Category Archives: Unofficial Items

Nation’s Treasures: Starfleet Academy Ornament

CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Starfleet Academy, 3” on each side, sold for $35.55 on 10.15.20.

The Academy motto was “Ex Astris, Scientia“, meaning “from the stars, knowledge” in Latin. The ancient Romans usually did not use verbs in inscriptions, so it would be better translated as “knowledge comes from the stars”. According to Michael Okuda, the motto was inspired by a quotation on the Apollo 13 mission patch, “Ex luna, scientia“. The Apollo 13 quote was itself a paraphrase of the motto of the United States Naval Academy, “Ex Scientia Tridens,” which means “from knowledge, seapower.”

The initially shown version “Ex Astra, Scientia” was grammatically wrong, as the preposition “ex” requires the ablative case “Astris“. According to Michael Okuda, six months after “The First Duty” aired he received a letter from a Latin Professor at Brown University pointing this out. This error was corrected for later appearances and also in the remastered Blu-ray edition of TNG.

There have been three versions of the Academy logo. The first version being the original logo seen in “The First Duty”, with the Latin grammar error. The second was seen only briefly behind Harry Kim’s interrogation in the alternate timeline in “Non Sequitur”. This logo had the updated Latin phrase and the rays of light had been inverted when compared to the original, with the outer border changing to a shade of pink rather than a red. The third logo debuted shortly thereafter with an updated Starfleet insignia and the border returning to a shade of red.

Star Trek: The Experience Ornament Directory

Star Trek: The Experience was a Star Trek themed destination that ran from 1998 to 2008 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Experience boasted a museum, a Deep Space Nine-style Promenade, a Quark’s Bar-inspired restaurant and two rides; the Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion 4-D. A large selection of souvenirs were available including a line of ornaments comprised of ten figures and five metal insignias. These ornaments are a great way to round out your Star Trek ornament collection with subjects that have not yet been explored by Hallmark.

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Vintage STAR TREK EXPERIENCE Las Vegas Christmas Tree Skirt & 2 Stockings Available on eBay *SOLD*

Vintage STAR TREK the EXPERIENCE Las Vegas Hilton Christmas Tree Skirt & 2 Stockings. All of them are new with tags. Skirt is approx. 38″ in diameter. Stockings are approx. 16″.

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Fansets Star Trek Discovery NCC-1031 WREATH Christmas/Holiday Pin 2021

Fansets has a large offering of Star Trek pins and has released a holiday ”pin” this year that more resembles an ornament. This is the first year the ”pin” has included a loop for hanging. The “pin” is pictured on their website hanging from a tree further giving the impression it is meant as an ornament.

Star Trek Discovery NCC-1031 WREATH Christmas/Holiday Pin 2021
2020 pin without loophole.
Star Trek Lower Decks BADGEY in SANTA Hat Christmas/Holiday Pin 2020 Licensed FanSets Pin

Star Trek: The Experience Stocking! (#703308)

Las Vegas was home to a unique interactive Star Trek destination from 1998-2008 called Star Trek: The Experience. The gift shop offered many non-Hallmark Star Trek ornaments and a Christmas tree skirt and now it seems there was also a matching Christmas stocking (703308). The stocking had an original MSRP of $20.00.

The tree skirt doesn’t come around very often on ebay and this is my first time seeing the matching Christmas stocking. The auction ends November 16, 2021 so if this is something of interest you may want to jump on it quickly.

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Final sale price $139.41 with $15.99 shipping.

Another tree skirt sold by itself on the same day for $139.50 with free shipping.

Star Trek: The Experience Ornaments

IMG_7561 Star Trek: The Experience, which opened in January of 1998, was operated by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The attraction included a Deep Space Nine-style Promenade, a Quark’s Bar-inspired restaurant, the Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion 4-D rides. After Cedar Fair and CBS Consumer Products could not come to an agreement, it was announced that the attraction would shutter. A closing ceremony was held on September 1, 2008. 1FE63406-84D5-4EB2-B3F8-EF830CF83F4B img_1080 img_1081 IMG_3808 7A593B6B-CA87-4CE6-8C72-B253F9D875E4 59B8FE6C-C0B0-4D81-A0A8-0098D819FF1A24869EC3-9AC7-4D48-B75F-BAD4947BCD2FDD05B44F-B2CF-46CD-B207-AF68E3CB41132EFC8A59-F408-4DF3-8D1A-F2D6CA233F02 More about Star Trek: The Experience. Below is a list of ornaments, tree skirt and stocking sold at Star Trek: The Experience… DF50D708-2FE1-459B-8E50-76B08B24C723F4846391-9AD8-43F3-A444-6CCFE007A05E


Nation’s Treasures Star Trek: The Experience Ornaments

It is not often we come across overlooked Star Trek ornaments but that seems to be the case this week. A big “thank you” to our reader, Rob, for discovering these non-Hallmark ornaments when they appeared on eBay this week. It appears to be a collection of Star Trek ornaments that were sold at Star Trek: The Experience, officially licensed by CBS Studios.

We have long known about the Starfleet Command/United Federation of Planets ornament and it appears often on resell sites. What was once thought to be a one off stamped metal ornament now appears to be at least a series of five that were sold at Star Trek: The Experience between 1998 and 2008.

NOTE: Dimensions come from seller’s eBay description. We have included the prices the ornaments were sold for because of their rarity. All ornaments were sold on 10.15.20.

CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Starfleet Command, United Federation of Planets, 3 1/2” high, $19.95.

CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – The Experience, Las Vegas Hilton, 3 1/2” wide, $60.00.

CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – United Federation of Planets, 2 5/8” wide, $32.05.

CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Starfleet Academy, 3” on each side, $35.55.

CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Klingon Insignia, 3” x 3 1/4”, $36.55.

Star Trek Tree Toppers

For year’s Star Trek fans have been adorning their Christmas tree’s summit with custom made insignia toppers, repurposed Star Trek items and licensed but off-brand pieces.

When Hallmark’s Star Trek Enterprise tree topper premieres next July we will finally have an “official” tree topper that has been 30 years in the making.

The Enterprise tree topper will also be in the Storytellers series and will communicate with other ornaments to retell the classic  Mirror, Mirror episode.

The starship topper comes with a $119.95 price tag but unlike a traditional ornament there is only room for one tree topper on your Christmas tree so the 2020 release is likely to be the only topper we ever see from Hallmark.

2020 Storyteller Mirror Sulu QXI6071
2020 Storyteller Mirror Kirk QXI6061
2020 Storyteller Mirror Uhura QXI6074
2020 Storyteller Enterprise Tree Topper QXI6004


Nation’s Treasures: United Federation of Planets Starfleet Command Ornament (#707104)


This is a non-Hallmark United Federation of Planets Starfleet Command (3.5″) ornament that was available exclusively at Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton in Las Vegas (1998-2008).


CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Starfleet Command, United Federation of Planets, 3 1/2” high, sold for $19.95 on 10.15.21.