If you're hungry for collectibles based on the classic original Space: 1999 series, but you don't necessarily have the budget or the time to troll eBay, innumerable garage sales and neighborhood flea markets, looking for the vintage licensed toys originally produced
by Mattel and MEGO/Palitoy, look no further than Classic TV Toys.
CTVT currently has a wide variety of 8" Space: 1999 figures that are quite similar to the
MEGO 9" line that was originally released in the 1970s. There are twenty different figures in all (NOT
COUNTING their "space crew" of nameless characters in Moonbase Alphauniform) and most are reasonably well done, with good head sculpts, uniforms and accessories.
The complete set of Space: 1999 8 inch action figures from Classic TV Toys
Further, these otherwise
wonderful collectibles were originally produced in India and feature somewhat frail and breakable plastic appendages
(in comparison to the EMCE Toys' reproductions that usually rival or surpass the durability of the classic 8" Type 2 MEGO body).
For that reason, the quality conscious collector may want to exercise caution when purchasing these toys.
not... for CTVT's prices are, in most cases, quite reasonable, and if some part of the plastic body does break (which
is likely), you can always either get extra bodies from CTVT or a high quality reproduction body from Doc Mego. Most "Megohead" collectors tend to go this route anyway, and most report that the final product (an EMCE Toys body
kitbased with a CTVT head, clothes and accessories) pretty much does the job quite handily. Happy collecting!
Space: 2099, Anyone?
February 14, 2012
And then, there's Space: 2099. Originally conceived by Montreal, Canada based film editor Eric Bernard, Space: 2099 is pretty much just exactly what it sounds like; a stylized update of the cult classic series, Space:
What's different? Well, in Bernard's well planned vision of the franchise, cutting edge editing
techniques and computer generated enhancements are thoughtfully and painstakingly employed to breathe a very powerful second
wind into the original material.
By making numerous tweaks to
image quality, special effects shots and previously established details great and small (such as the entire series timeline,
just for starters), Bernard and company hope to "receive the blessing and approval of the current right's holder, Granada Ventures, to enhance
the original series in high definition with new editing and effects as Space: 2099 for public sales on Blu-ray and hopefully
to be broadcast on specialty TV networks throughout the world."
From the original negative...
... to all new, digitally enhanced splendor
Yet, despite the fact that a great deal of hard work has gone into the project since late 2007, Granada Ventures has not only not sanctioned this more than worthy fan effort, but most recently, it was announced that the Space:2099
concept is currently being developed by ITV Studios America and HDFilms as an upcoming "reboot" style project.
All new visual elements have been added to enhance the continuity of the original series
Is it disappointing that the Space: 2099 concept will be wholly redone by the owners of the property, rather
than them simply giving a much deserved greenlight for Bernard's project? Yes and no. Perhaps the most remarkable
thing of all, is that a classic scifi series, that has not been widely publicized or distributed for literally decades, has
remained fresh enough in the public consciousness over the years to now merit such attention.
that the show has not only stood the test of time, but has even inspired a group of devotees willing to work long and hard
enough to see it restored to its former glory is, in and of itself, pretty remarkable. Despite the fact
that everyone seems to agree that the original program needs to be retrofitted in one way or another, to make it more
contemporary, this Space: 1999 revival phenomenon surely speaks volumes about the validity AND the viability of
the original concept created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
As the video below, from Bernard's production team, so eloquently illustrates, the Space: 1999 concept is definitely
more than worthy of a full scale revival. Too bad the folks at ITV Studios haven't yet fully endorsed the fan made
production, and are instead moving forward with a replacement series.
Yes, then as now, the fans spoke
up and were definitely heard. Remarkably, they succeeded in proving to studio execs that the core concept of their beloved
old science fiction show was still viable. But then... the owners of the property just ended up doing with the material,
just exactly as they so chose. Which now appears to be in the definite future of the futuristic saga which
first began as the Disco era science fiction television series, Space: 1999.
In the end, Richard Hatch's Battlestar Galactica revival got ignored in favor of a "re-imagining"
At this point however, there
may be little left to do but say, "C'est la vie." Yet, one way or another, surely, Eric Bernard and other
loyal Space: 1999 fans who've stuck with the show all these years, deserve a well earned pat on the back for their tireless
efforts and devotion. Like the tried and true fans of BSG, against all odds, they actually succeeded in generating enough
renewed interest in their favorite classic TV property to effectively jumpstart a franchise that had previously been pronounced
dead. And that folks... is nothing short of extraoridinary.
Which leaves one to ponder whether or not the
new Space: 2099 "reboot" project will in fact live up to the high standards of fans of the franchise or... as in the case of Galactica, the final
product will end up being so similar, yet so totally different, that it actually ends up alienating the original core fanbase.
the very same time (if things turn out anything like what eventually happened with Galactica), breeding a whole
new crop of devotees who actually end up having very little in common with their counterparts in scifi fandom.
Even the classic Eagle spacecraft gets a stylish new update for Retcon Studios' Space: 2099
Moonbase Alpha's Legacy: A Return to Our Origins
February 14, 2012
Certainly, if Eric Bernard and his team at Retcon Studios have anything to say about it, the saga will eventually move ahead even further into the future of the future to
a time several decades after the events depicted in the original series, when audiences will be introduced to the daughter
of leading classic Space: 1999 characters Dr. Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) and Commander John Koenig (Martin Landau).
Surmising that such a part would naturally be a perfect fit for Juliet Landau(herself an accomplished actress with numerous credits to her name), who also just happens to be the real life daughter of actors Bain and Landau, Bernard has even created
a detailed backstory for the Juliet R. Koenig character to inhabit as a fully grown adult.
enough however, the elder Dr. Russell and Commander Koenig are mostly out of the picture in the proposed narrative,
presumably to make way for the story to revolve more heavily around the younger Keonig. Likewise, there are also plans
for the progeny of second season characters Maya (Catherine Schell) and Tony Verdeschi (Tony Anholt), whom it seems, ended up having two children of their own.
Born on a distant planet called
Terra Nova, both christened and colonized by the former inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, Alysse
and her brother Anthony Jr. are also suspiciously without their parents in the proposed future of a sort
of franchise spinoff that Retcon Studios is currently marketing as, Moonbase Alpha's Legacy: A Return to Our Origins.
Visit www.space2099.com to check out Eric Bernard's highly impressive Space: 1999 update project
Other original survivors of Moonbase
Alpha are planned to show up in Bernards's plans for the future of the saga as well. Both first season
series characters Alan Carter (Nick Tate) and Eva (Carolyn Seymour) would feature somewhat prominently, as would the now fully grown Jackie (Jack) Crawford, whom fans of the show might recall, was the only child to have actually been born on the Earth's moon.
Yet what ultimately becomes
of the future of the future first depicted in Space: 1999 way back in the mid 1970s, yet remains to be seen. Until
then, here's to the future of the franchise, in whatever guise the Space: 1999 mythos takes on in the thrilling days to
Fantastic New Space: 1999 Adventures
February 08, 2012
The exciting new cover of Space: 1999: Aftershock & Awe
According to a recent press release, Space: 1999 - Aftershock and Awe: Book 1 is basically divided
into two contrasting, yet complimentary scifi yarns. In Aftershock, Gaska gives readers
an overview of the harrowing events that followed when the far side of Earth's moon was rocked by
a devastating nuclear disaster in the now obviously alternate universe originally depicted in the cult
classic TV production.
It seems that this sudden catastrophe not only caused the moon (and,
by natural extension, Moonbase Alpha AND its 311 hapless inhabitants) to be sent careening
out of control into the far flung reaches of space, but it also had definite repercussions for the folks back home. Tracing
the lives of nine such earthbound individuals will be the primary focus of the first half of the volume.
Gaska and his team of storytelling
masters (including gifted artists Gray Morrow, David Hueso and Miki) bring all of this to gorgeously rendered graphic novel life in a grand way previously unseen in
the much beloved, yet arguably somewhat overlooked Space: 1999 franchise.
In the second half of the book, Awe (also edited by Paul Morrissey, with notable contributions by Erik Matthews,Nicola Cuti and Nina Kester), Gaska does something perhaps even more clever. He
gives his audience a refresher course in the exciting events of the original pilot episode of Space:1999. This time
however, with a whole new twist.
By utilizing the personal accounts of such key characters as Commander John Koenig and Professor Victor Bergman to more fully expand upon the harrowing events of September
13, 1999, Gaska skillfully interweaves into his narrative, additional background details that may
have been overlooked in the first televised episode.
The beautiful cover of Muir's Space: 1999: The Whispering Sea
offering from Drew Gaska and company certainly sounds like it will really hit the spot for Space: 1999 fans who've waited
so very long to see one of their favorite classic scifi shows finally brought back to full futuristic vim and vigor.
What's more, to say that this innovative new take on the Space: 1999 mythos sounds intriguing would be quite
an understatement. The amazing artwork commissioned for the project alone is sure to please. Hopefully,
if you're as big a fan of Space: 1999 as I am, you'll join me in supporting this more than worthy project
and help pave the way for further installments in the series.
Muir reveals on his Blogspot page that the new adventure falls into the chronology of the second year of the series, essentially taking
place between the episodes, "The Metamorph" and "The Exiles." This is of course a considerabe jump ahead in the established Space: 1999 timeline,
compared to the events depicted in Drew Gaska's Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe.
The Maya character's integration into the regular cast of the show is explored in depth, since the
events depicted in the novel immediately follow her self imposed exile from the planet Psychon. Muir promises that "how she came to assume duties as Moonbase Alpha's science officer" will
also be explored in much greater detail than might have been afforded, had the show focused more on that specific
plot point in one of the weekly episodes.
Wow! Two brand new Space: 1999 offerings from leading genre writers
in the same relatively short time span! That's not just good news, it's just plain epic. Sort of like
the ever unfolding adventures of the more than three hundred surviving members of the exciting interstellar mythos originally
crafted by the legendary Gerry and Sylvia Anderson production team.
Moonbase Alpha: September 13, 1999
Though the science behind the show has been criticized as being somewhat flawed, in the mid 70s, before
Star Wars took the pop culture world by storm, it was pretty hard to find a show that was more fascinating and fun to watch
than Space: 1999.
Here's the exciting first season
intro. This may be a bit melodramatic by today's standards, but back then, with few or much of any quality science
fiction shows being offered, Space: 1999 was an exciting and visually spectacular sight for sore eyes.
Be sure to visit Space: 1999.Net. Remarkably,
you can browse the site in 6 different languages and learn more about just about anything and everything related
to the classic, often overlooked and perhaps even more often under appreciated mid 1970s scifi franchise.