San Diego Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) is a multigenre convention held annually in San Diego, CA. Started in 1970 as the Golden State Comic Book Convention, it originally showcased comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts. Since that time the convention expanded to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, collectible card games, video games, and fantasy novels. Comic-Con has grown to the largest such convention in the Americas and fourth largest in the world.
Joining this year’s Comic-Con for their fifth year of participation is Hallmark. Hallmark will be providing access to Comic-Con exclusive Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, visits with a Keepsake Ornament artist and sneak peeks of products to be released in 2013. A series of collectible buttons featuring five Keepsake Ornaments also will be available for fan pick-up. The series features five designs, with a limited quantity of one design given away each day of Comic-Con. If you are visiting Comic-Con you will find Hallmark’s booth at the Lucasfilm Pavilion. Comic-Con International 2012’s Preview Night is July 11, 2012 and the convention runs July 12-15, 2012 in San Diego, CA.
Comic-Con Exclusive Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
- 4-LOM and Zuckuss: This two-pack features the criminal droid 4-LOM and Gand tracking expert Zuckuss from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™.” Created exclusively for event sales, 4-LOM and Zuckuss are the last bounty hunters depicted in the film to become Keepsake Ornaments. Limited run of 1,000 sets ($35 per set).
- A Human Hero: This original sculpture is inspired by the 1986 comic-book masterpiece “The Dark Knight Returns.” This gritty adventure helped to establish the more realistic and complex portrayal of the Dark Knight in modern media. Limited run of 875 Keepsake Ornaments ($25 each).
- Cylon Centurion: In the classic 1978 TV series “Battlestar Galactica™”, Cylon Centurions relentlessly pursue the “ragtag” survivors of the twelve colonies of humanity across the reaches of space with a single goal: destroy all humanoids. This gold-painted variant of last year’s popular ornament is Hallmark’s first Comic-Con exclusive to feature sound. Limited run of 750 Keepsake Ornaments ($25 each).
Other Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
Hallmark’s 2012 line of Keepsake Ornaments will include The Amazing Spider-Man™ ($14.95), The Dark Knight™ Rises ($14.95), Imperial Stormtrooper™ from LEGO® Star Wars™ ($14.95), and from The Avengers™ universe Captain America™ ($14.95 In Stores Only), Iron Man™ ($14.95 In Stores Only), and Thor™ ($14.95 In Stores Only). For additional information on Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, including more sci-fi and fantasy ornaments, visit Hallmark’s Official Site. For the best selection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments available for purchase visit your local Hallmark Gold Crown Store.
- Hallmark will introduce more than 300 new ornament designs for 2012.
- According to Hallmark research, the top five reasons for buying and displaying Christmas ornaments are:
- To commemorate a milestone,
- to recall a special memory,
- to represent a child or grandchild on the tree,
- to one day pass along the ornaments as heirlooms, and
- to express the individual’s personality.
- Many consumers tell Hallmark they view Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments as more than just a holiday decoration. Each year as they place their ornaments on their trees, it helps them relive special memories and remember special people and events.
- Hallmark introduced Keepsake Ornaments in 1973.
- Hallmark Press Release: Hallmark Unveils Plans, Reveals Exclusive Keepsake Ornaments for Comic-Con 2012
- Official Comic-Con Website