Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Star Trek Ship Toys - From The Vault

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement....

This is turning into a bit of a Star Trek week, granted the 50th Anniversary of the franchise is on September 8th... and so it's kind of perfect timing... even if I thought it was later in the month, but hey it's all good. Anyway, on this week's edition of 'From The Vault' I'm looking at three Star Trek ship toys from the mid 1990s.... and they include whats left of the Shuttlecraft Goddard, a barley working Klingon Cruiser, and a fully functional Runabout Orinoco.

The Klingon Attack Cruiser
Released 1993
Requires 3 Double A Batteries
Lights Up and Has Four Sounds

Current Status:
The Warp Nacels still Light Up
Only 1 of the four sounds still works
Battering casting Cover Missing

Runnabout Orionoco
Released 1994
Requires 3 Double A Batteries 
Lights Up and Has Two Sounds
Sits two action figures
Has wheels to roll on floor

Current Status
Sounds and lights still work! 
Battering Casing underneath, pain in butt to open

Shuttlecraft Goddard
Released 1992
Requires 3 Double A Batteries
Lights up and has two sounds
Sits 3 Actions Figures
Has wheels to roll on floor

Current Status
Front and back 'doors' missing
Battery case inside toy, makes it impossible to get batteries into it to see if its sounds & lights still work

Return To Babel - Lets Play Star Trek Online

Hello Dwellers and Welcome to The Basement...

Our journey through the 23rd Century continues... as the ship is sent to Coridian, where several UFP official have been taken hostage.... but it turns out that this is not supposed to happen... and it's time for Hunter... aka Daniels... to tells us what's going on.... in fact he tells us he's going to tell us the low down... but doesn't do so until we reach Babel, the destination of the USS Enterprise in the original series episode... 'Journey To Babel'

Turns out, someone from the future is tampering with the peace conference, and so we are heading back in time ourselves... to the Enterprise and events during that classic episode. I'm not kidding, we basically get to experience the episode, from visiting the mess hall where Sarek and Gav have their argument, to seeing how Gav is murdered and stuffed upside down in a jefferies tube... to even saving the life of Captain Kirk... and being responsible to what happens to the Orion ship that was pursuing the Enterprise through out the episode.

Along for the ride on this mission is Captain Pavel Chekov, who has become a temporal operative... and who we saw during the later stages of Sobar's missions in Temporal Front, and we run into Scotty again, but this time he remembers us from Drozona station (mission: Night of the Comet) and this is the mission where he gets the temporal transponder that leads to him turning up in Ragnorak. Remember kids time travel is weird!

Now of course this mission is really basic, it's investigating and dealing with a couple of Na'Kuhls on the Enterprise, then fighting Na"Kuhls and Orions on the Orion ships, this mission is a cakewalk... and it's really more for getting to go around The Enterprise and seeing the crew.

In fact on the bridge are a number series regulars on the bridge:  Ensign Chekov at Navigation Lt. Uhura is in the captains chair, with Lt. Palmer at communications (she was featured in the episodes The Way To Eden and the Doomsday Machine), Lt. Leslie  at engineering &  Lt. Hadley at the heln... both of whom were reoccurring extras during the original series.

Then there is of course Sarek and Gav... and once again Cryptic made great use of sound clips, this time allowing us to see their argument that Kirk broke up in the Journey to Babel episode. Again when I first played this mission that greatly surprised me.

Now from here, there are two missions left in the 23rd Century... and I'll go over those shortly. And oh yeah, I just realized that my character has the insignia on her uniform which isn't correct, I shall have that fixed in the next episode :D

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