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Johnny Lightning, the makers of small, fun and inexpensive plastic toys has more Star Trek ships on the way for the 2008 holiday season. Trekmovie.com brings you exclusive hi resolution photos of the latest waves of the Johnny Lightning "Legends of Star Trek" ships line. Plus we take a look at the past offerings in this excellent collection.
Over each of the last four years Johnny Lighting have issued new set (or ‘wave’) of Star Trek ships toys. This autumn, we get a treat with two waves of Johnny Lightning ships headed your way. Both are available for preorder now, which is a good idea because these tend to sell out quickly.
The Wave 5 includes the Enterprise NX-01, a Klingon D7 Battlecruiser with explosion detailing, the self-destructed version of the Enterprise from Star Trek III The Search for Spock, and the Shuttlecraft Galileo II. Wave 5 of the Johnny Lighting ships are now available for pre-order online and should be in stores soon.
This October, Wave 6 includes the Borg Cube with explosions and phasers, a Romulan D7 Battlecruiser (based on the TAS design), the USS Yamato (from TNG episode "Contagion" and others), and the USS Excalibur (TOS episodes "Court Martial" and "The Ultimate Computer"). The originally planned USS Voyager with Borg detailing has been delayed (and was replaced by the TAS Romulan Battlecruiser).
Both waves will again feature the "White Lightning" editions, which are limited variant versions of the ships. Interestingly, Johnny Lightning’s new packaging retains its unique design yet incorporates some of the features of the unified packaging.
Packaging for White Lightning version
As usual for Johnny Lighting, these ships are very cool and perfect for display at about four inches long. Johnny Lightning is famous in the world of metal car collecting, offering quality replicas of famous automobile models. They also make some of the best Star Trek collectibles in recent years, both because of the variety and affordable price. The Johnny Lightning plastic Star Trek ships are inexpensive (about $6-7 each or packaged together for around $20 for all four in a wave). Yet, the ships are of good quality and detailing, with fun features such as "cloaked" and "battle damaged" versions. Especially impressive is that JL has released ships that have received little attention from previous licensees, such as the USS Yamato or the NX-01. The White Lightning versions are fun and these limited edition ships tend to go for four times their price at online auctions. Johnny Lightning promises more ships in 2009 for Star Trek fans.
You can order these items online from New Force Comics (www.newforcecomics.com) and other retailers.
Four years of fun little ships
Johnny Lightning has been making these ships from 2004, with this year being the first that fans are getting two waves. Trekmovie.com provides you with a checklist of all the JL ships, noting White Lightnings when available. (Please be aware that these ships have been so popular that waves one to four are available mostly at online auctions now as retailers have sold out.)
Wave One (2004)
Each of these toys included a sticker appropriate to the ship’s affiliation. Each ship was also available in the "White Lightning" variation.
- NX-01 Enterprise
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701
- Shuttlecraft Galileo (from TV era)
- USS Reliant
- Romulan Bird of Prey (TV era)
- Klingon D7 Battlecruiser
Wave Two (2005)
Each of these toys included a communication badge patch. Each ship was also available in the "White Lightning" variation.
- NX-01 Enterprise (battle damaged)
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701 (battle damaged)
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701 (TMP and TWOK edition)
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701 (TWOK battle damaged)
- USS Reliant (battle damaged)
- Klingon D7 Battlecruiser (cloaked, meaning it is clear plastic)
Wave Three (2006)
The "White Lightnings" in this wave included cloaked versions of the Enterprise D and ISS NX-01 Enterprise. The cloaked Romulan Bird of Prey White Lightning had the insignia visible on the clear plastic, as if the ship was in the middle of activating the cloak. The Borg White Lightning was an entirely green color, befitting the color associated with the aliens starting with First Contact and Voyager.
- ISS NX-01 Enterprise (Mirror Universe)
- Romulan Bird of Prey (cloaked)
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D (All Good Things edition)
- USS Voyager NCC 74656 Borg Cube
Wave Four (2007)
This wave had no known "White Lightning" versions, although it continued the trend of featuring a variety of ships from a variety of feature films and television episodes. It also features the only DS9 ship (USS Miranda) yet available.
- USS Defiant NCC-1764 (from the episode "The Tholian Web")
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701 A
- USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D (feature film era version)
- USS Majestic NCC 31060 (from "Sacrifice of Angels" DS9 episode)
- USS Voyager NCC 74656 (with gear for planets)
- Borg Cube (First Contact edition)