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Playmates Launches Star Trek Movie Toy Website w/ Full Wave 1 Details & TV Commercial March 25, 2009

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

On April 19th the first wave of Playmates Star Trek movie related toys, figures, and playsets will hit stores. This morning Playmates is launching a site dedicated to their Star Trek line (including their TV commercial). TrekMovie was given an early preview. See below for details about the website, including some news and last minute clarifications about the diverse and exciting line from Playmates Toys.

 

Boldly Go to Playmates Website
When Playmates Toys was the Star Trek toy licensee during the 1990s, the Internet was just beginning to be an everyday presence in people’s lives. Now, in another sign of just how big the new Star Trek film is going to be, Playmates Toys has created a true Star Trek first, an entire website dedicated to the Star Trek 2009 movie toy line by a major company.

The new site can be visited at startrek.playmatestoys.com


Main page of new Playmates Star Trek site

The Playmates Toys Star Trek website features five sections, each detailing a different type of toy. Each section provides the chance to zoom in on the toys, and many feature multiple views and front and back packaging images. Also, there are downloadable versions of instruction sheets for some of the toys available if fans misplace their copies that are included with the items. Here is a preview of each of the sites and some neat things to be sure to engage.

Section #1: Figures
This section includes a comprehensive look at the first waves of the various sized action figures. You can check out large images, plus images of packaging. Each character gets a description plus details on their accessories. The three lines of figures are:


Galaxy series Spock — Get all the details on each figure at the new Playmates Star Trek site

Each Galaxy figure includes a part of either the USS Enterprise Bridge Playset and Transporter Playset to build out the entire play environments. By getting the figures, fans will also be getting a piece to add to their starter playsets that will help add more fun and playability. The Enterprise will require 18 pieces to complete, and the Transporter has 4 additional pieces. There are ten characters included in the first wave of this sized figure each with a specific playset piece included. Wave 2 will include more of these extra playset pieces. The cool thing about the website is that by clicking on the images of the front packaging of the 3.75" line, fans see not only nicely detailed images of the cool assortment of action figures, they also get to see which playset piece is included with which figure.


Galaxy series Pike Packaging — site helps you identify which figures come with which playset components

Section #2: Vehicles
The first of Playmates Toys Star Trek vehicles is appropriately the new U.S.S. Enterprise. There are many detailed images of the ship with some good angles for starship aficionados. Of special note is that toy will come with both authentic lighting and sound effects (including Kirk and Spock lines from the film) and a display stand that allows for 360 degree viewing of the Enterprise. The site offers multiple angles of the ship and the box, and you can even download the owner’s manual.


The USS Enterprise – detailed with many views on new site

Section #3: Role Play Toys
Role play items are some of the most popular selling toys now for lines such as Star Wars and superheroes. Now, Star Trek is back in the action with Playmates trifecta of the communicator, tricorder, and phaser (featuring stun and the less harsh, toy-friendly, phrased "vaporize" settings).


Back of Phaser pack shown on site – most products have backs shown
(you can also see choice to view the manual as a PDF)

Section #4: Playsets
It is here that fans get a good look at two playsets of the Enterprise Bridge and Transporter Room. Each set comes with a mat and ‘core’ components, plus a figure (Kirk w/ Bridge, Scotty w/Transporter). The website shows floorplans to help guide fans as they collect the additional pieces for these starter sets, showing where each of the additional pieces are connected.


New Playmates site includes playset diagrams to help put together your sets


Section #5: Cool Stuff  w/ TV Commercial
This section includes news, including an enticing promise of even more toys from Playmates Toys this late summer and autumn! This is a good location to check frequently for store events and news.

Playmates will be airing a TV commercial for their first wave in May, but you can watch it now on the site. The commercial gives you an idea how the transporter playset works, and for the first time you can hear some of the sounds of the Enterprise vehicle toy.


Playmates commercial shows toys in action

Playmates Toys will be available starting April 19th at stores such as Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, KMart, and Amazon.com. What is especially nice about the startrek.playmatestoys.com website is that for ‘completist’ collectors, it works as a kind of official checklist of what to look for this April and as the line continues to grow. Also, it gives more casual collectors, shoppers, fans, and parents a really good look at the items. This is the first time a company has dedicated an entire website to Star Trek toys, and it helps to add to the excitement of both the movie itself and the excellent variety of toys available in about four weeks! .

And there is more to come. The website is clearly made to accommodate more toys then just what is coming out on April 19th, and there is a note in the news section that "Additional waves of figures and product will be released in fall. Announcements will be coming." So stay tuned

Pre-order Playmates Star Trek Wave 1 at Entertainment Earth
The entire first wave of Playmates Star Trek movie toys are available for pre-order at our affiliate partner for Star Trek toys, Entertainment Earth (who have a low-price guarantee). Reserving your items now can give you peace of mind that you will get what you want. All items should be shipping around April 19th.

Figures

Playsets

Role Play Toys:

Vehicle

 

 

Comments

1. Chroma - March 25, 2009

Yes! I was waiting for this. I’m getting the Enterprise and maybe the phaser or tricorder. I want to get one (can only spend so much) of the figures, but not sure which one yet (likely Kirk or Spock).

2. NCC-73515 - March 25, 2009

I asked people in a toy store here in Munich, and they said they don’t know if they’re gonna get them.

3. Kaiser The Great - March 25, 2009

Stupid Munich…

4. Berti Semmler - March 25, 2009

@2…

I know what you are talking about ’cause I heard the same answer last friday. So, whenever I think about Germany, Luke Skywalker comes to my mind (I know, it’s pretty un-Trek-like): ‘If there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re [in the country] that it’s farthest from’…

5. Joel - March 25, 2009

Why am I not 6 anymore??

6. screaming satellite - March 25, 2009

5 – are kids actually gonna want any of this stuff though? im of the impression alot of the sales will be from trek fans who have bought all the previous trek toys…

7. NCC-73515 - March 25, 2009

Can you turn the emitter 90° and fire two beams?

8. Ensign Ricky - March 25, 2009

Is 42 too old to buy this stuff?

9. Shatner_Fan_Prime - March 25, 2009

What is Cornelius from POTA doing in there?

Oh wait, that’s Kirk…

10. Closettrekker - March 25, 2009

#6—I’m curious as to how the sales of these toys turn out as well. My guess is that, prior to May 8th, only established fans/collectors will purchase them.

If the film is a hit with kids, though—who knows what will happen with these after the film’s release?

11. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - March 25, 2009

6 –

I can’t speak for all children, but these definitely have my 6-year-old nephew’s attention. Then again, he is a boy of refined taste… ; )

12. Sid - March 25, 2009

I’m very excited to see the movie, but that is a truly ugly ship.

13. Christine - March 25, 2009

That’s actually kind of interesting.

14. THX-1138-Star Trek: Timmy! - March 25, 2009

#8

No.

Is anyone else having trouble watching the commercial? Because it ‘aint happening on my ‘puter.

15. luke montgomery - March 25, 2009

OK it really hit me that this movie is gonna be cool when I saw the playmates commercial…. made me feel like a kid again!

How cool is old Spock’s tunic!

Here we go!

16. Scott - March 25, 2009

‘U.S.S. Enterprise Vehicle’? Uh. It’s a STARSHIP!

I shall boycott this movie.

17. Dr. Image - March 25, 2009

Anyone want about a hundred Playmates Next Gen figures???
NEVER AGAIN!!
(But gotta have the bizzaro phaser, at least.)

18. weerd1 - March 25, 2009

My intention is to stick with the 3.75″ and maybe a phaser. I am still debating on the Enterprise itself. Looking at the site though, I may have to make Kirk my Chekov and Pike my Kirk… I hope when they hit stores the rather garish lip paint is less severe.

19. I'm dead Jim - March 25, 2009

I want to first say that I am very excited about this movie and mostly like what I see, including the Enterprise, but I don’t really like this phaser and am having trouble getting used to a tricorder without a viewscreen of some kind. Maybe that design will make more sense in the movie.

20. Jeyl - March 25, 2009

Dangit!

If you look at the Toy version of the Enterprise, you’ll see that behind the bridge are two buttons on the gray strip that leads to the neck. Now the darn thing is a “Press Bridge” format that Diamond Select uses! Argh!

I want my Photon Torpedo button!

21. adam kadmon - March 25, 2009

I love Trek and I love Action Figures.. but Playmates really dropped the ball on these. The old 90′s Playmates line eats these alive. The 6″ are awkward, clunky and the textured shirts look horrible. The 3.75″ line is out of proportion with every section; the legs dont match the torso and the torso doesnt match the arms and the forearms dont match the upper arms.. they both have maybe five points of articulation and i really hope that bridge starter set is $10 considering I have to buy — and open — one of each figure in the galaxy series [and there are 18 parts to the bridge and ten figs in the first series...] to complete the bridge. I’ll probably but the spocks, a kirk and a nero.. otherwise I’ll enjoy my old school trek toys. and please please spare me the “dont complain” or “what do you expect” comments, as if I should be accepting of whatever playmates does to cut costs and raise income at the cost of my fondness for action figures.

22. screaming satellite - March 25, 2009

10 – i cant get past the feeling that bar to odd exception, kids are gonna be like ‘meh’ to the film and trek in general – kinda like Superman Returns…and that trying to appeal to them with loads of toys will be a bit of a lost cause

i do get the feeling the movie will do very well at the box office for a trek film ($300m-400m range) and will have trekkies and movie fans in general raving….just not have kids jumping up and down in glee pestering mom and dad to see it over and over and to get all the toys like a Pirates of Carabbien, Transformers or Spiderman etc

23. Alex Prewitt - March 25, 2009

The Pike figures kinda look like Shatner!

24. SPB - March 25, 2009

#22 -

It’s got spaceships and phaser guns. What’s not to like for a kid???

25. Krik Semaj - March 25, 2009

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26. Planet Pandro - March 25, 2009

Speaking as a fan of the previous playmates line of trek toys, I welcome every last little bit that they’re doing. This is an element of the movie I really have been looking forward to: adding to my figure collection. Where to put it all? Or at least where to put all that my sometimes paltry disposable income will allow. Damn adult responsibilities! (of course I’m also talking about buying lots of star trek toys so “adult” might not apply) And remember, these are TOYS. So if they’re not exact replicas, that’s ok. They still look like plenty of fun to me!

27. Devon - March 25, 2009

The TV Commercial + Available at Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, etc is one of the many reasons why they were wise to go with Playmates for toys over DST for collectors.

28. Krik Semaj - March 25, 2009

I want to see the Playmates StarTrek Iceberg & Tree Trunk

29. weerd1 - March 25, 2009

As an avid toy buyer, I think a lot of these will be peg warmers- I could be wrong, and maybe the movie will pull in kids like flies to sugar (thought I was gonna say somethign else, huh?), but I bet you’ll get these on clearance soon. I agree with Adam that these are not as appealing as they could be. If you look at a lot of new toys, these look more than a bit clunky. I do however like the fact they look “playable” whereas a lot of the current figures aimed at older audiences are not (they are more made to hold a pose than be played with, i.e. Indiana Jones and 25th Anniversary GI Joes). Three and a quarter inch is my favorite scale though, and I have been waiting for years for Classic Trek figures that scale. These are close enough to the original designs I can squint and fake it even if the new movie isn’t very good. Might have to build my own bridge though…

30. Smitty™ - March 25, 2009

Yikes April 19th!

-cs™

31. Federali - March 25, 2009

Is there going to be a model of the new Enterprise that we can buy, build, and paint?

32. JWM - March 25, 2009

Some kids will buy them, but not many — which is OK. The toy market nowadays is primarily aimed at 30-somethings+above who can’t handle growing up (like me!).

These look to be finely crafted and I look forward to having Kirk guard my computer at work from the time-traveling Romulans I know work on the same floor. Just have to prove it.

33. Telly1138 - March 25, 2009

Am I just an angry old man, or does it bother anyone else that they’ve decided to sell Kirk-era Star Trek” toys with the phrase “where no one has gone before” on the back.

Enough of this PC bullshit, America! History is history and that history is where no MAN has gone before.

34. Valar1 - March 25, 2009

I just got my Original Communicator from EntertainmentEarth. Man oh man is that thing sweeeeeet!! I’m for sure gonna get the nuTOS phaser and communicator. I’d like to thank Anthony for posting this toy news, otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue where to get this, my local area doesn’t seem to get all the new stuff.

35. SPB - March 25, 2009

#33-

C’mon, is it that hard to comprehend that the original phrase was created before the advent of women’s lib and female astronauts? I don’t think it’s “PC bullsh*t” at all. If anything, the phrase “where no ONE has gone before” is more inclusive and makes more sense.

36. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - March 25, 2009

#8

God, I hope not…seeing as I’m 46. lol

37. THX-1138-Star Trek: Timmy! - March 25, 2009

OK, the idiot in me figured out how to work the commercial link.

Does anyone else think the Enterprise looks , well………..kinda small? The toy appears to be in the hands of a kid so it appears to be under 12 inches. Looks to be about 10 inches or so.

So this begs the question I have asked over and over (like #31 above) and nobody ever answers:

Is there going to be an accurate version of the Enterprise available, like a model or DST type collector item? And not a zillion dollar MR masterpiece. I mean, Harry Knowles at AICN was sent a version of the Enterprise to paint and he is only mildly into Trek. At least we know that there are accurate versions of the ship out there. Will we, the average, dollar spending (or whatever form of currency you use) public get something that doesn’t necessarily fit into the hands of a 10 year old?

38. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - March 25, 2009

Oh wow, seeing that commercial gave me a RETRO feeling, I remember seeing commercials for the TNG toys, and now seeing this brings back those memories.

39. 1701 over Gotham City - March 25, 2009

i HATE HATE HATE THAT HIDEOUS PHASER!! It looks as if it was designed to be a toy from the get-go. The designers may feel that the original phaser needed a change, but at least it looked like a functional device!

40. krikzil - March 25, 2009

Do kids sitll play with action figures? I ask cause they just seem so sophisticated compared to the dark ages when I was one. ;) And I had this interesting chat with a TRU employee when I was out searching for the DST figures last month. He was saying that ADULTS bought more of the SW figures than kids nowadays which made me smile. I believe it.

41. AJ - March 25, 2009

It’s funny how toy ads have not changed since the ’70s.

42. Duncan MacLeod - March 25, 2009

39. Yeah a functional PHASER. the “innards” are all that matters in real tools. I have a BRIGHT ORANGE cordless drill. it doesnt drill any worse than the black one which looks more “Functional”

OCH, ME BAIRNS!!!

43. Duncan MacLeod - March 25, 2009

Lest we forget. “Functional” has nothing to do with Aesthetics, unless the Aesthetics have crazy non-ergo parts to them.

44. AJ - March 25, 2009

40:

My kids (8 and 6) have no interest in action figures. My 8-yr old girl is not a ‘barbie’ fan, but my younger son may yet convert.

All they care about is what they can play on a screen.

45. OneBuckFilms - March 25, 2009

It’s good to see the Roleplay items.

Those are on my Must Get(tm) list, to go with the Uniform I’ve pre-ordered.

I might get one item per month for 3 months, starting with the Communicator, then Phaser, then Tricorder.

Finances and Taxes for you :-)

46. Star Trackie - March 25, 2009

#35 “If anything, the phrase “where no ONE has gone before” is more inclusive and makes more sense.”

It’s hard to get more inclusive than mankind…and that’s what the “man” was inferring.

The no “one” crap IS 80′s PC nonsense that is a remnant of the 24th century that hopefully will NOT find its way into this movie.

And as far as the toys go, count me in for the landing party “exlporation” set and the ship. Whether or not kids will buy the stuff or even want the stuff, I don’t know. Seems to me it will take at least for the summer and then repeated DVD viewings for the kids to even get aquainted with it enough to want to “play” it. By then, they may not be on the shelves anymore.

47. Chris Pike - March 25, 2009

Some new angled shots of the E – it looks alarmingly awful from some of those angles. It’s the first time I won’t be getting a new starship version model.

48. Ian - March 25, 2009

I want to know if the Enterprise “vehicle” will be of the same quality as the DST model “toys”. I currently have the TOS, TMP, and TNG Enterprise ships. If this isn’t the same quality detail I hope DST will release this ship soon!

49. Ian - March 25, 2009

@#47 I have to disagree. The shot of the underside of the Enterprise really reminds of TOS. Another has a striking similarity to TMP blended with TOS. Yes, the angle from above looks awkward mostly because the size of the nacelles, but I think they did a great job with this ship design.

50. Gary - March 25, 2009

I agree 39. Even the laser used in the TOS pilot looked better than this.

51. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@47…

http://thorstenwulff.com/1701back.jpg

52. Spock's Brain - March 25, 2009

The likeness for “Original Spock” is quite graceful.

53. Buckaroohawk - March 25, 2009

I think the narrator of the commercial is none other than John DeLancie. I’m not 100% certain, but it sure sounds like him. Can anyone confirm?

54. 750 Mang - March 25, 2009

Wow. These are awful.

What happened to Art Asylum?

RTF!

55. Driver - March 25, 2009

What, no Steampunk E.?

56. marshmellon - March 25, 2009

The one thing that bothers me most about the new uniforms is how can you determine the rank of the females when they have no sleeves?

57. The Original Spock's Brain - March 25, 2009

The descriptions on the Warp figures well within canon.

58. richpit - March 25, 2009

I’m jazzed about these toys. Even though my wife will kill me, I’ll be walking out of Target on 4/19 with the Enterprise, phaser, tricorder AND communicator!

59. The Original Spock's Brain - March 25, 2009

57. The Original Spock’s Brain – March 25, 2009
I meant the “Command” figures…

60. C.S. Lewis - March 25, 2009

33. Telly1138 – March 25, 2009

Thank you sir. The Bolshevik Left is nothing if not relentless at their never ending pestering and abuse of the “ruling class”, even if they limit themselves to ironic Internet censorship (in other words, there is nothing “bold” about knee-jerk conformity to the diktats of the Thought Police).

Sincerely,
C.S. Lewis
Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

61. Selor - March 25, 2009

I so hope that I can get those Action Figures and Playsets here in Germany

62. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - March 25, 2009

Sweet Lords of Kobol that Ship is FUUUUUUUUGLY

63. iplaicawd - March 25, 2009

i think the ship is adorable

64. Cheve - March 25, 2009

So, If I want the whole bridge I’ll end up with two kirks and if I want the whole transporter room, I’ll end up with two scotties?

Well. I’ll probably end up with three or four of each when outum line comes up, but, I am still missing some evil minion figures. So far, the game is about nine nasty dudes kicking the butt of a poor bold dude without friends.

65. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@61…

Na klar, Toys’R’Us wird das alles bekommen!
Und die Spielzeugabteilungen von Karstadt ;))

66. Selor - March 25, 2009

Dann freu ich mich schonmal auf massives Geld ausgeben!

67. Rocket Scientist - March 25, 2009

Unless that phaser really kicks butt on the big screen, I don’t think I’m ever gonna like it. To my eyes it’s too toy-like. Those rotating emitters look like nothing but trouble.

The communicator and tricorder are cool. I don’t care that the tricorder doesn’t have a screen on it. It looks fine as a prop.

The Enterprise is interesting. Not what I would have done, but very interesting. I would like to build a model kit, but please market one in a manageable size. I’m running out of shelf space! One in scale with the Polar Lights TOS ship would be great.

68. Rocket Scientist - March 25, 2009

51. Thorsten

That stern view of the new E is incredibly cool. Thanks!

69. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@68…

My pleasure!
;))

70. Mark T. - March 25, 2009

I really hope the ‘in store experience’ with the new Enterprise goes better than the ‘online experience’. That appears to be one toyish caricature of the NCC-1701 they have going there!

Looks like the Enterprise the same way the Bratz dolls look like humans.

71. I Liked Him Better Before He Died! - March 25, 2009

#63 – “i think the ship is adorable”

Wonder if Nero will feel the same way and not blow it out of the stars?? :)

72. Nelson - March 25, 2009

Reminds me of the Mego commercials from the 70′s.

I’m surprised there isn’t a link for one of those too!

73. I Liked Him Better Before He Died! - March 25, 2009

“I shall blow you out of the stars”

“Im as constant as the northern star!”

-Christopher Plummer, STVI (second best bad arse on Star Trek)

74. Darkowski - March 25, 2009

I won’t be buying any Star Trek toys any time soon, even if they look ok, but I must say; That’s one ugly ship! :-P

75. SPB - March 25, 2009

#46-

If they’d meant “mankind” they wouldn’t have used the word “man,” or they’d phrase it as “Where Man Has Not Gone Before.”

Only men seem to have a problem with “no ONE.” Figures, of course.

76. Doghouse Reilly - March 25, 2009

Why are their arms so long?

77. Tom - March 25, 2009

Playmates made decent-looking figures, but the level of detail (such as paint scheme and decals) on their ships always sucked. With the new Trek film and pix of their Enterprise toy, they have continued this tradition.
Maybe someone there could buy an Art Asylum Enterprise and take some notes.
I’ll buy the new Enterprise, but will have to give it a new paint job.

78. Mark T. - March 25, 2009

The Great Bird or the Galaxy Mr. Roddenberry himself apologized on several occasions for the rampant sexism in the original series. It was his decision to change the opening on ST:TNG and I think it was a good one. Ultimately the original line just dates the show.

Can we all just grow up now and talk about the toys?

79. Dirty AT-AT - March 25, 2009

Ok, if i can afford it, i will be buying these. My main concern is the 18 pieces to collect for the bridge and the four for the transporter. and only 10 figures in the intial release. but if all goes well i will have them.

80. Mark T. - March 25, 2009

Oops, that should have been “Great Bird of the Galaxy”. Must remember to proofread.

81. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@76…

well, applied anthropology it ain’t…

82. Chris Pike - March 25, 2009

51. thorsten – March 25, 2009
@47…

http://thorstenwulff.com/1701back.jpg

There’s something definately wrong with me, I just don’t get it at all! Why don’t I like it?

83. Chris Pike - March 25, 2009

I know what it is, I’m now officially old!

84. KHAN the Weasel - March 25, 2009

@ 2 NCC-73515 : Gehst halt zum Subkutan in der Amalienstraße, wenn’s den noch gibt.

@ 3 Kaiser: Ever been there?

85. Carlos Teran - March 25, 2009

Well, there goes my wallet… I’m getting them, ASAP.

86. CaptainRickover - March 25, 2009

# 83

Don’t bother. I don’t like it either and I’m just 30.

….

Well, perhaps that’s old?

87. THX-1138-Star Trek: Timmy! - March 25, 2009

What news on the model front (he asks again)? Is there going to be a collectible version of the ship?

88. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@83…

No, Paul, that’s not it.
I linked that image for you because it shows how radically different the ‘celles are…

89. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@87…

I heard nothing yet, THX, but I will buy it, build it, airbrush it,
and tape it on top of my 30incher ;))

90. James - March 25, 2009

I’d love to finally start seeing these toys in stores! I’m sick and tired of looking at all the Star Wars things that are out.

Bring on the Star Trek toys already!!!

91. Capt. of the USS Anduril - March 25, 2009

Hm. The Enterprise isn’t bad looking, seems like they ditched the decals finally. Paint scheme could’ve been better though.

92. THX-1138-Star Trek: Timmy! - March 25, 2009

Thanks, Thorsten.

You see, it’s quite simple:

Me want ship. I have a fleet to build, you know.

93. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@91…

I totally understand, Commodore THX!

94. k7 - March 25, 2009

#8
don’t worry I’m 50+ and want a Scotty & McCoy for my office

95. Dark_Lord_Prime - March 25, 2009

My initial shock wore off long ago.

That is a beautiful ship, and she will be mine. :D

And any scale model that comes out, as well.

As for the phaser, they already told us that the phasers in the movie are NOT chromed. :P

96. Kirk's Girdle - March 25, 2009

I have to agree, the ship has some good angles – the trailer proves it, but all in all it just looks like a crazy funhouse mirror version of the Enterprise. As I recall, there was an episode of Voyager where the ship was experiencing some sort of spacial anomalies and was stretching and distorting. And is that the smallest shuttlecraft hangar deck you’ve ever seen or what?

And even worse, everything I’ve heard about main enginerring being shot in in some kind of set dressed factory has me worried as well. That’s usually how they shoot fan fiction, either in a local utility or running around in the woods in Starfleet uniforms.

97. thorsten - March 25, 2009

@95…

I am not sure if that was main engineering, Girdle.
That is the sequence were Pike makes Spock acting Captain and Kirk XO.
They walk at a brisk pace, the ship is in trouble after Nero attacked.
JJ shot lot’s of interieur in other places than soundstages to give the hugeness of the ship a realistic feeling.

98. FS9 - March 25, 2009

To think I’m in my 30′s….and I will be asking for Toys this Christmas. :)

99. Simon Martin - March 25, 2009

I don’t know if this is just me…but since I first saw the “new” Enterprise, I thought there was rather more of the old starship in it than everyone else seemed to. Having seen some of the angles presented on the playmates model, I am absolutely convinced that the ship itself is designed to look strikingly like the 60′s ship, when viewed from certain angles.

The second different angle picture on that link seems to echo a lot of the shots in the original series of the original ship, as does the fourth shot.

My initial thoughts about the ship seem to be confirmed by some of the shots in the latest trailer too.

Was the new ship specifically designed to look like its original design from certain angles? Only Abrams can tell us. I think so, given the evidence.

When he said we wouldn’t be disappointed all those months back, I think overall he was right. I was hesitant initially but have very much warmed to the new design, and these pics of the playmates model have helped greatly in doing so.

100. Daoud - March 25, 2009

Fascinating. Chekov is on the Playmates site listed as being 17 years old, and a sort of computer genius. Is this O & K’s doing? If so, take THAT, O malevolent canonistas! What other nuggets are in the character descriptions? When I have time, I’ll look; but perhaps the staff might want to harvest some of these, and pass them through the unofficial backdoor boborci filter and see if things like superteen Chekov are fo-real!

101. SerenityActual - March 25, 2009

Why do the back end of the nacelles look like the intake to the doomsday machine?

102. ~~TARA~~ - March 25, 2009

I love the transporter…that is so cool! I will be buying these for me…I mean my son :P

103. krikzil (aka Lixy) - March 25, 2009

“Chekov is on the Playmates site listed as being 17 years old, and a sort of computer genius. Is this O & K’s doing? If so, take THAT, O malevolent canonistas”

Given how Chekov was portrayed in TOS, I have a hard time believing he is a genius, sorry. ;)

104. Robert H. - March 25, 2009

Enterprise is mine

105. Dr. Image - March 25, 2009

Actually, how can one pass up a Simon Pegg-as-Scotty action figure?
Pretty damn cool, when you think about it.

But I’ll stick with my DST Cage E and TMP E, thank you.
This new one is like some sad and horrifying mutation.

106. Roy - March 25, 2009

#21 I agree with you 100%. The 90′s Star Trek Line eats this new line, chews it and spits it back out. I was hoping that this new line would be the same height and the 90′s Star Trek line so I could buy this new bridge playset for my 90′s line. I also agree that these new 3.75″ figures look proportionly wrong.
Also, the only Enterprise, phaser, communicator I own is the Diamond Select versions. This new stuff; give it to Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon. I’m sticking to Classic Star Trek!!
Playmates once made an original Star Trek Bridge Playset for the 90′s line, but for some reason pulled it. I saw a picture of it in a toy magazine stating that it was coming out that year. I hope now that Playmates has the Star Trek line back, they will release the Classic Bridge Playset that was supposed to come out more that 10 years ago.
Just because someone slaps a Star Trek Logo on a box doesn’t mean you have to rush out and blindly buy it.

107. darrksan - March 25, 2009

In the little picture on the top by the rifftrax ad looks like
old Spock is giving the bird.

108. David S. Simmons - March 26, 2009

standby codename:the cleaners y2k+7

109. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - March 26, 2009

@107
LMAO it TOTALLY does! Right on Nimoy-er I mean Spock!

110. thorsten - March 26, 2009

haha, I just watched the commercial.
I like how Kirk can’t decide if he wants to beam down with the others or stay on the ship!

111. Devon - March 26, 2009

#106 – “Just because someone slaps a Star Trek Logo on a box doesn’t mean you have to rush out and blindly buy it.”

No it doesn’t, however, Trekkies have done it anyway for 40+ years now. Whatever makes them happy I suppose.

112. Mark Lynch - March 26, 2009

Ship is yuck, phaser is yuck. The rest of the props I have seen are okay. The Klingon disruptor is particularly good.

As the starship is a character and a lady to most of us, all I can say is vaporise the doctor that performed this hideous cosmetic surgery on her…
The rear view posted by someone earlier in this thread is the worst angle I have yet seen. Sincerely I hope that the vessel when in the movie and in motion looks better than this.

The phaser is the worst design I have ever seen. It looks like a toy, rather than a functional interpretation of a future energy weapon. The original series design still holds up and indeed looks better. What happens if your horizontal stun/kill rotation only goes half way? Do you kill everyone on your left and render unconscious all those on your right? Honestly, I wonder what goes on in design meetings sometimes. I can only imagine that rule 1 is to leave any common sense you might have outside the front door.

Now don’t get me wrong, I will still be seeing this film. But things such as above have a way of jarring me out of the film (like a ‘what the hell is that?’ moment) and thus spoiling my enjoyment. Perhaps these things will be fixed in the (almost certain) sequel.

I do have to say that the more I see of Pine and Quinto, the more I am seeing them as being convincing as Kirk and Spock. As for the rest of the cast, I can’t really say as they have not had as much exposure. But by and large they look like they might just all pull it off.

113. Mark Lynch - March 26, 2009

Having had a look around the Playmates Star Trek site, I thought it might be a nice idea to have a group cast photo made that pays homage to an original cast photo, much like the one in the ‘cool stuff’ section. After all, they have already recreated the classic Kirk/Spock TV guide cover from ’66 (was it ’66?) Perhaps one on the transporter pads would be even better.

Come on JJ, how about it? Throw a wee bone to the fans!

114. Daoud - March 26, 2009

#103 Nobody ever said Chekov isn’t socially inept. So was Einstein!

115. CmdrR - March 26, 2009

Nice…

but, of course I must nit-pick. The Spock making the Vulcan “Hey Baby” gesture is fine… if that’s what your imagination has him doing. Otherwise, he’s got to be:
-Playing Tsaichovsky’s famed “I caught my left hand in a mechanical rice picker” cantada.
–Swatting flies
or
–Straining the noodles out of his Plomeek soup.
This is why my GI Joes never went out without a gun in their hand. It was either that or they’d be doing Disco moves.

116. Paul - March 26, 2009

Meh if the bridge was for 6″ figures I might have bought it for my DST figures! 3.75″ is no good to me. Looks fun though.

117. captain_neill - March 26, 2009

does not improve the new enterprise for me

I still hate the new design

118. JWM - March 26, 2009

#35: “C’mon, is it that hard to comprehend that the original phrase was created before the advent of women’s lib and female astronauts? I don’t think it’s “PC bullsh*t” at all. If anything, the phrase “where no ONE has gone before” is more inclusive and makes more sense.”

Not to sidetrack too much, but the reason “man” was used, as in mankind, is because much of our common English vocabulary comes from German/Germanic language. “Mann” means “one”, got shortened to “Man”, still meaning “one,” so technically the phrase was plenty inclusive (as was “mankind”) and understood to be so before…well, before the PC police found reasons to target things, and push for changes that were altogether unnecessary. While I don’t personally care all that much, I can understand what our esteemed co-poster is saying in terms of it being one more reminder that the Thought Police have gotten into every aspect of our lives and are changing our language just because they think *that* is the key to erasing prejudice.

But to get back on topic, I don’t see why modern packaging shouldn’t reflect modern sensibilities. Language and the world change, and why should Playmates risk protests from the feminist Al Sharpton equivalent because it’s a big deal to a minority of fans? Where No One Has Gone Before is plenty fine, if for no other reason than it won’t bring the wrong kind of attention to your product line.

119. Michael Broadhead - March 26, 2009

I wonder why they don’t use any of the “Star Trek” text movie logos for the packaging. It looks like the Bank Gothic font… And the delta on the packaging looks a bit warped…

The Commander figures look great. The bridge seems disappointing somehow. I love how the transporter lets you take the figure somewhere else… way better than the one I had in the 90′s haha

120. Spock - March 26, 2009

It would be great if they would preview the toys the way they have with the Diamond Select Tricorder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUJJiAy0bzI

personally I think it’s a good idea anyway

121. Dennis Bailey - March 26, 2009

#” I can understand what our esteemed co-poster is saying in terms of it being one more reminder that the Thought Police have gotten into every aspect of our lives and are changing our language…”

Hah. I’m more free to say and think what I want, in the United States, than ever in my life (bearing in mind that I remember back to the late 1950s). All of this “PC/Thought Police” caterwauling is the result of people who are easily intimidated by social disapproval as opposed to actual social or legislative *restraints” imposed upon them.

In fact, they’re even free to complain about how they’re repressed by the “Thought Police.” LOL

122. Eric Holloway - March 26, 2009

The toys look good but I have an odd reaction to something on the back of the action figures packaging. It list the other figures and when it comes to Nimoy’s Spock it calls him original Spock. So the Spock in the new movie is a clone? How about Elder Spock? That would be more precise don’t you think?

123. starfleetmom - March 26, 2009

you spelled accomodate wrong.

124. rrcivil - March 26, 2009

So to get the bridge playset you have toi buy 18 figures along with the $29.99 base set?

That’s screwed up.

125. JWM - March 26, 2009

“All of this “PC/Thought Police” caterwauling is the result of people who are easily intimidated by social disapproval as opposed to actual social or legislative *restraints” imposed upon them.”

Thought Police = Groupthink, *not* governmental retribution. Mob/Group thought and variable social standards, unevenly applied, determine what people are allowed to say. Not retribution from the government, but in terms of groupthink. It does exist, and to insist it does not, does not help the problem. Further, using the rhetorical tactic to belittle the opinions of others is a form of bullying them into silence.

And I agree that the fonts look a little off, but I actually take the toys out of the packaging, so no big deal.

126. 1701 over Gotham City - March 26, 2009

#43, okay, true.. innards are what counts… but we can’t see the innards. Aesthetics? That thing is god-awful ugly.

It just has no real thought behind it… despite looking bad in design (and yes, I stand by my statement of function) whoever thought having a rotating barrel was on crack.

To quote #112
The phaser is the worst design I have ever seen. It looks like a toy, rather than a functional interpretation of a future energy weapon. The original series design still holds up and indeed looks better. What happens if your horizontal stun/kill rotation only goes half way? Do you kill everyone on your left and render unconscious all those on your right? Honestly, I wonder what goes on in design meetings sometimes. I can only imagine that rule 1 is to leave any common sense you might have outside the front door.

127. JB - March 26, 2009

BTW, Diamond Select is launching 2 new versions of the original 1701 – the Mirror Universe version and an “HD” version that’s supposed to be the Remastered CGI ship. Both available at Entertainment Earth later this year.

128. Trekkie1975 - March 26, 2009

Diamond Select’s toys absolutely buries this stuff, but are a little pricey, though you do get what you pay for. This Playmates line looks to be intended for the Wal-Marts, Targets and Toys R Us’s of the world, and will carry a more appropriate lower price point. I must say the new Enterprise IMO looks absolutely ugly, and I’ll always view the original Matt Jefferies designed ship as the legitimate TOS-era version.

129. Peter - March 26, 2009

I can’t find the (new movie) Enterprise anywhere on the amazon.com website – not even as a “vehicle”!!!!

Has anyone?

130. TrekJunkie - March 27, 2009

Nothing on Diamond Select’s website looks that good to me.

http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/store.asp?p=category.asp%3FCategoryID%3D335

131. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - March 28, 2009

Ok i saw the commercial a few times now, and I noticed something…peculiar: Is it just me or did the Enterprise seem…well… Tiny? I was hoping for a 90′s sized version, but apparently it looks as though they shrunk the size to what looks like MAYBE 12 inches, if that. If thats the case when i receive my package a week after the 19th, i swear i will send a letter to Playmates telling them they ripped me off sizewise.

132. Mark - March 28, 2009

I still like that Enterprise, it’s a good depiction of a ship between the TOS version and the TMP version.

Is it me or does that commercial not play very well on the website?,I had problems with it,it skips a lot.

133. trekboi - March 28, 2009

Nice but still think a real sterdy playset was called for…

134. xlb - May 14, 2009

Figures and playsets’re available at our local TRus in Germany, now. But without accessories ! No way to complete the bridge …

135. ryan - April 6, 2010

the figures were good but could have been better more detail like the star wars figures and the x-men figures . the figures released by playmates in the 90′s were alot better playmates needs to re-release the classic.next generation, deep space nine, voyager,and enterprise figures and also the movie figures in 3/4 size and the ships to,

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