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Comic Con 08: Mattel Reveals New Star Trek R/C Toys & Sparks A Movie Rumor July 24, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Merchandise,TOS,Toys , trackback

It was just in June that CBS announced their new Star Trek licensing deal with Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, and we have already seen the beginnings of the 20Q product and this week at Comic Con Mattel are showing off prototypes of their very cool line of Tyco RC Flyer toys, which apparently have started new some new rumors, which we will debunk.

Fly your own Enterprise – but not the new movie Enterprise…yet
Mattel’s Tyco is planning on four different flying Enterprise toys for release in early 2009.  The entry-level toy, called the ‘Power Charger,’ is $20 and comes has no radio controller. You just charge it up and it flies around in a circle. For $40 you get the same toy but with an R/C controller. This standard model will also come available as a Klingon Bird of Prey. There is a Deluxe Enterprise for $70 which is a bit bigger and of better construction, plus you get a very cool controller that is shaped like a TOS communicator and you control the flight via a touch-screen. There is also a Tricorder which acts as the charger. And if that wasn’t cool enough, there is a giant 4 foot version which comes with the same communicator and Tricorder. (see pics and video below)

Mattel is displaying prototypes of the various R/C flyers, with two Enterprise designs. One is based on the movie era and another on the classic TV series 1701. John Ludwig, Mattel’s Tyco Product manager, tells TrekMovie that all the R/C fliers will likely be based on the refit because the shape (notably the swept back nacelle pylons) makes it more aerodynamic. One thing is for sure, neither of the ships being displayed were based on a design from the new Star Trek movie, unlike a rumor being floated by TrekWeb. However Ludwig tells TrekMovie that they will be making a R/C Enterprise from the new movie, but that will not be out until shortly before the movie. Mattel also hopes to expand the line to include ships from other Trek series as well, like a Voyager, Enterprise D and more.

VIDEO Tour of new Tyco R/C Enterprise toys [UPDATED]

PICTURES (click to enlarge)

Entry level: Enterprise Power Charger – MSRP $19.99

Standard: Bird of Prey R/C – MSRP $39.99
(Also available as Enterprise)

Deluxe R/C Enterprise w/ Communicator controller
and Tricorder charger- MSRP $69.99
(not final design, may us refit instead)

Special Edition – Giant R/C Enterprise – MSRP $199.99
(not final design, may us refit instead)

Packaging (not final)





1. boJac - July 24, 2008

I’ve never bought a Star Trek toy before, but I think I will this year. The R/C Enterprise looks AWESOME!

2. captain slow - July 24, 2008

erm ..yeh…they look awful

3. Le Trekster - July 24, 2008

Well, that certainly is interesting. In a strange sort of way.

4. trekmaster - July 24, 2008

No, no, the models don’t show the Enterprise from the teaser trailer.

5. Irishtrekkie - July 24, 2008

i would not say there awfull i mean the enerprise is not the most aerodynamtic ship , so they look o.k.

6. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 24, 2008

The fun begins when we watch all the posts who ignore the article and start to freak out that the movie Enterprise is all wrong.

“The entry level E is not canon!” “The communicator’s moire is supposed to be round!” “Where’s the sombrero?” “THIS IS A DISASTER!!!”

7. 1701 over Gotham City - July 24, 2008

Freakin’ cool.

The idea of making the accessories as tricorder and communicator are a brilliant touch.

I will certainly get one to chase the cats with

8. jr - July 24, 2008

Are these toys free???? That would be about the right price for them!

9. Jaffa - July 24, 2008

Y’know… Those “others are wrong, we are right” attitude is getting quite annoying :). In particular, here naming TrekWeb as rumour spreaders. It’s not cool, do your job, report your stories, leave others be.

10. captain slow - July 24, 2008

does someone from mattel administer the forum, as even though my opinion was the first post (not that I care), it has now been relegated to 2nd place after posting it. Being replaced by a more positive opinion, even though that particular post wasnt 2nd 3rd or 4th after a few refreshes.

11. allister Gourlay - July 24, 2008

i agree with 2. captain slow … they look awful!

12. Martin Lightband - July 24, 2008

I wonder how much fun it would be to have the Enterprise hit someone in the head,,

:o )

13. T2 - July 24, 2008

awesome! can’t wait to have one…or several. I can create a fleet and have my own armada. There’s a funny sight when they’re launched. Oh well. It’s about time something like this came around. I remember one I bought about 10 years ago, I think it was the Enterprise-D…it fell apart before you could say “engage”.

14. Izbot - July 24, 2008

“Packaging (not final)”

I would hope not, given the article on the new unified packaging the Trek ‘brand’ will be getting. These temporary packages look like they were designed 20 years ago during the early days of TNG.

15. John from Cincinnati - July 24, 2008

My God my neighbors will freak when they see that 4 ft Enterprise swoop down on them!

16. Redjac - July 24, 2008

That is pure ubercheese!

I hope they sit on shelves and collect dust.

17. The Underpants Monster - July 24, 2008

My uncle has all the Hallmark Trek ornaments, and does a second Trek Tree every year. I thinkn it would be all kinds of cool to set this in continuous orbit around the tree.

18. konar - July 24, 2008

#9–the story IS that it is indeed a rumor that these toys are not based on the movie — so there is nothing wrong with debunking it. Someone has to be wrong. Frankly I can’t understand how anyone could think that these could be based on the movie. Also the very nature of a block is to filter news with the blogger’s own spin. A blog entry represents a bit of news presented in whatever context the blogger wants to put on it. That’s the difference between a blog and a news source. When it can be a little of both — as this one frequently is, all the better. So when you tell some — in what amounts to their own private space that they’ve graciously invited you into to shut up and do their job, you come off a little boorish. Sorry Anthony, I’m sure you can fight your own battles.

19. Oregon Trek Geek - July 24, 2008

From my experience with RC planes as a youngster, I wouldn’t have thought an Enterprise model could fly. However, people have made some pretty outrageous models fly–I remember a flying lawnmower which was hilarious and really flyed pretty well. I believe it had clear plastic wings which you didn’t see all that easily when it was in flight.

I can sorta see that they have made an airfoil out of the saucer section, adding a little dihedral. Vertical and horizontal stabilizers must be combined using the nacelle pylons.

I’m not sure what is providing thrust. Is there a little propellor discreetly placed somewhere on the model?

This is pretty cool! I’ll probably have to get one! :)

20. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 24, 2008

As for how they work, my guess is that it’s like one of those “Air Hogs” planes with the tiny little battery powered prop motors that generate such outrageous thrust for their size.

21. Jaffa - July 24, 2008

Well, you’ve put a lot of thing in my mouth that I didn’t say. I’m not fighting any battles, just commenting. I don’t have any hidden agenda, nor do I want a flame.
Anthony can take it as a suggestion, or he can mark it as rubbish from an angry reader, as you did. But that isn’t what it is.

I’m just saying it’s not nice nor necessary to name other sites. People will see article here, and if they saw TrekWeb’s article, they’ll ignore it and see what those models really are.
I don’t see TrekMovie as a personal blog with personal opinions, there other authors contributing here besides Anthony, and audience is quite larger than blogs usually have.

Sorry if I offended anyone, it wasn’t my intention. English isn’t my mothers tongue, and what I wanted to say may not turn out as I wanted it to.
Sorry if I offended anyone, english isn’t my mothers tongue, and what I wanted to say may not turn out as I wanted it to. So no need to stretch this further…

22. KJTrek - July 24, 2008

*eye twitch*

humina humina humina humina…

Whooo hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23. CmdrR - July 24, 2008

You think THAT TOS Enterprise can’t fly well, try jamming a rocket engine up the back of an Estes Enterprise model. Yikes, you’ll be lucky if all the parts land in the same tree. My Klingon D7 flew very well until I crashed it so many times, the glue was holding glue together.

For 20 bucks, this could be cool, if you’ve got a kid who likes the E and wants to fly circles. 40 is a little steep to get radio control. For that, you could make a nice kit of something more aerodynamic.

24. Kayla Iacovino - July 24, 2008

This is amazing! The enterprise flies! I want the gigantic $200 one!

25. Adam E - July 24, 2008

These look fun!

Thanks Anthony, keep the “Con” coverage commin’!

26. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - July 24, 2008


Look at the saucer section during the video…there are 2 propellors slotted into it on both sides of the bridge.

Personally, I never thought I’d see the Enterprise made into an R/C aircraft. Never seemed possible to me. Guess That’s wht I’m not a Mattel engineers. Good going, guys. I’d be very interested in seeing them in action…especially that 4-foot monster.

27. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - July 24, 2008

Excuse my typos…this is not my pc…and the freakin’ keyboard is too small…lol

28. Oregon Trek Geek - July 24, 2008

Thanks Ensign Ro, I checked out the vid again, and squinted :)

An actual flying Enterprise is going to be –seriously– cool!

(btw–Ensign Ro was one of the coolest side characters from TNG. And Michelle Forbes was so awesome on BSG)

29. jim - July 24, 2008

there’s a boat load of star trek toys coming out with all the major retailers bringing stuff out.. wow.. that will empty my wallet..

30. arturo diaz - July 24, 2008

Thanks for the info Anthony, please keep it coming…May the Great Bird of The Galaxy keep you

cool toys…i wanna see the “new” Enterprise !!!! :(

commander diaz

31. Viking - July 24, 2008

#23 – CmdrR – LMFAO You got that right. As a kid, those things were ‘one shot’ kit builds. I’d find one nacelle in the neighbor’s yard, and the other one would be lost in the woods. Estes did NOT put too much thought into that one. For that matter, the rocket derby at Scout summer camp provided no end of amusement some years. Once, I stuck a C6-5 in a Mosquito, and lost a stabilizer at liftoff. It got about 7 feet of altitude, leveled off parallel to the ground, and went a quarter mile straight out the camp gate. LOL Never saw it again.

32. Bud - July 24, 2008

These SUCK!! If this is what JJ thinks NCC-1701 looks like then he can watch his movie alone.

33. steve623 - July 24, 2008

Somebody needs to proofread articles before they get posted.

34. MORN SPEAKS - July 24, 2008

I wonder how long they can fly around for? Nonetheless very cool.

35. Mawazitus - July 24, 2008

#32 I believe the site you’re looking for is, easy mistake to make, though. Oh and Doc says the ritalin prescription should still be good, so how about a refill?

36. Andy Patterson - July 24, 2008

My wife is dying to have another communicator prop around the house. So I may have to get that controller.

37. Jasmine - July 24, 2008

this is cool!!!

38. OM - July 24, 2008

…After seeing these, I wil never, *EVER* complain about the old Estes USS Enterprise model rocket:

…Star Trek Tracer Gun! Come Back! All Is Forgiven!!

[shakes head in utter dismay]

39. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - July 24, 2008

RE: #32

“Just shaking my head and rolling my eyes*

40. sean - July 24, 2008


It’s far more likely that you were posting at the same time as #1, and just needed to refresh your cache. If he didn’t want your opinion here, he’d have deleted it.

41. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 24, 2008

I suppose the folks at Mattel are just doing the best they can to make an Enterprise model fly, but I have to agree that they look so poor in representing the Old Girl that I can see why some fans — those who are a good deal more invested in it than I am — could see them as an insult… blatant, tactless marketing hucksterism.

In my case, I just roll my eyes and move on, figuring that fools are soon parted with their money anyway (George Lucas has gotten me used to it with whole galaxies of Star Wars-related marketing tripe).

Next up: The Nerf Enterprise — throw it around on the beach, play badminton with it… fun for the whole family!

42. Einstein Jones - July 24, 2008

Einstein wants the deluxe version.

43. The Last Maquis - July 24, 2008

#27 and #28 I’m Absolutely Serious About this, but Michelle Forbes, is My cousin. Not lying. Haven’t met Her yet, Because She lives Pretty far away, My Mother does know Her family. I haven’t seen Her on BSG yet. Ensign Ro was
was Cool and I was So bummed when I heard She turned down DS9, but at least we got another Kick ass Bajoran Character out of it. As for Ro ,well Here’s hoping She’s The Last Maquis ;)

44. Brad - July 24, 2008

If the new movie Enterprise looks anything like the RC toy pictured here I think many people will be pleased, including myself!

45. Anthony Pascale - July 24, 2008

Hi guys back from the con, I have updated the video to show a clip of a vid showing the RC toys in flight.

I think some people who are commenting dont grasp these are not replicas, but flying toys…which creates a number of limitiations.

As debunking, that is something this site has done often and is in fact part of the reason I created the site…to get to the real stories and report the facts and not rumor and speculation. This has had to dispel dozens of rumors in just the last year and I feel that it is a key service this site provides and we will not stop doing it.

46. JustBob - July 24, 2008

Re: 15. John from Cincinnati – July 24, 2008

“My God my neighbors will freak when they see that 4 ft Enterprise swoop down on them!”

My neighbors will “freak” as well and then shoot the model out of its orbit. Unfortunately my neighbors are Jethro and Uncle Jed clones. Yes, the Clampett family resides a mere 20 meters from my home…..the big “E” is doomed.

47. AJ - July 24, 2008

I’m still waiting for the Enterprise mod 747.

C’mon, Boeing, get your priorities straight!

48. Robert Bernardo - July 24, 2008

I must buy all of them!

49. Riker Fan - July 25, 2008

Just got my Spock Poster today!!!!!!!

50. The Last Maquis - July 25, 2008

I kinda like the first Enterprise Flyer’s design, If the Ship In the Movie looked More like That, I wouldn’t Be disappointed. The 4ft one is pretty cool.

51. Kirk Sisko - July 25, 2008

They look like the styrofoam AirHogs line….we bought a couple of the AirHogs for our kid, and they were busted before they were out of the packaging. You get a couple of flights, but don’t expect any warp speeds. More like a lot of “all hands brace for impact!” Bet it’ll be a collectors item though. Only in it’s original packaging!

52. SPOCKBOY - July 25, 2008

Thanks for the link!
I haven’t seen one of those for years. :)

Something interesting about the RC ships. I remember reading that someone who allegedly saw the NEW Enterprise said that there were holes or sections missing in the saucer. Perhaps they had seen the prototype of THESE toys and jumped to the wrong conclusion.

53. Lyle - July 25, 2008

#41 – I’d buy a Nerf Enterprise…

These, though, I’ll have to take a pass on. Not because of the alterations to the design, which are necessary to make something halfway aerodynamic, but they just look… shoddy. I’ve had too many experiences with R/C toys that looked cool in the packaging but then flew about as well as a brick. As have many others here, from what I have read.

54. Anthony Thompson - July 25, 2008


captain slow wanted to be FIRST!!! Awwwwwwww.

55. ster j - July 25, 2008

I have one word for the ship: CHEESY! I could do the save with foam core and my computer.

However, the contols looks amazing!

56. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#32—-Did you read the article at all?

57. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 25, 2008

Closettrekker, I would refer back to my post #6. But then, we all new it was inevitable.

58. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 25, 2008

Frakkin’ Typonians!


59. British Naval Dude - July 25, 2008

I would shoot one right down.

In fact, I bet they would be bonny fun ta’ pilot on up, then play a bit o’ claypidgeons wit’…

Expensive ta’ do so, though…

No disrespect intended, but…

I’m probably tha’ last post, so…

How well ye’ think they would they fly aflame? I mean screamin’ flamin’ biitch of a tremenduous berserken banshee conflagration chaos on total and complete fire??? Arrrrr… oh, my… me last date pointed out I made arsonist remarks thrice during tha’ evening…
I need help… or some carrie-seen…

Hmmmm…. maybe I buy one… had some experience wit’ gas-engine model airplanes… and them can blow up good…

60. Harvey Henkelman - July 26, 2008

Not a bad move on Mattel’s part, it’s about time we see a resurgence in Trek merchandising. After the tsunami of Star Wars-related products, having some Trek stuff would be a welcome relief. I believe Star Trek gets slammed left and right by Star Wars fanboys, partially because Trek is hardly visible in the merchandise department.

61. Phoenix Son - July 28, 2008

Does anyone remember the toy Enterprise that was similar to a helicoper toy called a Vertibird? The E had a propeller under the saucer section that so that it could fly/hover/orbit in a circle over a table cloth planet and pick up stuff. I thought the Vertibird helicopter toy was cool but even at the age of 10, I thought the circling Enterprise toy looked dumb and was messed up concept-wise. However, several kids at my school who weren’t Trek fans had them. I guess whatever gets people interested in Trek, even if it stuff that is not to scale or accurately depicted.

62. Ray Lawrence (Q) - October 16, 2008

I saw both the Enterprise & the Bird of Prey at the L V Con.08 and want both of them and plan to get them when they come out . I even had put my e-mail out to them , to inform me when they go on sale. I’ll get them the same day.

63. Cody - November 20, 2009

Has anyone been able to find the Special Edition – Giant R/C Enterprise on sale? I’ve search amazon but it only shows me the low model one :(

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