Star Trek Action Marbles
Thanks to Chicago's retro TV station Me-TV, I'm getting caught up in Star Trek The Next Generation again. I haven't seen much of the series since it aired, but I'm reminded of how great it really was. Though it's heresy to say so, I think that TNG was far more consistent with good acting and storytelling than the original series. So far these episodes really stand up even 20 years after their original broadcast.
The show did bring with it a ton of merchandise, and not just for hardened Trekkies. Since TNG was successful reaching the whole family, not just science fiction fans, the merch reflects that. Of couse after a few years when the show was a big hit in the new frontier of first-run syndication, there was even more mass market junk to bear the name of the new Trek.
Even accepting all of that, I was still surprised to find these marbles with faces of the cast buried inside. It's a strange choice for merchandise since few kids kid have played with marbles in decades, not even ones labeled "Collectable (sic) Action Marbles". The marbles appear to be from 1993 (an era that I'm sure had spellcheck), from a company called Spectra Star who also made a set for the characters from Deep Space Nine. They are still around, specializing mostly in yo-yo's and kites. I wonder if they still have their marble making machine? How about a set of Action Marbles featuring the cast of "24" or "American Idol". Nah... those shows lost their marbles years ago.