With the 50th anniversary of Star Trek finally here, we thought we’d show you some of the more interesting anniversary products you can pick up to commemorate the event. We know there are some great books out there, including The Fifty Year Mission (in two parts, reviews to come), The Star Trek Book (review also coming soon), and National Geographic’s Star Trek The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages, and of course the new 50th anniversary Blu-ray set. There’s also IDW’s Star Trek 50th Anniversary Cover Celebration. But if you’re looking for something a little quirkier, check out some of the items in our round-up, many of which were announced as partnerships earlier this year.
Our top pick is the Star Trek TOS Bluetooth Communicator. It’s the first fully-functional wireless Star Trek communicator, painstakingly designed, and yes, you flip it open to answer it. Connect it to your bluetooth-enabled cell phone and use the same way you would a wireless speaker or headphones. It comes with 20 different sounds! Yes, it’s $150, but it’s pretty irresistible.
But there’s more …
GET THE LOOK
Going cycling? You might go faster if you take the Enterprise with you, in these cycling jerseys from from Brainstorm. They have a lot of different colors and images, and run about $90 each. They have a bunch of different colors and themes.
Too cold for cycling? Warm up with a nice Star Trek scarf, from Lovarzi. You’ll have to order it from the U.K., though. It’s about $22 USD, but the shipping isn’t cheap. Looks cozy, though.
You can also add these boots from Burlee Australia, although maybe they’re better for off-bike activities. They have an UGG-type style, and a similar price tag, at $195 a pair.
And if it’s raining, just grab this umbrella, also from Lovarzi. About $30 after the exchange, plus shipping.
Threadless ran a contest for people to design Star Trek t-shirts; you can pick up the winning design for $12.99, but check out the runners-up, because there are some gems in there. Star Trek fans are a pretty creative bunch.
The Mac collection should keep you entertained for hours, for cosplay or just glamming it up. (There are tutorials on their site if you need it, which is kind and thoughful.)
Add some accessories! These FanSets pins cover all the different series, including the oft-neglected animated one. $8.95 each, and free shipping if you order four or more. They have sets as well, like one with all the captains. It’s hard to make a Borg look cute, but they’ve managed it.
This Quadrocopter drone, modeled after the NCC-1701A, comes complete with phaser and warp sounds, and should be fun to play with. It comes out in September and will cost $120.00.
These figures from Qmx are incredibly detailed and come with multiple hands for even the most dramatic Shatner pose. They’ve done a great job on their site showing some of the options. They cost $180, so they’re just for the serious collector, but they look like a lot of work has gone into these, with more than 30 points of articulation. (If you’re displaying it, maybe keep all the extra hands in a box nearby.)
If you want dolls that remind you of childhood instead of making you feel like a grown-up collector, there are now official Star Trek Barbies, at $34.95 each. Playset not included, or even for sale, but at least they took the time to set up something nice for the photos. We like Kirk’s heroic Barbie stance best.
You can also build your own Megablok Spock for $14.99 …
… or your own Star Trek Build-A-Bear. Two for $35.
If you’re too tired to build your own, there are always these Itty Bittys, from Hallmark, for $30 a set.
Cute and fuzzy not your thing? Prefer something a little more intellectual? You can finally get your hands on that 3D Chess Set from The Franklin Mint for $275. Yes, it comes with instructions.
Now that you’re in thinking mode, play Star Trek Trivial Pursuit, which comes in the Shuttlecraft Galileo. About $30.
Or Panic, which we already reviewed for you.
And then get strategic, with Risk, which sells for about $50 on most sites, a little less on others.
PLAY WITH YOUR CAT
For the feline fans in your family, The Coop has created these wobble mouse toys. $10 each.
Not everybody has enough money for toys and games., but we all need money, and we all need to mail things. Some more practical items below:
COINS AND STAMPS
For the Canadians:
And the Americans! These ones were first made available at Missions New York, in a presentation hosted by Walter Koenig.
EAT AND DRINK
Schmaltz Brewing has two different kinds of Star Trek beer to toast your absent friends and new adventures, Vulcan Ale, and Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles.
If you’re not a drinker, try some Dilithium Crystals candy from The Unemployed Philosophers. Only $3! They also have a Spock pill box and Star Trek sticky notes.
There’s more, of course. Hit us up with your favorites in the comments.