I went to great lengths in my last post – well, not so great and not so lengthy – to describe the lack of anything new in the world of Star Trek about which to get truly excited. Silly me. When you’re a 9 year old in the body of a grown man, there’s always something to get excited about. You just have to know where to look for it.
In my case, I needed to look no further than a little online forum I belong to. Its sole reason for existing is to provide a virtual gathering place for people who wish the Lego Company would introduce Star Trek sets in the same way they have done with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and so many others. It seems clear the market is there.
So, what’s taking them so long? The rights to produce Star Trek merchandise can’t be that difficult to obtain. Heaven knows just about every other toy company has marketed a Star Trek line at some point. How cool would it be to have officially licensed Trek sets from Lego?! Apparently not cool enough for the good folks in Billund, Denmark. No matter.
In our online community, we sometimes have contests to see who can design the best Star Trek Lego kits. The most recent was a ship design contest. I chose my beloved NCC-1701 (No bloody A, B, C, or D!). The goal was to construct the model using your own design and then submit a single photograph for consideration. Of course, being a bit of a perfectionist, I couldn’t just photograph the finished product. I had to do so in a way that would demonstrate what I envisioned as the cover of the box it would come in if it were ever mass-produced. It took me a few evenings after dinner to construct the model and perhaps one or two more to refine the design and tweak things a bit. The photo at the right is my finished entry. I was so excited by the chance to do the model, I celebrated with a marathon of classic Trek remastered episodes on NetFlix!
Who says there isn’t anything new in Star Trek to get excited about? Well, I do – but I’m wrong!