With multiple replica variants included with Star Trek Beyond‘s Blu-ray release last fall, and this Spring’s Eaglemoss special release for the Official Star Trek Starships Collection, it sure seems like the USS Franklin is the Starfleet ship of the year.
Now, almost a year after plans for its release were first revealed, we’ve got the first hands-on look at the newest release, Hallmark’s USS Franklin Keepsake Ornament!
Measuring about 5.5″ long and crafted by artist Jake Angell, this first entry in Hallmark’s 2017 collection replicates the Star Trek Beyond starship in one of the more screen-accurate renditions, the first to hit stores with built-in nacelle and bridge lighting as seen in last year’s film.
Powered by three tiny watch batteries (included with purchase), the integrated lighting makes the ship’s warp engines glow a fiery orange in both the forward and aft nacelle caps, which illuminates the entire ship in low-light settings.
The internal lighting is activated by a small button on the top of the bridge dome, which keeps the ship lit up for approximately fifteen seconds.
While the ship doesn’t play any audio or music clips like some previous Hallmark releases – sorry, no “Sabotage” soundtrack included – the warm glow of the nacelle and bridge lighting gives the ship a real life that will certainly enhance however you choose to display it.
While the paint detailing on Hallmark’s Franklin isn’t quite as detailed as the Eaglemoss edition (which, to be fair, is almost twice as large), this ornament does have the orange detailing around the hull and nacelles missing from Eaglemoss’ special edition, which makes it a bit more screen-accurate.
Here’s some more views of the detail on Hallmark’s USS Franklin:
We know a lot of you are annual collectors of Hallmark’s Star Trek ornaments, some going back to the first USS Enterprise release in 1991 – and in our books, the Franklin ornament is another great release in the decades-long tradition of holiday ornaments.
The Hallmark USS Franklin Keepsake Ornament goes on sale at Hallmark.com and at Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide July 15.
Note: The display stand seen in our photos is for illustrative purposes only and is not produced by Hallmark and is not included with this ornament. It can be purchased separately at Amazon.