If you were a science fictiony nerd and it wasn’t yet 1977, Star Trek was your jam. You kids with your Farscapes and your Fireflys and your Battlestars — Galactica and otherwise — can’t imagine what it was like when there was one show on TV with aliens and robots, and since it was syndicated there was no telling what time it was on, if at all. Liking Star Trek wasn’t really about passion for Star Trek, necessarily, it was just sort of recognizing that it was the biggest (and largely only) game in town. I was a Star Trek “fan” because I liked the idea of spaceships and lasers and stuff, an that happened to be the most convenient vector for such things.
I watched the show, more or less, but doing so meant watching it on the TV in my parents’ bedroom, which was black and white. While watching TV in a place other than the living room was preferable (especially when watching something my parents weren’t into), even then I didn’t have much patience for or interest in black-and-white TV. Plus, Star Trek was…and I’m sorry, but it’s true…boring. A lot of times they just stood around talking, and while that built the characterizations that solidified it for older viewers, to an eight-year-old that meant that aliens weren’t getting shot with phasers, and I could see that on any other channel.
There were episodes I loved, and they’re the ones you’d expect, but there were a couple that scared the bejezus out of me, like “The Doomsday Machine” and “Catspaw”. But by and large, watching Star Trek, for me, was like going to church, for most Catholics. It’s what you did as part of the community, and not a lot of thought was put into it.
I don’t remember what the first of the Star Trek Mego figures I got was, but I remember getting them mostly when I was at my aunt’s house in Vidalia, Louisiana, where we spent many summers. They were well and truly dolls, as the “action figure” term hadn’t been invented yet, and they pretty much looked and acted like dolls. One of them, Spock perhaps, had a deformed hand from when a puppy got hold of it. I didn’t have the harder to find later ones, just the main series. I even had the Starship Enterprise play set/carrying case, which was a pretty neat bit of design. I know I must have played with these guys, and I imagine the Klingon got mighty tired of being the only one to get beat up, but I don’t have any memories of that.
Once Star Wars came out, Star Trek just had no chance with me. To this day, while I certainly respect Star Trek, it doesn’t hold any special interest for me.
When did I get it? These came out in 1974, but I probably got them around 1975 or 1976.
Do I still have it? Nope, and I have no idea what happened to them or when it happened.