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!
“You must be either an obsessive crackpot who’s escaped from his keeper, or Samuel T. Cogley, Attorney at Law!” . That line, spoken by the character of James Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series episode Court Martial, has always given me a laugh. I think it would be just as accurate to replace the “Samuel T Cogley” part with, “Chris Collins, adult fan of Lego and Star Trek fanatic”.
Sometimes I do think others perceive me as an obsessive crackpot but it’s OK. I’m perfectly happy to have that reputation. In fact, there are times I go out of my way to live up to it. One such time occurred recently when my family had to give up their dining room table for the entire winter while I constructed a scale model of the ST:TOS Enterprise bridge out of …
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Looking back on the project, I realize there are a hundred things I could have done to make it better. That’s the obsessive crackpot in me really coming out though. Ultimately, it was a very satisfying undertaking and one that I would like to tackle again someday, albeit with a little more advance planning. This one I threw together hodge-podge just to see if I could improve on a similar Lego project I had attempted as a kid. There was a marked improvement; so much so that I created a profile at MOCPages.com where I have uploaded the only existing photos of my Lego bridge from childhood as well as a whole series of shots taken while I built the new one.
To me, this is one of the great appeals of Star Trek. I know that I am only one of many millions of people who feel bolstered by Star Trek, its characters, and its stories. Granted, others have made major changes in their lives because of inspiration derived from Trek, while anything I have achieved as a result of my fandom is much less profound. All the same, I like to think that the “you can do anything you set your mind to” approach is something that was brought out in me, at least partially, by Star Trek. I am not particularly athletic. While I am intelligent, I am no rocket scientist. I am at least somewhat creative though, and my love for all things Star Trek has given me numerous outlets for that creativity – to say nothing about the fomentation of that part of my personality, which sprang up quite unexpectedly while I was a youngster obsessed with Star Trek