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A Good Day To Die? Star Trek Boldly Going Into Funerals September 14, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Merchandise , trackback

Star Trek is headed to the final frontier…and I mean final. Eternal Image, a Michigan-based funerary products company, today announced a deal to make products for Star Trek-themed funerals. Trek now has you covered from the cradle to the grave.


This can be you!

Eternal Image specializes in licensed funeral products (including ones from The Vatican and Major League Baseball), but Trek is their first entertainment brand. President and CEO Clint Mytych tells TrekMovie.com "Star Trek appeals to so many people that there didn’t seem to be another entertainment venue that would do what Star Trek can do." Mytych also agreed that the aging fan base for the 41 year old franchise also factored into their decision to look to Trek. There are already Star Trek weddings, so perhaps Trek funerals is the next (dare I say it) logical step.

The first two products will be Trek themed casket and an urn. As you might of guessed, the casket will be a replica of the famous ‘photon torpedo’ casket first used for Spock’s funeral in Star Trek II. Each casket will be emblazoned with the registration number for the original Enterprise (NCC-1701) on the front. The urn is silvery shiny orb that appears to ‘hover between three fins’ and has the logo of the United Federation of Planets on the base. "It is quite striking and not doesn’t look like any other urn on the market," boasts Mytych. "If you saw these products in any of the films, they would totally fit in…they are instantly recognizable as Star Trek."


Being left on the Genesis Planet may cost extra

Prototypes for both the urn and the casket have been made and are currently being reviewed by CBS. Eternal Image plans to reveal the final versions at a trade show in October. Assuming things go well with the first products, then Eternal Image wants to expand the line as well (so a Klingon funeral could be in your future). The coffin and urn should be available via funeral homes across the country by December. And you don’t have to wait until you have gone down with the ship. Eternal Image expect the Trek line will sell like their Baseball themed line with many fans pre-ordering urns and caskets (which is called ‘pre-need purchasing’ in the funeral biz). Prices have not be finalized, but are expect to be close to the average prices for other Eternal Images products (urns around $600 and caskets around $3500).


Urns from MLB and Vatican licensed lines…Trek ‘orb’ urn to be unveiled next month

Now all you need is a flag, some Trekkies and a guy who plays bagpipes and your funeral can look something like this…

 

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So how much of a Trekkie are you? Do you want a trek themed funeral? (right column)  

Comments

1. Sean4000 - September 14, 2007

Bury me in the sunglasses case just like Spock!!! Hell yeah!!!!!

2. Dr. Image - September 14, 2007

Huh?? First! I get to say it??

3. JBS - September 14, 2007

“Mytych also agreed that Trek’s aging fan base as a 41 year old franchise also factored into their decision to chose Trek for funerals.”

Now I feel really depressed, and old. But I’m not ready to kick the bucket yet, I have to wait until the new movie is released first!

4. Scott Gammans - September 14, 2007

OK, that’s just… bizarre.

5. FSUGuy - September 14, 2007

welp looks like Trek has finally made its grave

6. cd - September 14, 2007

Get a death!

7. Star Trek Funeral - September 14, 2007

[...] Seriously, guys.  Star Trek Themed Mortuary Products.  Caskets?  Urns?  How many actual “Products” could they produce?  Either way, my Mom is gonna freak! [...]

8. ObiWanCon - September 14, 2007

Sign me up for a Spock funeral because I’ll come back to life not long after so I’m all for it.

9. Dr. Image - September 14, 2007

Funerals be damned!
Check out Exeter’s act three!!!
WUUUUUUUU! Man!
ps- Second!

10. steve623 - September 14, 2007

Wow, this is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

11. Heywood Jablome - September 14, 2007

Great marketing idea. It had to happen sooner or later! I’m surprised no-one’s opened up a line of Star Trek baby products. Probably soon, though…

12. Kirk, James T. - September 14, 2007

^ or should that be Urn.

Hmm, well this is milking the gian cash cow that is Star Trek but there has to be someone out there who’ll get the Spock Coffin.

13. ZoomZoom - September 14, 2007

How much extra is the fired onto Genesis to be regenerated option, and who can I trust with my Katra meanwhile?

14. toddk - September 14, 2007

I don’t see anything wrong with it since CBS isnt trying to hide it. however I don’t think that mark V will sell more than a dozen a year. Good luck though!

15. Thomas Jensen - September 14, 2007

Anthony,

That was great. Your article made me laugh and shake my head in “huh” at the same time. Well done.

I mean, it’s cool, if people want to have a trek send-off. But, star trek is fake, and what happens after death is real.

So, if I’m thinking I’m dying sometime soon, I’m more concerned with other stuff, then with trying make sure I have a ‘trek’ send-off in some way.

Sheesh…

16. CanuckLou - September 14, 2007

A matter of personal preference of course, but for myself this goes over the line.

17. Plum - September 14, 2007

ROTFL!!! The pictures with the funny comments made my day. Nice work!

18. IrishTrekkie - September 14, 2007

hmm i wonder if i can make the people at my funeral , dress in the red uniforms and white engneering suits , hmm people say this is just for money and it is , but hey why not , there are fans that love the show that much they have turned thier homes into star trek sets , and other have made their car up to look like suttles , and so why not offer this to fans . i am fine with it , hell i would think about it myself lol

19. toddk - September 14, 2007

just got back from watching starship exeter act 3. not bad, check it out!

20. Harry Ballz - September 14, 2007

I have grave concerns regarding this trend!

21. William - September 14, 2007

The final merchandising frontier has finally been reached.

22. Harry Ballz - September 14, 2007

My gravestone will say, “I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK!!!”

23. max - September 14, 2007

oh boy. Cute idea, but don’t do this to your family. Seriously, don’t.

24. CaptainlordBat - September 14, 2007

I like the idea :) Has anyone ever seen the “KISS” caskets? My family would understand….hell they would let me buy one now so I could have a torpedo casing in the collection!

25. Buckaroohawk - September 14, 2007

You know, this idea is tacky, and possibly in poor taste, but at the same time something like this would be an icredible send-off for a Star Trek fan.

If you can have Trek-themed weddings, why not the same for a funeral?

It’d be the ultimate fanboy moment, no doubt about that. I’m betting this will be a major success for the company.

26. stallion (Archer is the best) - September 14, 2007

I plan to live forever.

27. k.f. - September 14, 2007

I know, but I have always thought about doing this!

28. Harry Ballz - September 14, 2007

I’m chuckling at the mental image of a lot of non-Trek friends showing up for someone’s funeral and them having a difficult time keeping a straight face during the proceedings! This has the makings of a good dark comedy script depicting a Trekker’s funeral! Weekend at Bernies would pale in comparison!!!

29. fred - September 14, 2007

this is so cool sick as well but hey you need something to sit in when you dead now if you cound be fired into space as well

30. TrekNerd - September 14, 2007

It would be much cheaper to simply engrave on your tombstone and/or regular casket:

“It…was fun. Oh my!”

31. Harry Ballz - September 14, 2007

More like, “My bad, make fun!”

32. UpTick88 - September 14, 2007

Beam me up

33. RandyYeoman - September 14, 2007

i want my ashes sent into space….maybe this company can work with the company that shot doohan into space and make mini photon torpedo urns for that.

 

34. Anthony Pascale - September 14, 2007

a reminder people…multiple posts (especially in a row) under different names is considered spamming and will be deleted
comments on this to http://trekmovie.com/about/feedback/

35. ZoomZoom - September 14, 2007

#28 funnily enough such a sit com has been done here in the UK. An episode of popular 2.4 Children had a death of a Trek fan who had everybody come to his funeral in Trek costume. Funniest being a rather large lady as a Tribble!
Coffin went into to be cremated to the Trek intro music and the mourners LA LA LAA’ing along!

36. Headless Redshirt - September 14, 2007

So they’ve done:

– Baseball
– Official Vatican Library design
– The American Kennel Club (for your pet, silly)

And now Star Trek. What else could they possibly do?

Obviously, Star Wars. Costs extra so you can you record, “I will become more powerful than you can imagine” before you die, just so it can be played at your funeral. Mourners get to come as either Jedis or Stormtroopers, depending on which side of the room they want to stand on.

What I don’t understand is how they did baseball without football. What hardcore football fan wouldn’t want a pigskin urn? “Just don’t throw my ashes around after I’m gone!”

Then of course, if you’re a pothead, they could make you an urn that looks like a bong, but that just invites too many problems…

37. Allister Gourlay - September 15, 2007

I already told my wife i want cremated- and as the coffin leaves it will be playing the original tv theme with the shatner narrating ” to boldly go”.

38. Oceanhopper - September 15, 2007

Technically dying is not going where no man has gone before. In fact you are going against your will to where everyone before you has gone and everyone after you will go. In this way it is a bit like going to the toilet I suppose.

Still, I like the idea of an urn that looks cool and as long as they make the torpedo casket out of biodegradable cardboard, I’d be cool with that.

39. roberto orci - September 15, 2007

why not?

40. Mark Lynch - September 15, 2007

Oh good grief……

41. non-fanatic - September 15, 2007

Gullible to the last.

42. Duane Boda - September 15, 2007

Just one more example of pure garbage posted that is beyond tacky.
Come on Anthony…can’t you put up something thats actually good
and has some relation to either the new film or the updated shows?
Its depressing – lame – stupid and silly all at the time. I expect better
But…if you’re looking for the Britney Spears award for a website…you
won lock stock and barrel. Oops…..YOU did it again. Not a good thing.

43. Al - September 15, 2007

The conveyor belt at the crematorium will look very like the photon torpedo bay in STWOK

44. Mike M--Tucson - September 15, 2007

It’s things like this that make me sick how the promising franchise has been pimped and exploited for the cash pockets of Paramount and CBS. I only wish Lucy Ball has kept control of Desilu and the ST franchise as a wise and competent business person. Perhaps then, more everyday people would have come to enjoy the franchise as Roddenberry had dreamed.

45. Cervantes - September 15, 2007

Hmmm…some companies, eh? Entropy sucks…

Off Topic a second:
Not sure if many are aware of this…but there is currently a strong threat of a MAJOR strike involving the Writers Guild, the Directors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild come next Spring… This would affect many big Movies I’m personally looking forward to, and could mean either long delays in some cases, or worse…Movies that are rushed in some ways to beat the deadline, just in case…including ‘Star Trek’… For full details and a list of those which would be affected, read on…
http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/070913g.php
and http://www.filmjerk.com/news/article.php?id_new=521

46. Jon - September 15, 2007

“Chico and the Man” fan club did this YEARS ago.

47. Jim, my name...is Jim - September 15, 2007

Speaking of death, how about cheating yourself out of death? I’m referring to “Exeter”. It’s alive. I went to their site last night, and the next part of it is FINALLY up! Yipee! It’s alive!!!!

48. JB - September 15, 2007

A Klingon theme?

They wouldn’t have anything to sell. Didn’t they something like, “It is now just an empty shell. Dispose of it as you see fit.” when talking about the klingon’s body?

49. Harry Ballz - September 15, 2007

What’s next? Star Trek toilet paper? This way, if you’re not a big fan, you could really express your feelings about the Shat every time you take….no, I better not complete that sentence…..whoo, that was close!

50. Len Krieger - September 15, 2007

Tacky! Tacky! Tacky! A Star Trek Urn? As #41 wrote, Gullible to the last.

51. Rick - September 15, 2007

Who says American capitalist ingenuity is … um, well, dead?

But oh, there are so many other untapped markets:

STAR TREK HOME BIRTHING KIT: Hospital, shmospital. Have your offspring at home with this innovative kit that includes a square of carpeting from Ten Forward for the laboring mom and a copy of Worf’s Guide to Klingon Lamaze for Husbands. (From the chapter on Coaching: “Once dilation is full, husband says to wife in commanding tone: ‘You may now give birth.'”)

STAR TREK INFANT BAPTISM KIT: Christen your wee one in the miniaturized garb of a Klingon warrior. Includes scaled replica of batl’eth for appropriate retribution against annoying, squealing relatives. Also comes in adult sizes for those who believe infant baptism is heresy.

STAR TREK SWEET SIXTEEN COMPLETE PARTY SET: Never been kissed? No problem with this kit of party favors, including a tricorder with digital recording of Enterprise bridge officers gossiping about nerdy ensigns and an inflatable Captain Kirk to take care of the smooch dearth.

STAR TREK COMPLETE MIDLIFE CRISIS COPING SET: Similar to the Sweet Sixteen kit but geared for the paunchy, balding 40-ish male who must prove he’s still ‘got it’ like he did when he was 20 (when he didn’t have it either). Choose from cardboard cutouts of Uhura, Rand and other female TOS stars, complete with digital recordings of key phrases like “Is that a phaser or are you just glad to see me?” and “Oh captain, bring that shuttlecraft to the hangar.” (AND FOR THE WIFE: The STAR TREK ‘QUIT FOOLING YOURSELF YOU FAT OLD BALDING IDIOT’ KIT, featuring a cardboard cutout of Stella Mudd with a digital recording telling the midlife hubby to get real.)

The possibilities are endless….

52. Harry Ballz - September 15, 2007

Rick, superb job, pal! Laughed my ass off!!

53. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 15, 2007

Exeter Act 3 is up and it’s good!!!!!!! Very Good!!!!!!!!!!!!

54. sean - September 15, 2007

#42

You say the same thing in every post. I’ve got a simple suggestion – stop visiting the site. Dude owns the url, dude can post whatever he so pleases. Besides, the site is clearly *all* things Trek, not just movie news.

Back to the actual subject matter at hand, when it comes to Star Trek funerals I defer to my friend Stan Marsh – “This is pretty fu#$ed up right here!”.

55. Heywood Jablome - September 15, 2007

#42 Duane Boda… Mugatu says he wants to put YOU in a torpedo coffin!

56. Xplodin' Nacelle - September 15, 2007

Anyone ever see the Drew Carey episode where his dad accidentally got buried in a KISS casket? That was hilarious. All of his dad’s military buddies thought the four KISS guys were clowns. They were pissed. LMAO. I can just imagine what people would say at a funeral with one of these Trek themed ones.

57. Michael Hall - September 15, 2007

Sheesh, Mr. Boda. It’s one story. When there’s more information forthcoming on the movie or TOS-R, this site is quick to report on it. The Britney Spears comparison was really below the belt. :-)

I’ve seen the long-awaited Exeter Act 3, and while there’s plenty of stuff to admire, it also definitely. . . has its issues. But I’ll hold my comments until there’s a thread dedicated to the topic.

58. Duane Boda - September 15, 2007

#57 – Ok…perhaps it was below the belt. How about Jamie Spears then? Shes 16 and some might fine eye candy. And # 54…Obviously you haven’t read all of my posts that
I put here. Sure….the guy owns the site but is that any excuse for such drivel? No way!
I’m stuck trapped in the Ferengi Vault of Destitution and thats a sorry ass place.

59. Harry Ballz - September 15, 2007

Hey, it’s your funeral! Now are we on topic? Bwahahahaha…………….

60. Cygnus-X1 - September 15, 2007

That write-up got a hearty chuckle from me.

Though, when I read “…from the cradle to the grave,” I was expecting the link to lead to a Trek-themed crib. (I mean an actual crib, and not a lavish, celebrity home.)

But, hell yeah, I’d be buried in a Star Trek casket. I’d have my ashes in a Trek urn also. I haven’t decided which route to go yet, however – burial or cremation.

The casket would certainly add some fun, hope and inspiration to what would tend to be a rather gloomy event.

I’d definitely buy a Trek crib for my kid, too, if they made one. A Borg alcove might make a nice theme for a crib, especially if you have twins, triplets, etc…

61. sean - September 15, 2007

#58

I have read many of your posts, and a fair percentage of them say something similar. All I’m saying is, if you see something that doesn’t interest you – skip it. To accuse the site of somehow betraying you because they post a few things that aren’t of interest to you is a bit silly.

62. Anthony Pascale - September 15, 2007

oh no I have seen the light. Regardless of the fact that this site is made to cover everything new in trek and appeal to all trekkies….I have seen my error. This site should be made to solely appeal to one person and his tastes. I shall now run all stories by Duane for his approval

63. Harry Ballz - September 15, 2007

Anthony, glad to see you took your sarcasm pill today!! Yowza!

64. MichaelJohn - September 15, 2007

I can’t imagine attending a funeral for a friend and seeing their body in Star Trek studio prop “inspired” coffin. I’m laughing now just thinking about it…how pathetically sad!

I like my Trek as much as the next guy or gal..but there’s a big difference between a fan that simply likes a TV show, and those “fanatics” who eat, breath and worship Star Trek.

What’s next? Be buried in your “Spock coffin” wearing original TOS costumes? Geez, get a Life!

Mike :o

65. Harry Ballz - September 15, 2007

I could say “I spit my last breath at thee…”, but that would be redundant!

66. Duane Boda - September 15, 2007

#62 – Anthony: By saying so little you’re saying so much. Since I’m older I’ll have to say more power to you. IF I were younger I’d say you’re nothing but a utter and pure tool.
But…does that matter here? No….what matters is the subject material you choose to carry.
The why is totally up to you of course…..I hope it gets better. I shall just either delete your site as a bookmark or just be a lurker. The real crap is the advertising you allow here to sustain this website. You’re a victim and we’re all merely a ship of fools looking for a ride.

67. Lendorien - September 15, 2007

This has got to be some sort of joke or prank. It’s April First after all… Wait. No… It’s September. What the heck. They’re serious about this?

Somehow I can’t see a lot of people buying Photon Torpedo caskets. I mean, I can see it now, your dad dies, you go to his funeral at the church and… he’s in a Mark X photon Torpedo casing.

I don’t think that even MY rather cool and trendy pastor would be able to give his funeral sermon with a straight face.

68. Heywood Jablome - September 16, 2007

Anthony, nevermind Duane, I think he’s suffering through delirium from a Mugatu bite. And will need his own (non-star trek themed) casket sooner than the rest of us.

69. Harry Ballz - September 16, 2007

Duane seems to be the type of individual where NOTHING is ever good enough!

70. Lendorien - September 16, 2007

#66. There’s this old saying I think you should take to heart. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

You do not run this site, and while you may not approve of everything that’s covered, you do not run it. If you don’t like a topic, fine. Just ignore it and move on. Or if you can’t at least be respectful, as you said, delete this bookmark and save us all some annoyance. The way you’ve been behaving makes you look like a Troll.

71. Harry Ballz - September 16, 2007

I’m sure Duane was called a troll long before the computer geek term for it was invented!

72. Joseph - September 17, 2007

What the hell is the point? It doesn’t matter how much of a Star Trek fan you are, or rather WERE, you’re not going to be able to enjoy it if you’re dead. And unless you’re significant other(Not that many trekkies have one of these) and a large portion of your family/friends are into Star Trek – chances are, they won’t enjoy it either(unless Romulan Ale and Warp Core Breaches are served at the after-party)

73. Harry Ballz - September 17, 2007

I’m going to arrange that everyone attending my funeral will have to endure the Klingon pain sticks! Yeah, that way they’ll remember me!!

74. Damn It Jim!! - September 18, 2007

The point is IF you’re a big fan and you want to buy the urn or casket for yourself, it will be available. My family and friends would not think badly of me for buying a ST urn or casket. I’m only 33 years old and would buy an urn as soon as it’s available, IF I like the design. It would be with my other collectables until the day I die. Then it’ll be put to use.

75. MrSparks - September 18, 2007

umm my post where is it? That took a few minutes to write.

76. Tj Trek - September 19, 2007

Okey no. The fact that Star Trek is making money at the expence of someones death is just a little to much for me. I think that Star Trek as a whole is generating enough money for enough people they don’t need to take it into the funeral business

77. Star Trek Funeral - September 19, 2007

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78. BagOfNothing.com » The Final Frontier - September 19, 2007

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79. mom of the Trekkie-to-Be - November 10, 2007

Speaking of cradles… does anyone know where I can get a Star Trek baby mobile that would hang over the crib? I can’t seem to find anything…

80. Gorgos - September 25, 2008

great! I told my wife I want a torpedo casket. im a dedicated fan of s.t. I am thinking of making one myself do you have specs? ( I know im a old weirdo)

81. Chantal Burgun - January 27, 2009

Does anyone know how I can get hold of pictures of the funeral merchandise? I work on a chat show and we have William Shatner coming on this week – we’d like to get hold of some pictures to potentially use during his interview.

Thanks

Chantal

82. Nigel Clark - March 10, 2009

please can anyone tell me how I could get hold of a star trek themed urn, may father passed away, and he was a massive star trek fan, jusy as myself and my brothers and sister are. my email address in nigelclark666@btinternet.com

kind regards NIgel Clark

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