Ask Star Trek fans what their favorite Trek product of 2016 was and you'll get a wide variety of replies. And that's because, for Trek's 50th annivesary, licensees came up with a galaxy of cool stuff, from bears to books, makeup to Air Hogs, and more. Below, check out just a few of the most-popular Trek-inspired products released in 2016...
Air Hogs, this summer, introduced a U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A quadcopter. Modeled after the Kirk's beloved ship as seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the Enterprise boasts four 3 1/2"-diameter propellors built into its hull, enabling whomever captains her to guide the ship forward, backward, up, down or sideway. Six-axis stabilization provides superior flight stability, allowing the ship to be tossed into the air and throttled up simultaneously. Its four-channel 2.4 GHz remote provides digital proportional control of rotor speed for flights from 200 feet away. Also, the ship plays 10 sounds from Star Trek: The Original Series, including photon torpedoes and red alert, and its 10 LEDs replicate the ship’s hull and nacelles’ lights. A rechargeable battery provides up to seven-minute flights from a one-hour charge via its USB cable. The product also comes with a display stand and remote control (which requires four AA batteries). The Air Hogs U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A is available at www.AirHogs.com. It costs $129.99.
We were so excited about this story we could barely bear it. In June, Build-A-Bear Workshop unveiled Star Trek 50th Anniversary Bears. There's the Spock Bear and the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Bear. The Spock Bear features Spock's iconic ears and the Vulcan greeting. One paw says "Live long and prosper," and the other is emblazoned with the Star Trek 50th Anniversary logo. He can be dressed up in a Star Trek Blue Uniform, with the blue top boasting a delta shield, and the shirt is paired with black pants. Also available is a phaser, which comes with an elastic band so that, logically, it will stay in your furry friend's hand. The Spock Bear costs $28, while the uniform costs $15 and the phaser sells for $5.
The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Bear is a limited-edition black bear that has the gold Star Trek insignia on its chest, with the Star Trek logo on one paw and the 50th anniversary logo on the other paw. Red and Gold Uniforms are available, and they're both paired with black pants. And, as with the Spock Bear, fans can add a phaser. The 50th Anniversary Bear costs $28, while the uniform costs $15 and the phaser sells for $5. And to finish off any of the three Star Trek Bear options, fans can add the original Star Trek theme music to their bear. That will cost $7.00. The bears can be purchased now at the Build-A-Bear nearest you or at www.buildabear.com.
MAC, in September, introduced a collection of makeup inspired by Star Trek and, more specifically, Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and the Orion Girl, Vina. The 25-piece special deco collection encompasses lip, eye and face products. Lipglass is available in Pleasure Planet (muted gold shimmer), Khaaannnn! (berry with red reflects), Set to Stun (light silver with gold pearl) and Warp Speed Ahead (plum with blue and pink reflects). Each Lipglass costs $17.00 US and $20.50 CAD.
Lipstick options include The Enemy Within (neutral gold shimmer -- frost), Where No Man Has Gone Before (pink with gold pearl -- lustre), Kling-It-On (deep purple with fine pink glitter -- frost) and LLAP (icy rose champagne -- frost). Each lipstick will cost $18.50 US and $22.50 CAD. Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, in black, sells for $23 US and $28 CAD.
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer signature styles are Skin of Evil (yellowish green with black chunks -- frost), Holla-Deck (gold sparkle -- frost) and Enterprise (silver chrome -- frost). Each nail lacquer is priced at $14 US and $16.50 CAD. The lash product, Wink of an Eye, costs $16 US and $19.50 CAD.
Two brush choices are available, including 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush ($25 US and $30 CAD) and 246 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush (also $25 US and $30 CAD). Next, be on the lookout for a trio of Superstick Liquid Eye Liners. There's On the Hunt (true black), Nocturnal (bright silver pearl) and Pure Show (bright yellow gold pearl). Each eye liner costs $22 US and $25.50 CAD. Then, available only in North America, there are Trip the Light Fantastic Powders. They include Luna Luster (sheer wash of soft rose shimmer), Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl). The powders sell for $34 US and $39.50 CAD.
And, lastly, MAC offers -- also only in North America -- Pressed Pigment Eye Shadows. Keep your hailing frequencies open for To Boldly Go (reddish copper with sparkle -- frost), Midnight (cobalt blue with pearl sparkle -- frost), Bird of Prey (dark olive green with sparkle -- frost), The Naked Time (taupe pearl with sparkle -- frost). Each eye shadow sells for $23 US and $27.50 CAD.
All of the products are available in MAC stores and www.maccosmetics.com.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic original Star Trek TV series, artists from all around the world, as well as famous fans, and even the late, great Leonard Nimoy, contributed lovingly made posters, photos, sculptures, comic strips, textiles and much more to a special commemorative Star Trek art collection entitled Star Trek. 50 Artists. 50 Years. The original art has been -- and continues to be -- on an international, and has spawned a varity of 50 Artists. 50 Years products.
Chief among the products is the Star Trek. 50 Artists. 50 Years hardcover book. Specially commissioned by CBS, the book celebrates moments, characters, storylines and episodes from the show in a variety of different styles. Plus, the 50 unique artists share their work in progress, as well as fascinating insights into the inspiration for their pieces. The book is priced at $39.95 and is available in the Star Trek Shop here at StarTrek.com, where you can also purchase other products in the Star Trek. 50 Artists. 50 Years line, including posters, mugs, a calendar, tee-shirts, puzzles and more.
If you love Star Trek and the game Trivial Pursuit, then USAopoly has the most perfectly logical item for you: Star Trek 50th Anniversary Trivial Pursuit. It's a collector’s edition version of the venerable board game, and it features 1,200 questions about all five Star Trek television series and the first 10 Star Trek movies spanning over 50 years. And that's not even the best part: the cards come in a collectible Galileo NCC 1701/7 Enterprise Shuttlecraft, along with custom die. Star Trek Trivial Pursuit is available now in the Star Trek Shop, priced at $29.95.
Mattel celebrated Trek's 50th anniversary with a trio of Barbie Collector Star Trek 50th Anniversary Dolls inspired by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Uhura. The dolls, for adult collectors, are sculpted in the images of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols, with the individual dolls featuring a fully articulated body and sporting an authentic replication of their respective TOS costumes. The Kirk doll comes with a communicator and phaser, while the Uhura doll depicts her with a communicator in one hand and a tricorder strapped over her shoulder. The Spock doll makes the Vulcan salute with one hand and hold a communicator in the other. Each doll costs $34.99 and is available in a box that measures 13"H by 3.3"W by 7"L. Go to www.thebarbiecollection.com to order.
Mega Bloks/Mattel unveiled their Star Trek Collector Construction Sets. The sets included the finely detailed U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Signature Series, the Klingon D7 Battlecruiser, an Away Team Figure Pack, the Classic Bridge, and a Transporter Room. The products. The Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser collector construction set, for example, is a buildable ship that features deluxe printed detail and twin disruptor cannons firing green disruptor beams. The ship comes with a swiveling display stand, printed nameplate and a premium fabric standard bearing the Klingon insignia. Meanwhile, a highly detailed, super-poseable Kor micro action figure comes with removable armor and an authentic disruptor weapon accessory. Collect and combine with other Mega Bloks Star Trek sets and build the voyage. The Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser costs $44.00 and is available in the Star Trek Shop.
Star Trek got the Mad Libs treatment courtesy of Penguin Books/Price Stern Sloan. It features 21 stories written by Eric Luper and inspired by The Original Series and the TOS features. Star Trek Mad Libs costs $4.99 in the U.S. and $6.50 in Canada. Go to www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books to order it.
The revised and expanded Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future at long last arrived in October via Harper Collins. Authors Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda have painstakingly updated the Encyclopedia for the first time since its initial release in 1999. It includes a fully new design, illustrations and exhaustively researched and detailed entries on the ships, characters and events from the most recent 17 years of Star Trek television shows and movies. In other words, over the span of its generous 1,056 pages -- 300 of which will feature new entries -- the updated Encyclopedia now also covers Star Trek: Voyager seasons 4-7, Star Trek: Enterprise seasons 1-4 and Star Trek Nemesis, as well as recent J.J. Abrams big-screen adventures Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness.
Officially referred to as The Star Trek Encyclopedia Revised and Expanded Edition, the book comes in an authoratative two-volume hardcover edition that features a deluxe slipcase. It is priced at $150 but available for as low as $90 at www.amazon.com.
The Wand Company’s Star Trek Original Series Universal Remote Phaser and Bluetooth Handset Communicator are the most accurate replicas ever made, designed using the first-ever structured-light 3D scans taken of the Alpha Hero Prop and crammed full of advanced technology. The communicator is the first fully working wireless communicator with Bluetooth handset for pairing with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Together, the Phaser and Communicator offer new levels of action and immersion for Star Trek fans of all ages. The Star Trek: The Original Series Bluetooth Communicator is available now via Best Buy and ThinkGeek.