Thursday, October 29, 2009
Star Trek 'Potpourri' Spotlight-
1967 Star Trek Movie Viewer
Item Name: Star Trek Movie Viewer
Manufacturer: Chemtoy Corp.
Chemtoy released this guy way back in 1967! Sweet- a toy released while the show was still on the air!
The Rundown: The package promises "Your own movie show featuring TV favorites!". Yeah, that's not what you get...but this thing is still pretty cool and was probably a ton of fun for a kid in the 60's.
The viewer itself is pretty small, measuring a little under 3" across. There's a small viewer on one side that's only large enough for one eye. The whole thing splits into 2 parts to house the enclosed film reels.
You get 2 reels with your viewer, but...
...I guess you could get more at your local dealer. Anybody know if that's actually true? If so, I need to hit ebay!
The package made it seem like (to me at least) these film reels would be shots from the show. Nope. What you get here are 2 slides featuring the first Gold Key comic! So, while not what I expected, for a Gold Key mark like me it's quite a treat!
So you load the slides into the viewer, and the little white dial will 'catch' the strip and aloow you to cycle through the panels. Here's a cruddy pciture of what it looks like (it's much clearer in person)-
Pretty neat, huh? The only gripe I have is that you have to start the film strip a couple of panels in due to the way it fits in the viewer, so you have to miss the first few panels. Pretty keen other than that though.
I got this for a whopping $5! At around that price, this item is a great pick up to give your Trek collection a little vintage flavor!