Observation for Now

It has always seemed to me that the human race needs more things to wonder about, rather than less.

-- Gregory L Reece

Friday, May 22, 2009

Finally, Decker Gets His Picture on a Box!



Here is the last of the four McDonald's STAR TREK Meals boxes.








Pity Stephen Collins. He was originally hired as the lead in STAR TREK: The Series, when in 1977 or whenever, Paramount was planning to launch the "Fourth Network." Then Star Wars hit big, and SF was glamorous again. Paramount decided to go for a Trek movie.




Then sort of like in the actual film of STTMP, Shatner/Kirk swooped in and took over the ship!

Or, as the actual box caption says below Collins'Decker's portrait, "The young captain is removed from command of the ship when Kirk returns."

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Not, "Decker saves the ship because of his understanding of the new Enterprise." Or, "Decker has sex with a robot to save the Enterprise and Earth." Nope, just "removed from command."
And don't forget Mr Spock saying, "Help! we are lost."
To quote Hekyll and Jekyll, See you next week with a brand new post. Ta ta!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Third Week of Happy Trek Meals







When I see the topsy-turvy Klingons on the front side, it makes me think of Terry Gilliam's use of moving cutouts on Monty Python. I can almost hear a bumbling humming in the background as the Klingons compete in the Galaxy Head-Standing Competition. "I would've won, Bert, if not for these bloody bumps on me fore'ead!"






I think the image of McCoy in the top left of side two looks a little like Frank Langella as Dracula, getting twitchy and ready to gnosh on somebody.
The last box tomorrow! Next week, some photos from Tulsa Star Trek '83, and how I (almost) jogged with George Takei.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meals to Make Trekkers Happy



The first of 4 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Happy meal Boxes.








No, I don't have any more toys, I got rid of them in the 1980s.



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Notice the comic on the back side of the box. The four boxes serialize the first 5 minutes or so of the movie.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Stuck in the Dealer's Room with Me (apologies to Stealer's Wheel)


















At BabelCon '81, as in many cons, I sold stuff in the Dealers' Room. At '81, I shared my table with my friend Ed Porter, who can be seen in his Battlestar Galactica Colonial Warrior outfit.
















Many times I'd wear a Trek costume, and as you can see, I wasn't the only one.

The gal with the bagpipe and also in the STTMP Engineering outfit was named called Sunny, if I recall. She could actually PLAY that thing.
At a Saturday night room party where I was present with Sunny, writer C J Cherryh, Jimmy Doohan, and others, she had her bagpipe (in its case) and Mr D agreed to autograph it for her. Now, as I said last week, this was before STII's release, and SOMETHING was in the wind as far as "a big thing happening" in the movie, but we didn't know what.
Mr D wouldn't tell us anything either, but he DID write on Sunny's bagpipe case, along with his name, the words "a sombre tone," which meant a lot more after we saw STII and knew Spock had snuffed it, joined the choir eternal, was an ex-Vulcan.










As is apparent, on Saturday morning I shaved off my mustache, the better to wear Vulcan eyebrows and ears for the Saturday evening Costume Contest.
Am I the only would-be Vulcan to actually trim his eyebrows and glue on the clippings to make the Vulcan angled eyebrow?

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Sometimes, gals just came by to say hi and have their picture taken. No problems with that!
Starting tomorrow: Did somebody say McDonald's STAR TREK Meals?
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