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Playmates Week (Day 1): Review Of Star Trek Galaxy Collection 3.75″ Figures April 13, 2009

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

This Sunday (April 19th) Playmates Toys will unleash their first wave of Star Trek movie related toys and figures. Each day this week TrekMovie will feature detailed overview and review of a different component of the Playmates line. Today we take a close look at the Galaxy Series of of 3.75" action figures.

 

The Galaxy Collection
It has been a decade since Star Trek action figures were rendered in the traditional "play friendly" size. Now, with the new feature film, Playmates Toys returns to world of Star Trek toys in a big way with 10 3.75" action figures

The Galaxy Collection consists of 10 action figures, each sold individually for around $7. These figures are scaled in the 3.75" line, similar to Star Wars line and a bit shorter than the previous and well-remembered Playmates Toys Star Trek figures of the 1990s. The size is scaled to playsets and the price point means this figures are intended for play, although many fans collect them for display also. Each figure includes various accessories and a piece of either the Bridge or Transporter playsets if fans wish to build those environments for more playability. The playsets themselves (which will be featured in an upcoming article) each include an action figure. The Bridge includes Kirk (which is the same as the individually available figure) and the Transporter includes Scotty (there is a significant difference in facial gestures between the playset Scotty and the individually available version which we will discuss).


8 (of 10) of the Playmates Galaxy Series 3.75" Figures

Now to grading each element of the new figures (one a scale of 1-5 stars)

The Packaging (4.5 out of 5 stars)
The packaging is nicely rendered and compliments in color and style the promotion of the film itself providing a unified look. The promotional posters, theater displays, official website, and the Playmates Toys all appear to be from the same "universe" which is a smart idea for marketing. It will very difficult to mistake a Star Trek product at Toys R Us or other retailers. Also nice is that the packaging provides useful information, especially which pieces of the playset are included. As a father and fan, and considering the economy, I appreciate that Playmates Toys didn’t randomize these playset pieces for those who wish to build the entire Bridge or Transporter. Kirk always includes the B9 piece of the Bridge. Spock always includes the B1 console. A bit more text about the characters would have been nice on the back, yet this is certainly cool Star Trek action figure packaging. What "non-opening" fans who like to keep their toys in their original packaging will enjoy is that the packaging stands nicely on a shelf and allows for visibility of the accessories and figures. In fact, the figures are posed nicely in the packaging (Original Spock with his hand in the Vulcan salute, for example, or Pike posed as if starting to run) which is also nice for those who don’t open their figures. I recommend opening and playing with these as that is what they are meant for and the memories of playing with friends or your own children are worth more than anything.


Playmates Galaxy Series Packaging (front and back)

Individual Figures

Kirk in Enterprise Outfit (3.5 stars)
Includes: Phaser, Utility Belt, Delta Insignia, and B9 Bridge chair and console

The Shatner curse continues. Regular readers of the Collective column know that many toy companies lament how difficult it is to render a good likeness of Shatner in toy form. There is something about his face. That appears to be true with Chris Pine, also. The Captain Kirk action figure is recognizably Kirk, yet not recognizably Pine. The chest is also a bit out of proportion. However, it should be remembered that the smaller the figure, the more difficult the likeness. Hasbro has problems with this despite having the Star Wars line for decades. Our six year old son recognized the figure instantly as Kirk, so it isn’t a serious problem, however of all the figures, this is the likeness that needs the most resculpting and repainting and by wave 2 of figures, the problem should have abated.

This Kirk is also available with the bridge playset, although that doesn’t include all the accessories.


Playmates Galaxy Series Kirk with stand and accessories

Spock in Enterprise Outfit (5 stars)
Includes: Phaser, Utility Belt, Delta Insiginia, Vulcan greeting hand, and B1 Bridge chair and console

One of the great things about the Playmates Toy line is that it has themes. For example, the 3.75", 6" and 12" "Quinto" and "Nimoy" Spocks both include the Vulcan greeting hand that replaces the regular hand. This is a minor detail, but it shows the care among all the various lines and the unified theme of the toys.

The Spock action figure features a good likeness of Zachary Quinto and it is fun that it includes the Vulcan hand which could be swapped with the regular appendage.


Playmates Galaxy Series Spock with stand and accessories

McCoy in Cadet Outfit (5 stars)
Includes: Phaser, Utility Belt, Data Tablet, Hypospray, Gold Delta Insiginia, and B10 Bridge chair and console

There is a similarity between the movie McCoy and the action figure McCoy. The enthusiastic fan reaction to what looks to be an incredible performance by Karl Urban as McCoy is likely to be the reaction for fans of the 3.75" line. The McCoy figures (in all the various sizes) are among the very best in both likeness, but also in including a fun array of accessories. The Cadet McCoy figure also gives us a nice look at these uniforms.


Playmates Galaxy Series McCoy with stand and accessories

Uhura in Enterprise Outfit (5 stars)
Includes: Phaser, Utility Belt, Delta Insiginia, and T2 Transporter playset piece

If any figure deserves a 6 stars), it is Uhura. The likeness is incredible and almost photorealistic. This action figure provides a detailed version of Zoe Saldana’s character, including eyeliner, and is the best figure in the line. That is nice considering that in previous Star Trek lines, the Uhura character is often ignored or the likenesses are not very good. Here, Uhura gets the respect she should.

The Transporter T2 accessory links with those from Nero and Original Spock and then attaches to the playset.


Playmates Galaxy Series Uhura with stand and accessories


The Uhura likeness is especially good

Scotty in Enterprise Outfit (4.75 stars)
Includes Phaser, Utility Belt, Delta Insignia, and B11 Bridge chair and console

There are two different facial gesture sculpts and paintings available for the Scotty figure depending on whether you get the figure on its own, or if it is the toy included with the Transporter playset. One has a grin and the other is a more neutral face. The likeness of Simon Pegg is good although the wildly varying colorizations between the two versions of the figure are disconcerting. It would also have been nice if Scotty included some of his tools or technology. However, this is a very fun figure for what looks like a very fun character. We hope that Playmates Toys is considering a version of Scotty in his Delta Vega clothes because that we would like that. "It’s exciting!"


Playmates Galaxy Series Scotty with stand and accessories

Chekov in Cadet Outfit (5 stars)
Includes: Phaser, Utility Belt, Gold Delta Insignia, Data Tablet, and B13 Bridge chair and console

A wery vell done figure, Cadet Chekov features an excellent likeness of Anton Yelchin’s character. The hair is especially nicely rendered as are the facial features. Like McCoy, the action figure includes an extra item, the Data Tablet.


Playmates Galaxy Series Chekov with stand and accessories

Sulu in Enterprise Outfit (5 stars)
Includes: Phaser, Utility Belt, Delta Insignia, B4 (not that B4!) Bridge chair and console

Sulu, like Uhura, is given the royal treatment with an excellent likeness of John Cho. The figure includes a good sculpt and facial features. The Playmates Toys line should be noted for the painting of the action figures’ eyes, too. They are incredibly detailed, as is noticeable with Sulu. We hope to see a Sulu in his mining rig battle outfit in a future wave which would be the coolest Sulu figure ever.


Playmates Galaxy Series Sulu with stand and accessories

Pike in Enterprise Outfit (4.25 stars)
Includes: Phaser, Utility Belt, Delta Insignia, and B2 Bridge chair and console

This figure dares you to do better! There is a portion problem with this figure similar to Kirk in that the chest is tad big, but the likeness of Bruce Greenwood is perfect. It is fun to have an action figure of Pike in the yellow shirt and it is nice to see his character included in the first wave because of his importance in the film.


Playmates Galaxy Series Pike with stand and accessories

Original Spock (4.5 stars)
Includes: regular Vulcan hand, Starfleet emblem display stand, and T4 Transporter playset piece

It is wonderful to have a new version of Leonard Nimoy and this figure has a very good likeness of his character as he appears in ST09. The only disappointment is that the figure doesn’t include more accessories (unless Spock never uses any items in the film?). However, the stand that is included is perfect and it would have been nice if all the delta insignia stands would be replaced with this style.


Playmates Galaxy Series Chekov with stand and accessories

Nero (4.9 stars)
Includes: Romulan Disruptor, Teral’n staff, Starfleet emblem display stand, and T3 Transporter playset piece

This is an excellent figure with nice tattoo detailing and a good likeness. It also provides one of the first looks at the back of Nero, including his head tattoos and outfit. His scepter which has been an icon since the trailer is named here the Teral’n. The texture of the action figure’s outfit is also nicely presented and bends, allowing the action figure to be used for what it was designed for: play. The only improvement would have been to Nero-fy the display stand. Otherwise, and excellent figure to help challenge our heroes.


Playmates Galaxy Series Nero with stand and accessories


Detail on the back of Nero

The Accessories (4.5 stars)
Each figure includes accessories, and instead of giving everyone the same items, the Galaxy line customizes when necessary. The character with the most (and perhaps coolest) accessories is McCoy. What is nice is that the Bridge or Transporter playset pieces included work well on their own as accessories even if a fan isn’t thinking of buying the playsets. You could sit Kirk at the chair and console included with his figure as its own toy.

The phasers and utility belts that some figures include are especially nice in detail. Unlike some toy lines, the Playmates Toys action figures are appropriately designed so that items stay in character’s hands. Also, for those who enjoy "toy spoilers" we get a good look at Nero’s items that he uses in the film with this line. Each figure also comes with a Delta shield insignia which can be used as a stand or worn for role playing fun. What is nice about them is that the "Cadet outfit" figures have a gold insignia based on those worn on the collar and the "Enterprise outfit" figures have a gray insignia and the contrast does look nice on the shelf.

Conclusions
The 3.75 line from Playmates Toys is in the same league of quality as Hasbro’s Star Wars line, and it didn’t take Playmates Toys a decade to get there. While the Kirk likeness needs some work, it is amazing the amount of detail that is included in these figures. A test of the quality of the line is how long it has interest for play. The variety of figures and the accessories included were enjoyed by our son. That could be an indication that this is a line to enjoy. Playmates Toys promises another wave of 3.75" action figures soon this summer and autumn and they are welcomed.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRE-ORDER
Playmates Galaxy Series goes on sale this Sunday. They will be available at Toys R Us, Wal-mart and Target as well as other retailer. If you want to save a trip to the store, or guarantee you can get all of them, you can pre-order:

NOTE: Some Toys R Us stores have broken the embargo release and started to sell some Star Trek Playmates toys early.

Next up: Playsets
Tomorrow we will have an article (with video) on the new Star Trek bridge and transporter playsets, sized for the 3.75" figures

 

Comments

1. That One Guy - April 13, 2009

Ah finally, I’ve been waiting to pick some of these up. Mostly, I want the Enterprise for the sole purpose of putting it on display in my room, provided that it looks good.

2. Selor - April 13, 2009

Gonna try to get them all!

3. S. John Ross - April 13, 2009

That second Chekov looks really old, man :)

4. Daniel Broadway - April 13, 2009

Toys R Us has had Star Trek toys the past few days. I picked up the Enterprise on Saturday, and I have it sitting on my desk right now.

5. ucdom - April 13, 2009

That’s a hell of a cleavage on Uhura. Starfleet must promote the development of incredibly muscular boobage.

6. Jeyl - April 13, 2009

John- “This Kirk is also available with the transporter playset, although that doesn’t include all the accessories.”

I think that’s Bridge Set John.

7. Christine - April 13, 2009

That looks really cool. :3

8. SPB - April 13, 2009

Yikes.

That photo of the Nero figure from behind reminds me too much of that atrocious NEMESIS teaser poster. Oh, the pain…!

9. SPB - April 13, 2009

And is Chekov already being attacked by the Ceti Alpha ear slugs in that top photo? Looks like he’s having an attack in that chair of his!

10. Jeyl - April 13, 2009

#8. SPB: “That photo of the Nero figure from behind reminds me too much of that atrocious NEMESIS teaser poster. Oh, the pain…!”

At least Kirk and Spock’s heads aren’t peaking through a cloud.

11. Stan Winstone - April 13, 2009

Which part(s) of the Uhura likeness is ‘good’ exactly?

12. John from Cincinnati - April 13, 2009

Wow Kirk has long skinny legs and a wide body.

13. U.F.P. - April 13, 2009

Will there be any other villians ? How about the ice monster, what is that anyway? Anyone know ?

14. Jeyl - April 13, 2009

@11. Stan Winstone: “Which part(s) of the Uhura likeness is ‘good’ exactly?”

Uh, the fact that she’s the ONLY female character in an almost all male group of characters.

15. WillardCanada - April 13, 2009

For fans in Vancouver, BC. I called around to the Toys R Us’ in town and abroad. They all mention that they will be getting figures in about this time NEXT month. So, we are kinda stuck for now.

16. THX-1138 - April 13, 2009

I think that it’s fantastic that the helm console includes the bar-code scanners. I think Chekhov got hit in the eye by one of the lasers from one and is having a seizure.

All hail toy accuracy!

17. dane - April 13, 2009

my TRU has their stuff out early, 6 inchers are pretty nice.
read a slightly different review over at Michael’s reviews of the week, http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_041309a.htm

18. weerd1 - April 13, 2009

Do I understand that I get a Kirk with the bridge, but still have to buy the individually packaged Kirk to complete the bridge playset? I am a bit concerned with the hip articulation on these, and kind of wish they were a bit more like the GI Joes or the Hasbro Marvel figures, but they do look better than Mattel’s DC Infinite Heroes articulation, and more playability than the Indiana Jones line.

19. DGill - April 13, 2009

#8

Let’s just hope that the villain in the next movie won’t be bald. Two in a row is good enough (no offense to bald people either)! ;D

20. Lousy_Canadian - April 13, 2009

Great to see new details on Nero! :D

21. Locke for President - April 13, 2009

I saw Uhura and Spock dolls at either KMart or Wal-Mart this weekend. They were something like $60.00. I’m sure those are going to be rolling off the shelves in this economy.

22. bgiles73 - April 13, 2009

These are pretty cool I bought a few over the weekend. My only hope is that one of these days we can get 3 3/4″ figures and playsets from all the other shows too! These figures definately have me nostalgiac for Playmates and Galoobs old lines!

23. Benjamin Adams - April 13, 2009

“Facial gesture?” Maybe if your face happened to be on your arms and / or hands, which are what you use to gesture.

I think you mean “facial expression.” :)

24. Scotty Mon - April 13, 2009

They had the new figures out in Ontario, Canada at TRU – I picked up Classic Spock (3.75″ & 6″) – The Galaxy figures didn’t come with any accessories other than “Bonus Stand” – This really sucks up here in Canada, with our dollar being much lower, to order the US Galaxy figs for the completed playset parts. The likeness of Spock is great, but sadly, the 6″ Spock is noticeably disproportionate when compared to the 7″ Trek figs from AA.

25. starfleetmom - April 13, 2009

My 6 year old daugher, starfleetkid, will love these!
She got some Mego fiures from the Easter Bunny. :-)

26. JonWes - April 13, 2009

I think they must have lifted the release date. Wal-Mart is selling these now too. I got all the 3.75” figures, some 6” and the Enterprise.

27. adam kadmon - April 13, 2009

THESE STINK! THE NIMOY AND NERO FIGS LOOK NEAT, BUT OTHERWISE.. YUCK.

28. Paul Reed - April 13, 2009

Wal-marts around here have the 3.75″ figs, the 6″ figs and the Enterprise in stock as of Saturday. I picked up the small Spock and Kirk, typical playmtes quality (c-). As for the Enterprise, playmates could really take some advise from Diamond Select. This line is really bad. Waiting to see what the Phaser, communicator and Tricorder are like. Very dissapointed!!

29. Izbot - April 13, 2009

“The Bridge includes Kirk (which is the same as the individually available figure) and the Transporter includes Scotty (there is a significant difference in facial gestures between the playset Scotty and the individually available version which we will discuss).”

“Facial gestures”?

30. Kirk, James T. - April 13, 2009

anyone see these out in the UK yet?????? i sooooo want them all including the ship, communicator and Phaser.

31. Valar1 - April 13, 2009

I want to know, why are there two colors of chairs? And which figure comes with which color chair? Are they supposed to be arranged in some kinda outerspace feng shui pattern that is explained in one of the toys?

32. Viking - April 13, 2009

‘Playmates Galaxy Series Chekov with stand and accessories’
http://img.trekmovie.com/images/merchandise/pmst09/ScottyGalaxy.JPG

FUMBLE!!!! LOL :-)

33. Viking - April 13, 2009

Hey, it’s Monday evening, which I always designate for the ceremonial Picking of the Nit. >;-)

34. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - April 13, 2009

Dang! I just came back From Wal Mart AND Fred Meyer, and they didnt have ANYHTING yet. Well at least i got mine pre ordered from New Force Comics, so it should be on its way when it gets there.

35. LordEdzo - April 13, 2009

Praise be Playmates for finally dignifying one of its female action figures with a phaser on the first try.

36. The Bear - April 13, 2009

I wont pick up all of these, but I will definately get the younger Spock. After seeing the pictures here I might get the elderly Spock and Nero figures as well.

The accessories look cool, and it’s a nice extra. I do wish though that Spock came with a tricorder, and that elderly Spock had some sort of items. Oh well, time to get creative and customize!

37. Bren - April 13, 2009

Any idea what the international release plan for the toys is? Say, for example, in Ireland? (Europe)

38. The Bear - April 13, 2009

I’ll definately get the younger Spock, and after seeing the pictures here I might get elderly Spock and Nero as well.
I probably won’t pick up the others.

The accessories are cool, and they’re a great bonus. I do wish though that Spock came with a tricorder, and that elderly Spock had some sort of smaller gizmos. Time to customize!

39. Bryan - April 13, 2009

So far no Canadian Retailers have advertised or even hinted at carrying the PlayMates Toys lineup. I just want to get my hands on a model of the Enterprise, but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen.

40. Devon - April 13, 2009

So they didn’t get Chekov’s age right after all. He looks at least 70!

41. mars396 - April 13, 2009

My local Walmart had the 3.75″ and 6″ series out on an endcap today.

I couldn’t resist getting some of each.

I am underwhelmed.

42. Klandry1023 - April 13, 2009

I got the Enterprise tonight, and by no means is it a Diamond Select piece, But I was impressed with the detail that Playmates applied to this unit. It looks very good and Playmates did away with the sticker decals which is a big deal. All the ships of my youth had crooked stickers. The packaging was not bad either. The coolest thing about it is that I can finally understand the shape and detailing of the new Enterprise!

43. DGill - April 13, 2009

#27

I agree with you on that one. I don’t think most of these figures are up to snuff. I still think Playmates’ “First Contact” line was the best. I look back on getting the entire crew (and the Borg sphere) for Christmas and I still smile…even though I don’t have them anymore. :(

44. THX-1138 - April 13, 2009

Yeah, the 3.75’s aren’t doing a lot for me. Some are sort of OK, and some are terrible. Although I’m not an action figure guy. Time for a real review of the Enterprise. Should I get one, as I am a ship freak, or should I wait until someone inevitably makes a better one? A model, perhaps.

Oh and a Landing Party gear review would be nice too, John.

45. JonWes - April 13, 2009

I have to say I LOVE this line. I think the quality of them and likenesses are excellent.

46. Juan Martinez - April 13, 2009

I just picked up my Enterprise and what is a complete set of Galaxy figures that are currently released. I just can’t wait to find a bridge and transporter playset.

47. captain_neill - April 14, 2009

They are cool but I think I will be sticking with DST.

DST’s new Gowron figure is excellent

48. Valar1 - April 14, 2009

Whooohooo! My wife went to Wal-Mart on an errand and got me all of the galaxy set and a ship! wooohooo! the ship is cool- sturdy and detailed, but boy are those sound effects/voices loud! I was trying them out while my wife was napping and she woke up.

49. Ben IV - April 14, 2009

“Let’s just hope that the villain in the next movie won’t be bald. Two in a row is good enough (no offense to bald people either)! ;D”

I think the goal of this movie may be to show the director of Nemesis that they can use the same themes: bald ‘Romulan’ arch enemy, duplicate emotionless characters, hideous-looking Enterprise (oh I’m going overboard with that one), combine them with the themes of First Contact: time travel & borg technology (oops, that’s a spoiler), and produce an awesome movie.

…That I won’t be seeing because I don’t want to give Chris Pine money for what he’s doing to that poor girl in green paint. Smut is free on the internet, don’t put it in Star Trek!

50. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - April 14, 2009

48. Valar1: You are a very lucky lucky man. :)

51. Don Farnsworth - April 14, 2009

That Uhura one doesn’t come life size by any chance?

52. Valar1 - April 14, 2009

50

lol, thanks! I told my wife a few weeks ago I just wanted the ship to put on my desk. I had no idea they were already out, and the figures were a complete surprise by her!

I remember her asking why I was reading about these a few weeks ago. I told her I wanted to get these and store them, hopefully someday my future son [still a gleam in my eye] will want to play Trek and I will bring these babies out for him. I know, I know, they’ll probably have better toys in a few years, these will seem irrelevant or outdated, heck, some new guy may be Kirk by then, or my future son might not like Trek, but I just had this crazy dream of playing with these with him, someday.

53. John Tenuto - April 14, 2009

There is nothing wrong with the description of “facial gestures” of the action figures. I don’t want to be a professor here, but facial EXPRESSIONS are a kind of facial GESTURE. Facial gestures are the generic category, facial expressions are the specific category. Gestures are defined as “symbolic communication utilizing any body feature (which would include the face or whatever) either complimenting or in subsitution of verbal communication.” Every facial expression you make is a facial gesture. The line would be culture to nonverbal culture to language to gestures to facial gestures to facial expressions. Thank you though for the conversation. It is interesting to read what fellow fans think.

54. Jan - April 14, 2009

I bought a tribble the other day.
Even that hairball looks cooler than these:(

55. Sovak - April 14, 2009

I recently picked up the enterprise and all four 12 inch figures that were released at my local Toysrus. I didnt see the 12 inch sulu exclusive or the nero 12 inch either! I didnt get the smaller figures because i thought they were painted badly. Also they had the playsets and tricorder,phaser ,communicator also. I didnt pick up any of these either. I am however on the hunt for the Uhura figures since she was my favorite character in the old series!

56. hamz - April 14, 2009

Just wondering if anyone has seen the toys anywhere in the Northwest Indiana region? I havent found anything in the city where I live yet.

57. Commodore Kor'Tar - April 14, 2009

As much as I like the figures , I’m saving my hard earned dollars for the Enterprise this friday at TRU.

Man it’ll feel good to buy Trek toys from a brick and mortar store again!

58. John Tenuto - April 14, 2009

#56

April 19th is the official day of release although many stores are selling early for some reason (maybe because of the total awesomeness that always and forever is Star Trek). Then again, I’m biased. You should be able to get the toys the 19th.

59. Planet Pandro - April 14, 2009

This is great! Wonderful timing…my birthday is on Thursday, perhaps my TRU will have them early? I can see my wife rolling her eyes as her grown (?) husband buys up a ton of “trek” toys. I have gaggles of playmates’ TNG/DS9 line…not alot of original crew-era…Let the fun begin!

60. James Cannon UK Trekker - April 14, 2009

Any dates for the UK?
I ordered my Enterprise from both Forbidden Planet AND Play.Com. Both have different dates for release….

61. steve2 - April 14, 2009

In that first image, is Chekov drunk???

62. Dark_Lord_Prime - April 14, 2009

So far, the only things I want are the Enterprise and a communicator.

And am I the only one who noticed that some of the figures’ phasers are set to stun (blue) and others are set to kill (red)?

63. Valar1 - April 14, 2009

55

” I didnt get the smaller figures because i thought they were painted badly.”

Yeah, the small figures do appear a rush job. The medium sized ones have more detail and look more like the actors. I haven’t seen the largest sized ones- the ones where Kirk looks like he can bench 300.

The Enterprise – while the box it comes in is huge, it was disappointing to see the size of the Enterprise is maybe 13 inches long- from tip of saucer to tip of nacelle. I would normally pay about 20 dollars for a model that size, but considering this is much sturdier, thicker plastic, and has lights [truly bright] and really loud sounds [the red alert sounds like my car alarm], I think the 30 dollars my wife paid for it is reasonable.

64. Frank - April 14, 2009

Head Sculpts = 4.2756756653434 Stars

Bodies = 1.23462378339378339476392698655345 Stars

65. Chuck - April 14, 2009

If You are into the whole typo thing, I saw a couple of packages that were wrong at Toys R Us. Kirk was labeled Chekov, Original Spock was labeled just “Spock” etc. They didn’t have the small figures, just the medium ones. They look really good. They also had the playsets. Looks like the only thing Kirk and Scotty are missing in the playsets is the stand. Wish they had the big E! I would’ve been all over that. The large figures are amazing! Can’t wait for the movie!

66. hamz - April 14, 2009

#58.
Thanks, John.

I called my local Toys R Us and spoke with a woman that said she is in charge of their action figure section. She said that no new Star Trek product appears in her computer system. Just the stuff they already have from Diamond. Nothing for Playmates. She had no idea about the April 19th date, that a huge line of merchandise is being released or that a new movie is coming out in May.

67. Valar1 - April 14, 2009

I got a medium sized Kirk for myself [Warp collection], I’m keeping the small ones[Galaxy collection] for the kid, anyway I opened the medium one- the detail is nice, the shirt torso is rubber and ridged with starfleet symbols, the arm parts of the shirt are plastic, also ridged. It comes with a belt to hold a phaser and a communicator, also included. The only disappointing thing is the hips are really narrow – like supermodel narrow. Also the hips don’t bend outward [abduction for you medical terminology buffs] so kirk looks strange if you try to pose him as running or sitting, the only pose that suits is a straight up standing pose.

68. Valar1 - April 14, 2009

Correction to earlier post about size of Enterprise toy- it is almost 14.75 inches from saucer tip to nacelle tip.

69. J.J. Savard - April 14, 2009

Anyone else notice that Nero’s ear’s are not pointed

70. Nathan Archer - April 14, 2009

I definitely plan on getting the Enterprise, phaser and the bridge set. I’ll get the Galaxy collection for the extra bridge parts, althoug I think the Warp collection look far better. Just curous, but has anyone seen the basic fun key chains? I’d really like one of the new Enterprise, as well as having a large model.

71. D for me. - April 14, 2009

#69
Curious, Nero’s ears are pointed in the trailer and in Countdown. How could they screw that up?

72. robert april - April 14, 2009

How about having all of the cool props that Spock would use available for these toys. Remember the Spock Built Ray Generator?

http://www.hms-studios.com/pictures/startrek/ray-generator.jpg

Looks like someone has copied Spock’s design a little bit:

http://cnn-cnet.com.com/voice-recorders/zoom-h4n/4505-11314_7-33483153.html?subj=Zoom+H4n&tag=feed&part=cnn-cnet

73. Joe Dickerson - April 14, 2009

Looks like Wal-Mart may be your best bet at getting these things early. Went to a Target, a TRU and a SuperWalmart at Pleasant Hill Road north of Atlanta GA at lunch – Only the SuperWalmart had Trek and they had TONS of the 3 3/4″ and 6″ figs, and about two cases worth of the Big E – NO accessories or playsets (DOH!) The Classic Spock has the wrong sticker on it (says he’s “cadet mccoy”) and it looks like he and the Uhura figure are gonna be the “rare” ones (only about 4-8 TOTAL out of over 160 – and it looks like they had just put the pegs up). And don’t worry about finding Nero – he looks to be the most common one… And the Big E is not up to Art Asylum standards, but it’s a TOY… and as that I’m satisfied. I’m just glad I can finally get a full 360… and she’s a beauty!

74. garen - April 14, 2009

wnet to TRU today in St Clairsville Oh. They had a bunch of 3 3/4″ figures. As well as 6″ and 12″ They also had the toy phaser, communicator and tricorder(which is rather small)

for the 3 3/4″ figs they had a transporter room playset and the bridge playset. They also had two Enterprise scale replicas.

75. Scotty Mon - April 14, 2009

#39 “So far no Canadian Retailers have advertised or even hinted at carrying the PlayMates Toys lineup. I just want to get my hands on a model of the Enterprise, but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen.”

I’ve seen them at TRU (where I bought the original spock 6″ & 3.75″) as well as Wal-Mart & Zellers (which had the best prices of all – weirdly enough) The “Trek-Tek” stuff (I know that’s AA lingo, but it works for me) was only 19.99 compared to the 24.99 at TRU and the Enterprise was only 39.99 vs the 49.99 TRU price. Zellers was the only Canadian distritubutor with a transporter set in stock for 39.99.

I’m still miffed about the lack of bonus playset items in the Canadian Galaxy figures. What – they couldn’t advertise it bilungually or some nonsense?

76. MvRojo - April 14, 2009

I’m not too impressed with this size of figures. I’ve never really liked the SW toys that come in this scale either. I think the figures Playmates made in the 1990’s were much better in quality.

77. Joe - April 14, 2009

I posted some photos, comparing the Art Asylum classic Enterprise with the “new” classic Enterprise on ye old blog: http://www.josephdickerson.com/2009/04/14/the-new-enterprise-versus-the-original-a-pictorial-comparison/

78. Bryan - April 14, 2009

#75 *I’ve seen them at TRU (where I bought the original spock 6″ & 3.75″) as well as Wal-Mart & Zellers (which had the best prices of all – weirdly enough) The “Trek-Tek” stuff (I know that’s AA lingo, but it works for me) was only 19.99 compared to the 24.99 at TRU and the Enterprise was only 39.99 vs the 49.99 TRU price. Zellers was the only Canadian distritubutor with a transporter set in stock for 39.99.*

My Wife works at Zellers, she pretty much is the merchandiser for the Toy department at her store, she’s had conversations with the Reps and they had no clue about what they would or wouldnt be getting —- seems to me the Rep she sees isn’t too bright.

79. Ryan O'Brien - April 14, 2009

Went to Toys R US today with these in mind. They had one of each Warp series figures except Pike, tricorders, phasers, and communicators, 3 Command series McCoys, and multiple bridge and transporter sets.

I cracked and bought a communicator and the last tricorder.

Will go back after I get paid Friday and buy some more. I’m a 21 year old geek who’s currently single (shut up). Have to burn money somehow.

80. Shadowcat - April 15, 2009

I pre-ordered both the Galaxy and Warp collections from Entertainment Earth in January. I just received an email from EE that my orde has shipped. My husband will be in geek heaven when he finds out these figures are on the way. He is in the UK job and house hunting for our move in June. Thank you for the timely review. Both my husband and I collect action figures from various science fiction and fantasy TV shows and movies. For toys, IMHO these loo pretty nice. Uhura is the best figure I have seen so far.

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82. Sovak - April 16, 2009

I just picked up both uhura figures at walmart and they were right there is only one per box! Thats the 3 inch ones!!

83. Weerd1 - April 16, 2009

My darling wife bought me all 10 3.75 inch figures today… though I love her, I am disappointed in the figures. I will have to take two of them back for serious paint flaws. The sculpts are really not good in person, and the colors worse, and the proportions and soft plastic make them seem like something form 1989 instead of 2009. I compared them to the 3.75 inch Next Gen figs from Galoob from 87, and except for the molded phaser and lack of elbows, the Galoob figures are better. I hope Playmates improves their overall production run for Wave 2. They’re competing with really well made GI Joes and Star Wars figures… they need to do better!

84. Alan - April 18, 2009

I picked up the Galaxy (young) Spock and it looks nice. The face sculpt looks good and the basic accessories are good, however I don’t like the articulation especially compared to the current Star Wars figures. There is a small price difference between them (seems to be about $0.50US at my local Walmart) but not enough to justify the difference.

And how are these figures supposed to sit in one of the chairs with the poor upper leg/hip articulation combined with the soft plastic? I tried to sit Spock in the chair and I refuse to believe he would be such a huge slouch…

85. enektyk - April 19, 2009

Canadian versions are NOT coming with the bonus bridge peices… lame.

86. demetrius morrison - April 21, 2009

i got the Uhura toy….and looks exactly like zoe saldana too..lol.

87. trekboi - April 28, 2009

went out to my local Toys-R-Us in Melbourne Australia and got the Enterprise- the 6″ Nero, Old Spock and the command crew in uniform- sadly the 4.75″ figures dont have the bridge parts included- good move to promote the movie abroad by producing inferior products to the world.

Does anyone know what is happening with the Bridge set?

88. anderbre - April 28, 2009

Yeah I saw the 6″ line plus some playsets in Melbourne Toys R Us. K-Mart have also started stocking the smaller figures. Alas they do not come with the extra Bridge pieces. Word is they will be included in the next wave.

89. Alan - May 3, 2009

A follow-up on my original (#84) post. I don’t have any problem getting Spock to fit in the chair. I’m not sure what the problem was before. Perhaps the joints were a bit sticky or the plastic on the shirt was a bit too low and interfered with bending it at the waist or I just didn’t do it right.

Dunno’ what my problem was but it’s fine, now.

I have three of them (Spock, McCoy, and Sulu) and although they all sit fine in their chairs, only Sulu can sit close enough in the chair to the console because his is open underneath. The others are closed and the feet push up against it.

HOWEVER! Since the main goal is for kids to play with them and not for collectors, I consider it an observation and not a complaint.

90. Alan - May 3, 2009

Whoops! One more comment.

Almost all of the packaging is recyclable. Not that this is new but Playmates stamps the code in the plastic which is important because many companies want the recycle code in order to accept it.

And thank goodness they didn’t use that nasty clamshell packaging which apparently requires one to rip open your skin in order to open the packaging.

91. Rich - May 4, 2009

Managed to get my hands on 3 small Uhura figures today at my local TRU- went there as soon as they opened up this morning but no 6″ Uhura’s. Among an entire wall of figures only 3 of Uhura- she’s a definite keeper.

92. Shep - May 11, 2009

Here in the UK, no bridge pieces are included in the Galaxy collection. This has disappointed my 11 yo son greatly as he had the Bridge playset as a present but is now unable to add to it. What a rip off!

93. redwing - May 12, 2009

I have the full collection of the new figures already and they are a great addition to all of the other figures I have collected over the years of Trekdom…..But,”I do have one tastey tid-bit for fellow trekkies out there;

As I set out to purchase the new figures to add to my collection I have now I ran into sort of a bonus in my search/purchase’s…..I was going through the shelves that were on display with the new figures at Wal-Mart here in Indiana where I am located….and much to my suprise as I was picking up the Spock figures I discovered that I had found a Original Spock with some big differences in it than the other -Original Spocks on the shelves next to it…….;one has a rather matte finish to his cloke,no disfigured hand and has the dots for his eyes…the other one has a rather glossy finish to his cloke,a messed up vulcan handsign and has no dots for eyes-it is all white where his eyes should be at…all other features and items encluded are just fine……anyone else have a Original Spock 3 inch scale like that??
By Playmates

94. Jimmy - May 30, 2009

cool figs! i got 5 of the 3.75 ones! Good so far though i cant seem to get uhuras belt on her which is a bit annoying! Loved the film as well but thought the sex scene with Kirk and the orion girl was uncalled for but great film and toys anyway!

95. demetrius morrison - June 8, 2009

u cant remove her belt (which is stupid) its annoying to take her belt off as it is getting it on. the figure looks exactly like her and the actress (Zoe Saldana) who plays her and yes the movie was good!! i got the figure because she’s one of my favorite characters and i already liked her b4 the movie even came out!!

96. Tiberius - July 24, 2009

If you can’t find the m in your local store, Walmart in Ontario was clearing them out , all sizes, but no Bridge parts ones or Pike, for $5 each, last week.
I got them all, in 3.5 for $50. This was just a test for all involved to see how well the toys sell, and then the powers that be will decide if a second/third film is worth the effort…
We all know how that works out….
I think A.A. will put out a few more good figures/ships in the near future to keep interest high, and ; when it’s all said and done, if you like the figures, go out and buy them, and enjoy them, wherever you get them.
My kids love Trek now, and are curious about the start of it all….
How can you complain about that!?!? L.L.& P!!!!!

97. Anthony Snyder - January 3, 2010

My 9 year old bought the bridge playset. I cannot get one of the chairs to fasten into the base. It has a completely different end piece that doesn’t want to snap in. Anyone else having trouble?

98. brandon - July 26, 2010

i have all the figures exept for pike i cant find him any where and my figures dont come with the separet bridge parts any one know why?

99. Jason Nesmith - February 26, 2012

can i buy your 3 inch uhura, original spock, and nero figures from you, name your price.

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