Early Star Trek Galore Catalog Advertising Bootleg Merchandise - Page 1: Unlicensed merchandise has been with Star Wars since soon after it became an international box-office phenomenon. This was due in part to the substantial lead-in time required for the development of most mass-produced products--many companies (including primary toy licensee, Kenner) were not able to get their products onto store shelves until the following year, a situation which left a vacuum in terms of licensed Star Wars merchandise that fans could collect. In its place a vast amount of bootleg merchandise was produced and distributed through outlets such as the Star Trek Galore catalog, some pages of which are featured here.

This first page shows Star Trek Galore's most famous bootleg item, the 17-piece set of pewter (or, as its called here, a "heavy, pewter-type metal") figures produced by Heritage. Interestingly, in addition to the well-known painted and unfinished formats of this set, the catalog lists it as being available in versions plated in nickel and gold. The poster collectors among you will surely cringe, not only at the inclusion of the Battlestar Galatica poster, but at the revelation that your "original issue, full color movie poster" came to you "laminated to last forever." Ah, the good old days.

Description: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of Ron Salvatore