A good friend of mine is a longtime Star Trek fan and an active collector, but he has none of his collectibles on display — and he has a room available for this purpose. This bugs me to no end, because the best way to enjoy your collection is to put it out where you can see it.
A case in point: I recently created this Mego display area in my Star Trek room.
This was prompted by two recent acquisitions: a pair of Star Trek Communicators walkie-talkies and the matched Command Communications Console. All three toys work perfectly and are in surprisingly good shape. The Console seems like it has barely been used; the stickers are peeling a little with age but otherwise it looks great. I also got the original box, although it is a little beat up. The toy came from England, and the seller said: “I had an elderly relative who owned a small independent gift/toy shop and whilst clearing out the warehouse we discovered a wide range of action figures, including quite a few rare and collectible items.” We haggled over the price a little and settled on 180 pounds, about $280 Canadian, plus shipping. I got it in September 2022. I picked up the pair of Communicators for US$85, about $115 Canadian, two months earlier.
The Console has moving red and green lights on the front, reminiscent of some of the computer displays on the show. Here is a video of those lights and another with the Console’s alert sounds.
I purchased the Mego U.S.S Enterprise Action Playset in 2018 for the amazing price of US$100 and it had been living on a bookcase shelf since then, but I always felt it deserved a better space. The figures were acquired over time. I bought Uhura, Scotty and Spock (all loose) for $200 from Steven Panet at Fastball Collectibles in Toronto (who has a number of Star Trek items for sale, including a nice playset with box), the Kirk was a steal for $25 at Hamilton Comic Con, and the Klingon and McCoy figures were both purchased loose years ago for about $20 each.
The three mint-on-card figures were about $100 each, acquired at different times, and the signature on the Kirk figure was free.
Buying the Console and the Communicators convinced me I needed one home for all my Mego stuff, so I bought a nice shelf unit at Ikea for $150.
Add that up and the items in my new Mego display area set me back about $1,200, plus some shipping costs. Say $1,400 total.
There is even room for expansion: if I ever manage to afford the Mission to Gamma VI Playset and the Telescreen Console Playset, I can simply remove the doors on the lower part of the cabinet.
$1,400 is a lot of money, even spread over a few years, but the new display makes me happy every time I walk into my Star Trek room. Which is why people should display their collectibles. They don’t make you as happy sitting in boxes.
And now for some commercials
The commercial Mego made for the Command Communications Console also shows off the Communicators, although oddly the Console is different from mine: the colour seems much darker and the antenna is attached at the right side, rather than the left as on my toy. Perhaps that’s because mine is from England. The photo on this UK collector’s site looks just like my toy.
And here’s the commercial for the Communicators.
11 responses to “Display your collectibles, the Mego edition”
I have been thinking a lot lately about how to display some of the railway models I have acquired over the years that are part of my history in the hobby but no longer fit my main modelling interests. I unpacked some over the weekend and seeing them again brought me joy.
I hope your friend reads your post and figures out how to display his collection.
I would think trains would be well suited to long shallow shelves, maybe 15 cm deep. A wall of those, say two meters wide and floor to ceiling, would look fantastic. Like these: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/malmbaeck-display-shelf-dark-gray-40446339/
But what do I know from trains?
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There’s that word again: IKEA.
If I’d known there was no IKEA in Saskatchewan I never would’ve moved here.
Nicely done. I have a room devoted to my collectibles and it still won’t hold everything. My partner convinced me to display as much as possible, otherwise, why have it?
Photos, David! My contact info is on the contact page or maybe post some on your Facebook page. That’s you with the Defiant cover photo, right?
Yes. That is me. I will try to send some pics soon. I have posted a couple on the Facebook Show Your Collection group lately.
Hey David. I always like to see other collections — but I didn’t mean to give you homework. I have seen what you posted in the FB group and that’s a great forum. I plan to post some more there too.
Again, I really like your glow-in-the-dark ships and the star field. That’s great.
Just discovered this blog. I just acquired a Mego Enterprise playset with box and some loose figures for $50! Last week I picked up a carded unpunched Klingon for only $50 too. Love the Mego stuff and I have it nicely displayed.
Wow, I want to shop where you shop. Thanks for reading and commenting. Let me know what you think about any article.
I pretty much scour Marketplace and eBay. The playset I found locally about 40 miles away. She didn’t want to sell it to me because she said the condition was so bad. It wasn’t and the box itself is mint. It took a little doing for us to meet up when she was in town but well worth it. I’ve been reading a lot of your articles and will be commenting more. I’m guessing we are about the same age. I’ll have to send you pictures of my collection.
I would like to see some pics. I am always interested in people’s collections. There is an email link on the contact page.