When we were down at the premiere of the new Star Trek movie last week, one of the things that surprised me was the lack of people in full on Star Trek uniforms. There where loads of people, but only a small group of 5 or 6 dedicated fans that had been there since 10.30 in the morning where in complete starfleet outfits. A couple of the celebs also made an effort, although surprisingly not Jonathan Ross! Knowing what a huge geek he is, I rather expected him to turn up in either a full star fleet uniform, or Klingon head, but nope, nothin! Most dissapointing!
However, with the new Star Trek movie due on general release on the 8th of May (read our review here), it seems Trek fans have rediscovered their geekdom, and have been seeking out new Star Trek bargins. eBay has released a some stats regarding the sales of Star Trek memorabilia over the last few months, having seen a 100% rise in purchase of various Star Trek related items in last month alone!
- Sales of fake Spock ears are up 500% in the last month and selling on average at Â£2.58
- Spock wigs sell on average for Â£15.11 so whether you are a fan of old spock Leonard Nimoy or new spock Zachary Quinto you can complete you Spock look for under Â£50.
- Almost 2,000 replica phasers have been sold in the last 3 months and sales are up 388% in the last month
- Sales of replica tricorders are also up 300% over the last month and sell for Â£30.36.
Carey Maguire eBay pop culture specialist says “With the credit crunch biting, many households are tightening their budgets so it is interesting to see that Star Trek fans and collectors are still indulging in their passion and buying memorabilia. The fact that they can get great value on eBay is a bonus. The current trend of Star Trek memorabilia shows that if something is hot in the news then it is hot on eBay.”
Star Trek clothing is also selling well (for a bargain average price of Â£29.65), and sales of costumes are up 300% in the last month as fans prepare their wardrobe before going toÂ explore strange new worlds, new life and new civilizations of J.J. Abrams Star Trek.