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Back in January TrekMovie was the fist to bring all the details of Playmates Toys first wave of figures and toys for the new Star Trek movie. Playmates second Star Trek wave of toys and figures is on its way this Summer and we have a first look at images and all the details.
Playmates Star Trek Wave 2 Preview
In April Playmates first wave of Star Trek toys had three sizes of action figures (3.75", 6" & 12"), role-play toys and a vehicle. For the second wave, Playmates is bringing additional figures in each size and an additional role play item. Playmates refers to this second wave as the ‘Fall wave’, but it will actually be spread into three to four ‘wavelets’ that start arriving in stores in July. Below we have the full breakdown of what is new in each line.
New Star Trek Galaxy Collection (3.75") Figures
The 3.75" line is meant for play and as with the first wave of toys, these action figures will include bonus pieces to complete the Bridge and Engineering Playsets (the number in parenthesis following the action figure’s name is the playset piece which will be included with the toy). For the second wave Playmates completes the main crew in Enterprise uniform and is doing variants for some of the main crew released in wave 1, as well as new character figures and one of the ‘monsters'(which now have official names).
Crew in Enterprise Uniforms
- McCoy in Enterprise Uniform (B7)
- Chekov in Enterprise Uniform (B15)
- Kirk in Cadet Uniform (B16) [not pictured]
- Kirk in Space Uniform (T1)
- Kirk if Off Duty Uniform (B3)
- Spock in Academy Instructor Uniform (B8)
- Sulu in Space Uniform (B18)
New character figures
- General Ayel (B14)
- Sarek (B6)
New alien/monster figures
- Keenser (B5 and B12)
- Drakoulias (B17) [Not pictured]
The Keenser figure is sized proportionately to the rest of the line, but the Drakoulias is shrunk down.
The 11 new Galaxy Collection figures will be released in a series of three to four ‘wavelets’ starting in July, with the final figures coming by October. The Galaxy figures are priced around $7 each and will be available at Wal-mart, Target, Toys R Us, as well as other smaller retailers.
Special note on international Galaxy figures
For the first wave of Galaxy figures sold outside the US there were no Bridge & Transporter Accessories included, however the second wave will include the Bridge and Transporter Accessories. In addition most territories will also have Booster (Bonus) packs, which will include 5 bridge/transporter accessories with one 3.75 inch Star Trek figure in each booster pack, totaling 2 different packs. This will take care of the first shipment and make the Galaxy figures all complete with the Bridge & Transporter parts.
The Warp Collection (6")
A line meant for both play and display purposes, Wave 2 of the Star Trek 6" action figures features some incredibly diversity and some literally "cool" characters and aliens. Wave two also fills out the 6" crew in Enterprise Uniform (now leaving out only Uhura), and adds some more variants.
Crew in Enterprise Uniform
- McCoy in Enterprise Uniform
- Chekov in Enterprise Uniform
Main crew variants
- Kirk in Cadet Uniform [not pictured]
- Kirk in Space Uniform
- Spock in Academy Instructor Uniform
New Monster figures
- Drakoulias [formerly referred to as ‘polarilla’]
- Hengrauggi [formerly referred to as ‘lobster monster’]
The monster figures are not sized to scale relative to the other figures but are bigger than the other 6" figures. The Warp Series Drakoulias should be sized to about the scale of the Galaxy series figures. The Hengrauggi also requires some assembly and has a special ‘tongue lashing’ feature.
The 7 new Warp Series figures will be split up between two or three ‘wavelets’ starting in July and finishing up by October. The Warp Series figures are priced around $10 each, and will be available at Wal-mart, Target, Toys R Us, as well as other smaller retailers.
New Command Series (12") Figures
The 12" line continues with both heroes and villains. This line features cloth uniforms and detailed accessories. At all retailers, there will be three new figures available. The Nero looks especially excellent.
- Scotty in Enterprise Uniform
- Uhura in Enterprise Uniform
Plus Toys R Us will get two exclusives:
- Sulu in Enterprise Uniform
- Pike in Enterprise Uniform
The second wave completes all but one of the main crew for the Command Line (all in Enterprise Uniform). All five new 12" figures will arrive at retailers in a single wave in late June or July and will be priced around $30 each. The Command Series figures will be at Toys R Us, and in limited supply at other retailers.
Utility Belt Role Play Set
Playmates has an interesting new roleplay set with their interactive Star Trek Utility Belt, which includes a Starfleet phaser and communicator. The phaser and communicator are different than the ones issued in Wave 1 and interact with the Utility Belt. The Utility Belt provides missions from Starfleet and you need to need to use the communicator and phaser to interact with the Utility Belt to complete the missions. There are 8 interactive missions with multiple endings for repeat play.
The Star Trek utility belt set will cost between $25-$30 and will be available in July. The belt should be available at Toys R Us and other smaller retailers.
Wave 3 coming Spring 2010 (with some by the end of 2009)
And Playmates is not done with Star Trek yet. They are now working on plans for a third wave of Star Trek toys and figures targeted at Spring 2010. This wave will include at least one new vehicle, which is welcome as their are no vehicles in Wave 2. Also, according to Playmates some of these Wave 3 items could show up in November or December of 2009.
Playmates seems very committed to Star Trek. When asked out the line is doing, Playmates Toys VP of marketing (and Trek fan) Paul Fish tells TrekMovie:
The Star Trek line is performing well, and will continue in all key accounts this fall and into 2010. Interestingly, the consumers’ scale of choice appears to be the 3.75”, although I personally have decorated my office with my faves from the 6”. I guess I am an outlier Trekkie, though, as I also quite liked (and continue to watch) the Enterprise TV series, so what do I know.
John’s Thoughts on what’s next from Playmates
Playmates Toys is certainly committed to Star Trek which is great to see as many films (even popular ones) get only one wave of toys from companies these days. However, Star Trek is getting not just two but many waves which will help make the wait between films a fun experience. Playmates deserves kudos for introducing secondary characters such as Keenser and General Ayel as well as the Drakoulias and Hengrauggi alien animal creatures to the line.
As for the future, it is hoped that Playmates Toys finishes out the two remaining Enterprise Uniform figures (6" Uhura and 12" Chekov) and continues with both variants of main characters (how about Pike in Wheel Chair? Kirk and Spock during their youth?) and secondary characters (Robau? Amanda? George Kirk?). In fact, there is an entire Kelvin wave of possibilities. It would be great if there could be a 12" Sarek or Ayel in the next waves, or Kirk and Spock in variant outfits (such as Spock in his snazzy Academy instructor uniform).
As for vehicles, hopes are we will see the USS Kelvin, Jellyfish, and the Narada and maybe Kirk’s Corvette and motorcycle scaled to the 3.75" line. And a helmet would be a great roleplay addition, as they are the rage with the kids these days (Iron Man and Clone Wars are examples). How about a helmet based on the drilling rig sequence featuring sound effects from the movie? One word of caution though, don’t make it look like this…