The history of Trek collectibles goes back over 40 years and with a new movie on the way, the amount and variety of Trek merchandise is only increasing. To help both newbies and hard core collectors, a new guidebook and magazine dedicated to Trek collectibles are on their way, and TrekMovie.com has an exclusive first look at both.
The Guidebook – Star Trek The Collectibles
"Star Trek: The Collectibles," written by uber-collector Steve Kelly, brings fans over 250 pages detailing nearly every classic Star Trek collectible. The guidebook focuses on items based on the TOS era TV series and films (through to Star Trek Generations), including items released after Generations (It was decided that there were too many items for a single volume to cover items from all Trek shows, but if sales warrant, a future book or books will cover the the rest). There has not been a Star Trek toy guidebook available since 2000, and even that book was limited only to items from the Playmates Toys line. "Star Trek The Collectibles" has chapters covering 32 different categories with over 1,200 color photos and the book also provides estimated price guides for each Trek item (in two condition categories: mint/near mint w/ packaging and mint/near mint w/o packaging).
The book is unique in that it will present a historical look at each licensee through the various eras of the original Star Trek. Author Kelley tells Trekmovie.com that about half of the book is dedicated to the late 1960s and 1970s because of the incredible amount of collectibles that came onto the market after the show was cancelled. "Ironically when Star Trek is not on television or at the movies, there tends to be much more merchandise available for fans" comments Kelley.
Kelley himself owns an impressive collection of Trek items which make up most of the items photographed for the book. Yet, unlike some previous guides, Star Trek: The Collectibles isn’t merely lists or pictures. Kelley conducted two years of research to give the real story behind the collectibles.
I wanted the book to me more than a list. I wanted people to be able to pick up the book and learn about the history of Star Trek collectibles. For example, the book offers a history of the MEGO line of toys. Many people may not know there have been five versions of the card that featured the Kirk action figure, or that the famous Remco Star Trek utility belt is the same belt used for The Hulk or Superman belts from the same company. The Hulk radiation detector is merely the Star Trek communicator painted green.
Of interest to regular Trekmovie. com readers, friend-of-the-site Chris Doohan writes the forward to the guidebook. Star Trek: The Collectibles hits book stores the last week of October and is available now for preorder at Amazon.com.
The Magazine – Unofficial Guide To Star Trek Collectibles
This November 17th, Krause Publishing and Kelley are also releasing "The Unofficial Guide to Star Trek Collectibles" magazine. The premier issue features articles about the history of MEGO toys, including art work not seen in decades and a look at the Hallmark 2008 Christmas Ornaments. According to Kelley, the focus of the magazine will be strictly new and vintage toys and collectibles (and their makers). The magazine will also feature profiles of many Star Trek collectors themselves.
Although Trek collectibles have been covered in Star Trek Magazine, Wizard’s ToyFare and Star Trek Communicator, there has never been a magazine dedicated solely to Star Trek collectibles. However, because of the incredible amount of both past and future Star Trek items, this should be a valuable resource for fans.
New collectibles magazine coming in November
Steve Kelley – a collector’s collector
The new book and magazine grow out of a life-long passion with collecting Star Trek. In the video interview below, Kelley shows off his massive Trek collection.