The Collective: DST Announces New TOS Ship Toys & Figures + Review of Electronic Chair & Kirk Figure April 2, 2009by John Tenuto , Filed under: DS9,Review,TNG,Toys , trackback
Not all the toy news is about new movie related stuff, Diamond Select Toys is still announcing new items from the rest of the 40 years of Star Trek franchise (especially TOS). TrekMovie has the details about the exciting toys and action figures on their way from DST. Plus the Collective reviews the new Kirk Figure w/ Electronic chair.
NEWLY ANNOUNCED DST TOS ITEMS
Action! – TOS wave 5
In August, the fifth wave of action figures based on Star Trek: The Original Series features a nice assortment of Diamond Select regulars and some firsts. A "third season" version of Captain James T. Kirk in green tunic, a "Tholain Web" edition of short-sleeved Dr. Leonard McCoy, a Nurse Christine Chapel (a DST first), Yoeman Janice Rand (another first), and the first-ever alien of the week, the Salt Vampire from "The Man Trap" (also a first for DST) show a nice diversity among the various seasons of Star Trek. What is especially nice about the Chapel and Rand figures is that their inclusions means collectors and fans now could assembly the entire crew of regulars from TOS.
TOS Wave 5 w/o Salt Vampire (click to enlarge)
[Pre-Order at BBTS – $59.99]
More Enterprise(s)! – Mirror and Remastered
Also this August, two variations of the classic 1960s Enterprise NCC 1701 make their debut. The first is the ISS Mirror Enterprise featuring details, sound, lighting, and voice effects from the fan favorite episode. The coolest feature is the Mirror Federation logo adorning the ship. Also available will be the Remastered version of the Enterprise from the CBS HD versions of Star Trek. This toy will have all the detailing seen in the CGI rendered model of the Enterprise and also includes lighting and sound effects.
ISS Enterprise (click to enlarge)
[Pre-Order Star Trek Mirror Mirror ISS Enterprise Ship from Entertainment Earth – $37.99]
‘Remastered’ Enterprise (click to enlarge)
[Pre-Order Star Trek Classic Enterprise NCC-1701 HD Edition Vehicle from Entertainment Earth – $37.99]
REVIEW – DELUXE ELECTRONIC CHAIR & KIRK FIGURE
Chair Trek: The Motionless Figure
One of the best moments from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is when Spock sympathetically gestures to Kirk who is opining (not "Chris Pine-ing")that he misses his old Captain’s chair. Well, your TOS action figures no longer have to miss that old Chair as DST now has a Deluxe Edition Captain Kirk and Electronic Chair version of the most famous spaceship furniture in television history designed for the 7" line. The Captain’s chair includes one of the best likeness action figures of Captain Kirk (one of the most challenging for sculptures because of William Shatner’s features).
Kirk and his Electronic chair (click to enlarge)
[Order Star Trek Deluxe Electronic Chair Captain Kirk Action Figure from Entertainment Earth – $29.99]
The electronic chair is the next from the set of what we at TrekMovie like to refer to as the "Chair Trek: The Motionless Figures." Other 7" figures and chairs already available include Kirk from Where No Man Has Gone Before, Pike from The Cage, and first season Picard and Riker with TNG command chairs. This new item is the first electronic version available from DST. The chair is nicely detailed and features bright lighting effects.
Most impressive is how many quotes from Captain Kirk and sound effects the chair includes (the included video below is only a sampling of the sounds). By pressing the right panel on the Chair, a Kirk quote is played and then when you press the left panel the appropriate corresponding sound effect is heard. DST also likes "easter eggs" in their electronic toys and if you hold down the right side panel for a few seconds, fans get treated to the opening episode narration and the left panel is the Enterprise din sound effects that run constantly on the Bridge.
The great thing is that the chair is almost a consolation prize to all the fans who have neither the funds or the space for the thousands of dollars life sized version of this chair. With some dieting, perhaps elfish fans could even fit into the chair The electronic Kirk and Captain’s Chair is available now at Entertainment Earth for $29.99.
More chairs coming
Next in the line of regular chairs is Sisko with Defiant Captain’s chair available this August. Entertainment Earth has preorders for $22.99.
This October, there will be an exclusive Trouble With Tribbles edition of the Captain Kirk and Electronic Chair (with sound and Kirk voice from the episode) available from Amazon.com. There was a preorder previously available, but with a delay in the item planned, Amazon has temporarily disabled the link. Keep checking back at Amazon during the next few weeks.
Sisko and his chair (click to more)
[Order Star Trek DS9 Sisko Command Chair Figure from Entertainment Earth – $22.99]
MORE DST NEWS
The Ultimate Scale Spock (18" with cloth uniform) and the retro MEGO Enterprise Playset are now shipping. Be sure to check back with The Collective for reviews of both in the next week.
Retro Mego Playset (click to more)
[Order Star Trek Retro Series Bridge Playset from Entertainment Earth – $59.99]
Unfortunately, for Deep Space Nine fans the Commander Benjamin Sisko and Dukat two-pack has been cancelled for now by Diamond Select Toys.