PopMinded by Hallmark 2018 Conventions Announcement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 19, 2018) — PopMinded by Hallmark will continue its participation in the nation’s largest pop culture fan gatherings later this year with limited quantities of products and collectibles inspired by iconic characters and developed for exclusive availability at three events.

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 decade-long tradition of providing event attendees access to Hallmark’s ever popular event exclusive products available only through convention pop-up stores.

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament designs, itty bittys® plush characters, and other gift items will be sold in limited quantities at the three events remaining on their 2018 convention calendar:

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Comic-Con International San Diego, to be held July 19-22 in San Diego, California

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The Official 2018 Star Trek Convention, scheduled Aug. 1-5 at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. (Star Trek exclusives only)

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New York Comic Con, set for Oct. 4-7 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

Limited Availability items include:

IMG_5342Lieutenant Arex™ and Lieutenant M’Ress™ is a Keepsake Ornament two-pack of characters featured in Star Trek: The Animated Series. In celebration of the Saturday-morning television show’s 45th anniversary, the two alien Starfleet officers created for the series are featured in original sculpts with a total production run of 2,800.

 

IMG_5343A Gorn™ itty bittys plush becomes the first Star Trek alien adversary in that collection. This has a total production run of 2,500.

 

Star Trek Universe is Expanding!

It isn’t often that we write about non-ornament Star Trek news but we have BIG things happening in the Star Trek universe.  New Shows = New Ornaments.

Check out these articles…

CBS Television Studios is going all in on “Star Trek.”

242035_v9_bbVariety has learned that the studio behind “Star Trek: Discovery” has signed Alex Kurtzman to a new five-year overall deal that will see him supervise the expansion of CBS’ “Star Trek” franchise for television, developing new series, mini-series and other content opportunities, including animation.

To that end, sources say there are currently multiple shows set within the “Star Trek” universe already in development.

The potential new shows are said to include:

-A series set at Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The duo currently serve as co-showrunners on the Hulu-Marvel series “Runaways” and are best known for creating shows like “Gossip Girl” and the CW’s reboot of Dynasty.
-A limited series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
-A limited series based around the “Wrath of Khan” story. Khan’s full name is Khan Noonien Singh. He was famously portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán in both the original series episode “Space Seed” and again in the film “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.” Benedict Cumberbatch then played the character in the 2013 film “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
-An animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.

Variety

Alex Kurtzman is staying in business with CBS Television Studios.

The executive producer behind CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery has renewed his overall deal with CBS Television Studios, signing a massive five-year extension with the studio behind the latest entry in the long-running sci-fi franchise. The new agreement keeps Kurtzman, whose pact was up this year, with the studio through 2023. Sources say the deal is estimated at $5 million per year as Kurtzman receives a sizable backend on his programming.

Under the new pact, Kurtzman will serve as the Star Trek: Discovery’s lone showrunner after taking over from Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, who were recently fired from the series. Kurtzman will also expand the Star Trek franchise for the small screen, developing new series, miniseries and other content, including animation.

IMG_5283The new deal comes as rumblings about another Star Trek series, featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, have been getting louder. Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left Discovery after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot. CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen, despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter

2018 Convention Exclusive Preorders Up on eBay

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Lt. M’Ress and Lt. Arex from the Star Trek: The Animated Series are this year’s convention ornaments.  For those of you that won’t be able to make it to one of the conventions can pick it up secondhand off eBay.  Convention goers are taking preorders for the ornaments with Buy it Now options starting at $99.00.  They will be sold as a set of two with a retail of $40.00 and will be a limited run of 2800.

These ornaments will only be released at San Diego Comic Con (July 19-22), Star Trek Las Vegas (Aug 1-5), and New York Comic Con (Oct 4-7).