Houston We Don’t Have a Problem

Been a while since I have posted. But been even longer looking for over a year now for the found item that was used to create the conical shaped material container first used in several scenes in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (TWOK).

The same item was used in a scene in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial before a bunch of them being used in several Star Trek:The Next Generation (TNG) episodes. One finally came up on eBay and I snagged it:

Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Ches

Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Chest.

The original found piece is a Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Chest. For its use as a prop, the piece was obviously repainted, new decals placed on it, and modified by having two snap latches attached to it. Here are some shots of an original Little Tikes one with the original decals on it (courtesy of SgtFang’s imager website):

Front of a vintage Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Chest.

Top-down view of a vintage Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Chest.

Back view of a vintage Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Chest.

For TWOK, a pair of them were heavily distressed and first show up on the interior walls fo Khan’s makeshift abode:

Later in the film, multiple silver painted ones are in the Genesis tunnel inside the Regula planetoid:

The next film the Little Tikes toy chest shows upon is E.T. A trio of them are in one shot after the government scientists are packing up the makeshift field laboratory inside the house and are painted white with no decreeable markings on them. One is behind where Gertie ( Drew Barrymore) is as she walks over to where the “man with keys” (Peter Coyote) and Mary ( Dee Wallace)—Elliot’s mother—are talking. Coyote’s character is resting his hand on one and as they talk, a technician walks past them carrying another one:

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The toy chest shows up as medical investigator container prop in the film “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial “.

Prop Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Chest used in the film

A few years later, quite a few of them turned up in three different TNG episodes.

The first is a single one with no discernible markings with an undefined color—possible a primer gray—in the third season episode “The Vengeance Factor”:

Prop Little Tikes kid’s Apollo Space Capsule Toy Chest used in the ST:TNG episode

The toy chest next turns up in the ST:TNG episode “The Vengeance Factor”.

Later that same season, a whole slew of them, some painted metallic silver, the others painted a metallic copper, none with descendable markings, are used in one of the better third-season episodes “The Most Toys”:

Their final appearance in TNG seems to have been in the fourth season episode, “Future Imperfect” in the illusionary Romulan base created “Jean-Luc”/Ethan/Barash“. These may be the same paint job from “The Most Toys” episode, as there seems to be both copper and silver tone colored versions. Though some seem to have had either a Dullcote spay or weathering to dull down their metallic luster quite a bit. Particularly the copper/earth tone colored ones in Ethan’s hiding place/supply cave.

They first appear in the episode in the Romulan holding cell as “Ethan” and Rider escape after overpowering a Romulan guard and then escaping into a crawlspace/tunnel:

…and making their way further into Ethan’s hiding place:

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