|Trek collector Kent Karemaker|
And that's exactly what Kent recently did when he brought his new collection site on-line at startrektngcostumes.com. Along with his site, Kent shared some of his insights in collecting with me.
WOD: So Kent, what's the draw of NextGen for you?
KK: I grew up in a small town on Vancouver Island, on the West Coast of British Columbia where even finding a Star Trek comic or magazine was rare. I watched TNG for years growing up and even role played my own ship and crew with my friends every day at lunch hour in elementary school.
|Kent's collection features some rather recognizable pieces.|
Since TNG has always been special to me, having the chance to actually own the very costumes from my childhood memories was a dream come true. Instead of dreaming about those autographed photos of my heroes, I now own pieces worn by them.
|The collection has dozens of costumes worn by the main cast and guest stars.|
KK: I really want a few more guest star costumes, and I'm not picky on which of them it would be. I love one-episode character costumes as they are easy to pinpoint to a specific memory and brings me back to when that episode premiered and where I would have been in my young life at the time. Of course, I also love crew costumes and would love to add a Picard duty uniform to the collection or a crew member Starfleet uniform I may not have already. I've been fortunate to have managed to acquire many of the obscure pieces I searched for. I thank my news reporter background for being able to research and sniff them out!
WOD: What would be your ultimate holy grail for your collection?
KK: Hmm, tough question – this has changed over the years since I have already managed to add a few of my grails to the collection.
That said, I would love to have the Picard Borg costume as Locutus. Sadly, I don't think it exists in complete form anywhere and even if it did it may suffer the same breakdown of foam latex and materials as all Borg costumes from that era seem to.
If I were to have a second choice, it would be a two costume set. My fondest memories are of the 3rd season episode The Survivors and would be the costumes of husband and wife Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge. I know her costume is out there somewhere (I don't know where) but sadly his is MIA.
WOD: I think you're right about poor Locutus. I'm afraid his pieces have been scattered to the wind. But good luck finding him and thanks for sharing your collection with the world through your great site.
See Kent's complete collection at startrektngcostumes.com.