Monday, March 2, 2015

Star Trek - 5 All-New Action Adventures


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Another Star Trek Power Record discovery courtesy the Star Trek Story Records site is this LP featuring five audio adventures culled from both "eras" of Trek recordings. At least this time around, some attempt was made to put together a snazzy sleeve, as opposed to just slapping a still up and calling it a day.

The Star Trek Story Records site lists this LP as "very rare", and indeed I've never seen it before and could not find it on eBay. I couldn't even find it on Google, so we don't have a back cover sleeve to look at (yet).

It's difficult, if not impossible, to find any behind the scenes info about these Power Records releases, outside of talking to some of the comic book pros who worked on the book portions. But it occurs to me that Peter Pan was still in business in 1982, and there were other Star Trek book and record sets tied to The Wrath of Khan, but they are not from Peter Pan. So at some point between the two films, Peter Pan either gave up or lost the Trek license.

Also, Peter Pan was stretching the truth just a tad using the phrase "all-new" when referring to the record's contents!

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy, who meant so much to so many. LLAP.


Update: Power Pal Rockwell Jay Pugglesowrth was kind enough to send along the back cover so we can all enjoy. It's quite spiffy--if you didn't know better, Star Trek: The Motion Picture almost looks exciting!



8 comments:

Earth 2 Chris said...

I have a Disney-produced ST:TMP storybook and cassette that is copyright dated both 1979 and 1983. Not sure if Disney released this well after the movie, or had a version out in 79 when Power Records was still releasing their TMP merchandise.

And yes, RIP, Mr. Nimoy. I've been watching Spock-centric episodes off-and-on all weekend.

Chris

Rockwell J. Pugglesworth said...

Buena Vista Records started releasing a series of licensed book & record sets in 1983, including sets for several movies that were released in previous years, including the first two Star Wars movies, the first two Star Trek movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Black Stallion. I would assume Peter Pan's license probably ended in 1982 and the Buena Vista one started in 1983. Adaptations of movies doesn't seem to have been Peter Pan's thing, aside from the Planet of the Apes movies. Licensees really took a bath on Star Trek The Motion Picture, which did not move as much merchandise as expected, and so there was very little licensed merchandise ready when Star Trek II was a hit. Buena Vista Records released a Star Trek III book & record set in 1984, and a Star Trek IV set in 1986, which seems to be a little more rare and not something that you see as often as the sets for the first three movies. I know I didn't find out it existed until many years later.

Rockwell J. Pugglesworth said...

And "This Side of Paradise" was my Star Trek episode of choice over the weekend. What a sad, sad loss. Nimoy was truly an iconic figure in nerd culture.

Earth 2 Chris said...

Great minds think alike, Rockwell. I watched "Paradise' as well, in addition to "Journey to Babel". "Amok Time" is seared into my brain, so need to rewatch it right now.

Chris

Rockwell J. Pugglesworth said...

Amok Time was on Me-TV Saturday night. My single favorite episode of Star Trek Anything.

MikeInFla said...

I remember hearing these when I was a kid and being extremely bummed out because it wasn't Shatner, Nimoy, Takei, etc doing the voices and the sound effects sounded nothing like the tv show. But now that I am grown I find them... fascinating...

MikeInFla said...

I remember as a kid being extremely bummed that it wasn't really Shatner, Nimoy, Takei, etc doing the voices and the bridge sound efx sounded nothing like th etv show. but now that I am an adult I find the stories... fascinating.

Mike Rogers said...

I have this album somewhere. It has more stories on it then previous albums but they are also edited to fit the record.

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