The Collective: TOS Chair Details + New DS9 Figures + Minimates Wave 5 Review

This week brings great collectible news for fans of Captains Kirk and Sisko. Diamond Select Toys has released more details on their life-sized TOS captain’s chair and also announced a new Sisko & Dukat DS9 7" figure two-pack. We also have a review of the the latest wave of Star Trek Minimates.


Command your den – more details on DST TOS chair
More details have come out regarding the life-sized TOS Captain’s Chair from DST complete with lights and sounds (see previous TrekMovie report for details on lights and sounds). DST has released a new photo and announced the chair will have a limited run of (of course) 1,701. The full-sized chair swivels and weighs 140 pounds. It will be released in April  with a suggested retail price of $2,717.01. The chair is available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth for $2199.00

Take a seat, captain. (click to see higher resolution at ToyNews)

Deep Space Mine! — new 7" DS9 figures announced
Showing that DST is continuing to support the various versions of Star Trek even though most attention is on the new movie, DST has announced a new Sisko and Dukat action figure set. The figures will be sold as one of DST’s "Two Pack" sets (a popular line of usually pairing a hero and villain character). Both action figures have accessories, including a Bajoran Orb of the Prophets. The set is scheduled for April and is available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth for $27.09.

New Sisko and Dukat figures (click to see higher resolution at ToyNews)

Review: Minimates Wave 5
Continuing our DS9 theme, this week the fifth wave of Star Trek minimates arrive at retailers. Minimates are much like "Lego" minifigs, yet are more detailed and have been very popular for DST. This wave includes seven new figures, packed as four pairs (with one repeated figure), usually sold together as a Set of eight. There are a few "firsts" for DST in the line.

Captain Benjamin Sisko and Dukat
These are both the first ever DS9 minimates and the first Dukat toy from DST.


Commander Sisko and Dukat
This is a limited edition version of Sisko with the same version of Dukat from the previous two pack


Ilia and Decker
This is the first TMP offering from DST, and the first Decker toy since 1980.

Captain James T. Kirk (green shirt) and Janice Rand
This is the first Janice Rand item from DST.


Minimates are a niche item and very stylized, yet the faces capture the essence of the characters. All of the minimates in this wave have excellent expressions, and the detailing on the uniforms is amazing consider these are barely two inches tall. Notice on the Kirk figure that DST has the flourish on the hem line, while Sisko’s Minimate has the slimline pant hem of the modern version shows. Even more impressive is the very good detail on the accessories, which include phasers and tricorders.

Minimates tricorder accessory

Packaging a hit and a miss
The only mistake with the new Minimates is the packaging. While Trekmovie is a fan of the new unified packaging required by CBS of most of its licensees (which is a good marketing technique when items are going to be sold at retail and something that mostly every other toy line does), here it shows it flaws. The past two waves of DST minimates has featured the unified packaging (with the color, artwork and logos and images of Kirk and Spock). The problem is to feature Kirk and Spock on packaging of items for TNG or DS9, both because it is confusing and slightly insulting to the sequel shows who have their own iconic characters. We would recommend that CBS utilizes the example of Star Wars, which has unified styles, yet feature the proper characters on the packaging (see example from Hasbros Minimate-like "Galactic Hero" below). Hasbro uses the Star Wars unified themes, yet the proper characters are featured on the packaging. Keep the Enterprise, keep the Star Trek generic logo, keep the color scheme, but it would be better to feature the proper characters.

Why put Kirk and Spock on all ST products? Star Wars shows you can do unified packaging and individualize it to be character specific

Bottom Line
Minimates are meant for both collectors of unusual items and for appropriate aged kids (there are many small accessories and like Legos, these come apart so they are not meant for the youngest fans). However, for the "older" kids this is a great item that is fun to play with, and Minimates have a cute factor important to this age group. Because of this, Minimates has double duty. They are both a fun and detailed collectible, and they help Star Trek appeal to more kinds of fans. Despite the packaging problems, the fifth wave of minimates is very good, and features characters that might not sell as large sized action figures.

Available now
Wave 5 of the Star Trek minimates is available now.

But them online at Action Figure Express

Minimates Series Five – 8-pack

The last two waves of Minimates are also available at Action Figure Express:

Series Four – 8-pack Mirror Mirror – 5-pack
$25.59 $15.99


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December 26, 2008 8:24 pm

wow….if I could get that chair along with a Spyder II GX Green Laser, I could be Captain Kirk with a phaser and only burn a $4416 hole in my wallet!

Happy days!

December 26, 2008 8:25 pm


December 26, 2008 8:29 pm

“…and Minimates have a cute factor important to this age group.”

Couldn’t disagree more. These things are evil-looking. And ugly. As. Sin. These could be one of the least-appealing TREK collectibles I’ve ever seen.

Any self-respecting Trekkie would sell their firstborn for that Captain’s chair, however! :)

December 26, 2008 8:30 pm

And that Kirk minimate with the green tunic looks like James Cawley.

Dr. Image
December 26, 2008 8:41 pm

Real wood armrests?
They better be for that price.
(Oh, if I had the space…)

December 26, 2008 8:44 pm

If the chair does not come with Yeoman Rand, why bother.

December 26, 2008 8:46 pm

It should have a cup holder or a universal remote option.

December 26, 2008 8:56 pm

That’s what the TOS style remote is for JR.
Kirk always used the area around wood arm rests for the cup holder.
Perhaps a supply of blue foam cups.

December 26, 2008 9:07 pm

Wow! With the bail out for the banks, I guess they will be the only ones who will get one of thes bad boys! If you work in the auto industry, you get the stubaker model!

December 26, 2008 9:09 pm

The chair is done with more care than the highlights in that woman’s hair… OUCH! Sorry about that but, girlfriend needs a makeover.

The chair looks great, would be a real thrill to have one.

December 26, 2008 9:45 pm

whats with the deformed characters, they are just fugly. Are kids that warped they find misshapen toys cute now??? Ugh

December 26, 2008 9:58 pm

Vanedge, is that the best Shatner impression you can do? ;)

December 26, 2008 10:12 pm

Would love that chair. But even if I could afford it that’s too geeky even for me.

December 26, 2008 10:18 pm

I can’t afford the pre-built/wired chair…fortunately there are online blueprints, and DIY wiring guides. You can have the same chair for under $500.00 if you have the time, know-how, and tools.

Sadly, I’m lacking time and tools.

December 26, 2008 10:20 pm

I just don’t get these Minimate things; they look like something a five-year old would create with wooden clothespins and some magic markers on a rainy afternoon.

December 26, 2008 10:24 pm

I wonder what it is its made of. Is the base plastic?

Tanner Waterbury
December 26, 2008 10:52 pm

Wait a darn minute, i thought they said that the chairwould be around 2000 dollars, not 3000. I will not pay 3000 for a darn chair unless it came with a computer or something. I mean seriously, 3000 for a chair with blinkies and sounds, fugetaboutit!

Tranquil Hegemon
December 26, 2008 11:21 pm

dukat? dude looks like rusot….

December 26, 2008 11:23 pm

“Diamond Select Toys has released more details on their life-sized TOS captain’s char …”

Somebody hit the spellcheck before serving the captain’s char.

December 26, 2008 11:27 pm

That chair doesn’t have a cup holder.

December 26, 2008 11:29 pm

First thing to run through my mind: Does the blond come with the chair?

December 27, 2008 12:12 am

Jeez, how much is the shipping on that thing?

December 27, 2008 12:12 am

I’d mention what I’d be willing to do for that chair. But I’m sure most of the things would be illegal.

Mike T
December 27, 2008 12:27 am

Is it me, or does the mini mate of Kirk in the Green Shirt look kind of like Jim Crawley?

December 27, 2008 12:40 am

…But I’m sure most of the things would be illegal.

So what? :)

December 27, 2008 1:20 am

#24: I wouldn’t have noticed it had you not pointed it out. Now I can’t see anyone else BUT James Cawley in that toy! Kinda cool.

$2,700 chair. My mind cannot contain this concept. Ow [it slides out of my mind and hits the floor with a mighty thud]. Ow.

The TOS Purist aka The Purolator
December 27, 2008 1:30 am

I hope people don’t actually shell out $2000 bucks for that chair – as cool as it is, it would be much cheaper just to make one on your own. It’s not THAT hard, really…

December 27, 2008 2:36 am

Tell you what make one for me and let me know how much? I want one or maybe two to go in my trek room.

Fatman Bruno
December 27, 2008 3:27 am

It’s a shame Star Trek products are covered buy mini mates, can you imagine Star Trek – Lego!!! after playing Star Wars, Indiana Jones & now Batman on my Xbox 360 I would love to see Star Trek TOS LEGO, any ideas on how the game would play?

After that of course there would be Star Trek TNG LEGO, the possibilities are endless!!!

William Kirk
December 27, 2008 3:51 am

Lego Trek would be wonderful :-)

December 27, 2008 4:51 am

is it a lego? it looks more like a Cube Craft ahaha kinda reminds me of cube craft take a look

Paul N
December 27, 2008 5:02 am

It’s good to see Janice in there! I’ve been waiting for a ‘proper’ Janice figure for ages though!

In spite of my Janice love, given Majel’s recent passing, I really hope they advance their schedule and bring out a Chapel figure as an homage to the great lady as soon as posible. An TOS original uniform would be cool, or a TMP McCoy/Chapel 2-pack to compliment the Kirk/Spock 2-pack that we’re hopefully going to see before the New Year…

tribble farmer
December 27, 2008 5:13 am

Minimates are downright creepy.

December 27, 2008 6:00 am

Minimates…. Ugggggggggggly!!!!!!

But I bet the Captain’s Chair will still sell like hotcakes, even at that price!

commander K,
December 27, 2008 6:22 am

That doesn’t look like Dukat at all..more like Garak!

December 27, 2008 6:23 am

I’m wondering at what target group these weird Minimates are aimed. Well, whatever.

This chair is too costly for me, as much as I’d like to have one, and it gets costlier with each update. One day I’m gonna build one by myself…

The Rusted Robot
December 27, 2008 6:32 am

Where can you find the blueprints for the Captain’s chair? I’ve looked online, and can’t find them anywhere!

December 27, 2008 6:37 am

Willard??? I thought it was William Decker. Am I wrong?

Paul N
December 27, 2008 6:39 am

It’s Willard Decker / William T Riker – they were pretty much the same character concept though so it’s easy to get confused!

December 27, 2008 7:18 am


December 27, 2008 7:42 am

Yes, the chair swivels, but does it swivel on it’s own BACK into a straight position after turning left or right?

Mirror Jordan
December 27, 2008 7:54 am

The Decker and Ilia would be worth the price alone, plus Kirk in his wrap-around is cool.

Mustang Sally
December 27, 2008 8:09 am

…looks like the ol’ Tax refund will be buying me some furniture his year.

And I just don’t get the fisher mriced-like mini maes. Show me a preschooler that wants to play with a cute 2″ Commander Deckert, because it’s commander Decker and I’ll eat my hat. If any little 4 year olds ARE playing with these cute little buggers, it’s because theeir Trekker Mom or Dad bought it for them!

December 27, 2008 9:00 am

“Spock! What the devil is my chair doing on Ebay?!”

December 27, 2008 9:02 am

Chair’s price has risen considerably from the time first announced. Figures.

December 27, 2008 9:34 am

They really ARE giving up on Shatner. The MiniMates Kirk looks like James Cawley. Whoops. Thought I was the only one. Guess I am not the only one who sees it.

December 27, 2008 9:38 am

Maybe it is the Elvis hair all these MiniMates sport that gives it that Cawley glimmer. ;)

Mike T.
December 27, 2008 10:20 am

That 7″ Cardassian figure looks more like Gul Macet than Ducat. Also, it would have been nice if the the 7″ figures had cloth uniforms.
On a positive not I love Kirk’s command chair, they should do the TOS movie chair too.

Bob, The Evil Klingon Frontline Leader
December 27, 2008 10:32 am


1 (one) 15 yr old boy; 6’0”; will occasionally pick up after himself; may shower on an “as needed” basis; should develop into a good tight end or defensive end with the possiblity of earning back any $$$ you invest on him; asking $2199.00. Free shipping (he can walk).

TOS was better
December 27, 2008 10:40 am


the TOS chair didnt have wooden arm rests!

what is this???