Although much of the talk about collectibles focuses on models, figures, toys, statues, and the like, there is a lot more to Trek merchandise. Some of the stranger items in the past have included the Mr. Spock liquor decanter, cigar wrappers, candy bars, a marshmallow dispenser, and even a garage door opener. But there are still a number of strange Trek products for you to add to your collection. In this week’s "Collective" we have gathered together some of these lesser known items which are currently available…check it out below
The Star Trek Train
Trek meets the tracks with a brand new first of its kind Star Trek train set. The train features HO track scaling with lights, featuring the characters or scenes from the Kirk era show. This is no toy, rather it is an heirloom quality collectibles for fans of Star Trek. Each train is $69.95 plus shipping, with free tracks and power packs. Available exclusively from Collectiblestoday.com .
The Star Trek Putter
If you consider the green to be the final frontier you may want to consider the Goldsmith Star Trek Putter. Limited to the ubiquitously utilized number of 1,701, this real putter is said to offer a "moment of inertia 40% better than average putters." A bundle featuring the putter cover and other items is available for about $120 from Golfsmith’s website.
You like Trek and Peanuts…why not combine them with this Woodstock Spock figurine, available from collectiblestoday.com
Voice activated light control
Ever wanted to pretend you were Picard and walk into a room and say "lights!" and have it actually work? Well you can with the Star Trek Voice Activated Light Switch & Dimmer available at KlearGear. It lets you set any lamp to three different levels with simple verbal commands and it responds back to you using the voice of Majel Barrett Roddenberry.
Wolo Star Trek Car Horn
Turn your car into the U.S.S. Enterprise! Wolo makes a Star Trek car horn that plays the theme from the Kirk era. [CLICK Hear a sample] This may sound weird, yet it is better than the Godfather or Macarena horns which are also available. (note this is apparently not a licensed product so if you want one, get it before CBS has them all pulled). The Wolo Horn is currently available at Amazon.
Star Trek Deeds or Certificates
Want to own a piece of Star Trek? Well you can as StarTrekProperities.com provides land deeds to various Star Trek locales (like Planet Vulcan) as well as diplomas (so you can now add Starfleet Academy to your resume). These archival quality items are designed by Michael and Denise Okuda, and some include signatures from Star Trek actors (those are pricier of course).
Don’t tell Stephen Colbert, but The Hamilton Collection is now offering a subscription to a Star Trek bear statue line. The first in the collection is "Captain James T. Kirk" for $19.95, which is available this June. Oddly, this isn’t the first time Star Trek characters have been rendered as bears. Teddy bear versions of Kirk and Spock are available from Star Trek The Experience on occasion, along with a plush version of Porthos. The item is not on the website, but CLICK HERE for a scan of the print ad with instructions for ordering.
Perhaps inspired by the episode "The Apple," Etchstar provides customized Apple iPods and MacBooks. Although Expensive, these items are a perfect compliment of computers and Trek and offer artwork and up to five lines of personalized text etched right into the iPod or laptop. The iPods prices start at $249 for a nano, while the MacBook is about $1600. This is available from Etchstar.
Star Trek Checks
Although it is said there is no money in Star Trek’s future, we still have to deal with it today. So why not bring a little Trek to your hard earned latinum? Anthony Grandio provides Star Trek checks with bold pictures of the crew or their ships. These are some of the few collectibles that feature every version of the Star Trek television shows. For the best checking experience, be sure to check out the Star Trek address labels and checking covers. More details at anthonygrandio.com
If credit is your thing you can get a Star Trek Master Card from Bank of
America. Before being purchased by BofA, MBNA offered a selection of designs (and even some discounts at former Paramount Parks and the now defunct official Star Trek fan club), but now just offer one design for a Star Trek Platinum Visa. Call BofA at 1.800.732.9194. There used to be cards available in Canada, UK and Germany but it isn’t clear if they still are.
Star Trek Collectible Chips
Collectables Mania, a new company "dedicated to the exciting world of limited edition collectable chips" (not to be confused with pogs) are offering a line of chips for "Cult TV’ including the new Battlestar, Red Dwarf, Thunderbirds and Star Trek. They have run advertising in SFX magazine promoting the chips, but the website collectablesMANIA.com appears to be down. So it isn’t clear if this product will still be available.
One Armed Trek bandit
Although it isn’t something you can ‘collect’ it still is a little weird — Star Trek is headed to a casino near you in the form of a slot machine. Announced last year, the Star Trek slots from WMS gaming [see story] offer players the chance to have a ‘personalized episodic experience’ while playing, complete with video clips. The machines should start showing up in casinos later this year.
Star Trek Funeral products
Our final product is truly the final product. Last year CBS granted a license to Eternal Images to make Star Trek funereal products. The first two items are an urn and a photon torpedo casket. See our previous story for more details. If you are ready to out out in Star Trek style, then goto Eternal Images Website
More weird Trek in our future…lets hope so
As recently reported here, the merchandising plans for the new Star Trek movie are just shaping up. Although it is expected that there will be lots of the usual suspects, lets hope that we also see some of the more unusual items as well. If Star Wars can have the Darth Vader nut cracker, there is certainly a place for a little out of the box thinking at CBS and Paramount for Trek.