The original Star Trek TV series
aired in 1966, with reruns well into the 1970ís and beyond. A
number of movies were released from 1979 to 1991 featuring the
characters from the original series. In 1987, the story line
was continued with a new generation of shipmates in the TV
series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Star Trek
franchise has had a major impact on pop culture, and practically
any merchandising gimmick exists with the Star Trek theme.
As far as the toys go, the 80ís
were a mixed bag of original series toys and Next Gen toys. Not
only could you buy an action figure of Kirk, but you could also
get an action figure of Picard. All the various ships were
available from diecast to models, and many kids had Star Trek
lunchboxes when we were in grade school. The continuation of
the franchise has created an entire new generation of fans, and
the toys continue to grace store shelves.