The USS Enterprise is a Star Trek icon, and it gets a redesign in the new Star Trek feature film, so it is appropriate that Playmates first ST09 toy ship is for the big E. Today TrekMovie’s week-long coverage of the first wave of new toys from Playmates takes a look at this new electronic USS Enterprise with a review and also video and pictures..
PLAYMATES USS ENTERPRISE
The USS Enterprise toy features lights and sounds from the film, and it comes with a presentation base that attaches to the lower hull and allows you to actually change the ship’s position. It requires 3 AAA batteries (not included) and retails for around $35.
Packaging: (4.5 out of 5 stars)
If there was an award for the most enthusiastic toy packaging ever, the Enterprise would qualify. "DISPLAY STAND INCLUDED!" "WORKING LIGHTS!" "AUTHENTIC MOVIE SOUNDS!" "DETAILED REPLICA OF THE USS ENTERPRISE!" And that is just the front! The back of the packaging includes helpful images of the ship and its features, especially important for those who do not open their toys.
To paraphrase Sarek in the new movie, "the question is" does the toy deserve this enthusiasm? Yes, in fact, it is perhaps the best item in the Playmates Toys line.
The Toy Version of the USS Enterprise (5 out of 5 stars)
I have a confession. I have never paid much attention to the technology of Star Trek, as I have been more interested in the characters and narratives. It never mattered to me if they changed the Enterprise or not, although I recognize this is an important issue for many fans. Indeed, I admire those fellow fans who know the blueprint and specification details of every ship and the engineering requirements because that kind of trivia takes real work and intelligence to glean. So, when deciding what order to review the toys, the ship was last on the list because I cared more about the characters. How exciting could the toy ship be?
I was wrong. The Playmates Enterprise is not only a nicely detailed toy version of the film’s Enterprise, it has some truly fun lighting and sound effects. When I showed the ship to my wife with all the lights, she, also being a serious fan, yet like myself one who isn’t that concerned with the technology, said it was "beautiful." I agree. The toy ship lights are bright and bold. The sound effects are linked perfectly to the lights and the quality of the sound is almost like listening to a home theater system. Photographs do not really show the beauty of these effects. Think "Tron" costumes when the characters are in the computer world and you get an idea of the stylism of the lighting.
Also cool is the delta insignia display stand which allows for the ship to be pivoted in many cool "poses." The Enterprise would look great on a desk or shelf. However, how fun is it as a toy? Well, our six year old son Nicky loves it, pressing buttons and using his imagination to command the Enterprise. That is what it is all about, isn’t it? The imagination and having fun.
VIDEO: See and hear USS Enterprise in action
Here is a video showing off the new USS Enterprise with lights and sounds (not light dimmed in video to show off lights off the toy). This includes authentic dialog from the movie.
AVAILABILITY & PRE-ORDER
Playmates Enterprise Toys officially go on sale this Sunday, although some stores are selling Star Trek Playmates items already. They will be available at Toys R Us, Wal-mart and Target as well as other retailer. You can order the USS Enteprise and other toys now at Entertainment Earth:
- Enterprise Bridge Playset [$29.99] (sized for 3.75" figures)
- Transporter Room Playset [$33.79] (sized for 3.75" figures)
Role Play Toys:
Next up: 6" & 12" figures
Tomorrow TrekMovie finishes our coverage of Playmates new Star Trek movie toys, with a look the big action figures from the Warp Collection (6") and Command Collection (12").