Your Chance to Send Captain Picard AND Captain Kirk into Outer Space

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 30, 2012 in Star Wars

Send Captain Picard to Space

There’s a very cool project on Kickstater which aims to send a Captain Picard and a Captain Kirk action figure into outer space via weather balloon. While I’d prefer an overpowered Estes rocket the idea of a weather balloon is a tad more legal if not less fun. In addition to Kickstarter you cans how your love for the project on this Facebook page as well. Read more…

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A Vintage British Star Trek Advert Featuring William Shatner

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 15, 2011 in Star Trek

A Vintage British Star Trek Advert for National Power Featuring William Shatner

This very silly British commercial for National Power must date from at least the early 90s judging by the C+C Music Factory track at the very end. The spot features William Shatner and James Doohan in a transporter mishap: Read more…



Crafty Kirk and Logical Spock Christmas Tree Ornaments

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 27, 2011 in Star Trek

Kirk and Spock Christmas Tree Ornaments

What I like about these Kirk and Spock Christmas Tree Ornaments is that they have a nice sense of style — they almost look art deco, yet are very cartoony and almost toy like. These ornaments are hand crafted by Lisa Penney who is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Read more…

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It’s So Easy, Even Kirk Can Do It!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 6, 2011 in Star Trek

George Takei for

There’s a cool series of viral videos on YouTube for Social Security that start none other than George Takei playing Sulu! In the below spot he gets in a nice dig at William Shatner, although he also has a Spock and a Chekov mention as well: Read more…

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Two Kirk Enter, One Kirk Leave

Posted by Michael Sacco on Jun 25, 2011 in Cinema, Star Trek, Television

Shater Arm-Wrestles Pine

For Chris Pine, taking up the role of Captain Kirk for the Star Trek film reboot was tough — not only because of the decades of fan love that William Shatner’s Kirk had amassed, but also because Shatner is a wily old coot who’s rumored to kill and eat any challengers for his Kirk throne. Thankfully, Pine survived the filming process without becoming Shatner food, and even got some critical acclaim to go along with his Captain title. Shatner had one final plan to defeat Pine, though — stage a fake documentary titled “The Captains,” wherein he’d pretend to interview all of the other Trek captains (like Patrick Stewart and Kate Mulgrew), then surprise him with an arm-wrestling contest … to the death. Okay, that’s actually not the circumstance for the above photo at all, but the documentary part is real, at least. Read about it on /Film. Read more…

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Steampunk Star Trek Photography

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 13, 2010 in Fandom, Star Trek

Steampunk Star Trek Photography: spock

These wonderful Victorian styled Star Trek photos are he handy work of an artist known as Rabittooth. I really love how the artist has matched the role of each character on the show with an appropriate historical counterpart: Read more…

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What It’s Like To Be THE William Shatner?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 1, 2010 in Star Trek

William Shatner

I just ran across this sadly under-viewed interview with William Shatner, and I have to say that for man who will be 80 years old in just a few months he looks great! The interviewer from Time magazine asks him just one Star trek Question: “Have you put the Captain Kirk stereotype behind you?” to which Shatner answers “Probably not but it was a great show…” I hope J.J. Abrams finds it in his heart to include him in the next Star Trek film: Read more…

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To Boldly Trick Where No Baby Has Treated Before

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Oct 21, 2010 in Star Trek

Star Trek Baby Costumes

I’m not sure what it is that posesses people to dress their babies on Halloween, but assuming you’re one of those people — or at least you know someone who does — then these might be for you. Rather than butchering your favorite bathrobe, attaching a broken flash light and calling your kid a Jedi, you can dress them up like everyone’s favorite Vulcan. Better yet, you can dress your baby like Kirk just to see if they can do Shatner as well as Chris Pine did. What’s more, if you hurry and order one of these from ThinkGeek, chances are they’ll arrive by the 25th — that is, unless you order baby Spock toddler outfit. That one might show up in one to three weeks, and I honestly have no idea what you’d do with it aside from having them cosplay at the next Sci-fi convention. Don’t worry, they’ll be coolest kid there, aside from the one with the Darth maul face paint. They’re always such show-offs. Read more…

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This Communicator Comes With a Screaming Kirk Mode!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 5, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Communicator Replica

I just love the amazing amount of detail that has been put into this Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Communicator Replica. In addition to detailing the communicator features three play modules: voice clip mode, hail/call-back function and our all time favorite — Screaming Kirk Mode! This goodie will be out in November, but you can pre-order it here.

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Are You Nuts for Kirk and Spock?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 9, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

Kirk and Spock Nutcrackers

These fine Kirk and Spock Nutcrackers are perfect for opening the L’maki nut which when pureed makes a wonderful blue cream cake frosting. Ah but that recipe is from Voyager, getting back to Kirk and Spock the pair of nut cracking officers will set you back about $20 for the four inch tall versions — or if you are more ambitious there is an eleven inch tall version of Spock and Kirk which go for about $33 each.

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A Lost Fan Film Reveals a 70s Star Trek Cast Reunion

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 24, 2010 in Fandom, Star Trek

This amazing silent 8mm film sheds light on an amazing lost moment in Star Trek fandom: It shows a cast reunion at Chicago convention in late August of 1975. I realize today that doesn’t sound like a big deal but you have to step into the shoes of fans of that era to appreciate this special film. This was an age when the only way to watch an episode of Star Trek might have been if you owned a 16mm film print of an episode. There wasn’t much science fiction on television so desperate fanboys and fangurls wanted Star Trek to come back on the air as much as Beatles fans dreamed of another album. So the ability for fans to see their heros reunite on stage must have been true magic — and it’s because of those fans that not only did the cast return to make several films, but that the series still lives on today. Read more…

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Enterprising Cosplay for Kids: Toy Fair 2010

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 15, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

Captain James Kirk costume by Rubles

I usually avoid the holiday focused booths at the Toy Fair, but Rubie’s had these adorable Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock Halloween which captured my heart. The manufacturer also has a full line of Watchmen costumes for adults who like to cosplay. Read more…

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Kirk’s Chair: To Boldly Sit Where No Fan Has Sat Before…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 12, 2009 in Star Trek

Star Trek: The Original Series: Classic Captain's Chair Replica

The minute I came across this Classic Captain’s Chair Replica from the original Star Trek series I just knew that I had to have it! Although the devil is in the details and I quickly realized the $2,933 price tag (on sale from $3k at Amazon) was still a bit much for my modest fanboy budget. But then I started to wonder “who would buy such a thing?” when my eyes skipped down to the review section; what I came across next made me glad that I’m on a low budget: Read more…



To Boldly Smell…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 6, 2009 in Star Trek

Star Trek Tiberius Cologne

Inspired by Captain Kirk Star Trek Tiberius Cologne promises to be casual yet commanding. Now frankly I always pictured Kirk as more of an Old Spice type, although he always struck me at the type that wouldn’t go all metrosexual to attract the green skinned ladies.



Captain’s Log: We’ve on Planet Hipster & They’re Wearing Ironic T-shirts!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 4, 2009 in Star Trek

Captain's Log Handprinted Star Trek T-shirt

I hate to say it, but this is one of the more clever Star Trek t-shirts I’ve ever run across on Etsy! For starters the humor is conceptual which always wins me over, but I also love the smart looking illustrational style on the shirt itself. Credit goes to Cincinnati based artist peanutbutterandyelly. Read more…

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To Boldly Go Where No Kokeshi Doll Has Gone Before

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 5, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

Star Trek Kokeshi dolls

Kokeshi are traditional Japanese wooden dolls, and in this case artist Craig Galentine has given us his Star Trek twist on this beloved toy. Both Captain Kirk and Spock are available for your further perusal on Etsy along with Galentine’s other amazing goodies. Read more…

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Kirk Meets Kirk: As a Fanboy This Makes Me Feel Awkward

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 6, 2009 in Star Trek

So I guess the torch has been passed? This video from April 25th shows a meeting between William Shatner and Chris Pine. The clip is from Shatner and he looks very cool about the whole thing, but it still makes me just a tad sad that he won’t have some sort of bit part in this film. My own theory more and more is that Paramount was too cheap. Read more…

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Shatner Watches the Star Trek XI Trailer

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 30, 2009 in Star Trek

Watching this video is painful to me — William Shatner is a class act in this case, but there’s something cruel about not having him in this film. It would be one thing if Nimoy didn’t have a cameo because then you could argue that “we just couldn’t make it work with the script”. But sadly my bet is that while this may been about ego, it most likely had more to do with money (which may not be unrelated to ego). Shame on Paramount for letting this happen this way. Read more…

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Star Trek XI Deleted Scene: William Shatner’s Cameo

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 13, 2009 in Star Trek

No this isn’t real, it’s just a fan made video! But wouldn’t it be nice if it was real?

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To Boldly Decorate Like No Other Fanboy Before

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 10, 2009 in Star Trek

Star Trek Peel and Stick Wall Applique

For me the original Star Trek will always be my first fanboy love — and if you feel the same way and want to show it this collection of over 20 different Star Trek Peel and Stick Wall Appliques can be a fun low budget way (only $13!) of showing your appreciation for those who went boldly where no other TV show went before. There are also two additional versions: On that features Captain Kirk and other with Mr. Spock: Read more…

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I Wish This Captain Kirk’s Chair Toy was Full Scale!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 3, 2009 in Star Trek

This is a demonstration of the sound effects on the new Diamond Select Toys Star Trek Deluxe Chair — as you can see below the chair also includes a replica Kirk. However when I first spotted this video my hopes were for a full sized chair… Read more…

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Third Trek Trailer: Kirk Takes the Helm of the Enterprise

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 6, 2009 in Star Trek

FIRE EVERYTHING! It’s hard to go wrong with a line like that? This latest trailer starts to flesh out the story — clearly it’s a coming of age tale ala the first Star Wars movie which would be an ironic but a good reboot for one of my favorite space opera franchises. This new trailer has all sorts of new footage that looks cool like bar fights (this brings me back to what made the original series cool — no drinking Earl Gray tea!) and some cooling looking Starfleet cadet training exercises that involve doing space jumps in orbit above Mars. But I’d say the most interesting thing is that we see Kirk taking the helm of the Enterprise. Read more…

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William Shatner is Everywhere! Just Like Elvis or Santa…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 12, 2008 in Star Trek

You know even if he doesn’t have an overpaid one minute cameo in Star Trek XI William Shatner is doing a brilliant job of promoting himself lately while pushing his talk show into the spotlight in the process. The above video is an example of this Shatnermnaia in the wild from And you want to know something? Oprah look out because the real Captain James T. Kirk is no slacker!

Because there is only one Captain James T. Kirk: Bring Shat Back!

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William Shatner’s Reaction to the New Star Trek Trailer

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 22, 2008 in Star Trek

By the way what kills me is that they’re bringing in Nimoy as the elder Spock via a silly time travel plot device — there’s no reason they couldn’t have thrown in William Shatner into that scene too!

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