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Not normally my subject matter, but felt like being first once.
I remember having the UFO from 'The Invaders' as a kid. I believe an Aurora issue. Built but not painted. If you painted it, you had to wait for it to dry before you could attack David Vincent. Remember waiting with bated breath to see if the chief of police or the nice old crazy cat lady had a CROOKED LITTLE FINGER?!? Or how about 'Thunderbirds'? Gerry Anderson's puppets proved that you could make bad sci-fi without actually spending money. And we ate it up! 'Star Trek' - 7 flashing lights, a voltmeter, and a slightly feminine mechanical voice constituted a 'computer'!
Nowadays, we have computer-generated graphics rather than visible strings on marionettes, smart phones smaller than Kirk's communicator, ipads that do way more than McCoy's tri-corder ("Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not an actor!"), and stealth bombers that have more going for them than UFOs (except space travel!). And don't get me started on shoe phones!
Damn! I miss the old days!
P,S. - "He's dead, Jim. You get his tri-corder. I'll grab his wallet."