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Megarite, TMP

A Megarite passing through the air tram station.

The Megarites were a humanoid species encountered by the Federation by the late-23rd century.

A Megarite passed through the air tram station in San Francisco on stardate 7410.2, moments before Admiral James T. Kirk departed from the air tram. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

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Megarite

Detail of facial design.

Megarite, costume test

Detail of attire.

The Megarites were designed by Fred Phillips and Robert Fletcher for The Motion Picture.

In an article appearing in the January 2002 edition of Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 9, entitled "Who is that Alien?", the following information about the Megarites, as taken from Fletcher's original background notes, added:

"In their natural environment, the Megarites lived under water, but the Federation developed a system of injections that allowed them to survive on land for about a week."

In an interview appearing in the March 1980 edition of Fantastic Films, entitled, "The Star Trek Costumes", Fletcher revealed information about the Megarites and the design of their costumes:

"These are the Megarites. I call them the jade people because their planet has jade in such abundance that they make everything out of it. That even includes their houses. The bracelets are cast of plastic and made to look like graphite steel. They also have a great deal of graphite steel on their planet so they wear a great many ornaments made out of this material too. The jade plaque on his collar was made of a felt and resin combination. Notice the hood. The hood of the costume was is lined with a sheet of foam rubber to give added body to the costume and to create a more sculpted look. The hood then fits directly onto the collar. The particular costume is made of an indigo blue wool. The loose folds and the very rounded head help give a very otherworldly look to the creature."

In 1980, Mego released a 3¾-inch Megarite action figure as part of its second series. [1]

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