Back in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the Next Big Thing. And then it wasn’t. Although contrary to popular opinion it did just fine at the box office.
I still have a sneaking affection for it, but at the time it was quite definitely the most exciting thing ever — since the last most exciting thing ever, which was probably Star Wars or a particularly scary bit of Doctor Who. The complete lack of action in the film didn’t faze the 10 year old me in the least. And why should it? In my head the Enterprise and the Klingons were having exciting space battles just outside the frame, and that was enough.
Just in case it wasn’t enough, there was also plenty of merchandise to enjoy, including these lovely survivals I recently came across in the loft…
I can’t remember where I got this one. It looks like the kind of thing that used to come in weetabix promotional boxes, and perfectly characterises the slightly staid, proper, naval approach to Star Trek that the movie embodies. (“Starship Enterprise”.) I don’t remember where all the more interesting characters went, but this is the one I have left. Here’s to Mr. Scott.
Meanwhile, here in the UK 45p would buy you this fine poster magazine from the time of the movie’s release. Here are the front and back. The poster inside is a huge, grainy version of the small, grainy front cover.
And here are some interior pages, complete with wildly gushing write-up, and of course that bird guy. Who can forget that bird guy? For me, he was the most poignant character in the film.