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Star Trek Vault: 40 Years from the Archives
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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
on December 12, 2013
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. I came away feeling that each chapter devoted to one Star Trek TV or movie series was way too short, and a new chapter began before you even realized it
The quality of the colored pictures are great, but again most of the pictures are printed in other Star Trek books or even can be downloaded online from one of the many Star Trek fan sites.

With the exception of the merchandising pictures and reproductions, there is really nothing new to see here. And even many of those reproductions can be found in another book called "Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History", another so-so book about behind the scenes Star Trek. Recommendations, Mr. Spock? The previously mentioned "These Are The Voyages", "Captain's Logs", or the classic "The Making of Star Trek", all do a better job of telling the Star Trek story. But if you're a collector, like me, you'll probably end up purchasing it anyway, browse through it once or twice and stick in on your bookshelf in between the other Trek books you have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2012
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
on November 28, 2011
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
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. Can't have everything in the book or you could never lift it, right? I was going to give the book fours stars for this omission, but why be "that guy."

So, if you call yourself a Star Trek fan, do yourself a favor, and pick this up. Overall, this book is quite beautiful to look at. The page designs are slick without going over the top. The inserts are sometimes just a piece of paper inside another piece of paper glued to the page, so just take it slow when removing and re-inserting the items so you don't tear anything. Now if I grab the "Star Trek 365" book to have even more archival photos...my head just might explode!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2012
The latest "Vault" collection has finally movied unto the Star Trek franchise. The text does have a fairly nice collection of Trek items, and I really got a kick out of a few pages from the Trek coloring book, I even think I have one of those downstairs in the basement.

The late sixties and the mid-seventies were the high point with the Trek comic books, paperbacks, trading cards, Meco action figures; that was before a great many products became commercialized and way too predictable in the ninties and afterwards.

I do wish Mr. Tipton could have included some cells from the Star Trek Animated series, and perhaps some of Mike Minor's production art from the first Trek film and proposed Phase Two television series (I really loved those).

Mr. Tipton does have a minor facts wrong here or there, but the Star Trek Vault is worth its money, in giving the reader a sampling of the merchandise and memorabilia in Gene Roddenberry's universe.

Sincerely,

JThree
Williston ND
carolyn@nemont.net
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
Perfect 50th birthday present for my Trekkie brother-in-law. He went thru page after page with the biggest smile on his face!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is absolutely gorgeous. I am a big Star Trek fan so I was simply mesmerized by the pretty dust cover. This book contains new things to see about ST. It is not your typical rehashing of the same old info and photos. New fresh, exciting photographs with quick info about them. It's new and current which meant it even covered my personal favorite, Enterprise. The nice part is that the author even includes souvenirs and pull outs, now that's different!

This is the perfect coffee table book. The cover gets the people to look and the inside gets them to talking.
Gee, and you thought you were the only Trekkie in the room. ;)

I loved this book so much I even wrote the author for an autograph, which he obliged. Mr. Tipton is just as awesome as Star Trek Vault.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2011
I bought this item as a Christmas present for my father. The item was delivered fairly fast and came in very good condition! The quality of the actual book was pretty awesome; being a graphic design major myself, the layout and type layout of the overall book is very visually pleasing. Also the content of the book, as expressed by my father was very interesting and accurate. He loved the fact that it showed even the toys/action figures over the years as the generations of Star Trek progressed. Overall, this book was a very great gift idea and we all were amazed by the fact that the book had items that you could pull out and look at as well.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
Sadly, the STAR TREK VAULT book pales in comparison to the STAR WARS VAULT book released a few years ago, even though STAR TREK has a much longer history and many more hours of movie/TV time. The reproductions here seem oddly chosen (I'm wondering if the authors had trouble with Paramount) and few are actually that interesting. The book is well-written with a few nice tidbits, but like most STAR TREK books of this nature, there's little "new" here for the die-hard Trekkie (or Trekker).

It's a nice addition to any fan's library, but I couldn't help thinking this book could have been SO much more. Doesn't a franchise with a history as big as STAR TREK deserve it? It's like this book was whipped up in less than a year, instead of taking the time to create something great.

Still, I recommend it...although with the above reservations.
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