Category Archives: Ornaments by Artist

Lynn Norton’s “USS Bellwether, NX-90866, Ingress Class”

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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.

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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.

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Exhibited:

Comic-Con International
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)

Toronto, Canada
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

Paris, France
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,”

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89) 2018 Arex & M’Ress (Qty 2,800)

2018’s Event Exclusives will include Lieutenant Arex and Lieutenant M’Ress (QMP4046). These ornaments will be sold as a set of two with a retail of $40.00. They will be a limited run of 2800.

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85) 2017 Spock

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2017 Hallmark Christmas tree ornament featuring a likeness of Mr. Spock from Star Trek – The Original Series.  This ornament is made out of resin and comes with a ribbon attached for hanging. This is not sold in Hallmark stores but is a Wal-Mart exclusive.  This is not a Hallmark Keepsake ornament but a Hallmark branded ornament similar to 2016’s Maxine ornament.

Serial #: 1HCM3889

Assembled Product Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.75″x 3.50″x2.50″

Retail: $7.99

Walmart Exclusive

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84) 2017 Enterprise C Battle Damaged (Qty 3,325)

Source:  Hallmark

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.

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Hallmark Underrepresenting Later Treks

Star Trek 

James T. Kirk: 12

Spock: 12

Leonard McCoy: 4

Uhura: 3

Montgomery Scott: 2

Hikaru Sulu: 2

Pavel Chekov: 1

Nurse Chapel: 0

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Jean-Luc Picard: 4

William Riker: 1

Data: 3


Worf: 1

Geordi LaForge: 0
Deanna Troi: 0
Beverly Crusher: 0
Guinan: 0
Wesley Crusher: 0
Tasha Yar: 0

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Benjamin Sisko: 1

Worf: 1

Kira Nerys: 0
Jadzia Dax: 0
Odo: 0
Julian Bashir: 0
Quark: 0
Miles O’Brien: 0
Jake Sisko: 0
Ezra Dax: 0

Star Trek: Voyager

Kathryn Janeway: 1

Seven of Nine: 1

The Doctor: 1

Chakotay: 0
Neelix: 0
B’Elanna Torres: 0
Tuvok: 0
Tom Paris: 0
Harry Kim: 0
Kes: 0

Star Trek: Enterprise

Jonathan Archer: 1

T’Pol: 1

Trip Tucker: 1

Phlox: 0
Travis Mayweather: 0
Malcolm Reed: 0
Hoshi Sato: 0

Star Trek: Discovery

Captain Georgiou: 0
Lt. Stamets: 0
Lt. Saru: 0

83) 2017 Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Commander Data

STAR TREK: The Next Generation™ Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Commander Data Sound Ornament
Regular price $29.95

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
A Christmas ornament that captures the essence of operations aboard the bridge of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D with Captain Jean-Luc Picard at the helm? Make it so! Fans of STAR TREK: The Next Generation™ won’t want to miss this cool decoration that also features beloved android Lieutenant Commander Data and dialogue from the show. Battery-operated sound feature includes two replaceable LR44 batteries. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments.
Christmas tree ornament.
Magic Sound.
Press button to hear dialogue from the TV series.
Dated 2017 in copyright.
Battery operated. Two (2) LR44 batteries included.
Pre-packaged for easy gift-giving, preservation and storage.
3.9″ W x 5.1″ H x 3.3″ D

Picard: “Let’s see what’s out there. Engage.”

Picard: “Data, find a way to defeat that shield.”
Data: “That may be impossible, sir.”
Picard: “Things are only impossible until they are not.”
Data: “Yes, sir.”

Data: “Captain, I am seeking advice in how to…”
Picard: “And I will be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women.  When I have some I’ll let you know.”

Picard: “Do we have clearance?”
Data: “Aye, sir. Standard parking orbit.”
Picard: “Make it so.”

Picard: “Data, I want this to be an away team of one…you.  I don’t think there is a reason to risk anyone else.”
Data: “It is reasonable, sir.  After all, I am a machine and dispensable.”
Picard: “Indispensable is the appropriate word.”

Data: “Captain, there is no rational justification for this course.”
Picard: “Then I’ll be irrational!”

Picard: “Let’s make sure that history never forgets the name…Enterprise.”

 

MARKING A MILESTONE
2017 is the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Data
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Plays dialogue from the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series.
$29.95
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82) 2017 U.S.S. Franklin

STAR TREK BEYOND™ U.S.S. Franklin™ Ornament With Light
Regular price $32.95

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Discovered half-buried on an alien world more than a century after its launch from Earth, the U.S.S. Franklin proved its worth to Captain Kirk and the stranded crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in 2016’s STAR TREK BEYOND™. This Christmas ornament brings the ship to life with handcrafted detailing and lighting effect. Battery-operated light feature includes three replaceable LR41 batteries. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments.
Christmas tree ornament.
Magic Light.
Press button to see the ship light up.
Dated 2017 in copyright.
Battery operated. Three (3) LR41 batteries included.
Pre-packaged for easy gift-giving, preservation and storage.
3.5″ W x 1.1″ H x 5.15″ D

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Hallmark’s 2017 U.S.S. Franklin ornament was announced on August 4, 2017 at Star Trek Las Vegas by artist Kevin Dilmore.

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imageConcept art poster of U.S.S. Franklin for Star Trek Beyond motion picture.

Valerie Shanks (Artist)

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“Arena”

“I love Star Trek, so this was one ornament I really wanted to do! I sculpted the characters on the computer, so I got to print them out in 3D and pose them to make sure everything fit together well. The real challenge was making the rock look real—that’s what I like the most. I wanted it to have a nice texture that felt like limestone.” -Valerie Shanks

Lynn Norton (Artist)

 

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“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

25th Anniversary Revisit: 1991 U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701

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

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80) 2016 U.S.S. Enterprise (SDCC, STMNY, NYCC Event Edition – Qty 3450)

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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

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79) 2016 STAR TREK™ 50th Anniversary To Boldly Go Tabletop Decoration With Light and Sound

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50 years ago this year, Captain Kirk and his crew first appeared on small screens across America. The interstellar adventures of the Starship Enterprise quickly captivated audiences, turning the show into an iconic piece of television history. Press the button on the ornament to illuminate the scene and hear dialogue from the original Star Trek TV series!

Unfortunately, this piece was scarce when it was released at the October 1st Ornament Debut. I was the first one in the door and there were none to be had except for those that had reserved the precious few ahead of time.

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I probably should’ve sprung for the Death Star Tree Topper as an investment purchase but that is a lot to ask of a Trek fan.

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Tabletop decoration.
Hallmark Gold Crown Exclusive.
Magic Light and Sound.
Press button to see scene illuminate and hear dialogue from original STAR TREK TV series.
On decoration: STAR 50 TREK™
Dated 2016.
Artist: Orville Wilson
Battery operated. Batteries Included.
Pre-packaged for easy gift giving, preservation and storage.
7.4″ W x 5.7″ H x 4.6″ D

$74.95

Available October 1, 2016

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