Category Archives: COVID-19

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!

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

2020 Comic-Con@Home Opens Today

There will be an interactive Exhibit Hall today for the ComicCon@Home which will allow you to vvisit and purchase merchandise from participating exhibitors.

PopMinded by Hallmark will be in Booth #1505 beginning today, July 22nd, at 9:00am P.S.T./12:00pm E.S.T.

Visit the Comic-Con@Home website for full lists of vendors, events and speakers.

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PopMinded by Hallmark To Offer Exclusives at Comic-Con@Home Virtual Event

In light of recent cancellations of conventions due to COVID-19, PopMinded will now be offering the list of exclusives below online July 22-26 at the Comic-Con@Home virtual event, planned in place of Comic-Con® International: San Diego, as well as October 8-11 either online or in person during New York Comic Con. A small allotment still will be made available for current Keepsake Ornament Club members only. Click here for a preview of the exclusives.

– Due to schedule changes for the Official Star Trek Convention Las Vegas, PopMinded will no longer be attending. The Star Trek exclusive ornament will no longer be made available at this event.

– Due to the cancellation of Emerald City Comic Con, Planet Comicon Kansas City and Star Wars Celebration, exclusives planned for those events will no longer be available. Stay tuned for more information regarding exclusives specific to Star Wars Celebration.

To purchase the exclusives during the Comic-Con@home virtual event July 22-26, find our event page on the Comic-Con@home website starting at 9am PST Wednesday July 22. Click on any of the exclusive products shown, then in the pop-up window, click on the link titled ‘visit website’ to be taken to a special page on PopMinded.com for purchasing.

– Note: Purchases are limited to one of each of the exclusives per transaction. The exclusive quantities will be first come, first serve. We will not have daily allocations for this event.

Limited availability items include:

Star Wars

  • Imperial Probe Droid-themed Keepsake Ornament features a metal rendition of the infamous, spindly armed reconnaissance droid in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ priced at $35 with a total production run of 3,200.
  • The Mandalorian™ The Child™-themed PXL8 Enamel Pin features a stylized rendition of the lovable, mysterious bounty from the Disney + series The Mandalorian™. At a total production run of 2,500, it will be sold for $8 at most events in limited daily allotments.

Harry Potter™

  • Professor Boggart Snape Keepsake Ornament depicts the iconic moment when Neville Longbottom imagines the idea of Snape in his grandmother’s clothes to defeat the boggart. This ornament is priced at $25 with a total production run of 3,350.

Star Trek

  • Tribble (exclusive 2020 variant) Keepsake Ornament is inspired by the furry little spawning aliens from the Original Series episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.” It features a different material and color than the version released in stores in 2019. The ornament is priced at $25 with a total production run of 3,350.

Marvel

  • Deadpool itty bittys® depicts a stylized rendition of everyone’s favorite chimichanga-eating, unicorn-loving, merc with a mouth, created in specialty packaging with maximum effort! The collectible is priced at $10 with a total production run of 2,500.

In addition, a very limited number of 2020 event-exclusive Keepsake Ornaments will be available for sale later this year to members of the Keepsake Ornament Club. Information for joining the club can be found online at Hallmark.com/KOC

At the end of the 2020 convention season in October, remaining stock of the year’s event exclusives may be made available for sale online. Check for details at PopMinded.com

For more information about PopMinded by Hallmark and the products offered, visit PopMinded.com or follow @popminded on Instagram.

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© 2020 MARVEL

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WB SHIELD: © & ™ WBEI. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s20)

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

Comic-Con is a registered trademark of San Diego Comic Convention.

2020 Tribble Convention Exclusive Preorders on eBay

Preorders for this year’s convention exclusive Tribble are beginning to show up on eBay.  Hallmark has yet to announce how the Tribble will be made available since most of the conventions have been cancelled/postponed due to COVID-19.  Convention exclusive ornaments have always been available for preorder in year’s past from convention goers.  The current price of $119.99 is on the high side of the typical $80-$120 the exclusives typically fetch this early in the game.  The Tribble will be made available originally at $20.

This site is not associated with the auction below.

SDCC 2020

HALLMARK EXCLUSIVE

STAR TREK TRIBBLE

KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT

Limited Edition!

“Official Hallmark Exclusive!”

**As per ebay pre-sale rules, this item is guaranteed to ship within 30 days of the end of this listing.**

Description:

This is a pre-sale. You’re purchasing a Brand New SDCC 2020 Hallmark Exclusive Star Trek Tribble Keepsake Ornament! This is a pre-sale, therefore the item will not ship until I have it in hand. This item has a 100% money back guarantee in the rare event that there is a problem receiving this item. This item will be in excellent condition! This exclusive will be well packaged and shipped as soon as the item is in hand.

2020 Hallmark Ornament Premiere: Proceed With Caution

Hallmark Ornament Premiere is this week beginning  July 11, 2020. In typical years it would be common to see customers lined up around the store waiting for the doors to open.  It is uncertain what this year will bring.  Will stores implement measures limiting access? Will consumers simply shop from home?

The only official word found on Hallmark’s website about the Premiere during the COVID-19 outbreak is a simple line stating contact your local store “to learn how this year’s event might be different”.

The seriousness of COVID-19 should not be understated and Hallmark Corporation should not leave procedures up to the individual stores.  The Hallmark Ornament Premiere is there biggest event of the year where you typically find customers shopping shoulder-to-shoulder, consistently reaching over and in front of others.  The checkout line is commonly 30-50 people deep as it winds in and out of each aisle.  There is literally no place to avoid others in yea’s past.

Hopefully, the individual stores will make the right decisions to make it as safe as possible for the consumers and their employees.  I emailed Hallmark ten days ago, on June 30th, with my concerns and have yet to get a reply.

Below is a copy of my inquiry followed by the automated response:

What procedures are you implementing at your stores to insure the safety of your customers during the upcoming Hallmark Ornament Premiere? I am concerned if you leave it up to the individual stores they will not take the full precautions. In past years the Hallmark displays have taken up approximately 12’-15’ of wall space.  Can more than two customers shop safely while socially distancing at 6’?

We still haven’t heard from Hallmark as of this post. So we will say what they should be saying…

Hallmark ornament collectors and fans,

Please be extra cautious this year.  Shop online, reserve ornaments with your local store limiting your time for pick up only, avoid the opening Premiere weekend when customer traffic will be at its highest, call your local store and ask when there slower times during the week tend to be, ask them what safety measures they are taking.

2020 has been a trying year. Hopefully, 2021 brings a return to normalcy.  Stay vigilant. Continue taking the necessary precautions not only this weekend but until we have gotten though this.

  • wear a mask
  • wash your hands regularly 
  • socially distance by at least 6’
  • limit your time indoors when in public

Stay safe!
Thank you for visiting Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments.

 

Update! Email received the day after the Saturday premiere…

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Comic-Con@Home – July 22-26, 2020

Source: Toucan

San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual comics and pop culture convention Comic-Con, today shared details for an initiative in the works, Comic-Con@Home, an online event that will combine aspects of the convention experience with the comforts of home. Circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic and California’s restrictions against large gatherings have forced SDCC to cancel their 2020 international celebration that brings fans and professionals from all over the world to San Diego. Comic-Con@Home was first teased in early May with a short video announcement and a promise of details to come. Pop culture enthusiasts will note that this initiative joins the Comic-Con Museum’s virtual endeavor, Comic-Con Museum@Home, already ongoing.

Although Comic-Con@Home will provide badges for fans to print and wear proudly, all aspects of the initiative are free and there are no limits to how many can attend. “For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe,” said SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer. “Though stay-at-home conditions make this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.” Comic-Con@Home will be held on the same dates as the previously canceled Comic-Con, July 22-26, 2020.

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2020 Emerald City Comic Con Cancelled

2020 Convention 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 (PCC)
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

The Digital Dreambook: PopMinded by Hallmark is exploring other avenues of virtual convention participation where the 2020 event exclusives can be made available to fans. In the event that (all conventions are) canceled and inventory is left over after any virtual convention participation, Hallmark may offer the exclusives online, closer to the end of the year. Stay tuned for future announcements.

2020 Star Trek Las Vegas Moves to December

Official Announcement:


IMPORTANT UPDATE: June 5, 2020

The Official Star Trek Las Vegas Convention Moving to NEW DATE and VENUE!
Admission Passes and Tickets Have Been Temporarily Taken Off Sale But Will Be Back Soon!

During these challenging times, the safety of our Star Trek convention attendees, celebrities and staff is the utmost importance to us. We have continued to monitor the local, federal and international protocols concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, and while we had hoped that our Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas could take place in August, due to the unprecedented circumstances, we must postpone and move to a new venue.

The 19th Annual Star Trek Convention’s NEW DATE is now December 9-13, 2020 and is beaming into Caesars Forum Conference Center Las Vegas, the brand-new state of the art, $375 million facility located in the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip! Caesars Forum Conference Center features direct access to our new host hotel, the newly renovated Harrah’s Las Vegas! 

William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Kelsey Grammer and more guests have confirmed the new date, and we are currently working on more confirmations. Please check the website for updates!

If you wish to hold your same seat or general admission, as well as a la carte autograph and photo op tickets, you do not need to do anything. Your tickets and same seating will be transferred to the new 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 original ticket will no longer be valid.

Attendees must cancel their hotel reservations at this time. We will have revised booking links shortly so you can re-book your hotel reservations for the new date.

As for flight cancellations, many air carriers have amended their policies and procedures during this health crisis to accommodate customers. Please contact your airlines directly for information.

If you’d like a refund for the Star Trek Vegas Convention, please contact customer.service@creationent.com. The deadline for refund requests for the convention is June 19, 2020 (please include your invoice number and the convention name/city in your email).  If you do not request a refund by the deadline, your admission passes and a la carte photo op and autograph tickets will be transferred to the new date. Refunds will begin to be processed after the deadline date. Please allow up to 8 weeks from the deadline date for your request to be processed.

We appreciate your patience and continued support and look forward to seeing everyone in December!

Until we can all safely meet to celebrate all things Star Trek,
Your friends at Creation Entertainment

Convention Update:

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 (PCC)
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

Star Trek Las Vegas Still Scheduled for August 

Even with the COVID-19 virus making its 2020 squeeze on the world, Star Trek Las Vegas still has plans on proceeding.  Creation Entertainment is getting pushback from fans as they continue to sell tickets for the August event.


Official announcement:

Dear fellow Star Trek fans:

We hope you have been staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. While Creation has been social distancing as a team, we are still working hard to make the upcoming Official Star Trek Convention a grand celebration of Gene Roddenberry’s legacy for a hopeful future.  The event is set for August 5-9, 2020 at The Rio All-Suites Resort and Casino in fabulous Las Vegas.

As we currently have 71 Star Trek celebrities attending, we are on our way to getting over 100 stars and will feature a non-stop five days of fun. Our top-tiered Gold Convention Admission Packages, the most upscale way to attend the entire convention, are nearly sold out and will be removed from sale by Monday, April 27.

We also only have a few Captain’s Chair Admission Packages still available and today we have put on sale Copper Convention Packages and General Admission Convention Packages. Preferred (Reserved) Single Day and General Admission Single Day Tickets will be coming soon.

As something to look forward to this summer, we can’t wait to spend another truly intergalactic time in Vegas!

Your devoted Trekker friends at Creation Entertainment

2020 San Diego Comic-Con Cancelled


For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.

“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the organization. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”

We will continue to update where and if there will be availability of the Event Exclusive 2020 Tribble ornament.

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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
The Rio Suites and Resort
3700 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103

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

Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC)
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

STAY HOME.
SAVE LIVES.
Help stop coronavirus.
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STAY home as much as you can
KEEP a safe distance
WASH hands often
4 COVER your cough 

SICK? Call ahead

2020 San Diego Comic-Con Still On

As of now, the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con, scheduled for a July, has not been cancelled. For anyone who had plans to go it is a certainty that it will be cancelled this year. The convention has always been a hot bed for “the funk”. Anytime you get that many people together in such a tight space it is inevitable that everyone catches everything.

Thinking this year’s convention is still a possibility is foolish. It is almost certain that next year’s SDCC will also be cancelled unless a vaccine has been found by then. We are living in different times.

Our thoughts are with everyone and their families across the globe. Stay safe!

STAY HOME.
SAVE LIVES.
Help stop coronavirus.
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STAY home as much as you can
KEEP a safe distance
WASH hands often
COVER your cough 

SICK? Call ahead