Star Trek: Voyager
"torpedo" syndication promo kit
In July 1999, Paramount Domestic Television sent out one of these nifty,
scaled-down photon torpedo casings to those 200-odd stations which had
finalized the contract to carry Star Trek:
Voyager in nightly syndication. The torpedo contained two binders of
promotional material, an open audio reel with radio spots, a CD-ROM with much of
the same material as the binders, and a VHS videotape with examples of promotional
spots for the show.
With all of that material inside (and no, I didn't keep everything else, just
the torpedo), the torpedo is a little over three feet long.
Star Trek: Voyager "torpedo" (1999)
The torpedo couldn't have been a cheap item to make, but then again,
Paramount's syndication wing had waxed extravagant in the past with such things
as the Deep Space Nine: The Final Chapter kit. The
bottom of the torpedo is very heavy plastic, while the top is a durable
vacuformed plastic shell which lifts off to allow access to the compartments
inside. A voice chip connected to a photocell loudly plays a Starfleet computer
voice warning about "authorized communications personnel" whenever the
upper shell is removed.
It's actually rather cool.
(A note for those who keep asking: thanks for your interest, but as of
late 2000, I have sold this item.)