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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.

By the Numbers: How Exclusive is the HMS Bounty Exclusive?

Fans have a love/hate relationship with Hallmark’s event exclusive ornaments (formerly convention exclusives). Fans love getting a new Trek ornament but for the completists it likely means paying higher prices from resellers who were able to attend the conventions in person. Luckily, there are a couple of things working in favor of the collector this year.

This year’s HMS Bounty will have highest production count (3,750) of any Star Trek exclusive yet.

Along with the higher production number, it has never been easier to acquire a new Trek exclusive than it will be this year. Like 2020, Hallmark will not be present at conventions this year so event exclusives will only be available online:

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. Sales permit one of each exclusive product to be sold per person, per transaction while supplies last. We will miss seeing fans in person this year, but look forward to seeing everyone again in 2022.

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

There is no need to travel to San Diego or New York, simply ‘save the date’ of the convention opening days or join the Keepsake Ornament Club.

Expect to see the Klingon Bird-of-Prey to sell this year for $80-$120 on eBay and only rise in price over time. Hallmark is expected to attend conventions in person next year as life continues its return to normalcy. In this case, normalcy will also mean a return to eBay prices for many of us.

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
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6/29/21 UPDATE:

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

107) 2021 HMS Bounty Klingon Bird-of-Prey

Star Trek™ HMS Bounty Klingon™ Bird-of-Prey Metal Ornament

Product Details

Early script drafts of “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” used Romulans in their classic Bird-of-Prey warship as the film’s antagonists. When later drafts swapped Klingons for Romulans, the ship’s designation as a Bird-of-Prey remained and the craft was redesigned to reflect Klingon technology. Put the fearsome-looking ship on display with this meticulously detailed Christmas tree ornament. PopMinded event exclusive—one of just 3,750 issued.

  • 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.

Early script drafts of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock used Romulan in their classic Bird-of-Prey warship as the film’s antagonists. When later drafts swapped Klingons for Romulans, the ship’s designation as a Bird-of-Prey remained and the craft was redesigned to reflect Klingon technology. The fearsome-looking ship not only became popular with fans but also an iconic element of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Hallmark Box Text

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2021 Event Exclusive Announced! Klingon Bird-of-Prey, HMS Bounty

Klingon Bird-of-Prey Keepsake Ornament celebrates the 35th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home™ in 1986. This metal Keepsake Ornament features the HMS Bounty paint stylings as seen in the film. The ornament is priced at $35 with a total production run of 3,750.

2021 Klingon Bird-of-Prey, HMS Bounty

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 28, 2021) — While PopMinded by Hallmark will not be attending fan conventions in 2021, a number of all-new exclusive collectibles and products inspired by favorite characters will be sold online to the nation’s pop-culture fans in conjunction with two conventions.

PopMinded, which debuted in 2016, is Hallmark’s way to celebrate fandom with gifts and collectibles created and curated with all fans in mind. PopMinded continues and expands on Hallmark’s annual tradition of providing access to their ever-popular event exclusive products.

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament designs and itty bittys® plush characters will be sold in limited quantities ONLINE ONLY in conjunction with these two events:

Comic-Con International San Diego, July 23-25 as part of Comic-Con@Home
New York Comic Con, October 7-10

Hallmark.com

The exclusives will be sold on a first-come basis starting at Noon Eastern time (9 a.m. Pacific time) on the first day of each convention. Sales permit one of each exclusive product to be sold per person, per transaction while supplies last.

Allotments will be divided evenly between the two conventions. Additionally, small quantities of each of the three Keepsake Ornaments 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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If you are interested in (and how could you be) non-Trek exclusives for Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Marvel Comics and Super Mario please visit Hallmark.com.

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.

Newsfeed:
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.

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.

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.

NYCC Cancelled, Going Virtual

“Hey NYCC fans, check out this message from our team regarding the status of New York Comic Con 2020. While we’d much rather be giving you an update on badges going on sale, it likely comes as no surprise that NYCC 2020’s physical event will not be able to run as intended. This is one of the hardest announcements we’ve ever had to make, and we miss you all so very much: NYCC20.com/Letter

But we still can’t wait to hang out with you online for New York Comic Con’s Metaverse, Oct 8-11. We’re partnering with YouTube to bring to life four days of incredible content. Stay tuned to FindTheMetaverse.com and subscribe to YouTube.com/NYCC for updates.”

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)
July 23-26 (with Preview Night on July 22)
San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas (STLV)
August 5-9, 2020
December 9-13, 2020
The Rio Suites and Resort
3700 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Planet Comic Con (PCKC)
March 20-22, 2020
August 14-16, 2020
Kansas City Convention Center – Bartle Hall
301 West 13th St.
Kansas City, MO 64015

Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC)
March 12-15, 2020
August 21-23, 2020
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101

New York Comic Con (NYCC)
October 8-11, 2020
Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club Members
Online Event
Date: To Be Announced