To Boldy Go Where No One with Taste Has Gone Before

Every once in awhile I like to write a post to remind folks – myself included – that my life doesn’t revolve around food.

Okay, yes, it does revolve around food, but that’s not the point.  The point is, I do have interests outside of the kitchen; this is why I often participate in Random Tuesday Thoughts and The Spin Cycle.  It breaks up the monotony.

The tasty, tasty monotony.

Anyhoo, most of my “other” interests are geeky interests, something you know if you’ve been reading here any length of time at all.  Yes, I’m a middle-aged grandmother, but I’m a middle-aged grandmother who plays video games.  Which makes it extremely easy for my sons to shop for me at the holidays.

I am also a huge Star Trek fan.  How huge?  Well, I recently bought this:


Yeah, that would be a Precious Moments James T. Kirk.

Well, sort of.  He is made of resin, not porcelain (like most Precious Moments figurines).  He’s smaller than PM’s standard figurines, and while he’s hand-painted, it’s not the best job I’ve ever seen.  I admit to being more than a little disappointed when he came in the mail (without a box – just taped up in bubblewrap), and considered sending him back.  Beloved talked me into keeping him – he is a limited edition, after all – and wait and see what the rest of the series looks like.

Besides cheesy.

Little did I know, however, that once I’d purchased my little Taiwanese guy, I’d be put on the Bradford Exchange’s mailing list, where they offer me all sorts of hilarious interesting Star Trek memorabilia.

Like a lovely men’s ring…

and watch.

Okay, those aren’t so bad – I am, after all, the proud owner of a limited edition titanium Star Trek spork.  If the offers had ended there, though, I probably wouldn’t be writing this post.  Because this came next:

I’m sorry, but even I draw the line at Star Trek-themed stained-glass wall art.  (I’m still waiting for the black velvet painting.)

Then, an email for this came, and I about fell out of my newly-acquired Lazy Boy recliner laughing.

Why not just stick a fringed lampshade on top and be done with it?

The pièce de résistance, however, had to be this:

Oh. My. Gawd.  I nearly killed myself with hysterical laughter.

Then I looked closely at it.

Okay, we’ve got the Gorn.  We’ve got Tribbles.  We’ve got the big-headed alien guys from The Menagerie.  We’ve got Spock and Kirk dueling it out in the Pon-Far espisode – heck, we’ve even got the salt sucker alien and Spock’s mom.

Bradford Exchange, where is the Guardian of Forever?  HMMMMM???  How on earth can you release a cheesy collection of some of the best original Star Trek episodes and leave out the very best?

For shame.  For shame…

For more fan-related Spins, go visit Gretchen at Second Blooming.  She might even show you her photograph of Davy Jones.


6 thoughts on “To Boldy Go Where No One with Taste Has Gone Before”

  1. I was afraid to comment on this post for fear that the Bradford Exchange would start spamming me. But, hell’s bells it’s too late – now they know where I live! Thanks dear.

  2. Is it wrong that I very much want that thing? That big thing with all the scenes? What do they call it anyway? And does it do anything like light up or spin? I don’t care, I want it anyway. Don’t know where I’d put if though. Hmmm. I know what you mean about the Guardian episode. Frankly, my favorites were always the “Spock in love” ones – the spore one, the one where they go back to the ice age and Spock does Mariette Hartley.

    Okay, I have veered into weirdodom here. You will be linked by the end of the day! (Sorry I seem to always make the first up wait. Need to work on that.)

  3. My friend’s husband is an artist for The Bradford Exchange. Maybe I could hook you up! 😉

    I have recently introduced my daughters to Star Trek. They like “the green lady” in the insane asylum episode!

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