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Florida Supercon autographs

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Florida Supercon was earlier this month and my friends made sure I got autographs from the Star Trek and Star Wars guests who were attending even though I couldn’t be there myself.

William Shatner gets me a little bit closer to the Classic Trek collection I will never complete. Of those who are still with us, I just need George Takei… but I don’t have DeForest Kelley or Leonard Nimoy.

Gates McFadden leaves me with just three to go to complete the Next Generation bridge crew… I just need Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Wil Wheaton to finish that set. (We’re going to ignore season two, unless I have a chance to see Diana Muldaur somewhere.)

Nana Visitor gets me about halfway there with the Deep Space Nine cast, something I’m a little bit sad about since that’s my favorite Star Trek incarnation. I have Avery Brooks, Visitor, Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell and Armin Shimerman. I’m missing Rene Auberjonois, Colm Meaney, Alexander Siddig, Cirroc Lofton, Aron Eisenberg and Nicole de Boer.

Hugh Spight is not a famous face, but he played a role in my favorite Star Wars film, portraying one of the Gammorean guards in service of Jabba the Hutt. This is an unusual photo I hadn’t seen before.

We’ll have to see if I can return the favor when New York Comic Con comes around.

Do you collect autographs? Are you working on any particular collection themes?

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A few new autographs…

I’m loving the New York Mets’ start this season (9-1 is the best in franchise history), but I haven’t been having a ton of luck with baseball autographs lately. I went 0-for-5 with the requests I mailed out to spring training camps and just got a return to sender from Dusty Baker last week.

I started working on my non-baseball autograph collections more this year, and I’ve gotten four new photos to add to my albums this week.

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First up is a signed photo of two of the members of the cantina band from the original Star Wars film. Speedy Turtle Autograph Service ran private signings with Kim Falkinburg and Jibralta Merrill, two ILM staff members who were drafted to play band members and my dual-signed photo arrived on Monday. Continue reading “A few new autographs…”

Every time I throw this ball, a hundred different things can happen in a game. He might swing and miss, he might hit it. The point is, you never know. You try to anticipate, set a strategy for all the possibilities as best you can, but in the end it comes down to throwing one pitch after another and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins to take shape….In fact, the game wouldn’t be worth playing if we knew what was going to happen.

— Commander Benjamin Sisko in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Emissary,” written by Rick Berman and Michael Piller

Seeing what happens

Posted in Autographs, Star Trek

Paradise City Comic Con autographs

1516724506558-05e5577a-84b3-44b4-aebe-eb86e854b4d2_.jpgEarlier this month, a friend offered to get autographs for me at Paradise City Comic Con if there was anyone I needed among their guest list.

Since I had some Christmas money and there were a couple of Star Trek actors on the list, I happily said thank you & yes.

Marina Sirtis played Counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it seemed like she always had to fight for good storylines. One of my favorite Troi episodes came in season six, “Face of the Enemy” when the counselor was captured and surgically altered to appear as a Romulan Talshiar officer to assist in the defection of a high-level Romulan government official.

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Terry Farrell played science officer Jadzia Dax for six seasons on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It’s been almost 20 years since the show went off the air, and it remains one of my favorite television series. Once of the most memorable episodes is “Trials and Tribble-ations,” an homage to the Original Series classic “The Trouble with Tribbles.” It’s a time travel story that made use of special effects to insert the DS9 characters into scenes with Captain Kirk and his crew. Coincidentally, my friend reports that it is Farrell’s favorite episode of the series.

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San Francisco Giants like sci-fi

The San Francisco Giants have been organizing some amazing sci-fi promo nights. In September, they gave out a baseball-themed BB-8 Pop for Star Wars night.

Next season, they’re planning a Star Trek night on Friday, August 31st when they host the New York Mets. Fans who purchase a special event ticket will get a San Francisco Giants cap featuring the Star Trek Starfleet Command badge, and the team is encouraging people to come to the game in Star Trek costumes.

If I win a lottery jackpot between now & then, you’ll know where to find me on August. 31st.

(On a slightly more realistic note, the New York Mets are giving away a Mr. Met Star Wars Bobblehead to the first 15,000 fans at their Saturday, May 19th game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. I have a much better shot of making it to that one…)

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Klingon Leader (Ertl, 1984)

How many of you remember that Ertl produced a line of toys for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Ertl’s four action figures and three diecast ships came out over 30 years ago, so memories are going to be a little bit fuzzy. Some of you might not even have been born yet.

I don’t remember ever seeing these figures on toy store shelves, but I did pick up the “Klingon Leader” sometime in the late 1990s at a toy show or on eBay.

Commander Kruge sports a pretty good likeness and great articulation by 1984 standards, He even comes with a large, detailed accessory Amazingly enough, Kruge’s pet “Klingon monster dog” never received an official species name. According to Memory Alpha, the script refers to it at “the Beast” and the novelization used the name “Warrigul.”

The other three figures are Kirk, Spock and Scotty. Despite McCoy’s prominent role in the film, he did not receive a figure. At some point, I’d like to get the other three. (And sadly, they seem more affordable and available than Sabine does – I’m beginning to wonder if I’m ever going to complete the core group of Star Wars Rebels action figures.)

I started thinking about the classic Star Trek movies after Leonard Nimoy’s death last week. This week, we also lost producer Harve Bennett, who worked on Star Trek II, III, IV and V (as well as The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man.) It’s been a rough month for sci-fi fans.