curtis$303:50pm1:10pm2:20pm
Sonequa Martin-Green$803:20pm
Tawny Newsome$602:40pm4:00pm
Walter Koenig$802:20pm2:10pm12:40pm
Wil Wheaton$605:00pm1:50pm12:20pm
William Shatner$12011:00am
Team Up Photo OpsPriceFridaySaturdaySunday
Adira and Gray$902:00pm6:20pm1:50pm
Deep Space Nine Trio$1154:30pm1:40pm
Discovery Cast$3205:50pm1:20pm
Discovery Cast w/ Sonequa Martin-Green FRIDAY ONLY$3805:00pm
Enterprise Trio$1203:00pm12:40pm12:20pm
Lower Decks Trio$1402:30pm3:50pm
Picard Cast$1904:00pm11:40am
Strange New Worlds Duo$1501:00pm
AutographsPriceFridaySaturdaySunday
Alexander Siddig$60
Annie Wersching$40
Anson Mount$80
Anthony Montgomery$40
Anthony Rapp$50
Blu Del Barrio$40
Chase Masterson$30
Connor Trinneer$40
David Ajala$50
Dominic Keating$40
Doug Jones$65
Ethan Peck$80
Evan Evagora$50
George Takei$80
Ian Alexander$40
Isa Briones$50
Jack Quaid$40
James Cromwell$60
Kate Mulgrew$100
Kenneth Mitchell$40
Mary Chieffo$40
Michelle Hurd$50
Nana Visitor$45
Natalija Nogulich$20
Noah Averbach-Katz$30
Noel Wells$40
Robin Curtis$30
Sonequa Martin-Green$70
Tawny Newsome$40
Walter Koenig$80
Wil Wheaton$40
William Shatner$120

Panels and Events

Friday:

12:00 pm – A First Look at Star Trek Online’s Next Story Update: Fans of the game Star Trek Online won’t want to miss this panel exploring the upcoming storylines, featuring Star Trek: Discovery’s Noah Averbach-Katz.

12:30 pm – The LGBTQ Collective: Fans of all identities break down Star Trek’s past, present, and future representation of the LGBTQ+ community.

12:30 pm – Trek Beyond the Screen: Explore the Star Trek literary universe with some of Trek’s authors.

1:00 pm – Star Trek: Enterprise Cast Panel: Stars Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, and Connor Trinneer revisit Enterprise and answer fan questions.

2:30 pm – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine cast panel: Stars Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor, and Chase Masterson reflect on the groundbreaking series.

2:30 pm – Doug Jones Spotlight: Saru himself, Doug Jones, will answer fan questions as he reflects on his career.

2:45 pm – Cosplaying From Star Trek at Every Level: Expert cosplayers give advice to those just starting their cosplay journey, or those looking to take their costume to the next level.

4:15 pm – Science in Star Trek: Discovery: Science consultants Dr. Erin Macdonald and Professor Mohamed Noor explore the science behind the series Star Trek: Discovery.

6:15 pm – Trektivism — Our Fandom For Real-World Social Change: Trek actors and fans share how the franchise can inspire leaders in enacting real change in our universe.

Saturday:

10:45 am – The Sid City Social Club Changed Lives During the Pandemic!: In the first in-person gathering of the social club, Alexander Siddig and others share how the actor’s Zoom social club touched lives during the pandemic.

11:30 am – IDIC — Let’s Make It So!: Chase Masterson and her organization Pop Culture Hero Coalition explore how to bring the ideals of Gene Roddenberry to life.

11:30 am – Star Trek: Lower Decks Panel: In their first convention appearance together, series creator Mike McMahan and stars Tawny Newsom, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, and Jerry O’Connell talk all things Lower Decks.

12:00 pm – James Cromwell Spotlight: James Cromwell, who played Zephram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact, will take fan questions.

1:00 pm – George Takei Spotlight: George Takei takes to the stage to share stories of Sulu and answer fan questions.

1:15 pm – A Piece of the Hallmark Action: Get a first look at the upcoming Hallmark Star Trek collectibles being released this year.

2:00 pm – The Firsts and the Onlys: Breaking Barriers in Trek: Fans take a look at characters who broke new ground both within the Star Trek franchise and in our own world.

2:30 pm – Star Trek: Discovery Cast Panel: Join Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Noah Averbach-Katz, Mary Chiffeo, Ken Mitchell, David Ajala, Ian Alexander, and Blu Del Barrio as they discuss Discovery’s journey and where the show might go next.

2:30 pm – Comics: The Final Frontier: Artist Gavin Smith talks about his career, drawing iconic characters from Star Trek, and the upcoming Star Trek IDW comic Mirror War.

4:00 pm – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Panel: Go inside the newest Paramount+ original series with stars Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, and Celia Rose Gooding as well as producers Henry Alonso Myers and Akiva Goldsman. 

5:00 pm – Star Trek: Picard Cast Panel: Stars Michelle Hurd, Isa Briones, Annie Wersching, and Evan Evagora dive into Picard’s latest season and share their Star Trek memories from working on the show.

5:30 pm – Kate Mulgrew Spotlight and Book Reading: Captain Janeway herself beams to the stage to answer fan questions and read from her book How to Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir. She will be signing books after the conclusion of the panel.

6:15 pm – Beam Me Up, Jackie! An Extra-Galactic Drag Extravaganza!: Join RuPaul’s Drag Race star and Trek fan Jackie Cox in a musical and comedy celebration of Star Trek!

Sunday:

10:30 am – The Future is Female: From the shows themselves to tie-in materials, female fans explore the way that Star Trek has depicted women.

11:00 am – Star Trek: Prodigy Panel: Star Kate Mulgrew, series co-creator Dan Hageman, and executive producer/director Ben Hibon share stories from the bridge of the Prodigy

12:30 pm – William Shatner Spotlight: Join William Shatner as he answers fan questions and reminisces about his time as James T. Kirk.

2:00 pm – Walter Koenig Spotlight: Walter Koenig will answer fan questions and talk about his time playing the role of Pavel Chekov.

2:00 pm – Star Trek & Disability: The Highs, the Lows, and Where We’ll Go: Join Star Trek fans as they explore the ways Star Trek has succeeded or missed the mark in terms of disability representation, as well as where the franchise could go next.

2:15 pm – DISCODoesDnD at Mission: Chicago!: Join the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. Discovery as they boldly go on a new Dungeons and Dragons campaign, all in front of a live audience.

3:30 pm – The Women of Star Trek: Actresses from all corners of Star Trek share their stories of inspiring others through their own Trek journeys. The panel will feature Nana Visitor, Michelle Hurd, Isa Briones, Robin Curtis, Annie Wersching, Chase Masterson, and Natalija Nogulich

FAMILY EVENTS

Your crew for the con might have a few ensigns who are eager to learn more about the world of Star Trek. Share the final frontier with them with these kid-friendly panels throughout the con!

11:45 am, Friday – Welcome to Starfleet Academy!: Dr. Erin Macdonald provides a look at the roles on a starship and invites ensigns to find out what role they’d be best suited for.

1:45 pm, Friday – Story Time with Robb Pearlman: New York Times bestselling Trek writer Robb Pearlman shares excerpts from his latest Star Trek children’s books. This event will also take place at 12:45 pm on Saturday.

3:45 pm, Saturday – Learn to Draw Star Trek: Star Trek comics artist Gavin Smith leads a class for cadets and parents on how to draw their favorite Star Trek characters. This event will also take place at 3:45 pm on Saturday, and at 1:45 pm on Sunday.

11:45 am, Saturday – Build Your Own Planet!: Dr. Erin Macdonald will lead a class on solar systems and the different kinds of planets and stars found within one.

11:45 am, Sunday – Science Officers of Star Trek: Prodigy: Cadets can learn all about the science of Star Trek: Prodigy, from how transporters work to what makes the U.S.S. Protostar fly.

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE – THE DIRECTOR’ S EDITION SCREENING

While at Mission Chicago, enjoy a screening of the newly remastered Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition with David C. Fein, the man behind the remaster. With new audio and deleted scenes, this is one screening you won’t want to miss. Join us on the main stage at 4 pm on Friday.

For many, this will likely be the first large public gathering since the onset of COVID-19. Be careful, be smart and stay safe!

Star Trek: Mission Chicago requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry for all attendee fans age 5+. Participants age 5+ are required to show proof of completion of full vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) or proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider for admission.

Hallmark to Unveil 2022 Ornaments at Star Trek: Mission Chicago


We are just over a week away until the start of Star Trek: Mission Chicago and now we have official word of a 2022 Hallmark Star Trek ornament unveiling at the event.

Saturday, April 9, 2022 1:15 pm – A Piece of the Hallmark Action: Here’s your first look at what’s coming this year from Hallmark that’s just for Star Trek fans, including Keepsake Ornaments, itty bittys, gift items and more. Join PopMinded by Hallmark’s Christine Taylor and Kevin Dilmore to see what’s new PLUS have your shot at prizes from Hallmark’s Star Trek product lines. Panelists: Christine Taylor, Kevin Dilmore

The timing is right for Star Trek: Mission Chicago to be the premiere of this year’s lineup with the 2022 Dream Book due out later in the month. There is no word whether there will be Sneak Peeks for next year’s ornaments, a common convention practice pre-Covid.

What Will the Keepsakes 50th Anniversary Bring?

Star Trek: Mission Chicago begins in less than a month (April 8-10) and with it the likely announcement of the 2022 Trek line and possibly even 2023 previews. Hallmark traditionally has reserved their next year’s Star Trek line for San Diego Comic-Con in July but the past two years were scrapped due to COVID-19. Now, with things returning to ”normal” and the addition of Star Trek: Mission Chicago into the convention lineup, there is a chance we will return to traditional previews.

So, what can we expect in 2023? There are five Star Trek series currently streaming new content and with the absence of the Star Trek Storytellers series in ’22 the shelves will be wide open to new ideas. Prodigy’s Protostar, Lower Decks’ Cerritos, Strange New Worlds’ Enterprise and Picard’s Stargazer are just some of the ships that are likely in the coming years and there is a whole host of characters that are worthy of representation.

2023 will be the 50th anniversary of the Hallmark Keepsake line and with it the possibility that Hallmark reissues or reimagines some classic ornaments from the past five decades. If this is Hallmark’s approach, Star Trek would surely be one of the pop brands revisited and it’s just a matter of which past Trek ornament Hallmark would honor.

The obvious choice would be the U.S.S. Enterprise ornament that debuted the line in 1991, complete with red and green lights around the saucer, but I would argue for the more famous 1992 Galileo Shuttlecraft complete with Spock’s Christmas message.

This idea is only speculation (and likely just wishful thinking) but if we were to ever get a revisit to a past ornament, and possibly the Galileo, wouldn’t Hallmark Keepsake’s 50th anniversary be the perfect time?

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In 1973, when Hallmark introduced six glass ball ornaments and 12 yarn figures as the first collection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, a new tradition of Christmas decorating was started and a new collectible industry was born. When the first line was introduced, they were unique in design, year-dated and available only for a limited time – innovations in the world of ornaments. Since 1973, Hallmark has introduced more than 8,000 different Keepsakes Ornaments and more than 100 ornament series, groups of ornaments that share a specific theme.

The finished Keepsake Ornaments reflect the way styles, materials, formats and technology have expanded since the first ones appeared in Hallmark stores in 1973. Once a collection of decorated glass balls and yarn figures, Keepsake Ornaments now are made in a wide array of wood, acrylic, porcelain, blown glass, metal and handcrafted formats.

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2022 Convention Dates

Assemble your crew and lay in a course for Star Trek: Mission Chicago—the ultimate Star Trek fan experience for all ages! Whether you’re a Ten-Forward regular or fresh out of the Academy, Star Trek: Mission Chicago has something for everyone!

Discover a new frontier of immersive experiences and unique encounters with fellow fans unlike anything you’ve seen before. Explore the past, present and future of Star Trek while embracing the ideals of a diverse and inclusive future that remains at the center of Gene Roddenberry’s beloved universe. Join us as we go beyond expectation with a fan experience loaded with celebrity guests, exclusive merchandise and exciting announcements that can only be offered at Star Trek: Mission Chicago, the official fan convention brought to you by ViacomCBS and ReedPop.

Star Trek: Mission Chicago April 8 – 10, 2022

San Diego Comic-Con International has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over its fourand-a-half decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world.

San Diego Comic-Con International July 21-24, 2022

New York Comic Con is your event. Where you can feel unafraid to geek out. Where you’re accepted and embraced for being yourself. Where you can experience the best in pop culture because no matter what fandom you’re passionate about, we have it waiting here for you. Be inspired by award-winning comic artists and Japanese anime creators. Get star struck over your favorite TV and film idols. Treat yourself to exclusive fandom gear and unique artwork. But most importantly, create all of those memories with the people you care about the most. Because this event is for you. To embrace your inner hero or root for the villain. To geek out as a family. To celebrate a weekend together you’ll never forget.

New York Comic-Con October 6-9, 2022

By the Numbers: HMS Bounty Ornament Sells Out for NYCC Online Event

Yesterday’s NYCC online-only event went live at 11:59 am E.S.T. and while it only took the event exclusive Star Wars Boba Fett ten minutes to sell out and the Ghostbusters Ectomobile 45 minutes, it took the HMS Bounty Star Trek ornament more than 30 hours. The Star Trek event exclusive ornament had previously been available for the SDCC online event (July 23, 2021) and the KOC online event (August 17, 2021).

All 3,750 Klingon Bird-of-Prey ornaments have now been released to the public through the three events. If you are still in need of an ornament you will now need to look at the secondary market where eBay prices have seemed to bottom out at around $60 as of late.

HMS Bounty Event Exclusive Available Tomorrow for NYCC

  • ORDER HERE!
  • Available October 7, NOON E.S.T. *ONLINE ONLY*
  • Log into your Hallmark account before noon so you can expedite check out. Limited quantities (less than 1,900) will sell out quickly. July’s SDCC event sold out in five minutes.
  • If you do not have a Hallmark account you will need to register beforehand. 
  • If you already have a Hallmark account be sure to confirm your password is still active ahead of the event.
  • REFRESH! In July, the website didn’t go live until 12:02. There were reports that ornaments went from ‘COMING SOON’ to ‘OUT OF STOCK’ and back to ‘IN STOCK’ just from refreshing the page.
  • Don’t get greedy. Hallmark says you’re not allowed to purchase more than one of each ornament. You may consider getting only one ornament in total. Most customers who had issues during the SDCC event seemed to be buying more than one ornament (i.e. an HMS Bounty AND a Boba Fett).
  • Just because you have an ornament in your shopping cart does not mean it has been allocated to you. You must have your credit card ready. Better yet, have it already on file through the website.
  • Create a hallmark.com account and save your credit card info under profile – payment methods.
  • If you have purchased from hallmark.com before it is likely your credit card is still on file. Verify ahead of time that it is still a good credit card number.

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.

HMS Bounty at KOC Fan Convention Ornament Sale Tomorrow

The HMS Bounty will be available for the KOC Fan Convention Ornament Sale taking place August 17, 2021 at 9:00 CT. It will be an online event only and KOC (Keepsake Ornament Club) is required.

KOC membership is sold out for 2021. Check back November 2, 2021 to join the 2022 Keepsake Ornament Club! The KOC is where fans, collectors & holiday enthusiasts come together to share their passion for ornaments. Behind-the-scenes features, exclusive ornaments and special savings are just a few of the perks members enjoy.


KOC Membership Perks

Free membership gift, $75 value: The Dream Box is stuffed full of members-only goodies and the KOC-exclusive Dream Book.
Exclusive savings and pricing: Keep an eye out for special pricing just for you on select Keepsakes gifts. You’ll also receive club mailings throughout the year, each including a $5 off $10 coupon (U.S. only).
Exclusive reward points: As a KOC member you’ll get access to the best Crown Rewards Bonus Points, with opportunities to earn more top-tier rewards than anyone else.
Members-only Ornaments: Our artists created four designs just for 2021 club members.
Behind-the-scenes access: Watch your monthly email newsletters for insider info and a chance to be entered to win a free ornament. Plus look for savings and surprises in your quarterly For Keeps mailings, too.
Exclusive early access to shop: Look for your invitation to shop our ornament release events early at participating stores, where you’ll get first dibs on all ornaments, offers and more!

If you are not already a KOC member the HMS Bounty will be available again October 7, 2021 at Noon E.S.T. for NYCC.

Check this page on August 17 to purchase!

Star Trek: Mission Chicago Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

Assemble your crew and lay in a course for Star Trek: Mission Chicago—the ultimate Star Trek fan experience for all ages! Whether you’re a Ten-Forward regular or fresh out of the Academy, Star Trek: Mission Chicago has something for everyone!

Discover a new frontier of immersive experiences and unique encounters with fellow fans unlike anything you’ve seen before. Explore the past, present and future of Star Trek while embracing the ideals of a diverse and inclusive future that remains at the center of Gene Roddenberry’s beloved universe. Join us as we go beyond expectation with a fan experience loaded with celebrity guests, exclusive merchandise and exciting announcements that can only be offered at Star Trek: Mission Chicago, the official fan convention brought to you by ViacomCBS and ReedPop.

Star Trek: Mission Chicago tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 29th with exciting guest announcements to be reveled soon!

Star Trek: Mission Chicago will be held April 8 – 10, 2022 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL.

HMS Bounty Sells Out in Five Minutes! Next Chance…KOC Event in August

The Star Trek™ HMS Bounty Klingon™ Bird-of-Prey Metal Ornament event exclusive sold out in five minutes for the ComicCon@Home event, just two minutes behind the quick-selling Star Wars™ Animated Boba Fett™ Ornament exclusive. It didn’t come without us issues though.

The ornaments didn’t go live until 12:02. There were reports that ornaments went from ‘COMING SOON’ to ‘OUT OF STOCK’ to ‘IN STOCK’ after refreshing the page. Most customers who had issues at checkout seemed to be buying more than one ornament (i.e. HMS Bounty AND Boba Fett). Once a shopping cart was reduced to one item the checkout issue was resolved. Others were able to get an item in their shopping cart but it still wasn’t allocated to them and the ornament would be out of stock before they could get a credit card number entered.

The HMS Bounty will next be available at the KOC Fan Convention Ornament Sale taking place August 17, 2021 at 10:00 E.S.T. It will be an online event only and KOC (Keepsake Ornament Club) is required. Unfortunately, KOC membership is sold out for 2021.

If you are not already a member it will be available again October 7, 2021 at Noon E.S.T. for NYCC.

Instagram from PopMinded by Hallmark.

HMS Bounty Event Exclusive First Available Tomorrow for SDCC

July 23, 2021 – Noon E.S.T.

SHOP EXCLUSIVES

  • Log into your Hallmark account before noon so you can expedite check out. Limited quantities will sell out quickly.
  • If you do not have a Hallmark account register beforehand.
  • If you already have a Hallmark account be sure to confirm your password is still active ahead of the event.