Mike, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Memorabilia an out and out trade show? It isn't a convention in the sense of ones I've been to, i.e. a traders room but also dedicated speakers etc. So I don't think it actually would attract as broad an audience as you imagine - these are going to be the hardest of hard core fans, not the public. I'd never even heard of Mem until Gareth mentioned it. And having a broad range of stuff there won't really help your cause either - it'll just dilute interest. Without an actual stall, how will you attract interest to yourselves? Realistically, as you clearly intend to, you'll end up speaking to some of the actors if they have a spare moment between signings.As for launching products - Terrahawks launched through a press release aimed at sites like mine. That was it. I haven't even seen it in normal shops yet. Star Fleet doesn't have Anderson behind it. I seriously doubt you'd get any media attention beyond the level that Terrahawks achieved. Universal, for example, just releases Universal stuff (unsurprisingly). Mollin is dead in the water.I'm not thinking commercial success either - I'm thinking loss avoidance for yourself. I imagine you can ask tomorrow how much a stall is, but you still wouldn't have anything to put on it...?I agree that the fan base is very difficult to judge. But, you're almost defeating your own argument by saying that demand for videos is greater than those sold. That's just people wanting to get hold of videos to see if the series is like they remember it. It's not people who necessarily want to travel and pay money to chat about the series - particularly if they haven't been able to watch it on video!As you say, it's going to be very, very similar to chatting about it here. So why bother with the travel at all? I know from my own direct experience with other forums that there can come a time when a certain critical mass is reached and the forums take on a social aspect "in real life" - but we're nowhere near that, and not likely to be unless the videos come out.So you see, I think you're coming at this backwards. You're trying to raise interest in what is effectively a dead series without the means to actually raise interest in it - because I think they'll take a dim view of you selling pirated tapes at a trade fair (as an example). Dr Who, Blake's Seven etc - all had much, much bigger audiences and have had good video releases in the UK. Star Fleet hasn't. You say it's unfair to judge by fanfic - but that's an ideal indicator of whether there's anyone around who'd be interested in coming to a convention to chat about the show. Fanfic keeps old series going - Trek being a classic example. People who don't have that level of interest will never go to the trouble of going to an event to meet people - but I agree you might attract people if you could get some sort of visibility.To my mind, the sort of people who are into Star Fleet will find it on the Net. I know, because I've gone to the trouble of jumping into nostalgia discussions on other boards who HAVE found it in an attempt to encourage people to look into it. But there's a distinct lack of people flooding onto this forum because it's just nostalgia for them - plain and simple. They discuss it a bit in one thread on their own forums, and that's it, it goes away again.Let me ask you this. What exactly are you hoping to achieve from a real life meeting that can't be achieved here, given the relatively low level of active interest in the show? If you can do interviews with the voice actors, and they're available on the web for people to read, is there any point to arranging a meeting with them? If the answer to these is negative, then I just don't see what the goal is.There's a reason why I've expanded my site beyond just Star Fleet. Star Fleet did strike a chord with a lot of people which is why it's been my focus, and I agree, it's quite an unusual level of interest for such an old show - but then, as you say Mike, I've done a lot of advertising one way and another over the past few years. Now I'm trying to add a little variety to the site, because I know that Star Fleet isn't all that massively popular and to keep the site interesting, and myself interested in the site, I need to do other things.I would hope that if the series does come out again in a widely available way, a convention might become possible. But I also think that you'd have to mix it up with other 80s themes - and I know the 80snostalgia site had done meets before now, although I've never been to any.Finally, to end on an up-beat note. As I've suggested in another thread which Shane picked up on, an official re-release of Star Fleet in this country may not be a complete pipe-dream. I would even go so far as to say that there is a reasonable chance this could happen in the next year if things work out. More detail than that I can't give you, and it isn't written in stone by any means, but the possibility is there and I'm assisting with it as far as I can.
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