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TrekMovie continues to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Star Trek Voyager today with a special edition of "The Collective". Voyager continues to inspire a generation of fans. And for Voyager memorabilia collectors, there continues to be modern items. To help celebrate Voyager, this special edition of the Collective engages in a adventure into some of Voyager’s most recent collectibles.
COLLECTIVE’S GUIDE TO NEW AND RECENT VOYAGER MERCHANDISE
ACTION FIGURES AND TOYS
During the 1990s Playmates Toys made a number of Voyager figures: 24 of their 4" line, 7 of their 9", and 2 of the excellently detailed 12" line. More recently there has only been only one Voyager themed action figure released. Diamond Select Toys made a special "Timeless" version of Geordi LaForge which was a special offer for the 2008 Alternate Realities DVD set. The offer is no longer valid after June 2009, so the best way to get this figure now is through secondary or auction markets.
"Timeless" Geordi special offer..- available now in the secondary market
DST also announced a line of Borg figures, including two 7 of 9 figures, but those were postponed, with no word on when they will be re-assimilated.
New DST Borg figures put on hold
As for the Voyager itself in toy form, the 1990s Intrepid class USS Voyager Toy continues to be very popular and commands almost $400 on the secondary and auction markets today. More recently, from 2004 to 2008, Johnny Lightning offered a great line of small Star Trek plastic ships, with the USS Voyager and Borg Cube being represented a few times with variations.
And in just the last months, the line of Revell Voyager kits from the nineties has been re-released in Europe. You can pick up three different Voyager-themed model kits at the UK’s Forbidden Planet:
Voyager Revell Kit – available again
During the 1990s, Star Trek Voyager trading cards reflected the zeitgeist of the then proto Internet era with such items as phone cards and downloadable cyber cards. Voyager cards were also some of the first to include certified autographed cards from the actors.
Rittenhouse Archive, Ltd. continues to produce Star Trek Voyager trading cards. Soon to be or recently available sets include:
- Legends of Star Trek Voyager Captain Kathryn Janeway Card Set
- Legends of Star Trek Voyager B’Elanna Torres Card Set
- Legends of Star Trek Voyager Seven of Nine Card Set
- Women of Star Trek Trading Cards (available February 24, 2010)
- Legends of Star Trek Voyager The Doctor Card Set (available January 20, 2010)
New Voyager card set
NOVELS AND COMICS
Star Trek Voyager continues to have a strong novel line, with more than 40 titles available since the publication of the "Caretaker" premiere episode novelization of 1995. 2009 had two Voyager novels, the first since 2005. Kirsten Beyer’s "Full Circle" brought the Voyager series into sync with the TNG and Titan books, and then her definitely worthy novel "Unworthy" continued the tales of the USS Voyager and crew. Also the 2008 "Myriad Universes: Infinity’s Prism" compilation of ‘what if’ short stories contained an excellent
alternative take on Voyager.
2009 saw two new Voyager books
Voyager also has been featured in many nonfiction books, including the 1998 book "Star Trek Voyager: A Vision of the Future" by famous author Stephen Edward Poe, and from "The Star Trek Voyager Companion" by Paul Ruditis in 2003. The most recent Voyager related nonfiction book is the 2008 guide "Star Trek 101" by Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block, which has a section on Voyager.
"Star Trek 101" includes a guide to Voyager
Star Trek Voyager not only helped begin a network, it was one of the first comics available from a joint venture by Marvel and Paramount Comics. Voyager had 19 issues with Marvel/Paramount Comics, and a few more with Wildstorm. Unfortunately for fans of Voyager comics, current licensee IDW has yet to announce plans to bring Voyager back to comic format. A conciliation prize is that in 2008 GIT CORP released "Star Trek: The Complete Comic Book Collection," a CD Rom containing all Star Trek comic books from Gold Key through to Wildstorm, including all those Voyager comics.
SOUNDTRACK AND DVDs
Voyager music is available on a variety of CDs, the most recent being 2009’s City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra’s rendition of Jerry Goldsmith’s theme. Here are a list of CDs still available (at Amazon):
The Best of Star Trek Music Volume 1 (features music from "Heroes and Demons" episode)
The Best of Star Trek Music Volume 2 (features music from "Bride of Chaotica" episode)
Latest Star Trek compilation containing Voyager music
And of course Voyager’s entire seven year journey is available on DVD. You can get all seven seasons together (currently priced at $342.49 Amazon). Or you can pick up the individual seasons (priced at Amazon between $50-$54 each)
All of Voyager is available on DVD
Many Voyager episodes also appear on the themed "Collective" episode compilations released between 2006 and 2008). Each is priced around $32 and contains special features, including interviews with cast and crew from Voyager:
Captain’s Log Collective DVD set (including Kate Mulgrew’s favorite episodes)
2008’s Alternative Realities set contained 4 Voyager episodes
Voyager fans could continue to dress and display their Trekitude with a variety of recent additions to Voyager apparel. Trevco has a new Voyager t-shirt, available at Entertainment Earth.
Trevco Voyager Shirt
Plus, Creation Entertainment has Star Trek Voyager Janeway dog tags:
Voyager has a nice history of being released in various gaming formats, from Decipher CCG card games to video games. Some of the best received Star Trek video games were from Voyager, especially the Elite Force game and sequel. Kate Mulgrew lent her voice to the 2006 Bethesda video game Star Trek Legacy also had playable Voyager ships. Perhaps the coolest digital game was Star Trek Voyager: The Arcade Game which lucky fans played at various shopping malls beginning in 2001.
Voyager arcade game
Although there are no new Voyager specific games, many of the new Star Trek games of 2009 and 2010 include Voyager content. The Scene It? DVD Game: Star Trek Edition includes many questions based on Voyager, and Captain Janeway is on the cover of the game. The regular edition of the game is currently available for only $10.98 at Toys R Us .
The 20Q Star Trek game from Mattel Radica also features Voyager characters as possible answers and Janeway is also featured on the package art. You can pick it up at Amazon, currently discount priced at $6.99.
Also available during 2009 was the Monopoly Star Trek Continuum edition which includes Voyager cards and characters http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=USMN066201
Voyager returns to card game format with the recent availability of Winning Moves’ Star Trek Top Trumps Card Game which features characters from all versions of Star Trek television shows, available in the UK at Amazon.
That’s it for now. Hopefully for Voyager fans we will see more Voyager collectibles and merchandise into this new decade.