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.
A flagship of Starfleet, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 embarked on its historic five-year mission in 2264. Commanded by Captain James T. Kirk, the STARSHIP ENTERPRISE transported us to the final frontier for unparalleled adventure. During their exploration, the ship and crew introduced us to life on new planets and unimaginable technologies. As an ambassador for Earth and the rest of the United Federation of Planets, the ENTERPRISE gave us an inspiring vision of the future.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series with this authentic representation of the first ship “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
To see this ornament come to life, place it on the included display stand. Press the button on the back of the stand to hear the theme song from the original TV series and see various lights on the ship illuminated. The lights will automatically turn off after 20 seconds.
Battery operated. Batteries not included.
Size: 6″ W
Artist: Lynn Norton
Lynn Norton…“Look at the original Enterprise and you see basic geometric shapes. Almost everything on that original ship, I can execute on my miniature lathe and miniature mill. As we start moving through more complex designs, there became fewer and fewer things I could make on the lathe. They became more oval-shaped, there were detailed ridges and recesses that didn’t appear that much on the original Enterprise except for the interior of the nacelles. They added details to the models as time went on.”
“This was my more accurate sculpting of the original ship design. It felt redemptive in that I was able to get it closer to scale. There is a difference in end product versus what I sculpted because of the process to build a master pattern that is used to cut the molds. You end up with process shrinkage and distortion, and in 2006, that didn’t make me happy. The saucer got too thin. They weren’t able to keep the nacelles properly aligned to the center axis. It’s not just us. That’s been a problem for every manufacturer who makes this ship into a consumer product. I just wanted to do something a little different than I had done before.” – 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.WiTlgDmq.dpuf
Box Text: Beginnning in 1998, the United States Postal Service issued its largest-ever series of commemoritive postage stamps. By the time the program is completed in 2000. A total of 150 designs will have been released, providing a decade-by-decade look at significant personalities and events of the 20th Century.
Authentic reproductions of six noteworthy designs are featured in the 1999 keepsake Ornament line. Each one is showcased in its own unique frame that enhances the artwork and the enjoyment of the familiar images. Ideal for holiday or year-round decorating, or to display with a collection of Celebrate the Century commemorative stamps, these ornaments will be cherished well into the next century.
This 1996 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament set features the voice of Captain James T. Kirk, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, and the shuttlecraft Galileo NCC 1701/7
This Star Trek Hallmark Ornament features sound: A starfleet communicator as it is opened, as used by Enterprise crew members on the hit television show, followed by the voice of William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, and his famous opening for the show:
“Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: To explore strange new worlds… to seek out new life and new civilizations… to boldly go where no man has gone before…”.
Size: Enterprise: 5 1/4″ L x 2 1/2″ W x 2″ H, Shuttlecraft: 1″ L x 1/2″ H, Base Display: 5 1/2″ L
Artists: Enterprise by Lynn Norton, Galileo Shuttlecraft by Dill Rhodus