How to make a Klingon forehead in 7 easy steps, and other Trekkie news
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On the brink of an expected blockbuster opening weekend for the new "Star Trek" flick (read the Monitor's review), the marketplace is being flooded with all manner of Trekkie tie-ins – toys, gizmos, books, online movies, and mobile phone applications. Starry-eyed already? Here are a couple of our favorites:
• The "Star Trek" game for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. It's a basic point-and-click side-scrolling shooter, but for less than three bucks, the graphics are pretty lush, and the sound effects absorbing.
• The Star Trek USB Communicator, which replicates Captain Kirk's device from the original series. The next-gen gizmo allows users to access Skype, AIM, and iChat through a built-in mic and speaker.
• An official "Star Trek" phone, from Nokia. This one's only for folks in Europe, and comes equipped with all manner of Trekkie wallpaper, ringtones, and other assorted gadgetry.
• A "somewhat accurate guide for making any forehead appliance/headpiece," by Mark "Liam" Collins. Plenty of us have experienced the problem: we want to dress up as our favorite Klingon, but don't want to shell out for an ungainly store-bought item. Mr. Collins can help: his seven step guide is perfect for the beginner or the master Trekkie.
Beam me up.