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First Look At Star Trek Funeral Products [Updated] October 8, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Merchandise , trackback

A month ago TrekMovie.com reported that CBS issued a licence to a funeral products company to help send Trekkies into the afterlife. Today at the Funeral Directors Expo in Vegas (complete with costumed characters from Star Trek The Experience) Eternal Images revealed these new products.  They have an approved prototype of the urn and a sketch of the casket. See below for higher res image.

 

Star Trek urn (available late 2007)…click to enlarge

UPDATE:

 


Star Trek casket (available in 2008)
[design subject to approval]

 

More info at Eternal Images Star Trek Page

Comments

1. Sean4000 - October 8, 2007

Scotty, Burn me up!

2. Sean4000 - October 8, 2007

this is quite elegant for a sci fi themed funeral urn. I wouldn’t mind my ashes being in one. What would I care what others thought?

3. Scott Gammans - October 8, 2007

So what do they do, seal your ashes in the giant ball bearing?

4. chain of command - October 8, 2007

Boldly die a geek

5. Oceanhopper - October 8, 2007

SpAAAHHHHHKK!!!

Why does it say Spock on the urn?
Or does it just mean “Your name here”?

eeee, creepy.

I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandad.
Not screaming in terror like his passengers…

6. jonboc - October 8, 2007

That’s pretty cool. Not sure how I feel about my ashes ending up, 3 or 4 generations down the road, in someone’s garage sale, being sold as some old cool piece of art or Star Trek collectable for $20.

Of course, at that point, what do I care?

7. jon1701 - October 8, 2007

This is odd.

I’m not sure I get this at all.

8. scott - October 8, 2007

With the exception of the Star Wars Gambling Machines & The KISS Caskets, this has to be one of the most shamless pursuits in merch.
Some people just like all levels of their lives to include beloved themes or universes. Guilty myself with the Spider-Man light switch covers.
Leave to Geeks!

9. jon1701 - October 8, 2007

Also,

It seems Futurama was right.

This is the first step towards STAR TREK : THE RELIGION.

*shakes head*

10. mctrekkie - October 8, 2007

This is tasteless.

That being said. sadly, they’ll sell a million of ‘em.

11. Xai - October 8, 2007

#10 McTrekkie

Agreed. Tasteless and pointless.

X

12. AFM - October 8, 2007

Gee, wouldn’t a phaser set to “disrupt” accomplish things quite nicely?

13. ews1701e - October 8, 2007

While the urn is actually pretty cool, the whole idea is a little creepy and in a way makes me a bit sad at what CBS/Paramount won’t try to make some money off Trek (aside from over pricing their dvd sets).

14. KennyB - October 8, 2007

Equally creepy is their website–which features AKC, Precious Moments, and Vatican themed urns and caskets….Just give me a pine box thank you very much….Cheap in death as in life.LOL.

15. Robo- Cop - October 8, 2007

This product obviously lessens the overall commercial appeal for the upcoming movie as well as anything that IS worthwhile. Quite a sad fate for Star Trek. Why is it allowed other then the fact for money? Paramount should step in and end this if they’re able. Oh well!

16. Xai - October 8, 2007

#15 Robo

It looks like CBS-Paramount granted license for this.

17. Rastaman - October 8, 2007

#5 …

“I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandad.
Not screaming in terror like his passengers… ”

LOL … took me a second, but that line’s definitely a keeper.

18. dalek - October 8, 2007

That Star Trek gets my merchandise dollar after bleeding me dead is one thing.

This proves that even after I’m dead, I’m still not safe from people cashing in on my Star Trek obsession….

19. Viking - October 8, 2007

Please, God, make them stop………just throw my carcass onto the pyre and shove me out to sea.

20. TJ - October 8, 2007

I dread to think how much that costs. Just stick me in a cardboard box, slap me on a big bonfire and spend the money on some damn good scotch and an old fashioned wake (aka a honking great big party). My memorial should be the worst hangover ever!

21. Mazzer - October 8, 2007

Sad, but you’ve gotta laugh. I can almost hear the bagpipes…

22. Kevin - October 8, 2007

Well, I’m not sure how Trek related that urn is supposed to be… aside from the little delta shield. I think they’re just cashing in on the name. Still, it’s a nice looking urn.

I’m not entirely sure why people consider this to be tasteless, wrong or greedy. People have been making money off of death for years. Just b/c it’s not the traditional casket or urn, why would it be wrong? If Star Trek is such a heavy influence in someone’s life, why can’t their funeral reflect who they were in life?

Is the company that launches people’s ashes into space (including Jimmy Doohan and Gene Roddenberry) evil and greedy b/c they aren’t shelling out traditional caskets or urns?

Now personally, I can’t imagine buying either of these, b/c I plan to be cremated and can’t think of anyone that I would give my ashes to. I can’t really think of anyone that would want my ashes. As it is, when I die someone will get stuck hauling all of my junk out of my home and selling it on ebay.

But hey, to each their own.

23. VOODOO - October 8, 2007

Seriously, that is the single dorkiest thing I have ever seen.

24. steve623 - October 8, 2007

I wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those.

25. Driver - October 8, 2007

#9. That gives me inspiration to start a(tax free!) Church of Star Trek.

26. Harry Ballz - October 8, 2007

This just in…….Mugatu is back from his weekend in Vegas and, after auditioning for the part of Kirk in the new movie, has been told he’s made the short list for the role! The producers were overheard mumbling something about being impressed with “how his horniness reminds them of a young Shatner”!

We’ll keep you posted as reports come in………….

27. Driver - October 8, 2007

WOW! Did I speak too soon. Here it is- http://purgatorio1.com/?cat=28

28. Kevin - October 8, 2007

“WOW! Did I speak too soon. Here it is- http://purgatorio1.com/?cat=28

“…And Scotty beamed them to the Klingon ship, where they would be no tribble at all.”

“All power to the Engines Captain.”

Those guys are going to get all of the original series episodes including that blooper real where the doors to open all the way sent to the forbidden planet of Omega 3.

Seriously though, that’s just creepy.

29. diabolk - October 8, 2007

Get a life! Or, at least be buried like you lived.

“Comic Book Guy” as he sees the nuke coming: “Oh, I’ve wasted my life.”

30. reptileboy - October 8, 2007

If these weren’t linked to Star Trek, I think that they might actually be tasteful.

31. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - October 8, 2007

Mugatu’s remains are to be interned in one of these urns.

RIP Mugatu,, Never Forget!!!!!

32. Xai (likes them all...) - October 8, 2007

Lord Garth,

We have to get you back in the booth…. we’ve told you. He’s not dead. He’s staying at the Luxor in Vegas. Howie Mandel and Leno are paying the tab for now. He’s staying under an assumed name. You see… he was witness…to a homocide.. he’s under protection.

33. SpaceDude - October 8, 2007

Wow this is unusual, I guess there are those who will buy these and those who won`t , its all in a persons taste, I kinda like the look of it, but not sure I`d want my ashes in it, well maybe something as a collectable or conversation piece to have. Whats next from this company I guess we`ll just have to wait and see.

34. TayaStarr - October 8, 2007

I like it, its funny..and personaly i think funerals should have a bit of hummor to them. Haveing been to more funerals then i care to remeber to i have decided for my own. i want it to be funny or at least as funny as can be so i will purchase eaither the Urn or the Casket.

my parents even think its perfect for me, helps sum me up pretty well. I mean heck i knew this women that put it in her will to have Alice Cooper’s song “I love the dead” bto be played at her funeral…and they did. so yep the world takes all kinds and im the type that need humor in everything in life. so sorry if it offends any one, but i would rather laugh then cry.

35. Fortyseven - October 8, 2007

I love how the background is a generic grey room/void, yet the reflection in the sphere is clearly an outdoor shot. :)

36. MichaelJohn - October 8, 2007

I guess next they will open a full service Star Trek Funeral Home…complete with a Cadilac hearse converted to look like the Shuttlecraft Galileo and pole bearers dressed in Star Fleet dress uniforms. Only in America!

Mike :o

37. Buckaroohawk - October 8, 2007

I can understand why some people find this subject a bit tasteless and nothing but another example of Paramount cashing in on the Trek brand. To many people, I’m sure it seems absolutely ridiculous that anyone would want to be sent to their final resting place in a Trek-themed receptacle of their choice. It is, on the surface, the height of geekiness.

On the other hand…

My aunt died last year after a long bout with cancer. She was a huge fan of Mickey Mouse. Every corner of her home was decorated with some kind of Mickey collectible. She felt a strong connection to Disney’s star rodent; she was born the same day the first short film featuring him was shown in theaters.

Before she died, she asked us to give her a proper send-off, a Mickey Mouse funeral. Instead of the usual formal attire, everyone wore Mickey t-shirts and Mouseketeer ears. She was buried wearing her own mouse ears and her Mickey bedroom slippers. At the funeral home, instead of singing a typical dirge, we all sang the theme to The Mickey Mouse Club.

Some people may find this stupid, perhaps even an affront to the usual decorum surrounding funerals, but it was one of the most beautiful and loving tributes I’ve ever experienced. A person should be laid to rest in a manner befitting the life they lived, so if someone wants to have a Trek-themed funeral, I say more power to them. Why not head into the real Final Frontier at warp speed?

Is it tacky? Maybe, but who cares? If that’s how someone wants to go out, then they should go boldly.

38. Kirky - October 8, 2007

This is sick, sorry! Next they’ll be making Star Wars porducts as well, or maybe Xena and Hercules too!

39. Bay Area Star Trek Fan - October 9, 2007

Is this really happening?

40. Chris Johnston - October 9, 2007

Jeez, they finally come out with funerary products that actually look COOL, and everybody’s having a spaz!

They did excellent work on those!

The casket’s close enough to a photon torpedo to make me happy, and the urn looks even cooler than Worf’s “Champion Standing” bat’leth trophy from “Parallels”!
http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s7/7×11/parallels003.jpg

41. Chris Johnston - October 9, 2007

Sorry, forgot to put that image in my own webspace…
http://usera.imagecave.com/cljohnston108/Miscellaneous/parallels003.jpg

42. Clinton - October 9, 2007

Eh. The way I look at it, why not go out giving people something to talk about? You’re probably gonna pay for a box no matter how you look at it.

43. The Bear - October 9, 2007

The urn reminds me of the receptacles that held Sargon, Thalassa, and Henoch’s essence. I would sumise that one could put their Katra into the urn as well.

Live Long and Prosper.

44. Decker's Stubble - October 9, 2007

Actually, I want to be cremated and placed in one of those rubber brains they used in the “Gamesters of Triskelion”. Put me by the door and when someone walks, my pre-recorded voice says “Four hundred quatloos on the newcomer!”

45. Kuvagh - October 9, 2007

Yikes…

At least it doesn’t say “Photon Torpedo Mark V” on the side of the casket, thus puzzling future archaeologists.

46. Shinzon's Cousin - October 9, 2007

Ok, I actually do want one of these caskets for my funeral! I’m serious. I really do wish it said “Photon Torpedo Mark V” on it though! Many of you are wondering who would buy something like this. Well, your answer to that question is someone like me. :)

47. Shinzon's Cousin - October 9, 2007

Oh, and I have said for years that I want “He’s Dead Jim” on my tombstone.

48. Stan - October 9, 2007

This is the coolest Star Trek related collectable to come out yet. And the FIRST one that is truly usable Star Trek related article (and last one ever needed).

It is licensed and endorsed by Paramount. Long live Eternal Image.

49. Scott Xavier - October 9, 2007

Illogical…

50. Ralph F - October 9, 2007

I think I’d like an urn shaped like an Escape Pod from STAR WARS.

And what #47 said.

51. SpaceDude - October 9, 2007

Hey #50 I`m guessing that Star Wars will be covered soon as well, it seems that themed funerals are what some people want in this day and age with babyboomers and all, its a; “I see that, I want that world”, so anything is possible in this day and age, who know an Escape Pod one may be just around the corner. I did a little research on this company and it seems they may be changing the funerary business as most know it.

52. John N - October 9, 2007

#37 – Buckaroohawk

Well said. I think that your aunt would have loved what your family did for her…

53. Jedi Spyke - October 9, 2007

Where I able to look forward and watch as my friends and family walked into the funeral home for the viewing, I’d sure I’d hear many of them say “Son ova…. Didn’t he spend enough on that stuff when he was living?!?!?!”

You gotta love this. I’ve seen lots of themed funerals over the years and I’ve got to say, I can’t believe it’s taken them THIS long. The urn is pretty nifty, actually. But someone up in the list made a good point: You’d better make sure people know this is an URN. Can you imagine picking it up in a yard sale 20 years from now and then, one day, accidentally drop it and it burst open? ROTFLMO!!!!!

54. Bobby - October 9, 2007

Does the urn have buttons that when you press them they make phaser sounds?

This product is aweful!

55. Dennis Bailey - October 9, 2007

Being “tasteless” simply means that these products will fit in well with traditional American funerals…

56. OneBuckFilms - October 9, 2007

This is Priceless !!!!!!!!

57. I AM THX-1138 - October 9, 2007

Cool urn. Way to make your loved ones, who couldn’t care less for you Trek obsession have to spen the rest of their lives with your ashes in a Star Trek themed urn over the fireplace. Good thing my ashes are going in the lake just like dear old Dad and Mum.

Even Mugatu weeps over this foolishness.

58. Jeff - October 9, 2007

I’d like a Jonathan Archer funeral and have my ashes stuffed into a gazelle.

59. Lights-of-Zetar - October 9, 2007

Now if they can just make a second type of urn, that looks like an “original series” spinning nacelle cap…

60. Diabolik - October 9, 2007

I think it would be cool to own one of the caskets as a collector’s item! Imagine it in your ST room… you could even nap in it!! Then when you expire just be buried in it.

61. Harry Ballz - October 9, 2007

THX…..you mention that Mugatu is crying, but how can that be? If you check my post # 26, you can see he’s busy dancing with glee at being short-listed for the role of Kirk!!

62. JamfoFL - October 9, 2007

It takes all kinds… while I’d like my body to be mulched and used as fertilizer upon my (hopefully distant) death, if I had to be laid to rest in a coffin, that would be the one I pick!

I know most people want to take funerals so seriously, but I agree with all of those above who think it’s harmless to go leave this world in a manner fitting the way you lived in it. Take for instance the funeral of one James Henry Smith, a rabid Pittsburgh Steelers fan who had one request on his death:

“Smith’s body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes and a beer were at his side, while a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights.”

We all have our quirks!

63. MichaelJohn - October 9, 2007

When you think about it…are people really buying this types of products for a loved one that just passed away, or for themselves, the living?

I guess if your final wishes were known by your family, and you truly wanted to be buried in a “Spock Photon Torpedo” or placed in a Star Trek urn, those final wishes and instructions should be followed, no matter how embarrasing or tacky they may be.

Although I’ve been a life long Trek fan, I sure hope my family doesn’t think or assume that I want a Star Trek themed funeral and casket! I would roll over in my grave if my mother showed up at my funeral dressed a Nurse Rand or Lt. Uhura! hahahaha

Besides, I’m sure I really wont care what kind of box or urn my remains are kept in…. He’s dead Jim!

Mike :o

64. Uncanny Antman - October 9, 2007

I don’t really see the problem with these items.

How is it somehow more ‘geeky’ to be buried in an odd looking box than it is to wear an “I GROK SPOCK” T-shirt?

65. Paul Martin - October 9, 2007

Is it me?!

66. Chris Johnston - October 9, 2007

I’ve always half-jokingly told my folks that if anything happened to me, a) I want to be cremated and b) I want my ashes scattered at Cape Canaveral — so they should just sling me under one of the Shuttle’s SRBs… You take care of both the cremation AND the scattering all in one shot!

Now I’m in a quandary: I don’t know if I want an urn or a casket!

But I’d really love to see a future vampire movie or a Laurell K. Hamilton book that features a Trekker vamp nappin’ in one of these!

67. Hon. David Kulessa - October 9, 2007

Missing the Federation flag. :/

-TGP-

68. MichaelJohn - October 9, 2007

#63 Correction that was Nurse Chapel doh!

69. Notbob - October 9, 2007

This is just weird.

And what’s wrong with a good old coffee can or ash tray?

70. Tony_Clifton - October 9, 2007

Dude this is cool ass shit. I don’t want one, but I’d love to see someone one in one of these boxes. Why not? It’s their money? It’s not like someone is forcing them to sign a line that says put their dead body in a Star Trek box. Do it. It’s rellly cool.

71. Buckaroohawk - October 10, 2007

John N. (#52),

Thanks for the kind words. It was an amazing experience that bonded family members in a way no one expected, so I can see something similar happening at a Trek-themed funeral. I myself probably wouldn’t take my own final arrangements quite this far, if if someone else wants to, I say Make It So.

72. tony - December 28, 2007

I am in the UK and have put a request in my will that i be buried in full Star Trek original series uniform …yellow shirt, trousers, zip boots…so would love to get one of those caskets if they come over to the uk!

73. Jon - March 4, 2008

Regarding the Mickey Mouse funeral – I bet when the attendees sang “See you real soon! K-E-Y – Why? Because we like you!” there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Laughing and crying can be so close together.

74. DesiluTrek - October 20, 2008

The casket works only if sold with a dress uniform you can wear from the Trek era of your preference, so you can be in “full costume” for an open casket service.

Much as I love Star Trek, any references at my memorial will be about its progressive values, otherwise those not in the Trek know would still be at a loss to understand my love for it.

75. COMMANDER DEKARD R SELDON - May 28, 2009

GROOVY,BABY

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