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Four stars **** Total Film 'Written with authority and affection, there's something here for Trekkies of every stripe.' Four stars **** Empire 'Lavishly illustrated throughout with some rarely seen pictures...if you're looking for a book that celebrates with 45th anniversary of Star Trek's first broadcast, then you're unlikely to find better.' Star Trek Magazine 'An absolute delight, and nicely packaged...an engrossing treat for any Star Trek fan.' 9/10 Star Burst magazine 'An impressive tribute and celebration ... lavishly designed and packed to the rafters' The Bookseller 'Particularly fascinating look at the marketing materials printed at the time ...the majority of the pull-outs are great fun...a very interesting, fun and well presented block for your coffee table.' Filmwerk.co.uk 'Tipton makes some very enjoyable personal observations...a lovely tome...a fitting tribute to all things Trek' 8.5/10 Kooltvblogspot.com 'Star Trek fans will be over the moon...Fun, informative and full of surprises, this stunning tribute is a great companion piece for confirmed Trekkies and an ideal gift to encourage a new generation of fans.' Lancashire Evening Post 'Every Trekkie's dream come true' Choice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Scott Tipton has written numerous Star Trek comics. His award-winning website, comics101.com, was named to Entertainment Weekly’s “The 100 Greatest Websites.”

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700750
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 21, 2011
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Here's a no-brainer prediction: Trekkies are gonna love this book! Scott Tipton, who has penned various graphic novels including several Star Trek-themed titles, and the prestigious Abrams publishing firm have joined forces to present this words-and-pix valentine to Gene Roddenberry's endearing Star Trek universe. As Mr. Spock would say: Fascinating!

A coffee-table-sized treat, STAR TREK VAULT, 40 YEARS FROM THE ARCHIVES tops out at 128 pages. Tipton examines each ST permutation - the original series, the animated series, the original series films, STNG, the STNG films, DS9, VOYAGER and ENTERPRISE - in chronological order. Even hardcore fans will find something of interest as Tipton offers up not only a critical yet affectionate summary of the various shows/movies but also of the ST phenomenon. He delves into the impact ST has had on American society, merchandising, Star Trek conventions and so on. You may not agree with all his statements/judgements but, overall, I think Tipton's book is a fairminded examination of all things Star Trek.

Visually, STAR TREK VAULT is a delight: over 350 mostly-color, well-reproduced photographs and illustrations of actors, spaceships, equipment, on-set scenes, movie posters, ST comics, toys, fan costumes, etc. not to mention a dozen "interactive, removable memorabilia." I have mixed feelings about those items - pull-out diagrams, cards, mini-movie posters, etc. - but that's just me.

STAR TREK VAULT sells for $40.00. Given the wealth of illustrations found in Tipton's book, I don't feel that's exorbitant. I suspect STAR TREK VAULT will be welcomed - and enjoyed - by Star Trek fans young and old. It's a fun, informative and appealing guided tour to one of the most successful franchises in history. Recommended.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lee Shapiro on December 11, 2013
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As someone who can claim that he owns almost every single non-fiction book about the making of Star Trek ever published, I can say that this is definitely not one of the best, and in fact if you are like me and DO own most of the "about Star Trek" books, you could probably even skip this one. Information-wise, this book tries to cram the stories of all the Star Trek series, movies, and even merchandising, but unfortunately with so much to tell, it doesn't amount to much information at all. I would think that to pull off such a huge task successfully you would have to divide it into several books, much like Marc Cushman's "These Are The Voyages" series is attempting to do. (As of this writing, there is only the first season published of that title). But like another reviewer stated, it seems like this book is just skimming the surface of all things Trek. Just sampling the tip of each incarnation's iceberg, without even coming close to telling the whole story, especially when so much of it focuses on merchandising material from the series.

There are so many books, written by so many people (cast members, producers, writers, fans, even stuntmen) and each of these books have a unique perspective and a slightly different story to tell. If you want to know about budgets and production problems you could read Justman's and Solow's book, for example.
But this book seems to lack direction, just a mish-mosh of information, pictures and reproduced items (such as reproduced banners, blueprints, party invitations, and collectable baseball-type cards neatly tucked into pockets glued on to the pages. A somewhat unique idea amongst Trek books but still not enough to feel satisfied when you are finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chirs Mete on January 23, 2012
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I would highly recommend this product to any true Trekkie. It is a wonderful and unique insight into the first fourty years of Star Trek history! Both of the shows themselves and the products produced from each series. There are even replicas of certain items!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Smith on November 28, 2011
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I realize that one book couldn't possibly cover all 45 years of Star Trek; this one made a valiant effort. So many facts and bits of memorabilia could have been included, but weren't (how about the efforts of the make up artists to make aliens that appeared real--or nearly so). Overall, a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B Huck on June 19, 2012
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Let me start off by saying, this book is gorgeous. I received it as a Father's Day gift and could not be happier. The photos inside look sharp and brilliant, not some cheesy, fuzzy multi-generational copy you often see in "unauthorized" books.

The author, Scott Tipton, does a great job describing all the content, which is laid in in clever fashion. The book is designed with "inserts" that can be removed and examined, such as sketches, blueprints, storyboards, sticker reproductions from a collector's card set, reprint of a coloring book and even an iron-on! Spreading those out every 10 pages or so is great because it doesn't cause the pages to be too lumpy from to much pull-out material.

The coverage is excellent as well. Not only does it cover all the TV shows from TOS to Enterprise (including the animated series) and the movies (with the odd exception of the 2009 movie since this book was published in 2011), but it also has highlight pages for things like Star Trek Tech, The Klingon culture and more. And don't forget the merchandise like toys, such as the excellent Mego line, comic books, models and even happy meal boxes and taco bell glasses from Star Trek 3. Oh, and there's a marshmallow holder, but you'll have to buy the book to find out what I'm talking about...because nothing says Star Trek like marshmallows???

The only thing really missing for me is more promo material from the TV shows. I would love to have seen TV guide or magazine ads for TOS or TNG (since I have never seen those). In fact, a nice page with all the times Trek appeared on a TV Guide cover would have been cool. But that is a very small issue as it is the only thing I can really site. But again, that's just something I wanted to see.
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