Thursday, 17 March 2016

Mega Construx Star Trek construction toys

Mega Construx, previously known as Mega Bloks, is a construction toy company, which produces toys using plastic bricks and other interchangeable elements, compatible with Lego and other similar products. Mega Bloks have twice held a license to produce Star Trek construction sets, having produced a single set in 2004, and a range of sets in 2016 and 2017 (in which time the brand changed names).

So far their sets have drawn their subject from TOS and TNG, and broadly fall into four categories: Models of ships, playsets with figurines, individually released micro action figures in their Heroes range, and larger brick-built figurines in their multi-franchise Kubros range. This list is arranged into those four categories, in release order within each section.

Model ships

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D
  • Notes: A large model of the Enterprise-D, and the one and only Star Trek set released by Mega Bloks when they first had the license in 2004. Released as part of the Pro-Builder range of large models.
  • Number of parts: 945.
  • Figurines: Captain Picard.
  • Release date: 2004.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com.

Klingon D7 class battle cruiser

Monday, 14 March 2016

Star Trek parody books

In the 2010s there has been a steady stream of official Star Trek parody books, each taking a unique and light-hearted spin on the Star Trek universe. Continue below for details of them all. This list is presented in reverse publication order, with the latest books at the top of the page.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Cats

Star Trek Cats

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Star Trek comic strips omnibuses

Some of the rarest and least known Star Trek comics were published as strips, as part of other publications. Thanks to the way they were distributed, and the relative obscurity of those publications (either only printed in the UK, or a handful of US newspapers), these strips were largely lost to time. Until the 2010s when IDW's Library of American Comics imprint started work to resurrect them. The result is a series of high quality reproductions of those long lost prints, in large hardcover volumes. This is a list of those books.

In the UK, in the late-60s and early-70s, some of the first ever Star Trek comics were published in weekly issues of magazines such as Joe 90: Top Secret, TV21, and Valiant, printed alongside other sci-fi and adventure series. This series started before Star Trek had even aired in the UK, and like their US contemporaries, the Gold Key Comics, often didn't have the strongest grasp on the themes and styles of Star Trek, often seeming quite out of character with the series we now know.

Later in the US, in the late-70s and early-80s, another series of strips was brought to life, syndicated to various newspapers. These strips were mostly set in the then present day of Star Trek, in the period of The Motion Picture.

Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1
  • Notes: First of two books reprinting the US newspaper strips, this volume contains the first ten story arcs, originally published from 1979 to 1981. Also included are several artist audition strips and adverts for the series, as well as reproductions of a series of strips uniquely originally published in McDonalds Happy Meals.
  • Writers: Thomas Warkentin, Tom Durkin, Peter Jacoby, and Sharman DiVorio. Artists: Thomas Warkentin, and Ron Harris.
  • Published: December 2012.
  • Coverage: Excerpt.
  • Purchase: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.it, Amazon.co.jp, Things From Another World.

Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Volume 2