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Old February 13 2013, 02:39 AM   #46
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Re: Star Trek Toys of the 1970s

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Did anyone's parents help you make some Star Trek toys?
The standout things I recall my father doing: he sat at the kitchen table with me and we built the original AMT Enterprise kit, when I was too young to do it alone.

And one day he surprised me with THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, which he had evidently seen in a bookstore. It hadn't occurred to me that such a book could exist, and it was a pretty big deal. I must have been about 10 at the time.
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Old February 14 2013, 12:12 PM   #47
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This is good music, btw.
I beg to differ. It's great music.
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Old February 14 2013, 10:58 PM   #48
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I had one of these. God what a dork.

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Funny how they threw around the word "official" so easily.

Yeah! I thought I'd seen every episode of TOS, but I must be in for a treat because I still have to see the one where Spock wears that helmet.
You don't remember that episode where they're in the Transporter Room and Kirk is like "Hey Spock, you ready to beam down?" And Spock is like "One moment Captain, I must don my Space Fun Helmet."

Shatner was jealous of the attention Nimoy was getting from female fans, so he had it written into his contract that he had to wear that helmet so he's look stupid and the fans would drool over Shatner instead.
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Old February 15 2013, 07:03 AM   #49
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Nimoy would have jumped at the chance to wear that helmet in "Plato's Stepchildren" if it meant he could keep his trousers on.
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Old February 15 2013, 08:58 PM   #50
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Did anyone's parents help you make some Star Trek toys?

Sincerely,

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My mom had a pattern for costumes and made them for my brother and me when I was in 3rd grade. My dad phasers and communicators to complete the look. I actually found the same pattern online and my mom volunteered to make me an adult costume a couple years ago for Halloween. It's incredibly accurate - better than any of the retail ones I've seen.

I also built bridge and engineering TOS playsets out of cardboard when I was younger. I matched the size to the action figures and paused the episodes to make sure everything was as accurate as possible. I could never figure out how to add aux. control to the set though. haha. All in all, I spent many hours making everything just right. Great memories!
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Old February 15 2013, 09:18 PM   #51
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I also built bridge and engineering TOS playsets out of cardboard when I was younger. I matched the size to the action figures and paused the episodes to make sure everything was as accurate as possible.
I had a friend who did that, reconstructing the transporter platform. Only one minor deviation; he made the "chamber" rectangular! He didn't have the Tech Manual or the ship blueprints and thus never realized from the TV alone the platform was circular. I acted like a bloody schmuck and gave him h3ll for that.

On the other hand. he contructed a "life sized" medical bed readout screen that wasn't too bad. He added a really cute feature. The range "needles" were rigged with strings which connected to two different "rods". Pull one rod and rge readings "elevated". Pull the other and he could perform a "Gary Mitchell" and "flatline" on command! Well, I found it clever.

It reads as though you have some really understanding and fun loving parents. You don't have any photos from that era, do you? If you're concerned about identity, you can use an image editor and blur out your face and any other details that might reveal too much.

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Old February 15 2013, 11:33 PM   #52
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Other than providing an allowance my father didn't help me with my role-playing (back then we just called it, "let's pretend"). Obviously, I was not inventive enough to attach a clip to the communicator on my own or even consider the idea. Maybe I thought such would "ruin" the look; I can't remember.

I think the one thing that disappointed Kyle and I about the "Exploration Set" kit was the single unit aspect of the Type II phaser construction. We had hoped the Type I "pocket" element could be removed from the pistol grip section for those more diplomatic landing parties. We were certainly not skilled enough to cut awy the "pocket" phaser's features from the larger pieces and block in the gaping holes. So we just "beamed" onto the ""planet" armed to the teeth all the time.
You guys really captured the experience of role playing Trek in the 1970's; it was a great time, and no matter how inaccurate the toys were.

I remember attending a convention in the early 70's and was amazed to see one of the many custom, life-size Phasers for sale. It was a then-whopping $150.00 (which was mind blowing when my frame of reference for Phaser value was the Exploration Set), but the grip was not even close to being accurate, as it was shaped like three tubes taped together, and the emitter was too thick.

Still, it was a great experience looking at something that was sort of close to the series prop. Imagine a kid getting that as gift back in the day?!?
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Old February 16 2013, 10:15 PM   #53
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I remember seeing this in a public television kids show
http://www.plaidstallions.com/playgr...cecruiser.html

Now You remember the disk firing Dinky TOS. Well, I distinctly remember an ad for a TMP version with the linear naceles. Not the small Dinky miniature of around 1/2500 mind you--a refit Disk firing version.

I saw this art one time--I think at the Huntsville space center around 1980.

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Outside of putting the clips on my communicator and fixing my Enterprise model after I sat on it, my parents left me to my own devices.

They were supportive of my love of Star Trek because they shared it. I got the whole family into it and it was a show we all watched together for a long time. So, as long as we had the money, or for Christmas/birthdays, getting Star Trek toys was no hassle. I do remember my dad putting together my first model Space:1999 Eagle. It took him days because he wanted to get it right. He did a great job on it.
Those were good days.
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Old February 16 2013, 10:25 PM   #54
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^^^Wow, just wow.
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Old February 17 2013, 02:03 AM   #55
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I remember seeing this in a public television kids show
http://www.plaidstallions.com/playgr...cecruiser.html
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That kicks so much butt! Can one imagine having that to add to their 70s ST adventures?
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Old February 18 2013, 05:01 AM   #56
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I also built bridge and engineering TOS playsets out of cardboard when I was younger. I matched the size to the action figures and paused the episodes to make sure everything was as accurate as possible.
I had a friend who did that, reconstructing the transporter platform. Only one minor deviation; he made the "chamber" rectangular! He didn't have the Tech Manual or the ship blueprints and thus never realized from the TV alone the platform was circular. I acted like a bloody schmuck and gave him h3ll for that.

On the other hand. he contructed a "life sized" medical bed readout screen that wasn't too bad. He added a really cute feature. The range "needles" were rigged with strings which connected to two different "rods". Pull one rod and rge readings "elevated". Pull the other and he could perform a "Gary Mitchell" and "flatline" on command! Well, I found it clever.

It reads as though you have some really understanding and fun loving parents. You don't have any photos from that era, do you? If you're concerned about identity, you can use an image editor and blur out your face and any other details that might reveal too much.

Sincerely,

Bill
Wow, the medical bed readout thing sounds awesome. I'm jealous of that.

And, yeah, my parents were great about Halloween. They loved making costumes and props...although they both more or less hate TOS now. I may have worn them out on it. haha.

And if I can find pix I'll post them! A thread of board members in ST costumes as kids might actually be kind of fun.
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