This is the second in a series of special re-posts for the holidays, remembering the coolest sci-fi toys of the Space: 1970 era. Hope you enjoy these "reruns" and have a great holiday season.
His mother was an artsy-craftsy sort, and she wanted to make sure that we weren't getting into trouble, so she actually created Trek-themed
projects for us to do. We made plywood "control panels" for our "ship" -
including a "transporter console" with sliding levers (wide beads on
strings) - which Mark's father mounted on the walls of the shack. We
made uniforms out of appropriately colored tee-shirts, which his mother
helped us draw insignias on with fabric paints, and we made papier-mâché
planets, which we suspended from the ceiling of our clubhouse/starship
with fishing line.
But mostly, we role-played being crew members of the Enterprise, and explored the alien cornfields and woods on the Usher property. We kept in touch with the Mego Star Trek
Communicators, which were - as the advertising proudly exclaimed,
"real, working walkie-talkies!" But unlike the other walkie-talkies we
had as kids, these had flip-up lids, just like the ones on TV. Of
course, they were considerably larger than their television
counterparts, colored blue, and had telescoping antennae - but they
If you didn't wander too far apart, anyway.