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First Look At Playmates Star Trek Toys Packaging [UPDATED] February 10, 2009

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Recently we broke down the full first wave of Playmates toys and figures for the new Star Trek movie with details and photos (see article). Today, courtesy of Japanese toy sites, we are getting the first glimpses of the packaging for the Playmates Trek line.
[UPDATED: More images from Japan…See below for the full set of images.]


Trek in Japan

Originally a few of these images were found at Japanese toy site Hobbyworld, now thanks to a TrekMovie reader from Japan we can now see the full set of large images from Japanese toy distributor HotToys. TrekMovie has also confirmed that the packing seen below is the global packaging, and not just in Japan.

Here are a few examples:

USS Enterprise Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

USS Enterprise packaging (click to enlarge)

Bridge playset Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

Bridge playset packaging (click to enlarge)

Transporter playset Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

Transporter playset packaging

Galaxy Collection (3.75") figures Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

3.75" Kirk figure packaging – Kirk (click to enlarge)

Warp Collection (6") figures Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

6" figure packaging – Kirk (click to enlarge)

Command Collection (12") figures Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

12" figure packaging – McCoy (click to enlarge)

Phaser Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

Phaser packaging (click to enlarge)

Communicator Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

Communicator packaging (click to enlarge)

Tricorder Japanese sales sheet (click to enlarge)

Tricorder packaging (click to enlarge)

Go to HotToys Japan for more photos.

The Star Trek Playmates toys will be released in late April.

Pre-order Playmates Star Trek at Entertainment Earth
All of the above items and more can be reserved by pre-ordering at Entertainment Earth.

Thanks for Daniel and Ateban for the tips


1. thorsten - February 10, 2009

Hashimemashite dozu Star Trekku!!!

2. Sybok's Secret Brother - February 10, 2009

These look great! Love the big E!

3. REDBELLPEPPERS - February 10, 2009

Nice packaging.
Altho I’ll probably hold out for a more detailed Enterprise

4. Shatner_Fan_Prime - February 10, 2009

Considering the wonderful TOS color scheme being used in the marketing, these packages are dull.

5. Lt. Dan - February 10, 2009

why does the delta shield look so mis-shapen?

6. Captain Roy Mustang - February 10, 2009

Im getting them

7. dane - February 10, 2009

ooooo, verrry niiiiiiiiice

8. 8of12 - February 10, 2009

#4 “why does the delta shield look so mis-shapen?”

That was my first thought!! Hmm…

9. Daniel Broadway - February 10, 2009

Here is a slightly higher resolution view of the Enterprise packaging…

10. Ensign Ricky - February 10, 2009

Far out.

11. SimmerALPHA - February 10, 2009

How is that Spock? The rest looks good.

12. Lt. Dan - February 10, 2009

it also seems strange that they have been pretty consistent in using the typeface from TOS in all marketing materials, but used a completely different font for toy packaging. i know it’s probably a different set of people in charge of designing the packaging at playmates, but you’d think they wouldn’t want to look like a bad knockoff. hopefully these are just the japanese versions of the packaging.

13. Blusilver7 - February 10, 2009

The Enterprise IS ugly, but I’ll live!

14. Shatner_Fan_Prime - February 10, 2009

#12 … Yeah, this packaging is rather generic and blah. You’d think with something marketed towards kids, the bright yellow/blue/red would be more eye catching. Oh well. Spock Prime looks cool.

15. Dave Schilling - February 10, 2009

I’m sure the typeface is different in Japan. Keep in mind, Trek is NOT very familiar or popular in a lot of other countries. I bet TOS typeface is used here (and the UK and Canada) because of how recognizable it is. In Japan? Maybe not so much. Trek may not be very popular there.

16. Gary 7 - February 10, 2009

This may or may not have been covered already, but does anyone know, or has anyone seen anything about an Enterprise model kit like a Polar Lights type?

17. That Nutty Fanboy - February 10, 2009

#15, I believe it’s more an optical incompatibility with the Hiragana and Katakana typesets. They’d likely clash with the STar Trek font optically…

18. Paulaner - February 10, 2009

The new Enterprise has some pretty curves and angles. We may like it or not, but it’s an original take.

19. Daniel Broadway - February 10, 2009


Last I heard, Polar Lights does not have the rights to the new Star Trek film yet in regards to model kits. I hope someone makes models of them though, I want a model of the Enterprise and the Kelvin.

20. Picard's barber - February 10, 2009

I never realized that he Bussard Collectors on the new E weren’t red. It’ll take some getting used to I think.

21. MvRojo - February 10, 2009

I like the packaging…it has a nice, clean look to it.

22. krikzil (aka Lixy) - February 10, 2009

I like the shape of the packaging but the color is rather dull as compared to what AA/Diamond Select has going on.

23. OneBuckFilms - February 10, 2009

– Communicator
– Tricorder
– Phaser

Will be mine.

24. Edward O'Connor - February 10, 2009

#20 – exactly what I was just thinking.

25. frederick - February 10, 2009

If the toys accurately reflect the movie ship, all those blue lights are a bit repetitive. I’d prefer red on the bussards any day, to offset all the other blue lights.

26. Ateban - February 10, 2009

Hi, I’m in Japan.

Japanese official distributor is Hot Toys Japan.
Its site has released Star Trek pages with all (3.75 and playsets) photos a few days ago.
This is not the packaging. Probably a poster or a press image.
This is.

Now I notice a mysterious ‘ship’ in the bridge playset image.
Is it Narada?

27. Chain of Command - February 10, 2009

The Enterprise is pretty ugly.

28. Chadwick - February 10, 2009

How is it we see packaging from Japan and Star Trek blu-ray from Norway and nothing from North America (sans mexico)?

29. Mike Ten - February 10, 2009

Even if you think the new Enterprise is ugly or not, I think Mr. Abrams people picked the worst angle and ugliest picture they could find of the ship for the first image released.
After seeing the new Enterprise from other angles it’s really starting to grow on me.

Can’t wait for May!

30. Chroma - February 10, 2009

Oh wow. I love the Enterprise, especially the nacelles. It’s new and nostalgic all in one. Plus I want the Kirk figure. Got to save up for these. :]

31. NCC-73515 - February 10, 2009

Blue bussard collectors! Finally! The first thing I really love about this new ship.

32. Christine - February 10, 2009

I don’t care what people think of the.. ahem… what I’d call “refitted” Enterprise (NCC – 1701). I think it looks pretty dang awesome in that particular photograph. The figures look rather good, too. I haven’t collected figures since I was young, (Okay, I’m STILL young… 16…) but I will definitely have to look into investing in a couple of those beauties.

33. Dr. Image - February 10, 2009

How bizzare.
Actually, I see how Ryan Church had to go a certain route to KEEP the E from looking too much like Gabe’s. #29- Yes- they really picked a horribly distorted angle.

34. rm10019 - February 10, 2009

Nobody loves Trek toys more than me, but i have to say the quality isn’t great.

35. Unbel1ever - February 10, 2009

From those angles the E really looks awful. All bent, distorted and out of proportion. Still it’s just a playmate toy. Maybe a good one will be released some time.

36. Douglas - February 10, 2009

Love the “Think logical. Be trek” on the Enterprise box top right.

37. Will_H - February 10, 2009

At a distance the kirk figure looks almost like archer. I think the packaging looks good, it looks serious, and things in japan seem to either have ultra goofy packaging or ultra serious, and I dont think star trek would sell well with a bunch of little anime people smiling on the boxes.

38. THX-1138 - February 10, 2009


We can only hope.

39. Odkin - February 10, 2009

Judging by the direction of the speed lines coming off the ship, the nacelles seem to be on a different trajectory than the rest of the Enterprise!

40. Rick Moyer - February 10, 2009

these look really nice! I am digging the ship! Poor Spock doesn’t look much like himself though…

41. NX01 - February 10, 2009

COOLEST ENTERPRISE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

42. Classic Trek - February 10, 2009

What’s the deal with the Communicator?

I thought I had heard rumors that the top (where the UFP logo appears in these images) would have lenticular stickers of the crew… Are they inside the HAL eye ball bit or has this rumor now officially been debunked?

43. Jefferies Tuber - February 10, 2009

I doubt the Enterprise’s warp drive leaves TMP-style disco tracers like the packaging indicates, so it’s possible some of the blue light effects on the packaging are misleading.

44. Jordan - February 10, 2009

God, they’re amazing! Action figures have always been my favorite collectible.

45. NCC-73515 - February 10, 2009

Can someone translate the text? Must be technical data…

46. DAYXDAY - February 10, 2009

More here:

47. richpit - February 10, 2009

Nit pick:

The Delta shield on the packaging is rather “soft”, IMO. It should have sharper points.

48. richpit - February 10, 2009

Also, It looks like the communicator comes with a holster! Cool.

49. thorsten - February 10, 2009


Yes, Ateban, that is the Narada in all her beauty…

50. OneBuckFilms - February 10, 2009

48 – Very cool indeed.

I think I’ll pre-order these for Comic-Con and fun.

51. karanadon - February 10, 2009

Does anyone know when Countdown #2 is being released?

52. Will - February 10, 2009

This totally awesome!!! The Enterprise looks great. All the packaging is prefect; it will compete nicely in store against Star Wars, Transformers and G.I. Joe, which it’s going to need to do if it’s going to become a viable toy line again. This is far better packaging then what Art Asylum / Diamond has been putting out which looks totally generic, boring and just plain. Playmates is back!! 

53. Trek Nerd Central - February 10, 2009

Neat. O.

54. Capt. of the USS Anduril - February 10, 2009

O.O That definitely looks like the Narada on the bridge playset viewscreen. Geez, that is one ugly, mean looking ship.

I’m mainly disappointed in the Enterprise’s packaging, but mainly because I’m used to the Diamond Select window boxes. Still, judging from the pics, they got in details that I was afraid they were gonna leave out.

And anyone notice that none of the latest images of the Enterprise since the first have had the NCC-1701 on the underside of the secondary hull?

55. Prologic9 - February 10, 2009

The packaging’s font is the Movie’s font, and the general style will most likely be reflected in all of the film’s merchandise.

The Delta shield appears to be a representation of the rubbery ones attached to the crew’s uniforms.

56. Devon - February 10, 2009

Enterprise and all looks excellent. The packaging at least doesn’t lend itself to being a toy which is cool.

57. OneBuckFilms - February 10, 2009

Something Interesting:

There be Uniforms Here ….

I’m getting a Deluxe Gold Shirt Medium with the Role Play toys.

I hope they are available for Comic-Con …

58. Hat Rick - February 10, 2009

Why can’t they build a *real* starship Enterprise? Sheer beauty of that magnitude deserves to be real.

59. OneBuckFilms - February 10, 2009

Under costruction, but at the official site:

Once I can get ’em, they’re MINE !!!!

60. sean - February 10, 2009

Wow, Capt Kirk is lookin’ pretty buff based on his toy! Ha. Enterprise looks better every time I see it.

61. Olley Olley Olley - February 10, 2009

# 58

wasnt this a character in Wall-E ??

62. OneBuckFilms - February 10, 2009


Any ideas if we could get a sneak peek at the Rubies costumes?

For instance, what are the differences between the uniforms (Standard, Deluxe and Grand Heritage)?

Cool if you can do it ;-)

63. Anthony Pascale - February 10, 2009

we have been working on Rubies for a few days, wondering when someone would find that…they are not really ready to talk so stand by

64. illogical - February 10, 2009

If you’re wondering, in Japanese the packages say “Think logical! Be Trek!

65. Balok - February 10, 2009

At every angle, the new E is horribly distorted…

66. John from Cincinnati - February 10, 2009

The bridge looks like Chancellor Palpatine’s office.

67. Hmmm... - February 10, 2009

I’m still disturbed by the blue nacelle lights… and moreso, the oversized lettering on the nacelles. (HATE the typography (font choice)!

But overall, it’s a cool toy. Not sure if I’m buying, though.

68. cd - February 10, 2009

The transporter effect on the toy looks shiny/sparkly, but the transporter effect in the trailer looks like a swirling dust devil of spaghetti.

69. OneBuckFilms - February 10, 2009

63 – No probs. Lots and LOTS of PRESSURE …..

Great job here Anthony.

Updated Want List (Merchandise):

– Deluxe Uniform (Rubies)
– Phaser
– Communicator
– Tricorder
– Soundtrack (Special Edition with more music if available)
– DVD/Blu-Ray (Depending on whether I have Blu-Ray when movie is released in that format)
– Countdown Comic (Already Pre-ordered)

If this movie is good, Paramount will make a packet from me.

Doing my bit for the Economy …

70. Awwww... - February 10, 2009

re: the adjustable phaser…

“Aw s**t… I’m colorblind! Which way is the stun setting?!”

71. Morty - February 10, 2009

I don’t think it matters whether,or not they use the Tos typeface or not as they’re toys! Children play with toys and lets be honest they ar all to young to recognise the TOS typeface.

72. Crusade2267 - February 10, 2009

The Narada still looks like a Shadow/Vorlon ship.

73. Jon S. - February 10, 2009

とてもおもしろいですよ。 エンタープライズの模型が買うつもりです。

74. Jefferies Tuber - February 10, 2009

on the 12″ figures… I don’t think McCoy has ever been so buff

75. RMBurnett - February 10, 2009


Those role playing prop toys look like some kind of Chinese Trek knock offs one would buy their kids at the 99 cent store back in 1986.

The new Trek film has the worst production design of any big budget Science Fiction Film EVER.

And wait until you all get a load of Engineering…

Doesn’t mean the movie will suck though.

76. RBlaine - February 10, 2009

The nacelles in the small front view look REALLY close together…

77. THE GOVERNATOR - February 10, 2009

75. RMBurnett

All in your opinion. And I think the production design to be the BEST design of any big budget Science Fiction Film ever.

78. bgiles73 - February 10, 2009

Man, I’d sure love to see Playmates do some figures of Picard and crew in that 3 3/4″ scale. I don’t see why DST and Playmates couldn’t both do all versions of Trek simultaneously. I would continue to buy from both companies. Besides, Art Asylum use to contract out to Playmates back in the day!

79. ransom182 - February 10, 2009

Why is the delta shield backwards?! LOL

80. Carlg - February 10, 2009

It’s clever how the Starfleet delta in the background is incorporated with a planet.

I really love the Tricorder. The figurines are decent, but Spock’s hand doing the Vulcan salute looks dislocated. Yuck.

@70: Didn’t they go over this in the other thread? :) The real filming props won’t be that flashy and will have lots more detail.

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82. DJT - February 10, 2009

The new ship is …well.. new. But I still prefer the Connie or the 1701-A.

83. FSL - February 10, 2009

I’m beginning to think the first Enterprise pic was perhaps a relatively good shot. The more I see it, the more I dislike it…

Though it probably won’t matter much as she’s moving so fast on screen for good look anyway… (from the way it looks on the trailer)

84. steve623 - February 10, 2009

“The bridge looks like Chancellor Palpatine’s office.”

The bridge looks like a placemat.

And I was with RMBurnett right up until the end, and then we parted ways.

85. MattTheTrekkie - February 10, 2009

The Narada looks kick-a in that screen grab on the bridge :)

86. Adam E - February 10, 2009

I wanna see a cast photo like the picture of the figures in the Galaxy Collection (3.75″) figures Japanese sales sheet.

87. Steven - February 10, 2009

This really looks incredible! I’m definitely getting a few of these toys.

God bless!

88. Robert H. - February 10, 2009

I’ll take the Enterprise and the Tricorder. I already have the original series phaser.

89. Hat Rick - February 10, 2009

Anyone have any comments on the ship on the viewscreen? Kind of a spoiler, I should think.

90. Adam Cohen - February 10, 2009

The Bridge playset comes with a “Captain Kirk” figure.

I’m still interested to know how Cadet Kirk becomes Captain Kirk all within the span of one movie, even if they jump around the timeline somewhat.

91. Captain Dunsel - February 10, 2009

#61 – “Wasn’ this a character in Wall-E?”

Hey, it’s not that often you see one of these products modelled by the sort of folks who actually try to WEAR them!

92. tman - February 10, 2009

Those Phasers would have been great in a remake of “Forbidden Planet.” Not sure they look as tangible and realistic as TOS… I think the Assault Phaser was the pinacle of realism and this is a way big step down from there… Will match with the iPod, though….

93. Smittmaestro - February 10, 2009

I like the packaging, subdued and not garish and the silver delta shield will catch the attention when they are on the pegs/shelves.

Love the big E, It’ll be on display alongside my old Playmates toys 1701 from years ago.

Comm awesome!
Tric, love it.
I even like the phaser.

Though why no 3.75″ McCoy or Chekov in Starfleet duty unis?


94. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - February 10, 2009

You know one thing that really irritates me, why didnt they make the Bridge playset electronic? they did it for the Enterprise D bridge in 92-93-94 era, why not now? And you know the phaser does look like some sort of shiny toy laser gun you can find at a kay bee toy store or a 99 cent store too. But whatever, im getting the phaser so i might as well enjoy it.

95. Buddykarl - February 10, 2009

I wonder who would win in a death match: the new Kirk action figure against the old Mego Kirk Action figure I have in my closet? Nice to see so many toys coming out from the new Trek. They are marketing the living heck out of this one. I am truly hoping the movie lives up to the hard sell marketing drive.

96. Buddykarl - February 10, 2009


Yes, you would almost expect it to make sparks inside the red plastic at the tip of the phaser when you press the trigger.

97. illfigure - February 10, 2009

here is the link to the big image of the transporter room in the box, from the broken link

98. Lennier - February 10, 2009

“Think logically.” Okay.

99. Picard's barber - February 10, 2009


I noticed that too about the registry numbers, but if you look closely at the high-res image of the E released by paramount you can see that they put NCC-1701 right underneath the deflector dish on the secondary hull. I personally like it on the saucer better, but whatever.

100. RNS - February 10, 2009

Sorry,but I love the original if I was to ass kiss J.J. version of star trek than
I’m a fool to buy these cheep toys.however it meant for barbies collectors —- Enjoy!!!

101. pacimage - February 10, 2009

The bridge playset looks sparse… where are the rest of the bridge stations that were present on the original photos of this playset a few weeks ago?

102. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - February 10, 2009

Hey a thing i noticed, the 3.75 kirk figure box says that the display stand is wearable as a badge too, thats pretty cool, perhaps they go the idea from me when i was 4 wearing the TNG display stands as a communicator.

103. Iowagirl - February 11, 2009

I’ll make a fortune by saving all the money I’m not gonna spend on these anomalies…:)

104. Mike - February 11, 2009

Nice job digging up a 25 y/o Phaser design (from ‘The Search for Spock’) and slathering on enough chrome & LED’s to make Cadillac jealous…..

105. thebiggfrogg - February 11, 2009

Re: 90. I am hoping “Captain” Kirk will be on the Kobayashi Maru simulator, though even that seems a stretch as it doesn’t seem likely they would get to wear captain’s stripes for the test, Saavik didn’t. Yeah, cadet to captain has the potential to be incredibly stupid unless they do jump forward quite a bit.

106. Semi-Normal - February 11, 2009

It’s odd that a lot of people had a problem with the first photo of the Big-E, and as many/more have a problem with the toy version shown here, yet in every trailer we’ve seen of her in motion, she looks nothing short of GORGEOUS.

Watch the trailers again and tell me that’s an ugly ship. Better yet, tell Scotty. He’ll punch your lights out.

107. William Kirk - February 11, 2009

OMG the ship is really ugly. I agree with the comments, that the first official picture was obviously in the worst possible angle, but it is still ugly in other angles, too (but a bit less ugly). The rest of the props are fine – tricorder, phaser, communicator. I like them.

108. G-Boss - February 11, 2009


Forget about ever seeing the “Connie” or 1701A ever again.
Welcome to the future of Star Trek.
Like it or not.

109. Semi-Normal - February 11, 2009

#106: “Forget about ever seeing the “Connie” or 1701A ever again.”

Did someone break into your house and burn all your DVDs, posters and toys? AND the internet?

That sucks, man.

110. Ralph - February 11, 2009

Still not likin’ the “big knEe”…
With those thunder-thighs-looking nacelles, she needs to be called the USS Torgo!

111. thorsten - February 11, 2009


thanks, I was wondering!

112. captain_neill - February 11, 2009

Nice pacakaging but I don’t think these figures look as good as the Diamond Selcect one

The new prop designs are cool and I am very happy they are faithful to TOS.

But at the mean time I am sticking with Diamond Select, cannot wait to get a TWOK phaser.

The angle of the picture for the new Enterprise makes it look better than the first pic but I am still not liking it. I will admit it looks decent and faithful enough but I still prefer the original Enterprise and the movie refit versions. I hate the new nacelles.

Although I will probably love the new film, it is hard to get use to all the changes JJ Abrams has made. I guess change that is the sacrifice to make in order to bring Star Trek to the mainstream.

Its cool to be in the mainstream but I feel it loses something going to the mainstream. I just feel that a mainstream audience does about what Star Trek means like the fans do, but given what Abrams is saying he seems adament he is keeping those values. This gives me hope at least but I Know it will be different from the Star Trek I love and that is why it is hard to accept at times. Star Trek means so much to me.

So good luck

113. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - February 11, 2009

@ 108

Hahah, Best MST3k episode PERIOD!

114. El Chup - February 11, 2009

What’s with the crap version of the Starfleet delta on the packaging?

115. thorsten - February 11, 2009

It looks like Playmates will use the same packaging globally,
because the japanese boxes so not sport the “Nippon Star Trek”, which is so prominent in the upper left corner of the sales sheets…

116. DreamerOutThere - February 11, 2009

The bridge playset is weak as all hell. A place mat? What are we, 3? The TNG bridge play set and Transporter play set and Engineering play sets blow these out of the water.

Further. The fact that the bridge play set oly comes with the nav and opps stations with the captain’s chair a four arch ways is even weaker then the whole place mate crap.

And I for one as a avid trek fan find it insulting that if I want a complete bridge play set, that I have to collect each and every one of the figures in order to get that the other stations. I get that that is a marketing thing, but to me the fan, it’s a cold hard slap in the face. Sorry, I had to say that.

We need a big honkin hunk of plastic play set like they did with the Ent D bridge. Not some cheap place mate. with the same fold down walls and sounds and opening and closing doors. When I was younger I rebuilt that set into the bridge of the Defiant.

I get that the marketers figure that all this crap might not sell too well, so they are scared to invest any real money into something like what was done for the Ent D. Plus back then, America was more wasteful and things were cheaper. Now we’re we’re trying to rebuild our economy and everything costs an arm and a leg and odds are, a set like the Ent Ds today would probably retail be like $150 or more, give or take. And figuring they might be able to sell that, they went for the cheap place mate rout. And then in order to try and assure more money, they made it so u gotta get all the figures so you can have the complete walless bridge.

Honestly, if they had made something like the End D’s bridge and actually put some real detail into it. I don’t care if the thing cost $300. I would of gotten it. And all the figures it needed to go with it. but because they went cheap, I doubt I’ll end up getting any of it. My 2 cents. I feel better now that I said that all. =)

117. TonyD - February 11, 2009

I’m actually kind of disappointed by these toys and in some instances the props they’re based on. I’ll probably be skipping most of them with the possible exception of the Enterprise.

The bridge playset is a joke: basically just a placemat and one console. Obviously, its a canny way to get people to buy all the figures in order to get the rest of the stations. No visible electronics either. Really a step backward from past efforts.

The phaser just looks too shiny; as others have said, it looks like a .99 toy you get at Walmart for your kid, not a deadly piece of hardware that can vaporize someone.

The tricorder doesn’t seem particularly functional within the context of the film. Just a few blinking lights and even the viewscreen was dropped. How exactly are you supposed to get any useful information from it?

Even the pics of the Enterprise seem a little off as the placement of the nacelles seems wrong. In the photos and clips I’ve seen, the struts connecting the nacelles to the secondary hull seem to taper out and up, here they just seem to go straight up and the nacelles seem too close together.

Lastly, the figures look lousy across all the scales shown with some really poor liknesses (the bane of most classic Trek figures, alas).

I’m still planning to see this movie opening weekend and expect to enjoy myself; but the more I look at the production design from the movie, the less I like it. I have no problem with things looking different as long as there is improvement in the design. But these simply look worse than efforts from prior films. The bright and shiny approach really sticks out in a distracting way and the phasers, tricorders and other hardware were just realized and designed better in prior films I think.

118. Enterprise's helmsman - February 11, 2009

A bunch of Debbie Downers. What did you want the crappy TOS dolls/sets, please. These are for kids, lets not forget that.

119. What is it with you? - February 11, 2009

114. DreamerOutThere – February 11, 2009

Whoah. Glad you got that off your chest.

But it’s just a toy – meant for children.

I think some of you guys/girls just need to RELAX.

I know this is a passion for you guys, but you need to reign it in a little. If everything starts to become a “slap in the face” because it’s not exactly what you want, perhaps you need to pull back a little and examine your level of investment.

Don’t get me wrong Dreamer, I respect your passion (and the passion of the other fans who feel the sting as much as you), but I think you need to think about why this seems to matter so much to you, and why you get so upset about it.

The same goes for the “canonistas” out there. Shouldn’t Star Trek be a source of enjoyment rather than frustration? If it’s always the latter, maybe it’s time to move on.

I feel better now that I said that …

120. Ray D - February 11, 2009

Man, I gotta say Playmates Toys can not compare to Art Asylum, I have the whole collection from the 90’s and I have to say that by todays standard they could of done a better job. I won’t even bother collecting any of these toys. The only way is if Art Asylum gets a chance to redo it in a couple of years. Sorry guys just my thoughts, Playmates really suck.

121. frederick - February 11, 2009

Aren’t most of us here a little too old to be playing with toys, anyway?

When they come out with recreations for collectors to display then the griping could be considered legit. For the age group intended for most of this stuff, it’s fine, they aren’t complaining.

122. Mot - February 11, 2009

The older spock toy looks like the cigarette smoking guy on the X-Files.

123. Steve Short - February 11, 2009

In the Transporter playset a Scotty figure comes with it and the Bridge playset a Kirk figure comes with it are they exclusives figures with the playsets or are they the same Kirk and Scotty figures from the 10 figures from the 3.75″ collection?

124. I am Kurok! - February 11, 2009

Overall I like the E, but I can see where folks would complain that the ’57 Chevy-looking engines just don’t harmonize with the lines of the rest of the ship.

Toys look great: I had the Mego playset in the ’70’s. Don’t collect, but luckily I have a 9 year-old who I can live vicariously through. . .

125. Jeffery Wright - February 11, 2009

that phaser looks like a comical ray gun space toy, why not save on the budget and use this?:

how does that tricorder display recorded visual data or helpful chart grids? how would kirk and spock have found out about edith keeler’s obit if they only had this decibel meter with them, instead of the far superior tricorder of the 1960’s?

not even so much as an lcd readout?

was the production rushed? were they in a hurry?

126. Brian Matthews - February 11, 2009

My guess is that they are also massaging the shape of the insignia, along with most everything else. Not that that’s a BAD thing, mind you… but it pretty much follows from everything else we’ve seen so far.

I can appreciate that Ryan Church had a task before him to envision the Enterprise in some sort of new way AND remain faithful to original design. With the new images starting to roll out we all get a better idea of what he’s done, and I have to give him some props for it. Being an artist and 3D visualist I have on many occasions tried to re-imagine starship design (I even predicted the design sense used for the TNG Enterprise long before the show premiered), and some of the design ideas Church used are things I had never quite thought of, but they give the ship a new vibe as well as staying true to the original (and the best).

I am nowhere near as crazy about that phaser, though… if there’s one vocal bunch’s sentiment here I can agree with. it’s about this prop. MAYBE the Enterprise is a good redesign, but this thing is not. Not yet, anyway.

127. Jeffery Wright - February 11, 2009

i’ve got a bad feeling about that new communicator…:

128. NCC-73515 - February 11, 2009

Can you turn the Phaser emitter 90° and fire two beams when you’re surrounded?

129. Jeffery Wright - February 11, 2009


it would not surprise me in the least.

130. Nostalgic G - February 11, 2009

I’m kind of dissapointed. The figures don’t ;ook that great. The Bridge playset has no action features or electronics, its nothing more than a playmat and a few plastic consoles. The Phaser is the worst of all. Looks like some 99 cent toy rack lazer gun.

The 12 inch assortment does look promising and the warp edition figures too. Hopefully the transporter playset has some sort of feature like the 90s TNG playset.

Check out my Playmates Star Trek retrospective at:

131. Alec - February 11, 2009

On the bridge set, that view screen could have a slit where you could insert different slides, showing different scenes: open space, close-up planets, various enemy ships, etc.

The front of the Enterprise’s nacelles look blue on that toy. I wonder whether that will be the colour in the film…

132. Jeyl - February 11, 2009

I like the new Enterprise design, but those Nacelles are so close to each other!

133. richpit - February 11, 2009

125 – LOL. “I can’t do that, Jim.”

134. MáS FOTOS DE LOS JUGUETES TREK « AmigosTrek - February 11, 2009

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135. Karl - February 11, 2009

I’d like to compare my old Captain Kirk action figure from Mego to the new Captain Kirk action figure….who would win in a fight?

136. Victor Hugo - February 11, 2009

Wow, looks like the Enterprise has a VORLON ship on its viewscreen. :)

137. trekboi - February 11, 2009

they cant even get the delta shield right- what a slap in the face.
the figures do look ok.

138. trekboi - February 11, 2009

man the enterprise is ugly- but the playmates toy is worse and the packaging makes it even more so.
its so embarassing to know these will be on the shelf for all to see..
the packaging is ugly- as fot the typeface- young people might not recognise it but thay have to be shown it in the first place- it wont become recognisable if they dont use it.
the props are ok but the brige is a joke- like carpet and furniture- the 79 half bridge is 1000 times better.

im dissapointed.

139. Anthony Pascale - February 11, 2009

RE: Playsets
The bridge and transporter playsets do NOT come completed. Additional pieces come with each of the 3.75 figures. this is described in our last playmates article


the ship on the viewscreen is Nero’s ship (the Narada), as seen before in the theatrical trailer and described here:

140. YARN - February 11, 2009


141. DMB1138 - February 11, 2009

Here’s what I’m wondering: Will the bridge playset have more than one image/sticker for the main viewscreen, or will it just be the pic of Nero’s ship? Earlier images of the playet showed a more generic space scene that would be nicer for display

142. James Cannon UK Trekker - February 11, 2009

#13 (The Enterprise IS ugly, but I’ll live!)

Same here. I’ll buy the damn thing because I collect Trek stuff, however the Enterprise was the one thing that SHOULDNT have been updated (from the outside that is.).

143. DennyC - February 11, 2009

Who kicked McCoy in the groin??? Look at the picture of him in the box in his “action pose.”

144. Bob L - February 11, 2009

concerned that the packaging for the bridge playset does not show the entire bridge consoles. i hope that the toy comes with the entire bridge not just the command and helm areas.

145. Anthony Pascale - February 11, 2009

did you read comment 136 or our last article on Playmates (also linked in the article above), and again below:

146. JoBlo - February 11, 2009

What great memories this brings back.

I keep thinking the old Vulcan is Sarek then it occurs to me. That’s Leonard, baby!

147. Knut - February 11, 2009

This, what Abrams calls “Enterprise”, looks so ugly. The most terrible thing, i have ever seen in trek. The designer, the Kurzmanorci-Twin and Abrams should be punished for this.

148. Jason - February 11, 2009

considering how much sex is in the movie, I’m surprised they are pushing the toy line so strongly. Doesn’t that send a mixed message?
“Don’t watch the movie kids because there is too much sex, but go ahead, play with the toys!”

149. Jackson Roykirk - February 11, 2009

Ha ha! …and of course Jim would be in a shuttlecraft carrying the dead body of Gary Mitchell, aka Frank Poole.

150. tman - February 11, 2009

124. Brian Matthews — “I even predicted the design sense used for the TNG Enterprise long before the show premiered”

There was a design sense to TNG?
All the props were so clunky and overweight compared to TOS.
The enterprise looked like a massive slug!!!!!!!

117. “I think you need to think about why this seems to matter so much to you, and why you get so upset about it”

Arguably, chatting with Trekkers on a web site is like a cry for help, but since this is a chat room of Trekkers,… I think it’s fair to critique bad design. I think the ubiquitous TOS props (phaser I,II; communicator, tricorder) were very good designs with a level of realism, yet not looking militaristic and that really appealed to me as a child watching it. I think that exact copies of that design would look dated so an update was required for a modern audience. What I appreciate about the new movie Phaser is that it certainly does not look like a military weapon which is in keeping with Star Fleet’s mission. What I don’t like is it doesn’t look as credible as a prop and I think could have been done much better. I do respect the attempt. Color isn’t for me the issue. I think this color helps it look less militaristic or more Star Fleet. If they’d kept this color, taken the original phaser and just made it somewhat sleeker, I’d like it alot more. My suspicion is they were thinking more about effects: How does the transporter work, how does a phaser work, etc… then built the props to be consistent with that. I don’t know whether the red lit up thing is the plasma storage, the emitter, or force chamber, but I’m guessing they probably work either the way they are supposed to from canon or (if canon didn’t work well enough) with modern science thrown in…

151. Curt - February 11, 2009

Ah! That Enterprise is still garbage!

152. tman - February 11, 2009

considering how much sex is in the movie, I’m surprised they are pushing the toy line so strongly. Doesn’t that send a mixed message?

Have you seen Transformers???

153. smarkey - February 11, 2009

145. Jason – February 11, 2009

“Considering how much sex is in the movie, I’m surprised they are pushing the toy line so strongly. Doesn’t that send a mixed message?
“Don’t watch the movie kids because there is too much sex, but go ahead, play with the toys!”

You’ve seen the movie, then? Excellent! Please tell us exactly how much sex is in it (and don’t spare the details!) You *have* seen it, right?

154. doubting thomas - February 11, 2009

why is the tricorder now all chromed up? i was hoping the phaser would have less chrome than in the early pictures, but now they’ve added it to the tricorder. and i hope the packages for the tricorder and communicator are not the same size, or that will be one tiny tricorder

155. THX-1138 - February 11, 2009

Dear Lord I hope the phaser doesn’t look that bad in the movie. The twisty red-blue deal is doofy looking and why on earth would someone want to have a shiny military weapon?

Of course, in reality nobody would want a weapon that announced “Hey! I’m over here! Just follow the blue line and kill me!”

156. star trackie - February 11, 2009

#150 “why is the tricorder now all chromed up? ”

Kids like shiny. HOPEFULLY…it will catch their eye. I’m having a real hard time remembering ANY time a small child wanted to “Play” Star Trek.

If this movie and these toys gets kids to actually WANT to go out and play “Star Trek”,like they did back in the 70’s every day after they watched the show after school, I don’t care if these toys are made out of paper mache.

Of course, on a personal level, I want them to be as accurate to the film props as possible. But the reality is that these props cost $18 a pop and will look it.

157. Closettrekker - February 11, 2009

#145—“considering how much sex is in the movie, I’m surprised they are pushing the toy line so strongly. Doesn’t that send a mixed message?”

How much “sex” should we “consider” to be in this movie? You apparently know more than the rest of us—so, by all means—share.

All that I have seen is a brief shot in a two-minute trailer of a young Jim Kirk making out with a cadet, which is precisely the kind of behavior I would expect.

#144—“This, what Abrams calls “Enterprise”, looks so ugly. The most terrible thing, i have ever seen in trek.”

You must have missed Voyager!

IMO, its certainly no worse than holodecks, android pinnochios, caveman Klingons singing opera and eating live food, children on the bridge, and Ferengi storylines on DS9.

158. tman - February 11, 2009

Of course, in reality nobody would want a weapon that announced “Hey! I’m over here! Just follow the blue line and kill me!”

I think it’s not a stretch that the guys in the bright primary color fabrics are going out of their way NOT to intimidate and the color schemes are based on that.

Of course the other possibility is that they said let’s go for fashion. I don’t know if you’ve visited Italy, but the Carabinieri have alot of fashionable outfits and accessories. If you’re going to fight the mafia, better do it in style…

159. THX-1138 - February 11, 2009


Of course it does not bear mentioning that 97.3% of everything in Star Trek is not real.

In reality one would presume that a well outfitted “enforcement” type person, military or otherwise, would be as stealthy as possible. Looking flashy and fancy is cool and all, but staying alive is cooler.

160. Closettrekker - February 11, 2009

#156—” Looking flashy and fancy is cool and all, but staying alive is cooler.”

To live…is always desirable…


161. thorsten - February 11, 2009


and we know, the movie is full of optimism!

162. THX-1138 - February 11, 2009


Well, yeah, except for all the folks Nero blasts to hell with his drilling deal. And the one red shirt guy who plunges to his death. He was probably optimistic that his chute would work, though.

163. THX-1138 - February 11, 2009

Oh yeah, and the blowed up Kelvin.

164. thorsten - February 11, 2009


well, Olsen ejects his chute too late, he was overconfident…

165. THX-1138 - February 11, 2009


I’ve heard that happens to a lot of guys.

166. buddykarl - February 11, 2009

I’ll put these up on the same shelf as my Mego Kirk and Space 1999 Eagle ship!

167. Dark_Lord_Prime - February 11, 2009

The first thing I’m gonna do when I get that Enterprise home (after freeing her from her cardboard prison, of course) is take apart the nacelles and swap out red LEDs for the blue ones in the nacelle caps.


168. tman - February 11, 2009

#156- Of course it does not bear mentioning that 97.3% of everything in Star Trek is not real.

Say it ain’t so!!!!

169. captainedd - February 11, 2009

I would guess the Cadet Kirk is Captain Kirk in the Kobyashi Maru scenario…after all, we know that he reprogrammed the simulator to beat the computer. In the trailer, we see Kirk in the gold shirt, telling Spock to “buckle up”. Sounds like Kirk has a surprise in store for all, Spock in particular. Anyway, we know that Saavik was called Captain during her test, when it is obvious that she was still a lieutenant. So, that is my guess on how we have Cadet Kirk and Captain Kirk in the same movie

170. Christine - February 11, 2009

On the update:

I like how the older Spock is the only one not harbouring a weapon. xD Shows the true character of Nimoy’s… character, how he only used violence when necessary.

171. RD - February 11, 2009

Why is there a chair in the transporter room? Since when does the transporter chief need to be comfortable? I want them sharp and alert and on their feet, ready to run out to a Jefferies tube to fix a blown circuit if trouble occurs.

172. captain_neill - February 12, 2009

The new Enterprise does not have the beauty or grace of the original or the refitted version.

173. Shadowcat aka Kimmycat - February 12, 2009

I pre-ordered the Galaxy Collection 3.75 inch and the Warp Collection 6 inch figures from Entertainment Earth about three weeks ago. I own Playmates 3.75 inch figures from the ST Voyager series and I have them displayed with my older TOS,TNG, DS-9, and Dr. Who figures. I am almost 50 years old and love dolls and action figures. I have a pretty large Barbie collection. I still have the Barbie, Ken, and Skipper dolls my parents gave me as gifts 40 years ago! I am also purchasing the Star Trek movie Barbies from Target as soon as they are available. These toys look great. I am buying the phaser, communicator, and tricorder to replace my old TOS ones. I am planning to by the Rubies costumes from the movie too. I am going to dress as a Starfleet engineering officer for our office Halloween costume contest this year! I am such a geek! LOL!

174. THX-1138 - February 12, 2009


“These toys look great. I am buying the phaser, communicator, and tricorder to replace my old TOS ones.”

Replace!?! Replace?!? Surely you mean to sit alongside, right?

175. steve2 - February 12, 2009

Transporter Room = Overdesigned

176. Steve Short - February 12, 2009

Do you think wave 2 of the figures will be out soon after wave 1 or out when the movie is out on DVD?

177. Captain Crawford - February 12, 2009

I was really hoping the bussard collectors would glow red, and simply looked blue when they weren’t lit. Oh well, still a cool toy. I must have it.

178. captain_neill - February 12, 2009


Replace the originals?

I am pleased that the new prop designs are faithful to the originals but I still think the originals are stil superior and more iconic.

179. YARN - February 12, 2009


180. Picard's barber - February 12, 2009

“The first thing I’m gonna do when I get that Enterprise home (after freeing her from her cardboard prison, of course) is take apart the nacelles and swap out red LEDs for the blue ones in the nacelle caps.”

You know what would really suck is if you go to replace the LEDs and you find that the nacelles have blue plastic covers with white LED lights inside. What then?

181. johnny - February 12, 2009

i am so makeing a thingy to hang the new toys to compare the new and the old toys…..maybe even the tng toys THESE ARE BETTER THEN THE TNG PROPS AND TOYS

182. doubting thomas - February 13, 2009

not better than the next gen props, no. the tricorder is nice, but the phaser is a parody of jeffries’ phaser, and the communicator is an attempt to make a futuristic design seem modern, personifying the movie.

183. johnny - February 13, 2009

hey it’s is better than the button and dials shit, and the tng phasers didnt look like a gun

184. opcode - February 13, 2009

About the phaser, tricorder, communicator and other designs in this movie (including bridge, corridors and others), that is what happens when you hire people from TV to do the work. Haven’t they learned anything from past TNG movies?…

185. johnny - February 14, 2009

so the phaser barrels are on a spring triger

186. Jeff Bond - February 14, 2009

I got sent a box of toys which unfortunately I can’t open so I could only check out the demo features. The tricorder sounds are really cool; sequencing lights and nice retro sound, halfway between TOS and TNG. But the tricorder is small, not much bigger than the communicator; I’m guessing it’s another half-scale or 3/4 scale reproduction like their TOS tricorder. The communicator has two phrases, one from Kirk, one from Spock–the central clear dome and two other lights light up in conjunction with the sound, a nice effect. With the packaging you can only activate the “vaporize” red effect and sound for the phaser; it’s not bad, probably also smaller than the actual prop and the chrome look does make it very toy-like–there’s a “setting wheel” on the upper back of the weapon–since the button to switch from vaporize to stun is at the top of the handle it’s not clear what the setting wheel does but it looks like it moves and has some function.
The six inch figures are pretty good; the 12 inch ones are great except for the likenesses–Kirk looks remarkably like Trip Tucker and very little like Chris Pine. Spock isn’t bad though. That’s all I was sent and now I must return them…

187. doubting thomas - February 16, 2009

johnny, one of the great things about the next gen phasers was that they did not look like guns.

188. joseph - March 8, 2009

As someone who has been bashing the new Enterprise design on JJ Abrams version of Star Trek, I must say that after seeing different views of this new design, it’s actually not that bad to me anymore.

I must admit that even the two beloved designs (by me of course), which are the Original Series, and the Refit design, those two designs have their bad angles. The Refit design looks more attractive at her best on a lower rear side angle when the wings show their slant and beauty. The Original series design (TOS) looks most attractive from the side, to front side, when we see the ever popular nacelles twirling red. Her worst view is looking from the rear top towards the center of the neck.

The different angles of this new design has huge hints and traces of the Original series. It was just unfortunate that the retarded angle sent by the producers gained so much negative reaction.

I still don’t like the reboot idea, and I would have embraced the idea of a Star Trek based it’s future (Perhaps further from the Next Generation). I mainly don’t like him changing the characters of the Original series. Sure they have the same name, but not their personality, or experience (driving a 1960’s corvette). However, I’m willing to at least give it a chance.

Gee, if Trek fans such as myself tend to get this upset over JJ Abrams, I wonder what would have happened if he decided (or was given permission) to reboot Star Wars. I could see nearly all the Star Wars fans losing their minds….probably worse. That’s why I appreciate how Star Wars was kept under such close scrutiny. If only Star Trek would have been given the same treatment…..and budget.


189. Carnival_0f_Souls - March 8, 2009

In no way does the new phaser, communicator, or tricorder hold a candle to classic trek’s designs, not by a long shot. It’s not even close. Cheap plastic, shiny chrome pieces of junk. This new interpretation of these classic icons are the biggest joke I have ever seen in my life. Absolute EPIC FAIL.
But don’t worry friends, I have the solution. Instead of purchasing these abominations designed by NON-FANS, I suggest Diamond Select’s excellent line of classic landing party equipment. They are faithful, they accurate enough, the price is right, and they don’t soil Star Trek’s good name. Instead of recreating your new starfleet officer persona for cosplay, halloween, etc or for your trek shrine display/collection for your home you can instead have the original and the BEST. The original series standard Starfleet issue landing party (if you call it an away team i’ll punch you in the throat) equipment. Don’t leave your classic connie starship without it.

190. Khaaaaaaaaaannnnn!!!! - May 10, 2009

Star Trek should have went with a better toy maker than Playmates. Theses look like shit! They should have went with a company like Necca (Who did Pirates of The Caribbean) or McFarlane. They would have done the cast and Trekies some justice.

191. Kevin - July 22, 2009

DOES anyone know how to hack the Enterprise toy so it doesn’t talk and the lights stay on?

Let me know: kjj AT city500media DOT com


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