While most fan attention this week is on the upcoming Star Trek movie trailer, there is big news regarding movie toys which should put collector fans into apoplexy. Today, the first pre-sale listings for Playmates mass-market 3.75” inch action figures based on the movie have shown up online, and again the toys reveal points about the film (and raise some questions).
First 3 3/4" Figure set
The first listings are at Entertainment Earth. They are selling a ‘set’ of 10 3.75" figures. The specific figures listed for pre-order (no photos) are:
- Kirk in Enterprise outfit
- Sulu in Enterprise outfit
- Uhura in Enterprise outfit
- Pike in Enterprise outfit
- Spock in Enterprise outfit
- Scotty in Enterprise outfit
- Nero in Enterprise outfit
- Prime Spock in Enterprise outfit
- McCoy in cadet outfit
- Chekov in cadet outfit
This set is available now for pre-order at EE for $62.89 (which works out to the bargain price of $6.29 per figure). Each figure will come wrapped separately on its own card.
Also exciting is that the release date is April 2009, which means fans will get toys before the film and the toys can help promote the film to wider audiences.
These 3.75” action figures (similar in size to Star Wars versions) join the already announced 12” versions of Kirk, Prime Spock, and McCoy in Enterprise outfits, and Scotty in Frozen Planet outfit. These smaller figures are the ones you are likely to see at most mass market toy stores and other retail outlets. As reported recently, Playmates Toys will be releasing an Enterprise playset sized for these 3.75” figures.
Again, we see mention of the toys as listing “Prime Spock” and “Spock," As reported last week, the script for the film describes Nimoy’s Spock as ‘Spock Prime’ to distinguish him, but it is not clear yet if that terminology is also used on the toys (it may be the other way around). It is also uncertain why Prime Spock or Nero would be featured in an “Enterprise outfit” and this may be a listing error, or perhaps it could be based on scenes in the film we are unaware of yet.
UPDATE: EE responds
Entertainment Earth has confirmed the above descriptions are the ones provided by Playmates, however EE’s Toy Evangelist (yes that is his title) Adam notes that descriptions for toys often change between ‘solicitations’ and the final product, and he cited Star Wars film toys as examples of this in the past. He also stated that EE plan to carry the full Playmates line and should have more updates coming.
More to come
The list from Entertainment Earth also bodes well for the fact that there will probably be more than one wave of action figures. It is likely that McCoy and Chekov will be offered in their Enterprise outfits later in 2009, and other characters shown in their cadet uniforms. It is customary for there to be more than one wave of toys for big motion pictures, one before the film, and at least one more at either the holiday season or with the DVD release.
Star Trek toys are back
It may surprise some fans to learn that some Star Trek motion pictures did not get action figures during the year of their initial run in theaters (Star Trek II, Star Trek IV, and Star Trek VI). The most ever small sized action figure offerings were for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (which had 12 different 3.75” action figures from MEGO), Star Trek: Generations (with 15 4” action figures from Playmates Toys), and Star Trek: First Contact (which had 11 6” action figures from Playmates Toys). It good news indeed to learn that there will be so many toys, and that some will be available at stores before the film. Nice going Paramount and Playmates Toys. To quote the Guardian of Forever, “All is as it was before.” Star Trek is back!