Corgi Announces Star Trek Movie License January 26, 2008by John Tenuto , Filed under: Merchandise,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback
Collectible company Corgi International announced this week that it had extended its Star Trek license through 2010. The announcement specifically mentions that the license will include the 2008 Star Trek feature film. TrekMovie.com has learned that the license applies mainly to the Master Replicas brand (which Corgi bought in 2006). Master Replicas, maker of high-end collectibles, has been producing Star Trek-related prop reproductions and ship models for the last decade.
Good news for MR and fans
This deal was key for Master Replicas who recently lost its lucrative Star Wars license. Master Replicas were making lightsabers and props items, which were spectacularly popular. They must be hoping that the new film will bring Star Trek collectibles up to fill in the gap. Corgi’s CEO Michael Cookson says
Star Trek is a license that has had great resonance with our consumers, and we expect that the new movie will bring a whole new wave of Star Trek enthusiasts. The marketplace is excited with the forthcoming movie and our range will mirror that excitement, with releases planned for 2008.
Corgi’s Master Replicas tends to quality collectors items. Their $1200 ‘studio scale’ version of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 is a critical and fan success. And for $2000 you it came signed by all the living TOS era crew (with extra memoriam images and signatures of De Forrest Kelley and James Doohan). Master Replicas does offer more affordable items, such as the small models of the Eneterprises (1701 and 1701-D) for about $40. However, these items are not toys meant to be played with, but more museum quality items meant for display.
Small Corgi Enterprise and ‘studio scale’ Master Replica Enterprise
More info at Toy Fair
At the February 17th to 20th New York Toy Fair, Corgi/Master Replicas will be showing off new pre-production versions of their Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country “Assault Phaser” and the Star Trek: First Contact Mark IX Science Tricorder, both 1,500 limited editions and are likely to retail for $400+. The props feature displays with acrylic covers and sound effects from original sound files. Early images have shown up online (below). Corgi is also expected to announce more details on plans for the new Star Trek movie.
Master replicas new STFC Tricorder and STV Phaser
More merchandising news coming
Over the next week or two Trekmovie.com will be bringing you more exclusive coverage and commentary on the Star Trek merchandising for both the franchise in general and for the new movie.