2011 is here but today TrekMovie begins a look back at 2010 to pick the best of year in terms of Star Trek products, from toys to wearable items, to posters. Check out the winners below.
2010 in Star Trek products
2010 was not the best year for Star Trek products in terms of quantity of new releases. Most of the new products were themed around the original 1960s Star Trek which is ironic for a year following the big success of a new movie with fresh faces and designs. There also seemed to be much less of certain products, such as toys being produced. However, while there may be a limitation of supply, there were certainly products of both great fun and quality this year to celebrate. TrekMovie presents its fourth annual look at the best Star Trek products and collectibles of the year as selected by the editors. Hopefully, 2011 will bring a diversity of products in much greater numbers. Until then, we look back at some of the year’s best.
BEST ACTION FIGURE: ROMULAN KIRK
by Diamond Select Toys/Art Asylum ($35.99 w/ 2-figure set avail. at Entertainment Earth)
There were very few Star Trek action figures this year, and even less purely original ones. However, Diamond Select Toys/Art Asylum really scored with their Romulan Kirk (as disguised in “The Enterprise Incident”). It has a good likeness of the character and a nicely detailed costume. The 7” action figure is available in a two pack with a Spock action figure.
BEST PRODUCT FOR THE HOME/OFFICE: KOBYASHI MARU MOUSEPAD
by Starfleet Academy Bookstore ($8.99 w/ 2-figure set avail. at Entertainment Earth)
The official Star Trek store offers an entire line of Starfleet Academy products, and one of the best are the Kobyashi Maru items including this mousepad. It is affordable and useable with a cool design that allows a fan to show their affinity for Star Trek in a unique way. In troubled economic times, products that are both functional and fun are appreciated.
BEST TOY SHIP: HOT WHEELS NARADA
by Mattel (sold w/ set of 6 + SceneIt game for $80, discounted to $30 at Costco)
The long-anticipated first Narada toy (being that the Playmates version never materialized) does not disappoint. Mattel did an excellent job detailing such a complicated ship, especially given the small scale (about 4" long) of the Hot Wheels series.
A limited collectible, the "Journey to Babel" poster is 18”x24”. Like all Mondo posters, the design is unique and fresh. It boldly shows the characters and captures the essence of the famous original episode that introduced Spock’s parents. And their limited time availability make them very collectible.
This year was a good year for posters, and so we also acknowledge the beautiful set of alternative Star Trek 2009 movie poster prints from QMx. QMx picked some of the best alternative poster ideas first seen in the 2009 "Art of Star Trek" book and put them together into "WPA-style" themed set of four 18" x 24" lithographs at an affordable price. Hopefully we will see more series from QMx in the future.
BEST CD: STAR TREK: THE MAGAZINE ARCHIVES VOLUME 2
by Titan/SDS (£19.99 at SDS Shop)
This CD-ROM collects issues 25 to 38 (March 1997 to January 1999) of the original Star Trek: The Magazine line from Europe. For fans in the United States, this is the first time these interviews and articles have been available. For all fans, this is a nice archive and a trip to the past of Star Trek. Volume 1 is also available.
BEST SOUNDTRACK: STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER EXPANDED SOUNDTRACK
by La La Land Records ($29.98 at La La Land)
This year was a great one for soundtrack collectors and this is the hardest of all categories from which to choose the best. There was the unbelievable impressive 14 CD Ron Jones Project collecting the composer’s music from Star Trek: The Next Generation (FSM/SAE), the excellent deluxe edition of Star Trek (2009) by Michael Giacchino, and the surprise of Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The Star Trek V music is beautiful and heroic, mythic and some of the best of the franchise. Of all the movies, this beautiful music is hidden when listening to the actual film and this soundtrack is a joy. [NOTE: full reviews of both the STIV & STV soundtracks released later this week].
BEST WEARABLE PRODUCT: STAR TREK MOVIE PINS
by QMx ($9.99 each, avail. at Entertainment Earth)
These pins first appeared as part of the exclusive Best Buy imovie DVD set in 2009, but this year QMx made them available individually. These well made metal pins are reasonably priced fun accessories while still being screen-accurate replicas.
BEST APPAREL: STAR TREK RETRO WALLETS
by Dynomighty ($39.99 – bundle of 3 at Star Trek Store)
Made of tyvek and available individually or as a set, these three wallets expand to a good size and feel good in your pocket as they are not as bulky as other wallets. The designs are retro cool and again are a useable product perfect for gifting.
BEST CHRISTMAS PRODUCT (TIE)
SPOCK CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
by Kurt Adler
USS ENTERPRISE KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT
Both of these are great for celebrating Christmas, and will also look good after the holidays on a desk or as decoration. The Spock lights are very nice, with a soft futuristic glow on a nice long strand of lights meant for indoors. Tying for best product is one of the few Star Trek 2009 products this year, another winner from Hallmark and sculptor Lynn Norton. The Hallmark ornament may be available at local stores.
BEST DVD: TREK STARS GO WEST
by Video Service Corp ($14.96 at Walmart)
Featuring James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, and William Shatner in 1950s and 1960s westerns television shows and movies. Watching these is not only fun and interesting because fans get to appreciate the talents of the Star Trek stars, but it is also fascinating to realize how much in common Star Trek has with this genre. [NOTE: full review of this DVD set will be posted this week]
WEIRDEST PRODUCT OF THE YEAR: GIANT SPOCK BEARBRICK
by Medicom ($499.99 at Entertainment Earth)
While 2010 wasn’t the biggest year for Star Trek products, it did have some strange entries. And the strangest are probably the Japanese "Bearbrick" imports from Medicom. Bearbricks are popular with a loyal set of collectors, and there are a number of licensed version available. all modeled like an anime bear. The 2010 Star Trek offerings were in a number of characters and sizes, the weirdest of the weird being the "Spock 1000%" which is 10 times the size of the regular bearbricks at 27 1/2 inches high with a giant sized price tag to go with it.
OVERALL BEST PRODUCT OF THE YEAR: USS ENTERPRISE PIZZA CUTTER
by ThinkGeek ($24.99 at ThinkGeek)
It should have been a joke, and it is certainly is fun. However, there is something about the ThinkGeek USS Enterprise pizza cutter that captures the imagination. It is functional and surprisingly it has an almost ergonomic feel to it as if the Enterprise was designed with being a pizza cutter in mind. However, the real joy is seeing how Star Trek continues to inspire and amuse after 45 years. This is a quality item, with a great feel. It is cool as both a collectible and a way to enjoy tasty pizza!
More Best of 2010 coming up
Tomorrow TrekMovie will post our picks for the best books and comics from 2010.