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First Look At New ‘Star Trek’ Movie Barbie Figures December 29, 2008

by John Tenuto , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film),Toys , trackback

The first prototype images of the Star Trek 2009 movie "Barbie" line from Mattel Toys have surfaced at international online retailers this week. In fact, these images are the very first images of any toy from the 2009 feature film. provides the details and historical context of the Barbie Trek connection.   


2009 Star Trek Barbie Collectors Dolls

The 2009 Star Trek themed Barbie Collectors line will include approximately 12" versions of James T. Kirk, Spock, and Uhura. In keeping with the Barbie line’s recent "popular culture" licensed items, the costumes are very detailed and the sculpts feature excellent likenesses of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana. Accessories include a phaser and communicator. These will be available in April of 2009, and should retail for about $45 each.

Star Trek 2009 Kirk, Spock and Uhura Barbie Figures
[NOTE: Not final packaging]

Preorders are beginning at some doll collectible websites now, such as Cheryl’s Dolls.

And remember these figures are in addition to Star Trek movie line from Playmates, which will include 3.75", 6" and 12" figures [see previous TrekMovie story].

A Barbie Tradition
During the previous decade, Mattel has expanded the Barbie line to include popular culture dolls. These items feature the likenesses of the characters from the film or television show they represent, yet are packaged in the Barbie style, are in the Barbie size, and are compatible with other Barbie clothing and playsets. A good example is the 2006 Superman Returns line which featured an incredibly good likeness of Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane.

‘Superman Returns’ Lois Barbie – click to enlarge

Past Star Trek Barbie
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek in 1996, Mattel released a Barbie and Ken Star Trek themed collectible set. Unlike the new popular culture line which feature the likenesses of the actors and actresses, this set features Barbie and Ken themselves dressed as Original Series characters. Mattel also released a Barbie and Ken Star Trek watch at the same time. The doll set was ubiquitous, at every retailer imaginable, and today can be purchased from secondary sources and auction for about their original price of $40.

1996 Star Trek Barbie and Ken set

The Barbie Phenomenon
2009 is not only the year of Trek for Star Trek fans, it is also the 50th Anniversary of Barbie herself. The Barbie popular culture line only takes on iconic and enduring characters and entertainment (Wizard of Oz, Disney, Grease, DC Comics) and it is nice that Star Trek is being included in such venerable company. Also, Barbie and Mattel have a presence in almost every toy and retail store. In 2009, products like the Star Trek Barbie line could help to get Star Trek back into the mainstream where it belongs. Also, the Barbie line, like PEZ dispensers, represent an item that has its own collector’s base and as such might help to recruit some new fans to Star Trek. The Barbie collector and the Star Trek collector could both have an interest in the item.

More Star Trek from Mattel in 2009
Barbie isn’t the only Mattel items next year for Star Trek. Available this January is the 20Q Star Trek edition trivia game. This March, the Mattel Tyco line has radio controlled versions of the USS Enterprise and Klingon Bird of Prey as featured in the original movies. Then, Mattel has its Scene It? Star Trek DVD game available this April. TrekMovie will be doing follow-up previews of these new Mattel items.



1. That One Guy - December 29, 2008

I never have before, but I think I might buy a Barbie! Oh that sounds wrong…

2. Jay - December 29, 2008

I’m the first(?)

Cool… not bad… for Barbie.

I’d like to see what the phaser and communicator look like!

3. krikzil (aka Lix) - December 29, 2008

So much for not collecting the new movie stuff…..sigh. These look too nice to miss.

4. That One Guy - December 29, 2008

Now all you need is the chair!

5. Mark - December 29, 2008

I agree with #2!

6. krikzil (aka Lix) - December 29, 2008

Don’t encourage me. I’m already looking at larger houses…..

I kid you not.

7. Anthony Thompson - December 29, 2008


8. thorsten - December 29, 2008

The phaser looks like the concept drawings I saw…
like a silvery assault phaser…

9. kye - December 29, 2008

Wow! These dolls look great! i sure hope that Mattel goes through with these and doesnt cancel them as they did several other dolls in the past !
Playmates is also coming out with 12 inch dolls from the movie also!

10. protogenes - December 29, 2008

I think Uhura should visit McCoy, she looks like she has a hip injury..

11. Dac - December 29, 2008

Hm, first look at the new phasers then. Really remind me of TWOK versions…

12. Jefferies Tuber - December 29, 2008

Does anyone still disagree with me that they’ve trashed the trinity and marginalized ol’ Bones?

13. Jefferies Tuber - December 29, 2008

I wonder if this also means the final one sheet and marketing materials will use that bland font in place of the iconic TOS font.

14. smarkey - December 29, 2008

“Does anyone still disagree with me that they’ve trashed the trinity and marginalized ol’ Bones?”

How could you release a line of 3 “Barbie” dolls and not have one be a girl?

15. Anthony Pascale - December 29, 2008

Tuber, these are Barbie dolls…so it is a no brainer that they need to have Kirk Spock and a girl doll…hence Uhura. Dont read too much into it. But if you want to obsess about figures, then bear in mind that There will be Kirk, Spock and McCoy 12″ figures from Playmates…and no Uhura.

so chill

16. LCDR Arch - December 29, 2008

It is great to have a 6yr old daughter so I don’t feal silly buying a barbie doll. I am sure my daughter needs a Kirk and a Uhura! At least I don’t have to play with Ken anymore.

17. Magic_Al - December 29, 2008

This is the first time I’ve seen Pine-Kirk (or at least a doll of him) wearing the gold shirt.

18. bgiles73 - December 29, 2008

That Chris Pine bears a striking resemblance to Hayden Christensson( I know I spelled that wrong) aka Anakin Skywalker.

19. THX-1138 - December 29, 2008

My wife has always been a Barbie collector, so these will be definite adds. She does have the previous Trek Barbies.

20. Adam Cohen - December 29, 2008

I would think Playmates is going to do their own 12-inch line of figures too. Settle down, mates, there’s going to be PLENTY of stuff to buy this Spring. No need to go buying Barbie dolls just yet!

21. Mirror Jordan - December 29, 2008

I might have to get these for my little sister…or myself….

22. John from Cincinnati - December 29, 2008

The Captain Kirk figure looks like Charlie X.

23. The Gorn Identity - December 29, 2008

So, are these our first glimpses of the movie phasers? If so, I’m pretty happy with the design.

24. Daoud - December 29, 2008

Sleeves on the new dolls look a bit flappy… but otherwise nice.

Now I’m wondering if changing from the original TOS gold shield and rank insignia to the new ST09 silver turns out to be a way of describing the timelines…

Shatner-Kirk is TOS-Gold… Pine-Kirk is TOS-Silver.

If someone wants to remake Trek again in 2066, they can go to Bronze… or Plaid.

25. The Quickening - December 29, 2008

Was never a hugh fan of TOS uniforms. I know I am in the minority in this matter–way, way in the minority. Still think they are too colorful, tacky and look more like underwear than uniforms. The less said about the boots and short skirts the better. I wished they would have designed uniforms that slightly captured the look of the old uniforms–assuming that was necessary–but given them a different, contemporary and creative feel and presentation.

26. Xai - December 29, 2008

#12 and 13

You are basing a lot of assumptions on a barbie doll.

27. Katarian Eggs - December 29, 2008

Barbie & Playmates suck!! I hate these cheesey, cartooney looking figures! Give me Diamond Select only, they’re way better!!

28. Jon - December 29, 2008

They look top notch. I love how the TOS uniforms look. Good stuff.

29. P Technobabble - December 29, 2008

Even as a Barbie doll, Zoe is hot…

30. Paul B. - December 29, 2008

Looking at these reminds me of something that’s been bugging me: the women’s uniforms in AbramsTrek. Sure, I love a nice bare female arm as much as anyone, but where the heck are their rank insignia?

Why the short sleeves, Bob Orci? (if you’re on this thread…) Why the lack of rank for women? Seems…well, terribly sexist. The men get sleeves and insignia, but the women are just eye candy?! Even TOS had sleeves and ranks for the women.

Not a deal-breaker issue, of course–I’m not boycotting the film over sleeves!–but it bugs me.

31. Chain of Command - December 29, 2008

I hate when they do (make) this stuff. It’s ridiculously stupid and lame. Models of ships are fine, even copies of props are cool, but Barbie Dolls…….??? Stupid.

32. Dennis Bailey - December 29, 2008

Are there any larger versions of these images somewhere?

33. MikeJones - December 29, 2008


34. Department Q - December 29, 2008

Is it me, or do these dolls resemble supermarionation puppets?

35. MikeJones - December 29, 2008

the women in trek dont need rank, all they need to be is HOT and Im happy, my god look at ZOE…

36. Wolf Trek - December 29, 2008

How soon until the pink My Barbie Starship becomes available? (Batteries not included, accessories sold separately).
“Buckle up, Ken. We’re going to Warp!”

37. Sean4000 - December 29, 2008

“Buckle up, Ken. We’re going to Warp!”

HAHAHAHA! that’s great!

38. EFFeX - December 29, 2008

LOL, I’m not quite sure what to make of this story, but I can only conclude that this is a good thing. They really are putting a lot into this film, huh?

39. Dr. Image - December 29, 2008

#33 I AM!!!! I AM!!!! I AM!!!!!
Is there a higher rez shot somewhere??????
Gimme PROPS!!!

40. They call me Stasiu - December 29, 2008

I wish the first picture were larger. Strange that the male necks are so long, but the sample costumes look absolutely spot-on to the published movie images. Amazing!
As for the critics here dissing Barbie, can you imagine the contempt some Barbie collectors may feel about ‘action figures?’ :-D

41. CDR Cooties - December 29, 2008

How is Kirk a Captain at any point in this movie if he enters Starfleet Academy after every other of the major characters?

42. Viking - December 29, 2008

#34 Department Q – ‘Is it me, or do these dolls resemble supermarionation puppets?’

Yeah, they resemble something out of Captain Scartlet and the Mysterons in some odd way.

Jeez, I am geezing……..

43. John Gill - December 29, 2008

Spock Barbie looks a bit pale… wait, wasn’t he told that in “Patterns Of Force”?!!!!!!!!

44. Dr. Image - December 29, 2008

They should have done the movie like “Team America: World Police!”
Now THAT would have been entertaining!

45. Rainbucket - December 29, 2008

Even these dolls give me confidence in the care being put into this movie.

I figure “Captain Kirk” and “Lieutenant Uhura” on the boxes refers to their eventual TOS ranks. We know Kirk’s a cadet for much of the movie, and Uhura can’t be stuck at Lieutenant forever. Perhaps Spock is too iconic to clutter with a rank.

46. hitch1969©, producer of "If I Did It, Jr"- a musical for children, starring children. - December 29, 2008

yes but are these barbie dolls anatomically correct? because in that one scene in the trailer, chris pine is packing Colace™ in his pantalones.

i wonder about these things.


47. TribbleTrouble - December 29, 2008

I purchased the Star Trek Barbie and Ken back in ’96. The first thing I learned about collecting is to never buy anything that says “collector’s edition”, because that’s code for “we made so many they’re never be worth very much”. And here it is, 12 years later, and they’re still not worth any more than their original purchase price. That means I could have gotten a better return by putting my money in a savings account earning 1/2 percent a year. :-(

48. AdamTrek - December 29, 2008

My God these Barbie dolls require a whole tunic pocket full of latinum!

49. The Invader (In Color) - December 29, 2008

They look good!

At least they aren’t bow-legged like that TOS Khan figure…lol!!!

50. The Invader (In Color) - December 29, 2008

Why did they quit putting the blue eyeshadow over Spock’s eyes?

He just never looks the same without it…

51. Star Trackie - December 29, 2008

Pretty cool. They at least look like the characters and are more than just Ken and Barbie dressed in Trek uniforms.

52. richpit - December 29, 2008

$45 each?? Whoa.

53. Fansince9 - December 29, 2008

Star Trek barbies? Forty-five dollars is a lot to pay for them, but these will surely be collectors items. I’ll be buying those.

54. Quarksbartender - December 29, 2008

I can’t wait for all the new products. I did a survey for CBS consumer products at Star Trek: The Experience during the 08 convention where they showed some of the products and they gave me a goodie bag that had a playing piece for Scene It a Tribble and some books.

55. SD - December 29, 2008

I wish there were a “maybe” option in the poll :)

And I’m missing McCoy too!

56. Enterprise - December 29, 2008

They look better than most of the Trek stuff out there.

57. thebiggfrogg - December 29, 2008

Wow can you imagine what is going on in Kirk’s mind when Yeoman Barbie enters the bridge. I’m just saying. . .
Then again I guess Scotty and Apollo got the most Barbiesque of the female crew: Carolyn Palamas. She even the Greek Barbie dream gown. All right back to work.

58. Gene Roddenberry's Ghost - December 29, 2008

Where do the rank stripes go on the female uniforms?

59. Pimp My Mego! - December 29, 2008

They look terrible!!!!

60. allister gourlay - December 29, 2008

OMG nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

61. OM - December 29, 2008

…Amazing. The Uhura doll is anatomically correct! :-P :-P :-P

62. SPOCKBOY - December 29, 2008

“Is it me, or do these dolls resemble supermarionation puppets?”

Slightly, but Chris Pine definitely looks like one….

; )

63. Enterprise - December 29, 2008

Spock or Uhura should be holding a Tricorder. Kirk a phaser. Is there a shirt you can put on Kirk that has a rip in it/

64. SPB - December 29, 2008

As a 36-year-old TREK fan, I’ve bought many a toy or piece of memorabilia that I wouldn’t exactly admit to purchasing to my fellow co-workers or friends…

…but there ain’t no way I’m shellin’ out for TREK Barbie dolls! Sorry, Mattel!

65. lostrod - December 29, 2008

So what is it with McCoy?

Although part of “the big three” in TOS, it took 6 movies before he got his face on a poster.

No it looks like Uhura is pushing him out of the picture again …

66. nick - December 29, 2008

I agree with another reviewer—-this little Barbie doll promo brings up an excellent issue—-are we going to be seeing a future where women are second class citizens /officers in red miniskirts? We can’t even see their rank in sleeveless shirts. Or can we? I’ll reserve judgment (since the trailer looks awesome) but hope that those close to the director can get him to make sure that women in the world of Star Trek don’t take a giant step backward after Captain Janeway. If you have to reshoot Uhura in long sleeves and slacks—make it so.

67. Neal - December 29, 2008

Uhura’s plastic legs are hot.

68. Daoud - December 29, 2008

May I remind that in WNHMHGB, there was no McCoy! What was the “trinity” there? :) Kirk-Spock-Mitchell? Kirk-Spock-Piper? No way.

I think that if you look closely at the Starfleet deltas in the short sleeve unis among the pictures released, there seems to be some subtle changes that might indicate rank, in the same manner as the TMP shoulder epaulet. At least in some pictures it looks that way.

69. SUN123 - December 29, 2008

To those complaining of sexism, TOS may have been based in the future but was created in the sexist 60s.

My suspicion is that Uhura will be portrayed as an even stronger, smarter female type than the original character and, as a feminist, I welcome it.

TOS sexist? Barbie sexist? No surprise but betting despite canon that ST SI will present an empowered Uhura that will not be limited by sex appeal. Spock always was sexy as hell but it didnt diminish him..

70. Jimtibkirk - December 30, 2008

25 – TOS unis and other costumes were that colorful because back in 1966 NBC was promoting the fact they were the first all-color network. They splashed color around the set every chance they could with colored floodlights, different colored skies on planets etc. I think it adds to the charm of the show.

71. Enc - December 30, 2008

ok im not reading 70 posts. butmaybe it was covered already

JJ dosent like this movie being called Star Trek XI (11).
but if you follow the link to Cheryls Dolls they do.

72. thorsten - December 30, 2008


Nice typeface, SPOCKBOY!

73. Cervantes - December 30, 2008


Thankyou, thankyou!

I *knew* Chris reminded me of someone….and I just couldn’t place where, till now, lol….

No, I *won’t* state the obvious hope for his acting in this, as I rather thought the original Thunderbirds puppets/voice actors did a far better job than the dreadful live-action reboot!

74. The Gorn Identity - December 30, 2008

Back to the phaser aspect of this thread:

Thank god we’re back to the pistol design. I was so sick and tired of the “dustbuster” style phaser. I mean, who would design a weapon like that?

75. Jorg Sacul - December 30, 2008

The Barbie Spock has full Commander stripes. He was a Lt. Commander for part of TOS… where’s all the furor over that inaccuracy?

I’m just kiddin’ people… too much is being groused about here anymore. They’re just dolls, for Sarek’s sake. If you like them, buy them. If not, don’t.

#75 the Dustbuster Phaser was designed with multiple species in mind. The prop guys were told that not all Federation members were humanoid, so that is what they came up with. I never liked them either, but I don’t shoot with a tentacle or frond :-)

76. The Gorn Identity - December 30, 2008

24. Daoud stated:
Now I’m wondering if changing from the original TOS gold shield and rank insignia to the new ST09 silver turns out to be a way of describing the timelines…
Shatner-Kirk is TOS-Gold… Pine-Kirk is TOS-Silver.

I like that!

To Jorg:
Ah, I see the rationale for the design but give me a pistol any day. ;)

77. Canadianknight - December 30, 2008

Jorg: I had heard that Roddenberry wanted the sidearms to look less gun-like? First I’ve heard the multi-species reason…

78. RD - December 30, 2008

# 30. Paul B.

Right on brother! I’ve been saying that since the first promo pics. With the short skirt and no sleeves, they’ve maximized skin. Granted the collar is higher than TOS, but it’s not like they showed any cleavage anyway, so they’re not losing much. Looks like a frackin’ Christmas cocktail dress.

The first thing I noticed is how do you tell the rank? Clearly, rank is unimportant for women since they are on the ship merely as sex objects and glorified space operators. Perhaps women are all ensigns in this era and only get pants once they make Lt. Cmdr. or better. Seriously if you are going to mix up the crews of these ships before they were meant to be together, why not bring Number One back? Why not put a female in charge of something, especially if you are going to dress them this way!

The only explanation is that JJ Abrams is a sexist ass.

79. Anthony Pascale - December 30, 2008


spoiler alert

The Barbie is accurate…Spock is a commander in the new Star Trek movie

80. Wolf Trek - December 30, 2008

Maybe the women in the new Trek movie will wear their rank in the form of some cute, designer braclet . . . . ?

81. thebiggfrogg - December 30, 2008

The point about the rank is a good one that escaped me. Hopefully there will be some shortsleeved men’s shirts to to at least spread this “ranklessness” to all the sexes. If they wanted to do a sleeveless they could have always done rank like Kirk’s green wraparound–rank near the shoulders and collar. Oh well, hope it doesn’t end up to be women only.

82. T.U.M. - December 30, 2008

I got my niece her first Barbie doll this Christmas. She may just have to have one of these Star Trek jobbies in her Easter basket.

The main thing that concerns me about the ST09 female uniforms is this:

If it’s cold enough for the men to have long sleeves, aren’t the women going to be chilly? Do they have an optional space cardigan they can hang on the back of their space chair?

On the flip side, if it’s warm enough for the women to wear short sleeves, aren’t the men going to cook in long ones?

As a good Trekkie who can explain away anything, I should be telling myself that the uniforms are made out of special space fabric that somehow helps the body adjust to cabin temperature regardless of cut. But if that’s the case, then having two different sleeve cuts seems like a lot of effort for nothing.

83. Chris M - December 30, 2008

Those Star Trek Barbie Dolls look awesome! Never thought I would see the day I would ant to run out and buyt Barbie Dolls!!

84. Jonathan - December 31, 2008

For those complaining about no rank on Uhura, I might add that Chekov has no rnak insignia either.

As for the skirts, do these people complain when Brad Pitt and Co wore short little “skirts” in Troy?

Hopefully by the 23rd century women can serve on spaceships and look feminine, as well as being called miss or ma’am.

I think it is more sexist that a woman if she wants to serve in Starfleet has to dress like a male and be called mr and sir. Basically they are saying you can only join us if you become one of the boys.

85. Robofuzz - December 31, 2008

Kirk would nail Barbie before the first commercial.

86. T.U.M. - December 31, 2008

>>I think it is more sexist that a woman if she wants to serve in Starfleet has to dress like a male and be called mr and sir. Basically they are saying you can only join us if you become one of the boys.<<

Nonsense – trousers and a jacket had become a Ivery practical) gender-neutral costume by the 20th century; why shouldn’t it continue to be such in the 24th? And using “Mr.” and “Sir” is simply the most practical way to be gender-blind without inventing new words.

87. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - December 31, 2008

Those look kinda cool….. but my dignity forbids the purchase of Barbie dolls…. Does it?

88. Makenzie - December 31, 2008

This is so creepy. And I hate the way Uhura looks.

89. Neville Ross - December 31, 2008

I am definitely buying these dolls, when they come out, as well as the DC Comics Barbie dolls (Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Black Canary). I’ve already got Skpper as Velma from Scooby-Doo, so these would really add to my set

90. Jonathan - January 1, 2009

Actually TUM the Royal Navy has for decades worn shorts in hot locations and Scottish Regiments Kilts.
The fact that the movie producers are upsetting the unisex fanatics is a plus.

91. Lyn - January 1, 2009

Those 30th Anniversary Barbie & Ken dolls can be had on eBay for a fraction of the $40 price mentioned.

They are inexpensive and plentiful on eBay–as low as 12 or 13 recently including shipping.

Cheap enough to actually play with!

92. T.U.M. - January 3, 2009

Not a “unisex fanatic,” #90, and not upset with the movie. I just take issue with the idea that it’s somehow MORE sexist to put women in trousers and call them by the same titles as men.

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94. El Rushborg - January 11, 2009

Y’know…I find it pathetic when the only Yeoman Rand Doll that even REMOTELY resembles Grace Lee Whitney…is a Barbie.

ALL THE OTHER Rand dolls look…different.

Meanwhile, the NON-Barbie Kirk, Spock, etc., are Often SO well made!


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