First Look At A Playmates Star Trek Movie Figure January 17, 2009by John Tenuto , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film),Toys , trackback
Today Playmates has revealed the first image from their extensive line of toys and figures for the Star Trek movie. Toynewsi got a first look at a 6" Kirk action figure. This new image also gives a look at the new Starfleet phaser (albeit a small look) Check it out below, plus more details on the rest of the Playmates line.
ToyNewsi was sent this first look today of the 6" figure of Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk (called the "Kirk in Enterprise Outfit" figure), which will retail for around $10.
[UPDATED] The Kirk in Enterprise Outfit figure is just one ten 6" figures from Playmates coming out in April. In addition to Kirk, there will be four other figures in ‘Enterprise Outfits’ (Sulu, Pike, Quinto Spock, and Scotty), plus three figures in ‘Cadet Outfits (Uhura McCoy and Chekov). There is also a Nero figure and a ‘Prime Spock’ figure (Nimoy Spock). Each figure comes with its own stand and accessories like communicators and phasers. You can pre-order the 6" set of ten now from Entertainment Earth for $86.64. Playmates is also doing a larger 12" line and a smaller 3 3/4" line of figures.
The 6 inch figure line from Playmates Toys is meant to satisfy those looking for more articulation and detailing than is allowed in the smaller sized (3 3/4") figures, but also those who do not wish the bulk or height of the 12" line which become difficult to display in larger quantities. As is seen in the photo, the Kirk action figure has a good deal of articulation in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. And unlike some toy lines, the accessories are scaled properly and can be held by the toys easily due to the hand design (try to get Indiana Jones to hold his whip, for example, in many of the Hasbro action figures).
This new Kirk image also gives us another glimpse of the new Starfleet phaser.
Playmates Star Trek movie Toy Line
The above 6" is just one of a line of 6" figures, which are just the tip of the iceberg of Playmates products for the new Star Trek movie. The first wave of Playmates movie products comes out in March and April.
Here is what you can pre-order now from Entertainment Earth (see links for more details):
Enterprise Bridge Playset [$37.39] (sized for 3.75" figures)
Transporter Room Playset [$33.79] (sized for 3.75" figures)
3.75" figures set of 10 [$62.89] (April)
6" figures set of 10 [$98.99] (April)
A second wave from Playmates is expected around September, but not confirmed. Earlier reports indicated this set would include:
Nero/Romulan ‘Narada’ (‘Jellyfish’) Vehicle Ship (w/ lights & sounds)
Phaser tag game
Thoughts on the new figures and the past and future of Playmates Trek
During the 1990s, Playmates Toys held the license for Star Trek feature films and television shows. Among other releases, Playmates Toys offered a line of 10 six inch action figures from Star Trek: First Contact, and comparing these figures to the Kirk image, it is obvious how much the technology has improved in the past decade. The new Kirk figure is more poseable (the Zefram Cochrane figure from the 1990s, for example, had almost no articulation) and the likeness is good. While some fans might be disappointed in the shirt, which is certainly a fair argument, it must be remembered that Star Trek toys are offered in a variety of sizes and prices for a reason. The 3.75" line will feature a great deal of variety and are scaled to the playsets. These are meant to be played with and detailing, while important, is less a concern than playability. However, the 6" line will likely feature better details and look great on display. The 12" line, or the Mattel Barbie figures (see below), will offer the best detailing, yet they of course cost much more. During 2009, Star Trek fans will get something they have not had for many years, action figures designs for all interests at varying prices, and varying sizes. Its IDIC time for collectors, and this Kirk bodes well for the Playmates Toy line. Now, we wait for more images and more details, so we could join Nero and say, "The wait is over!"
More Playmates images and news coming soon
The annual New York Toy Fair is in February and it is expected to Playmates to be showing off more of their Star Trek movie line there. In March ToyFare magazine will feature the StarTrek toys on the cover and have a full feature on them. You can pre-order ToyFare #141 now at TFAW.com for $3.99.
Mattel Barbie figures too
As noted above, Mattel will also be making figures for the Star Trek movie. TrekMovie previously reported on the line of three Barbie figures coming in May. This set of three collectible 12" figures can also be pre-ordered now for $151.19.
More Star Trek movie figures from Mattel’s Barbie line
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