UPDATE: There has been a correction to this since it was posted. Hallmark announced that McCoy will be released in October and not July as the Instagram post indicated.
Hallmark is releasing both of the final Storyteller ornaments in July this year instead of splitting them up between summer and fall like years past. July will bring us McCoy and Scotty to round out the Mirror, Mirror Storytellers series. The Enterprise tree topper, Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov will all be available for the last time in Hallmark stores this year.
Hallmark has announced a Sneak Peek Week with Star Trek leading things off on Monday. The week’s previews consist of ”Keepsake ornaments, itty bittys and gift releases”. What does that mean for our beloved Star Trek franchise? It will likely be a more formal introduction of the final two Storyteller ornaments, Dr. Leonard McCoy and Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott, which we previewed in November. Stay tuned!
A 2016 Hallmark Star Trek Maxine Cosplay ornament sold on eBay for only the second time this year. The hard to find ornament sold on September 18, 2021 for $710.45. The last time a Maxine ornament was available was one sold on March 26, 2021 for $643.25 (I know, I bought it). The event exclusive Star Trek Maxine Cosplay ornament was released for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary and limited to 100 pieces.
It is no surprise we will be getting the last two Star Trek Storytellers next year but what they will look like has yet to be seen. The Storytellers have been mostly screen accurate sculpts from the episode Mirror, Mirror. So it was time to delve back into the Mirror universe to get a glimpse of what 2022 may bring and after an episode rewatch, Scotty’s ornament design was still a little murky while McCoy’s was quite clear.
Scotty doesn’t have any iconic poses or props throughout the episode. We see him standing with his arms behind his back (upper right) and the one time he uses a communicator he doesn’t even hold it (bottom).
Scotty’s most memorable scene is him attempting to tap into the warp core to artificially recreate interdimensional contact with the prime universe. The chief engineer holding his “warp-core-breaching-dojiggy” (above) is a possibility but there will need to be some liberties taken with a pose other than him squeezed into a Jeffries tube. Most of the Star Trek Storytellers have been screen accurate but, as previously noted, Kirk’s pose had been ”fudged”.
McCoy’s ornament, on the other hand, is much clearer. The doctor’s most famous scene was immortalized in 2011 with the “Mirror, Mirror” mind-meld ornament which really just leaves us the sickbay scene in Act One.
Once they’re safely in sickbay, they can talk openly, with Kirk having been saluted endlessly in the corridors en route. McCoy is appalled at sickbay, as everything is all rearranged and messed up—but the spot on the table where he spilled acid has the exact same acid stain on it.
The combination of McCoy’s dialogue and him holding a glass beaker make this scene a shoe in for an ornament. My choice would be the image of him pointing to the acid stain on the table (third from left) but I have yet to be reached to by Hallmark for my opinion.
Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the 2022 Storyteller McCoy ornament (as far as I see it)…
00:00 Space the Final Frontier 01:06 Beam Up to Alternate Enterprise 01:55 Captain’s Log, Stardate: Unknown 02:35 Still No Interest, Uhura? 02:56 Chekov’s Attack 03:31 Ship’s Computer 04:28 Uhura Distracts Sulu 05:24 Transporter Room 06:37 Ending Credits
A word of warning not to buy/preorder the overpriced HMS Bounty that is showing up on eBay. The event exclusive ornament will be available to buy from home on July 23, 2021 at Noon E.S.T. and October 7, 2021 at Noon E.S.T. There will be a limited amount so be sure to log in early.
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.
Veteran Hallmark artist Jake Angell has once again outdone himself with the design of “Mirror, Mirror” Spock. Standing with his arms crossed, Spock is a handsome figure. The details—from his trademark beard to his medals and Terran Empire badge—are precise for such a small model. His gold sash hangs neatly over his left thigh and his dagger is at his right hip.