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The Collective: New Diamond Select Items Available April 6, 2008

by John Tenuto , Filed under: Toys , trackback

This week, The Collective has your details and a guide to new Diamond Select/Art Asylum’s Star Trek items for 2008 (announced at ToyFair) which are now available for presale. This week you can reserve DST’s first Enterprise D, their first TMP figures and the latest Minimates.

DST’s toy ship line continues this year with the Enterprise NCC 1701 D, featuring saucer separation with sound effects and lights. This roughly 12" ship toy is DST’s first TNG TV era ship. As with most DST ships, the toy also features the voice of its Captain from famous episodes.

1701-D available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth

Star Trek The Next Generation U.S.S. Enterprise D
(pre-order, available September)

There will also be an "All Good Things" Future Enterprise D version which includes the extra nacelle and detailing. This is not available for pre-order yet, but will be an exclusive at

"All Good Things" 1701-D

Other DST Ships
The two versions of the 1701-D finish out the (major) Enterprises to be made by Diamond/Art Asylum. Previously they have done three versions each of the NX-01, TOS 1701, and movie era 1701/1701-A. They have also done two 1701-E’s. All include sound effects which are often timed with the lighting effects on these collectibles which helps make the toy even more fun.

The "Cage" TOS 1701 and "Wrath of Khan" refit 1701 are available now at Entertainment Earth. 

Star Trek Wrath of Khan U.S.S. Enterprise Replica The Cage Enterprise NCC-1701 Vehicle
$44.99 $39.99

First TMP Action Figures From DST
Star Trek: The Motion Picture versions of Kirk and Spock are coming this October, limited to a ‘1701 edition’ (only 1,701 will be made). These 7" figures feature multiple points of articulation and are the first ever TMP figures from DST.

TMP figures now available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth

Star Trek The Motion Picture Kirk & Spock Action Figures
(pre-order, available September)

The TMP figures are the latest of Kirk and Spock 2 packs to be added to the 2008 line-up from DST. Coming this May is the "Death of Spock" set featuring a grieving Admiral Kirk and Radiation Spock from The Wrath of Khan.  And in June comes the TOS "The Amok Time Set" with lirpas!

Death Of Spock Kirk and Spock 2-Pack Figures Amok Time Kirk and Spock Action Figures
(pre-order, avail May)
(pre-order, avail June)

New MiniMates
Avoid the agonizer and preorder the Mirror Mirror MiniMates (talk about alliteration) shipping this August. This is the first 5 pack of 2" Star Trek featuring alternative universe versions of Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Marlena Moreau, and Sulu. Also for preorder is the ‘series 4′ set of Minimates featuring the first TNG MiniMates (Picard and the Borg), along with McCoy and Chapel, Admiral Kirk and Engineering Scotty, and Admiral Kirk and TWOK Dress Version Scotty.

Series 4 Set of Minimates
Mirror Mirror Minimates
(pre-order, avail September)
(pre-order, avail August)

Previews Ads
These newest Diamond Select items are also featured in this months ‘Previews’ magazine…here are scans of those ads. (click to enlarge)

Up Next: Megopalooza
Our next Collective presents a review of the EMCE and DST retro MEGO versions of Dr. McCoy and the Romulan, along with news about the presales and the next items available in the line.



1. That One Guy - April 6, 2008

Looks good. I want the Enterprise D from AGT.

2. Garovorkin - April 6, 2008

Cool but they don’t have my favorite Enterprise, The Enterprise c Ambasador class ship.

3. j - April 6, 2008


4. Ro-Dan - April 6, 2008

I really dig those TMP Kirk and Spock figures.

5. Michael Hall - April 6, 2008


Ugh! You really liked that flying Edsel?

As Jim Kirk once noted, there’s no accounting for taste. :-)

6. Garovorkin - April 6, 2008

#5 yeah i loved that ship. it had more of the look of the original.

7. Q - April 6, 2008

Yay, now we can pay 32 bucks for 2 pieces of plastic of TMP figures that we have bought not once but twice already! (I’ll buy it anyway! lol!) This is why Diamond Select was not selected for the new movie, because, though their stuff looks good, it is so expenssive and has no distribution at all. And as fir the Enterprise D that playmates made 5 different kinds of why would we need one from select? why not a ‘c’ or b’ or a reliant or how about some alien ships?. I wonder if playmates will be able to make 5 different versions of the new Enterprise?

Here is the new opening for the new trek movie:

Star trek the marketing frontier… These are the voyages of very greedy bunch, Paramount studios..their ongoing mission to explore new ways of ripping everyone off by putting out a new movie to sell their old and new junk that no one really wants and to seek out new people to rip off…to greedely go where no marketing ripoff has gone before!

8. Anthony Pascale - April 6, 2008

Q…warning for trolling

I really do not understand posts like 7…which we get with almost every article on merchandising. Star Trek is actually under-merchandised compared to other franchises. And yet CBS Paramount is attacked for licensing new toys? You do realize you have the option on whether on not to buy something. So what if there were TMP figures in the 70s and Playmates D ships from over a decade ago…does that mean they can never be made again and Trek fans should have to hunt on Ebay for old products? please.

9. Q - April 6, 2008

Oh please! Can you think of a better argument than that? The point is, is the people that created those characters and ships and the actors who played them, whose likeness’ are being used are getting NOTHING! Though, w/o them, there would be no action figures. People like Shatner, Nimoy, etc. are not recieving anything for their likeness on the figures or for the reprint of the movies all 20 directors editions and betas, VHS’ laser discs, etc. Paramount is getting away with murder! Shatner and Nimoy and the rest should be billionares for the amount of times their likeness’ and performances have been proffited from, yet, they are not!

10. Q - April 6, 2008

Also, I forgot to mention that I hope that the DS9, VOY, ENT and the new folks sign(ed) really good deals seeing how the TOS and TNG people were ripped off time and again.

11. Scott Xavier - April 6, 2008

I love the cage enterprise. Its so unique and different from the Tos enterprise. Please JJ dont rape the fans as the past has.

12. Anthony Pascale - April 6, 2008

final warning for trolling
you are entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts. You dont like merchandising, dont buy it and move on. And for the record, Shatner and Nimoy are well compensated.
You are done for this thread

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13. Irish Trekki - April 6, 2008

Wow, I have afew of those…….. Must….. Not…… Feel….. Old!!

14. DEMODE - April 6, 2008

Hey Q… for STAR TREK: NEMESIS, the TNG actors went to the studio and had themselves scanned by the toy company so that their figures would look exactly like them. Safe to say the actors made some money from those figures.

15. diabolk - April 6, 2008

#8… true.. if’n we didn’t buy the stuff, they wouldn’t make it.

16. Sid - April 6, 2008

I’m waiting for an Ambassador and NX class, myself.

In before rage against ENT.

17. Garovorkin - April 6, 2008

I actually think these toys are quite neet and I have no issue with paramount and company making money of of things like this, it’s part of the franchise business. Whats the big deal?

18. oztrek - April 6, 2008

Wow! This thread was actually an exciting read!

#14… that is intriguing

Q… why don’t you just stick with “gallivanting around the galaxy and being omnipotent” and leave us puny humans with our flawed ideas of fun.

19. TonyD - April 6, 2008

Those ships look nice, but I really wish these companies would show a little daring, expand the line a bit beyond the same three or four models and give us some different ships from the myriad of other configurations seen on the TV shows and movies. Personally, I’d love to see an electronic version of the USS Reliant.

20. CmdrR - April 6, 2008

Whatever they did to TMP Kirk, it sure looks painful.

I’d like to see (heck, I’d like to play with) these toys before deciding whether to shell out the credits or navy beans.

But, um, COOL!

21. Whatiswith - April 6, 2008

I’d love to see an Excelsior class …

22. Kayla Iacovino - April 6, 2008

I always love these Collective articles! The Enterprise D models look pretty nice.

23. Mark 2000 - April 6, 2008

I don’t really understand how Q was trolling. Playmates did a “only 1701 made” stunt 10 years ago and people where pissed. They have a right to be. And Trek is over merchandised and always has been. You can slap an arrow head on anything and make a buck off someone. These aren’t really off base or controversial positions so I don’t understand the back lash. Is Diamond a sponsor of this site?

24. Anthony Pascale - April 6, 2008

any comments to decisions go to feedback

but to be clear…I am tired of people coming into articles from John (and also Alex and Rob) about books, comics, toys etc and rolling out the tired attacks on CBS and Paramount and licensed products and ‘greed’ etc. Star Trek itself is a product…it is a brand . There is nothing wrong with licensing it and in fact it actually doesnt come close to star wars or other brands for the volume of merchandise. You dont like comics, books, or merchandise…fine. but no need to come in and attack.

John puts a lot of time and effort into these things and there are lots of other fellow collectors out there who appreciate it. I just dont like to see these things and he was the last straw

and not this site isn’t ‘sponsored’ by DST or CBS or any of the licensees.

and thats the last word

25. YUBinit - April 6, 2008

It kind of looks like they got Picardo’s head on the Kirk TMP figure you think? LOL

26. Hat Rick - April 6, 2008

Those collectibles really look good. I’m glad there are things like these on the market. They’re quite popular, and for good reason.

The more Trek collectibles and toys, the better!

27. Sean4000 - April 6, 2008

Love the AGT Ent-D. I have the transforming one from years ago.

Still waiting on the Scimitar and Nemesis Ent-E…….

28. SPB - April 6, 2008

I don’t understand the mindset of “only” creating 1,701 sets/figures either, but at $31.99 a pop for both TMP figures, that still comes out at quite a bargain. Roughly 16 bucks for a limited, specialty figure is a decent deal no matter how you cut it.

I’ll be reserving my order for the 2 TMP figures with no problems or guilt at all… AND I’ll be taking them OUT OF THEIR PACKAGES! *gasp!!!*

(I only hope they put Kirk’s crotch back by the time they’re ready to ship…)

29. Sisko Is The Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him - April 6, 2008

thanks John…you are the toymaster. I think i will get the D to add to my ship collection. Although I stopped buying figures when I was a kid but can justify buying ships and phasers…becaue they are ‘replicas’ and of course not Toys…or that is what I tell my wife

I really dont undersand either the ‘haters’ on merchandise. I like my Trek stuff and I know that the actors all get their cut…in fact didnt Nimoy successfully sue for likeness rights? Star Trek may be all opmistic about a future about no money, but it is in the end really just a product of Paramount. Just like Superman is a product of DC. And us fans will continue to buy it…and there is nothing wrong with that. And I really dont need anyone coming in here and screaming and telling us all that we are complicit in some evil scheme. It is just a TV show and these are just some toys

30. Jorg Sacul - April 6, 2008

I don’t see how people can say Trek is over-marketed. Perhaps it’s not marketed how the majority of the buying fans want it to be, but over-marketed? Nah.

Maybe their marketing people need to take a look at what the fans purchase.

Obviously we want ship models/toys/top-end replicas. Action figures? I’m not so sure. Most of my friends who are the collectors of the figures (the toys, not the sculptures) feel compelled to buy them for the sake of buying them to put away for some “future value”, which just isn’t going to exist in our lifetimes. Costumes? Not the cheapies made of polyester in bags, but good stuff, that is still affordable, YOU BET.

How about some nice desktop models of the Enterprise, from NX-01 thru 1701E, in 1/2500 scale. Make them in SCALE, make them ACCURATE. That is what Trek fans want. Accuracy! Yeah, we want to play space battle with them, too, who’s kidding whom?

I harken back to the first Hallmark Trek ornament, Kirk’s Enterprise. Why did they bother to make it if they couldn’t get the proportions and dimensions right? Yet, because it was the first of the series, that saggy-nacelled rustbucket sells on eBay regularly for $200+. The later ornaments became so very much nicer and true to form, and I look forward to adding them to my tree each year.

I’m not grousing, nor really complaining. I’m glad to have lived to the time when toy phasers and communicators are very accurate and impressive to look at, unlike what was cranked out in the 70s. If you’re going to all the trouble of making a master to mass produce, do it right the first time, I always say. You’ll sell more swag to the fans if they’re likely to show it off and have their friends say “COOL! GOTTA HAVE ONE OF MY OWN!

Just some ideas, if anyone in the marketing department is listening.

31. girl6 - April 6, 2008

Whoever decided to go with the ripped-shirt Kirk is so going to heaven. You have the gratitude of fangirls everywhere.

Now, if they could just do a shirtless, handcuffed, “Patterns of Force” Spock, all would be right with the world…

32. shat hands - April 6, 2008

all good faithful stuff………cold shower for number 31!!!!

33. Gibnerd - April 6, 2008

I remember seeing back at the New York Toy Fair footage that DST was doing a new Borg Queen figure… anyone know if that is still due out sometime this year?
BTW, I want those TMP figures! now where is a Will Decker and Ilia 2 pack!??

34. SciFiMetalGirl - April 6, 2008

I really don’t understand what people see in the mini-mates…

But I can’t wait to get my hands on a future Enterprise!!!

35. Gibnerd - April 6, 2008

yeah, it will never happen, but that just made me think about how sweet an Enterprise-J would be….. It will never happen though.

36. Paul - April 6, 2008

would love to get ahold of the refit E, always was my favorite. not so much into the action figures, i did get all of the palymates ones for First Contact, and for me being a little kid back then it was murder not to open those bad boys up, i was just disappointed that Picard was the only one to have a spacesuit. oh and somebody had a great idea, i’d buy a model of the Scimitar from NEM that thing looked scary. one of the things i’ve always wanted were Star Trek t-shirts and i have never been able to find any good ones. anyone know of a place i could go? your input would be greatly appreciated, just for the fact i want a shirt to wear to the premiere.

37. Gibnerd - April 6, 2008

Paul, check out the online store for the Star Trek Experience. They have some good ones..

38. The Vulcanista - April 6, 2008


Shirtless Spock … mmmmmm!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

39. demon barber of starfleet - April 6, 2008

I love the ships. But the action figures and especially the Mini Mates creep me out.

40. Jeffrey S. Nelson - April 7, 2008

Diamond Select ST toys are generally well done with a few exceptions. The Captains In Chairs series was a major disappointment. Smudged Starfleet insignias on the uniforms and paint chips on the chairs are examples. How many times do you have to order these to get a decent copy?? I was so disappointed by the KIrk ones that I passed on Picard completely.
The Enterprise 1701-A was just fine. The re-tooled version 1701 has warp nacelles that both point to the left because the plastic bent that way and then cooled at the factory. My friend in Seattle says his is the same. Where’s the quality control?
Playmates didn’t seem to have this many problems. Their version of the 1701 (original series) is superior to Diamond Select’s.

41. M. - April 7, 2008

I’m tired of people making the argument: Playmates made X , so why do we need it from Diamond?

Well, Playmates merchandise was aimed at children, initially, and therefore the quality is not there for the more discerning collector. Diamond is aimed at the collector market, for those of us who want a little more quanlity in our figures and ships.

Yes Playmates made an Enterprise D, so what! The Diamond ships are much better than the Playmates ones.

To quote someone on this thread: If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

Stop wasting the time of those of us who do.

42. JLC - April 7, 2008

I wont get the figures .. but the ships are really cool. and I have never had an ENT D. Before.

43. Iowagirl - April 7, 2008

#31, 38

I fully agree with the ripped-shirt-Kirk-heaven-gratitude interrelation, girl6. ;-) And I understand, I really do – you Spock gals do come off badly. One paltry episode for you with glorious bare-chested Spock … I grieve with thee;-) (Although, I’m a bit worried about that “handcuffed” remark – well, not really :))

Nevertheless, those Amok Time figures do look fine and are a must!

44. star trackie - April 7, 2008

Can’t wait to get those TMP figures. I like the Amok Time set as well. But I’ll have to pass on those ini-mates, they look like they belong on the Fisher Price shelf. The AA ships are by far the best quality ship reproductions, but I’ll have to pass on the Enterprise D, I always thought it was one fugly ship.

I’m a little scared that I didn’t see the TOS tricorder on the list. I thought they had one in the works to be released this summer. After seeing their superb TOS communicator, I sure hope the tricorder is still on track!

45. John Tenuto - April 7, 2008

Here are some items for clarification

The TOS tricorder is going to be available soon, as will be the DS9 action figures announced at Toy Fair. We are waiting for information regarding summer convention exclusives, if any, and the new 18″ line of action figures from DST.

For those looking for a variety of ships, I might suggest Johnny Lightning. While these are small and have no electronics, they are amazingly priced at $4 and incredibly detailed. They have a variety of ships from every era of Star Trek.

The actors from Star Trek do have likeness rights and are compensated for products utilizing their images, especially for the crew.

Star Trek items are available with varying quality and purposes. Toys are supposed to be toys. Prop replicas are supposed to be prop replicas. If fans don’t like the price or quality of these items, there certainly are other items available. There are $4, $40, $400, and $2000 ships. The Licenees include

DST (TOS to Nemesis action figures, busts, statues, ships)
Corgi and Master Replica (ship statues, prop replicas)
Screen Life (Scene It Game)
Rittenhouse Ltd (trading cards)
Pocket Books (novels, calendars)
Gentle Giants Ltd (12″ action figures)
Junk Food (T shirts)
Anthony Grandio (checks)
Bethesda (video games)
Hallmark (ornaments, greeting cards)
IDW (comics)
Checker (reprints of Gold Key comics)
Titan (Star Trek magazine)
Toyko Pop (manga comics)
Playmates Toys (Star Trek IX toys)
Creation Entertainment (photos) (various items)
Johnny Lightning Playing Mantis (toy ships)
Swag Dog (customizable T shirts)
Film Cells Ltd (film cells)
Golfsmith (golfing items)
Lightspeed (fine art) (pictures)

MiniMates are stylized toys. They have the features of LEGO Minifigs without having to buy entire sets of LEGOs to get them.

46. Commodore Lurker - April 7, 2008

test 1,2,3.

47. Garovorkin - April 7, 2008

John and Anthony i was wondering when are we likely to see the action figures and stuff from the upcoming Abrams Movie, I ma very curious on this.

48. Magic_Al - April 7, 2008

Radiation Spock is a weird idea. Kind of ironic considering that you never get a good look at the burn makeup in the movie. When you see “radiation’ Spock from the front, the view is obscured by reflections and glare in the transparent wall, and when you see him from the back the camera is focused on Kirk and Spock is a little blurry. You get the idea of his burns but the detail is left to the imagination.

I think the proper thing would be for kids to make their own Radiation Spock by putting regular Spock in the microwave or by using a magnifying glass under the sun. That’s how we did things in my day!

49. star trackie - April 7, 2008

Thanks for the info John. I didn’t know about the 18″ figures, I hope they do a TOS Spock at that scale, it would look great in my theater room. Also I’m very glad to hear the tricorder is still in the works, thanks again!

50. John Tenuto - April 7, 2008


The action figures will hopefully be considered “non spoiler” items and be seen as valuable “retail marketing” for the film. It is my guess that these items will be available April 2009 if the film is May. However, we might see images earlier at the various Winter toy fairs of 2009. Indiana Jones is a good indication of the timeline of Star Trek marketing, with most of the items now for the May 22nd film.

51. Phil123 - April 7, 2008

Garovorkin what is it about the “C” that you like? Not being insulting but i’ve never heard anyone who mention the C as a ship they like. To me it always looked like a rushed cobble together of the D and the original.

but whatever, everyones tastes are different thats how the world goes round.

that D looks pritty cool. don’t think i’ll be buying to though.

52. Izbot - April 7, 2008

You can always position your Radiation Spock action figure facing away from you so you don’t get a clear view of him!

As to microwaving him, I lost soooooo many Star Wars action figures in the late 70s and early 80s to prolonged torture (mostly by dousing them in lighter fluid, lighting them then tossing them off the roof into the swimming pool)! Ah, the simple pleasures of childhood!

53. John Tenuto - April 7, 2008


Kirk and Spock are the first of the 18 inch line. Please click for more

54. Izbot - April 7, 2008

51. Regarding the E-C:

Maybe it’s the rareness of the model. We only really saw it in one episode in hundreds of hours of viewing. It remains an intriguing blip in an otherwise nonexistant period in known Starfleet history. I can see how it has its appeal, even though you are correct to point out that what we actually saw did look pretty rushed and lacking in surface detail.

55. Garovorkin - April 7, 2008

#51 and # 54 I like it because it mirrors the original constitution class enterprise so much.

56. Dr. Image - April 7, 2008

See? Those TMP uniforms just get better with age- and the TWOK ones don’t!

57. COMAPSSIONATE GOD - April 7, 2008

I would LOVE to see a scaled TMP bridge for the Diamond TMP figures. Mego produced one for their small line of figures in 1979, but with today’s technology, such a bridge design would rock. Same for a TOS bridge…lights, sounds, the works. Charge around $40 – $50 bucks for something crafted to last, and i’m SO there!

58. THX-1138 - April 7, 2008

Wow, Jeffrey S. Nelson, I couldn’t disagree more about your comparison between the Playmates and DST TOS 1701’s. DST’s have way better paint, much more accurate detailing, and is about as faithful to the original filming model as it appeared in the series as one can possibly hope to have for $40. I won’t even get into the inaccuracies of the Playmates version and the fact that it is a clearly a toy. But I don’t remember the Enterprise having buttons (!?) on the saucer section.

I have the DST original 1701, the E E, and TWOK E. All are absolutely beautiful. I sure wish DST had been given the rights to produce the new version of the Enterprise for the movie. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Playmates, but I know what I want. I don’t need to get the DST Enterprise D because my model is probably more accurate. But it doesn’t have the electronics. On second thought, maybe I do need it.

John, I know this has nothing to do with Star Trek, but do you think we will ever see any good ships or tech from the new BSG like models or something bigger than the Titaniums? DST has busts and statues, but I think they are missing the boat. I want a Galactica, Pegasus, both Vipers, a Base star, a Raider, and a Raptor.

59. Anthony Thompson - April 7, 2008

WHERE is my TOS tricorder???

60. John Tenuto - April 7, 2008


Hello THX-1138

That is a great question. We will ask DST about the ships.

Thank you for the comments!


61. diabolik - April 7, 2008

All I ask in a tricorder is that it be THE CORRECT SCALE. The Playmates tricorder that came out a few years ago was still a kid-sized version. Not much bigger than the AMT model kit that came out years ago.

62. THX-1138 - April 7, 2008

Thanks, John. I really enjoy your column as I am a ship and tech enthusiast. I wondered if Ron Moore didn’t get more merchandising for BSG because he thought it might diminish the profile of the show. I still have my original models of the Raider, Viper, and Galactica from the first run of Battlestar Galactica and am looking for a Base Star from the same era (I know about a few on eBay).

I can’t be the only one who would scoop up new BSG ships.

63. girl6 - April 7, 2008

I want a TOS padd to take to meetings. Complete with flashing jellybeans. Seriously. How cool would that be giving a presentation? People would stare and I’d be all like, “What?”

I brought my TOS tricorder to work, but only once because it’s NOT A TOY. One of my co-workers wears a TNG com badge every day. Another friend carries her communicator in her purse. We argue about who’s the bigger geek.

I would proudly claim the title if I had a TOS padd…

64. Irish Terran - April 7, 2008

I have a load of those from when my brother was colecting them a few years back……..

65. Irish Terran - April 7, 2008

I’d kill for a new series viper and battlestar myself!!!!

66. girl6 - April 7, 2008

John– I purchased a built TOS tricorder from Roddenberry .com. How do they compare to Master Replica’s in terms of collectibility?

I actually don’t really care. It’s just so very cool to *have* one and go around scanning stuff–always remembering that it’s NOT A TOY.

I do take it out when I watch “City on the Edge of Forever” because the tricorder is kind of a star in that episode.

67. Teleportation Girl - April 7, 2008

nah. i’ll just go to the grand slam this weekend and get a photo op with the real Spock instead of a toy.


68. CmdrR - April 7, 2008

snide remarks not going in
me sad

69. CmdrR - April 7, 2008

woo hoo — it worked here. The Chat seems to be down, though.

70. zzbluesman - April 7, 2008

the figures look great i want them all,but they are overpriced.the ships also look great,especially the wrath of kahn enterprise,but way overpriced at 44 dollars,for 6 more dollars you can buy the 3 foot long enterprise model,you just have to put it together yourself

71. Teleportation Girl - April 7, 2008

no, nothing snide about my remarks! more like happiness at meeting the real Spock soon!!! I was thinking the other day, maybe it will be his last convention?!!


but about the toys: I have to agree here that when compared to Lucas, Star Trek really has very few toys. There is hardly anything. So if they want to sell out a little, that’s cool with me. We all benefit from the toys because it shows how much interest there is in these movies. If the toys and the movie makes enough, there will be more movies. that is just the way hollywood works. kind of like the Medici funding works of art during the Renaissance.

72. Crewman Darnell - April 7, 2008

The recent DST TOS merchandise has made me an avid toy collector again.

Hands-down, my favorites to date are the Phaser and Communicator. The NCC-1701 isn’t bad for the money but among other noted flaws, the mismatched font disparity (registry on the top saucer section) is highly annoying because it’s so noticeable. Quality control must have been on vacation during that crucial stage of painting! I’m still wondering if this problem exists on “The Cage” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before” models? I’m looking forward to completing my TOS Landing Party gear with the release of the Tricorder. If the quality is on the same level as the Phaser and Communicator, it should be pretty cool.

73. John Tenuto - April 7, 2008

Hello girl6,

The tricorder from is probably the best that has ever been released, although this merely my opinion. It is a fantastically detailed prop and if resources are not a concern, it would be the better of the two. The Master Replicas version is very nice, though. I think the DST version should have great playability and be much like the communicator in fun and detailing. That is one of the great things about Trek merchandise, there is a $600, $400, and $40 version of the same item to meet most fan budgets. You are very luck to have the tricorder item!

74. girl6 - April 7, 2008

Thanks, John! Your articles are always very informative and fun. Thanks to you, my sister’s hooked on Trek Christmas ornaments. At least now she can make informed purchases.

I am lucky to have my tricorder and I brag about it All. The. Time.

75. S Smyth - April 7, 2008

What the hell happened to the TOS tricorder toy. I have to complete my landing party gear…

76. Iowagirl - April 8, 2008

It’s great to see so many fanboys and fangirls indulging in their geekness, instead of complaining about being regarded as geeks…;-)

And yes, John, thanks for all the helpful information – it’s very much appreciated.

77. Garovorkin - April 8, 2008

I do also like the All good things version of the Enterprise D, that ship looks positively lethal.

78. Teleportation Girl - April 8, 2008

Hey Iowagirl, I agree. I feel no shame in my geekness.


ok maybe a little guilt sometimes.

but thankfully i work with geeks, I love geeks and have geeks as friends, so its all relative. nothing wrong with appreciating something that shaped your life, like TOS!

where’s my credit card…

79. tim - April 9, 2008

seriously, $32 for toys? look at that poll. and they wonder why 67% haven’t bought a single toy in the past 12 months….

80. M. - April 9, 2008


I agree, Straight-out-of-the-70s jumpsuits do get better with age. Either that or with dope, because that is what you have to be on to think that those uniforms were timeless…;)

81. M. - April 9, 2008

Though that being said, I do plan on purchasing them. I have to admit, I am a sucker for the movie era figures and ships.

82. Ron La Joie - June 14, 2011

I`m looking for a sell price for a authorized 35 mm film cell,One of a kind next generation star track original film cels,from paramount pictures still in the original box,

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