10 classic ‘Star Trek’ toys that had absolutely nothing to do with the show
Who could forget that classic ‘Star Trek’ episode with the… space helicopter?
Star Wars was a seismic event in pop culture, but the 1977 movie perhaps has a more profound effect on the toy industry than the movie biz. Up until that point, popular films and TV shows might offer a tie-in doll, or perhaps a little toy car. But when Kenner launched its expansive line of action figures and playsets, suddenly a hit film needed dozens of little plastic figures, true-to-the-movie ships, miniature replicas of the sets, carrying cases, so on and so forth.
Heck, in the 1960s, tie-in toys didn’t even have to resemble the franchise at all. Take Star Trek for example. Remco, a New Jersey toy company that had been around for a couple decades, produced a line of Star Trek toys around when the series originally aired. Quite blatantly, Remco simply took existing molds and models and slapped “Star Trek” stickers on the side. Green army men? Why not just make them red? That’s kind of the like Redshirts on Star Trek, right?
Remco also cranked out licensed toys for the Beatles, Batman, and Lost in Space. But the Star Trek toys stick out for their sheer silliness in relation to the show — in that they had no relation to the show. Take a look.
“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925