Star Trek – Lynn Norton – U.S.S. Bellwether
Mixed Media Sculpture
18″ x 11″ x 8.5″
Literature: See Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years, Titan Books, London, p.77 (illus).
Fictional starship display model, U.S.S. BELLWETHER, NX-90866, INGRESS CLASS science vessel with experimental METAWARP propulsion by Lynn A. Norton.
Lynn A. Norton is an artist who, since 1991, has sculpted nearly all of the Star Trek starship ornaments that have been produced by Hallmark for their beloved and bestselling Keepsake Ornaments line. Norton sculpts and prototypes original patterns for ornaments and toys from his personal home studio. His process remains the same as always. He starts by making detailed drawings and then employs engraving tools to hand-carve the ornaments from synthetic wood. Though Norton technically retired back in 2006, he continues to sculpt Hallmark’s Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments. As he told author John Peterson for the book Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments: The Inside Stories from the Artists Who Create Them, “I’d like nothing better than to sculpt starship ornaments until my fingers fall off.” He lives in Leawood, Kansas.
Although the one-of-a-kind model has been auctioned off you can purchase a 13″ x 9″ print of the model for $14.95.
San Diego, CA, United States
July 21 – July 24, 2016
at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts 363 5th Avenue San Diego, CA
Star Trek Convention
Las Vegas, NV, United States
August 3 – August 7, 2016
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
August 19 – September 5, 2016
The Paley Center for Media
New York, NY, United States
September 16 – September 25, 2016
Destination Star Trek
Birmingham, United Kingdom
October 7 – October 9, 2016
Star Trek: The Exhibition
Blackpool, United Kingdom
October 14 – October 31, 2016
French Paper Gallery
November 10 – November 26, 2016
Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.
Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
December 13 – December 18, 2016
Star Trek Cruise I
Miami, FL, United States (*Note – The cruise sailed the Caribbean to Cozumel, Mexico and the Bahamas returning to Miami)
January 9 – January 16, 2017
Chabot Space & Science Center
San Francisco, CA, United States
February 3 – March 12, 2017
Middle East Film & Comic Con
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
April 6 – April 8, 2017
Lynn Norton is a 3D artist who has sculpted nearly all of Hallmark’s “Star Trek” ornaments since 1991. “I imagine the ship I’ve designed to be a science vessel that is capable of exploring the galaxy beyond the range of existing Federation craft,”
PopMinded by Hallmark plans its highest-ever level of yearly participation at the nation’s largest pop culture fan gatherings with limited quantities of products and collectibles developed exclusively for events starting next month.
PopMinded, which debuted nationally last year, is Hallmark’s new way to celebrate fandom with gifts and collectibles created and chosen with all fans in mind. PopMinded continues and expands on Hallmark’s decade-long tradition of providing event attendees access to Hallmark’s ever popular event exclusive products through its event pop-up store.
PopMinded will appear at Planet Comicon Kansas City scheduled April 28-30 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo.
Three exclusive Hallmark Keepsake Ornament designs including the Enterprise C repaint, an itty bittys® plush, and two other gift items will be sold in limited quantities at Comic-Con International, to be held July 20-23 in San Diego, Calif.
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-C, a Keepsake Ornament inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” depicts the iconic starship with a battle-damage paint scheme as it appeared on screen. This repaint of a 2015 Keepsake Ornament has a total production run of 3,325 and sales will be limited to 225 per day.
PopMinded will make its first appearance at The Official 2017 Star Trek Convention, scheduled Aug. 2-6 at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. The repainted U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C Keepsake Ornament previously available at Comic-Con International will be sold at this event with 100 available each day.
Another first for PopMinded will be Salt Lake Comic Con, scheduled Sept. 21-23 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Products to be sold at the PopMinded booth will be announced closer to the event.
At New York Comic Con, set for Oct. 5-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, PopMinded will offer all items previously available at Comic-Con International with the same daily allocations.
Additional details about prices for each exclusive product, as well as activity plans for each event will be announced closer to the respective convention dates.
“Being the first generation to be introduced to television at an early age, I was entranced by the imaginative sets and props that were constructed to bring stories to life,” Lynn says. “As crude as they were, the science-fiction artifacts of the early 1950s still inspire me—especially when I get a chance to sculpt one of them. 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.” -See more at: http://explore.hallmark.com/keepsake-ornaments/artists/lynn-norton/
“I consider the ships I have sculpted to be like characters rather than objects,” he says. “Each is recognizable, and almost as specific as a human face. I’m looking at them as a fan, of course — I’ve been watching since the first broadcast—but also as a sculptor who appreciates their beauty and qualities as icons.” – See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments#sthash.oYP92Sr0.dpuf
It has been 25 years since Star Trek’s Enterprise debuted as a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. Over that quarter of a century it has been followed by nearly eighty more ornaments depicting ships, characters and scenes from all five television shows and three movies series. We have Lynn Norton to thank for sculpting all of the ship ornaments but 1992’s Galileo.
Lynn Norton did a 2015 interview with Kevin Dilmore of startrek.com: “At Hallmark, Don Palmiter, Dill Rhodus and I brought fine scale model-making to the ornament business. We really had to convince our art directors we could go beyond cute and traditional and make really believable small models to be used as ornaments. Our commitment to high quality fit right into the Hallmark ideals for product. Now, I also had to fight the initial idea of having a string of garland hanging along the edge of the primary hull, and Santa Claus popping out of the bridge — true story! I wanted to make it as accurate as possible. I’m very aware of the changes to that first ornament. Because it had big, thick circuitry inside for lights, the ornament had heat dissipation problems. We had to build a big cavity into it so the circuit board would not melt the plastic. Also, the ornament had to fit into a ‘printer’s box’ store display with a limited space, and I had to shorten the nacelles for it to fit. I beat that poor design nearly to death, but it got us started and it was very popular with fans of Star Trek and of Keepsake Ornaments. When we reissued the ornament in 1996 for the show’s 30th anniversary, we used the same design.”
– See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments#sthash.EKFFnHTi.dpuf
U.S.S. Enterprise – Featuring dialogue and music directly from the original “Star Trek” TV Series, this Keepsake Ornament depicts the iconic starship as originally built and painted for special-effects filming. This is a repaint of a 2016 Keepsake Ornament celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Limited quantity of 3,450.
Sold in limited quantities at:
- Comic-Con International, to be held July 21-24 in San Diego, CA
- Star Trek: Mission New York, scheduled Sept. 2-4 in New York, NY
- New York Comic Con, set for Oct. 6-9 in New York, NY
Lynn Norton…“This is the one that I really went out of my way to make as accurate as possible. I based it on the original shooting model with its larger bridge dome, larger deflector dish and nacelle features as a tribute to the series’ 50th anniversary. Assuming it’s able to maintain all of its details in final production, it’s more accurate than anything I’ve done before.
“One thing to note in the progression of all of Hallmark’s Star Trek ornaments. People will ask why ornaments are so much better looking now than in the past. Some of that is owed to advancements in technology. Some of that comes from the learning curve for me, and some is the learning curve for the manufacturer and mold makers. Twenty-five years ago when we started making the Enterprise, to that point we had been making cute, fuzzy bunnies and such. Now, we’re known for the work that we do on all designs. Because of my technical background and my background as an engraver, I was pushing the limits of what I understood the limits of the manufacturing process to be. And we keep getting better every year.” – See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments?ecid=PCID-2617611&pa=affcj#sthash.91Bd8ESX.dpuf
The very first Starfleet vessel to bear the name U.S.S. Enterprise is rendered here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic journey into the Final Frontier. Based on the series’ pilot episode, this gold-hued Enterprise ornament lets you hear Captain Kirk’s monologue and the iconic music from the opening credits of the Star Trek TV series!
Christmas tree ornament.
Plays Captain Kirk’s monologue and music from opening credits of Star Trek TV series.
Battery operated. Batteries Included.
Pre-packaged for easy gift giving, preservation and storage.
2.53″ W x 1.34″ H x 5.81″ D
Based on the production model of the Enterprise for the first two pilots. The ornament will feature sound and is painted gold for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.
The fourth Starfleet vessel to bear the name U.S.S. Enterprise, the NCC-1701-C played a crucial role in establishing peace between the United Federation of Planets and the rival Klingon Empire. In the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise” (1990), this Ambassador-class starship entered a temporal rift, providing a view of an alternate reality that transformed Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew into bitter and weary warriors in a decades-long conflict between the two space-traveling powers.
Artist: Lynn Norton
Original Price: $32.95
Lynn Norton…“I had this ship on my short list for years. The ornament has got a kick-ass lighting effect. I know there was some conversation among fans as to our releasing it with a pristine look rather than having some battle damage as depicted in the (TNG) episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” My vote was to make it pristine. While I’m thrilled that Star Trek fans like our products, we have to keep the Hallmark shopper in mind as our primary consumer. When you put something in the store that appears battle-damaged, to them, it looks dirty. They don’t know the backstory and in many cases they don’t care as they likely are buying these as a gift for someone who is a fan. That fan will appreciate the detail and pore over it, but at the point of purchase, the buyer needs to be attracted to it. In my mind, I like reserving the battle-damage look for reissues or as event exclusives.” – See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments?ecid=PCID-2617611&pa=affcj#sthash.TWFFh3oy.dpuf
Bring a science fiction element to your tree this holiday season with this Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C keepsake ornament from Hallmark.
Replica of the 4th Starfleet vessel with the name U.S.S. Enterprise
Press button to illuminate lights!
4.625”H x 1.375”W x 3”D
Requires 3 LR44 batteries (Included)
Attached hanging loop
This 2013 EVENT Hallmark ornament was made from the same mold as the U.S.S. Kelvin ornament that was offered in Hallmark Gold Crown stores during the 2013 ornament season. This 2013 Comic-Con exclusive U.S.S. Kelvin features a heavily battle damaged U.S.S. Kelvin – just like during the battle with Nero and the Romulans that were from the future in the J.J. Abrams feature film, Star Trek. This is the ship that George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk, sacrificed so that his wife and newly born son could escape from a hopeless battle.
This ornament was originally available for purchase in limited quantities exclusively at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International (July 18-21, 2013) and New York Comic Con (October 10-13) events. During each Comic-Con, sales were limited to 175 per day, with a grand total production of 1,575.
Uses 3 LR41 batteries.
Artist: Lynn Norton
Size: 5 1/2″ W
The destruction of the Kelvin provided the emotionally stirring opening scenes of 2009’s Star Trek, introducing a new generation of fans to Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future. Press the button to see the starship light up.
Press the button to see the starship light up.
This 2013 Keepsake Ornament is battery operated.
Artist: Lynn Norton
Size: 3.25″ W x 1.625″ H x 5 .5″ D
For twenty-five years, science fiction fans have enjoyed watching the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. This anniversary-edition Keepsake Ornament comes complete with a display base, so you can relive the excitement felt at hearing the opening music year after year.
Attach ship to base and press button to hear Captain Picard’s monologue and music from the opening credits of STAR TREK: The Next Generation.
Magic, Interactive, Plays Song/Sound
Artist: Lynn Norton
Size: 4.5″ x 2.5″ x 5″
Lynn Norton…“Since I previously made adjustments to my original 1993 sculpture for the 2007 issue, I utilized the revised sculpture from 2007 as a basis for the 2012 anniversary edition. I removed all of the additions and restored the D to its original configuration. We decided to place the ornament on a display base so it could have sound in addition to lights. With that in mind, the control circuitry, batteries and speaker would all be housed in a base that is permanently attached, unlike the detachable bases on previous ornaments.” – See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments?ecid=PCID-2617611&pa=affcj#sthash.q76jIvR6.dpuf
A space vessel boasting 23rd-century technology as stealthy and cunning as the aliens aboard it, the Romulan Bird-of-Prey is one of the most intimidating ships ever to face the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. Although its distinctive features are powerful energy plasma torpedoes, a cloaking device rendering it all be undetectable by Romulan enemies, and a hull decorated with a colorful bird from which the ship gets its name.
Press the button on the ornament to see the Romulan Bird-of-Prey’s lights illuminate.
Original Retail: $32.95
Artist: Lynn Norton
Novelty: Battery light
Bot Text: In its maiden voyage in 2009’s Star Trek, the U.S.S. Enterprise responds to a distress call from the planet Vulcan. Arriving to find the rest of the rescue fleet destroyed by Romulans, the Enterprise tries unsuccessfully to save the planet. With Captain Christopher Pike held prisoner by the enemy and First Officer Spock emotionally compromised, the crew soon find themselves under the command of the brash young James T. Kirk, The warp-speed action that follows is a baptism by fire for the Enterprise’s fledgling crew and an exciting Star Trek introduction to a new generation of fans.
Serial #: QXI2156
Lynn Norton…“I was happy with that design and the way it turned out. My original sculpture is smaller than the actual ornament. As we anticipated the circuitry and the size of the battery pack, when they started building the molds they realized that the secondary hull wouldn’t be big enough to house the batteries. I must give my art director credit for this, as rather than fattening the hull to fit the batteries, he instructed them to upsize the entire ship so it would maintain more accurate dimensions.”
– See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments?ecid=PCID-2617611&pa=affcj#sthash.SwF60liN.dpuf
Klingons are the most ruthless and feared enemies of Starfleet, and the presence of these menacing warriors in space is made all the more fearsome by the ominous appearance of their battle cruisers. Expressly designed for war, the ships are equipped with powerful weaponry and defense systems including disruptors, photon torpedoes, and cloaking devices. Like a dangerous predator slyly lurking in the cold reaches of space, a Klingon battle cruiser is usually NOT a welcome sight for the crews of other Federation starships.
Press the button on the ornament to see the Klingon Battle Cruiserâs lights illuminate.
Artist: Lynn Norton
Size: 3¼” H x 5″W