Welcome back, friends. To a new installment for Retro Records featuring 1975’s Star Trek: The Logistics of Stampede. Another one of those fantastic Power Records offerings – which of course allowed all manner of famous writers to tell abridged tales. Case in point with The Logistics of Stampede which so happens to have been penned by Alan Dean Foster.
Foster is pretty well known for writing numerous novelizations for films. Alien, Star Wars, Alien Nation, The Thing, Star Trek and many more. As well as his own standalone novels like Cat-a-lyst, Cyberway, and Slipt to name a few.
Power Records was of course a spinoff label so to speak of Peter Pan Records. One that was geared towards an older audience. Moreover this is why we saw Power Records book and records fare featuring Kojak, Planet of the Apes and Star Trek.
Which brings us to this offering for Retro Records. The Logistics of Stampede finds Kirk, Bones, and Spock beaming down to Ribol II. An agricultural planet that is in fact facing destruction of their precious crops by Dranzers. A cow-like beast that every six years becomes overpopulated and then stampedes across the plains. Destroying seventy to ninety percent of the grain crops!
Can our trio of heroes come up with a solution to halt the Dranzers? Can they protect the grain on Ribol II – which in addition helps to feed other planets in the Federation? Let’s find out as we listen to The Logistics of Stampede on Retro Records!
Having listened to The Logistics of Stampede perhaps you now need more Star Trek goodness?
Well, in this case how about the great and late Leonard Nimoy’s cover of Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town? Which might be better known from Kenny Roger’s take back in 1969 – written by Mel Tillis of all people.
The other night while digging up some information on a future post. I came across Mego’s 1976 Star Trek Phaser Battle game. An electronic ‘handheld game’ that is just stunningly amazing. Placing the Player on the bridge of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) to seek out and destroy enemy Klingon vessels.
Of course it’s not like Mego wasn’t known in the 70s for making quality Star Trek products. Starting in 1974 they began manufacturing 8″ figures. The line of toys included characters that you would naturally assume they would release. Like Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Mr. Scott, Lt. Uhura, and a Klingon.
Which resulted in the incredibly rare 1975 USS Enterprise Gift Set!
Doing a little research this morning I was able to find some interesting facts about the Star Trek Phaser Battle game. It was rather expensive for the time. In 1976 it was being sold for $69.99 which would cost a little under $300 today. So obviously this electronic game had a hefty price tag. It was also quite large – measuring 13″ x 13″ by 16″.
Viewing the vintage television commercial below however…I have to say I think it would be worth it. Take a moment and check out all of the bells and whistles this game had to offer.
Thanks to the Handheld Museum we can also scope out the front and back of the game box. While I really enjoy the back of the box – used at the top of the post, with Kirk, Chekov, and Sulu. I admit I get a chuckle out of Mr. Spock’s rather disdainful look at the child. At least that is how I read it.
Box art images courtesy of the Handheld Museum.
“Judging by your score, it is only logical to point out that a game of tic-tac-toe is more your speed.”
While the commercial for the Star Trek Phaser Battle game is impressive. How would you like to see it in action?
I like the look of this Star Trek puzzle that was uploaded on the Vintage Toy Archive Tumblr, for one thing it does kind of look like maybe Mr. Spock is either listening to an important announcement from Captian Kirk…or it could be that he is tuning in to listen to his favorite ka’athyra channel.
The real reason I get a kick out of it is because it brings back so many memories of visiting a particular grocery store in my neck of the woods, that while it had an honest to goodness toy department with everything from the Millennium Falcon to Shogun Warriors it also had an absolute boatload of cheaper toys like this very puzzle. I’m pretty sure I actually owned this puzzle in my youth!
Though I don’t believe I picked it up at around any point that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was in the theaters.
I really like the class Star Trek. I really love the Planet of the Apes films, TV series, and animated cartoon. So when the incredibly gifted Phil Noto posted this mash-up of the two on his Tumblr/Blog, Your Nice New Outfit.
Phil Noto also happens to do quite a bit of comic book art as well as some game designs. Make sure to check out his blog when you have the time, lots of wonderful artwork to be seen.