Starting in 2007, Diamond Select Toys and EMCE Toys, Inc. have been producing retro versions of the MEGO Star Trek action figures and they just announced that the USS Enterprise Action Playset, one of the most beloved and remembered Star Trek toys of all time, will join the line. More details below, plus other DST news, including a picture of the new life-sized captain’s chair.
WHO WANTS TO PLAY BRIDGE?
From its amazingly cool transporter to its vinyl exterior, the MEGO Star Trek Enterprise Playset was a staple of many fans collections when it was first released in 1975. What is great about this is that the playset is not only fun, it is perfect as a diorama for the retro action figures. Features of the original 1970s playset included:
- closed in on itself and became a case with handle, perfect for storing action figures
- the incredibly cool ‘transporter’ — a spinning top and buttons which you used to make the figures appear and reappear
- a Captain’s Chair, two seats, and a console
- a viewscreen with three removable, double sided cardboard cards with six images from various adventures
- engineering room
- stickers you apply to the playset consoles and transporter
- funky 1970s Animated Series sensibilities and design inspirations
- a Jefferies tube "closet" for either repairs or storing Kirk’s 1970s roller skates and lava lamps
New DST Retro MEGO playset
Diamond Select just announced the they are bringing the playset back. Trekmovie.com spoke with Joe Sena and Paul "Dr. Mego" Clarke from EMCE Toys (who make DST’s MEGO line) about the details of the new playset. The playset will be available early next year, retailing for about $60. All of the cool features of the original Bridge are set to return with the retro version, and EMCE Toys discussed that they are DST are committed to making the playset authentic while also adding better durability. EMCE Toys tells Trekmovie.com that depending of fan response, there is the possibility of future retro MEGO Star Trek playsets. Also, Sena and Clarke "have always fantasized about a TNG line of Megos, a DS9 line of Megos, a Voyager line of Megos" although that is not yet something planned.
Visit the excellent MEGO Museum for more information on the history of this nostalgic item.
Original commercial for the playset (thanks Daren)
Other Retro News and Preorders Available
Those who ordered their retro Scotty and the Keeper action figures should be receiving their figures soon as they are starting to ship from various online retailers. Other retro figures available this autumn and winter, which complete the bridge crew are Uhura and Mugatu (October), and Chekov and Cheron (October), and Sulu and the updated version of the Gorn (December). Trekmovie.com will have a review of Scotty and the Keeper, and the next group of minimates from DST, next week.
|Upcoming retro MEGO figures at Entertainment Earth
|Scotty + Keeper||Uhura + Mugatu|
(shipping very soon)
|Chekov + Cheron||Sulu + Gorn|
|NO PREORDER YET
DS9 figures / TWOK Phaser Preorder + more on life-sized captain’s chair
In non-Mego DST news the new limited edition Worf and Gowron two pack from available for preorder (from Entertainment Earth and other retailers). Worf is featured in his fourth season DS9 costume. This is the first time DST has offered a Gowron figure (Playmates Toys had two versions in the 1990s). Other two packs from DST have focused on friends (Kirk and Spock TMP, Troi and Riker, Data and Geordi) or enemies (Kirk and Khan). This is the first two pack to feature friends who became enemies, and the first DS9 two pack from DST. The action figures are available this January for $26.99.
The other new item available for pre-order is the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Phaser. The Wrath of Khan line from DST has been extensive during the last few years, with dozens of TWOK action figures and a movie version of the Enterprise. Available for preorder now is the TWOK phaser role playing toy for $27.99. The phaser is based on blueprints from the original design and features a removable Type I phaser, sound effects, voice effects, and lights. DST’s role playing toys have been a favorite for fans because of their price and fun features. This is the first movie era role playing toy from DST.
|New DST pre-orders at Entertainment Earth
|DS9 Worf and Gowron 2-pack||STII Phaser|
(ships January 2009)
(ships January 2009)
Picture of the chair
Recently TrekMovie first reported that CBS announced Diamond Select is making a life-sized TOS captains chair as a functioning piece of furniture, complete with lights and sounds. We now have a picture of that chair. Expect more details on the chair soon.
You know you want it