Today TrekMovie begins its look back at the year that was. 2011 was a year of Trekversaries, from the 45th anniversary of the premiere of the original show to the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the sixth and fourth Star Trek movies. To celebrate, Star Trek fans had options among many items to collect. TrekMovie presents its annual “best of” Star Trek collectibles winners for the year.
BEST STAR TREK MERCHANDISE OF 2011
Neelix Award for Best Kitchen/Useful Item – Enterprise Pizza Cutter
This year, companies such as Think Geek (Star Trek Enterprise Light Up Feeding System) Westland Giftware (cookie jars, salt pepper shakers, water globes, mugs) all had items that could be useful in your kitchen. And the best of the lot goes to Think Geek for their Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter which is both a useful and creative idea. It is packaged beautifully in a display box and is something both collectors and pizza fans could enjoy!
Gamesters of Trikselion Award for Best Game – Klingon Monopoy
2011 saw a resurgence of Star Trek games, including board and collectible card games. Wiz Kids premiering its Star Trek: Expeditions cooperative game based on the 2009 film. Also from Wiz Kids is Star Trek: Fleet Captains which features some excellent, unpainted starship totems and represents the various televised versions of Star Trek. Continuing Star Trek’s impressive return to the world of gaming, Bandai offered a 300 card Star Trek: The Next Generation deck building game. A second edition is planned for early next year.
The winner for “Best Game” goes to USAopoly who Klingonized Monopoly this year. The company used social media to ask fans to vote on what pewter pieces would be included, and it is obvious the company had a great deal of fun making the game. Especially cool is that there are two versions of the game, a regular edition and a special edition with a limited edition mini replica of Chancellor Gorkon’s Klingon cane. If there is to be a brave new world, whose going to have a harder time living in it as they pass Go and collect $200?
Wear No Man Has Gone Before Award for Best Apparel – Star Trek Robes
2011 has seen a myriad of new Star Trek T-shirts (both licensed and non-licensed), and the introduction of the new Udi Behr jewelry line. However the TrekMovie choice of the best wearable item is the Star Trek bath robes from Robe Factor (available at ThinkGeek). They first released Kirk and Spock robes, which were followed up later in the year with a Scotty robe and a shorter Uhura robe for the ladies.
Naomi Wildman Award for best Baby/Kids item – Enterprise Light-Up Feeding System
And for the little ones, the coolest Star Trek item of the year was certainly the animated Star Trek Enterprise Light-Up Feeding System of bib and spoon from ThinkGeek.
The Most Toys Award for Best Toy/Replica – Star Trek Mr. Potato Heads
In one of the worst years ever for Star Trek action figures (there were a grand total of 2 released in the United States), there were nonetheless some nice toys and prop replicas available in 2011. EMCE Toys and Diamond Select Toys joined together again to continue their fun line of original MEGO styled retro action figures, this year with Christopher Pike (“The Menagerie” version) and the Salt Vampire. Quantum Mechanix made available a reasonably priced, nicely detailed phaser prop replica based on the 2009 movie design. Toy Factory, which produces plush items for vending or “claw” machines, had a wonderful and diverse line of Star Trek TOS teddy bears this year.
The winner for “Best Toys or Props” goes to PPW TOYS. How do you know you are hot? When you are made into a Potato Head! (Get it…hot potato…okay, never mind). Available this past November, PPW Toys has two dual packs of Mr. Potato Head themed Star Trek packs, Kirk and Kor together, and, appropriate because of their romance, Spock and Uhura. Star Trek joins such icons as Kiss and Star Wars in getting Mr. Potatoized.
Joanie Loves Tchotchke Award- For Best Collectible/Tchotchke – Star Trek/M&M Figurines
This award is for which Star Trek Tchotchke earns a grade of “Ayyyyy!!” (Two Happy Days references in the same article…correctamundo!) Star Trek produces much tchotchke or ephemera, from the Bradford Exchange items (rings and trains) to Hallmark Cards, from trading cards to Kurt Adler Christmas items.
This year, the winner for “Best Star Trek Tchotchke” goes to the Bradford Exchange for their Star Trek themed statues in the M&M style. Yes, its another “blended” item, yet such items have appeal to more than one fan group and often show the enduring popular culture iconography of Star Trek’s characters. (Warning: You cannot eat these statues…we know, we tried).
To sum up, here is a Christmas themed video for all the 2011 great 2011 Star Trek merchandise presents.
Do you agree with the list? Anything you would add or subtract? Please post your ideas in the comments as we take a scan of Star Trek 2011 memorabilia.
THE YEAR AHEAD IN MERCH:
2012 has its own anniversaries, chief among them the 25th celebration of the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. There will be many great items to celebrate, including more games from Bandai and TNG Pez dispensers. Also, 2012 brings us a year closer to the next movie and we should begin to learn news of the licensees. There should be teaser posters available and most likely some kind of promotional items available. Here is to a New Year full of both the collectibles of Star Trek, and more importantly, its spirit of compassion, exploration, helping, and friendship!
MORE BEST OF 2011 TO COME
Stay tuned to TrekMovie this week for more of the best of 2011 in Star Trek, including books, comics, viral videos and more.