Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Collectible of the Week: Star Trek Game (Hasbro; 1974)
Some five years after the original TV series ended and five years before The Motion Picture (1979) premiered, Hasbro released this memorable and unique Star Trek board game (for ages 4 - 10).
On the large, colorful board, there are four separate adventures to experience, one for Kirk, one for Spock one for "Bones" and one for Lt. Uhura. And the individual adventures are rather strange, too. In one adventure, Mr. Sulu is called Mr. "Sula" and the word "asteroids" is repeatedly spelled as "asternoids."
I don't know about you, but I'd hate to have a bad case of asternoids...
Another adventure on the board involves an oddball mystery: "who has been fishing on Earth?" Turns out its aliens; apparently without a fishing license...
The whole thing, story-wise, is incredibly odd and not very Star Trekkian in detail. Obviously, it's designed for the very young, but still, kids are smart; they know when details are wrong.
On the plus side, the original series-styled art work remains very intriguing and if nothing else, the game is abundantly colorful. I'd say the Hasbro Star Trek game is worth having just for the warp and impulse spinner.