It seems appropriate for today’s entry in our look back at Star Trek in 2009, to focus on the year of Trek merchandise. Because of the renewed interest in Star Trek and the promotion of the new feature film, 2009 was a banner year for Star Trek collectibles. It was difficult to choose, but we have made the calls and present the Best Trek Merchandise for 2009.
BEST STAR TREK MERCHANDISE OF 2009
Best Toy: The Original Science Tricorder from Diamond Select Toys
The Science Tricorder is an iconic technology from Star Trek, and DST provided a fun and interactive toy version this year (also available in a Medical Tricorder format). It features Spock’s voice, a spinning moiré, light effects, among other play features. [Available at Entertainment Earth for $49.99 — see TrekMovie review]
Best Action Figure: Diamond Select Toys Gowron
DST released some bold figures in 2009, including taking a chance on secondary character action figures such as Gowron. The facial sculpt and detailing are some of the best this year from DST. [Sold as part of two-pack with Worf — Available at Entertainment Earth for $26.99 & NewForce for $24.99 — see TrekMovie review]
Best Ship: USS Enterprise 1701 D Diamond Select Toys
After a long wait, the toy version of Captain Picard’s starship was worth it. While DST offered fans a sticker to fix a small detailing error on the side of the ship, the features are otherwise excellent and the playability quite fun: what could be better than controlling your own saucer sep? [Available at Entertainment Earth for $49.99 — see TrekMovie review]
Best Playset: Transporter Room Playset by Playmates Toys
"I never beamed three people from two targets onto one pad before…I thought that was pretty good!" says Scotty in the new film. As much could be said for the Transporter Room playset by Playmates Toys which featured the ability to "beam" 3.75" versions of the crew to adventures on imaginary planets. From the sound effects to the playability, this was a fun toy that also makes for a nice display. [Available at ToysRUs for $19.98 — see TrekMovie review]
Best Collectible: The Star Trek Collectible Electric Train by the Bradford Group
Not for the faint of checkbook, the Star Trek train is HO scale, currently with 8 different Trek themed issues to date. There is something charming about having an old fashioned hobby such as trains meet the future of Star Trek. [Available at Collectibles Today for $69.95 (first issue) — see TrekMovie review]
Best Tchotchke: Star Trek Puzzle Cube
Everything old is new again (and that includes Star Trek!), and as Rubik cube-like toys make their nostalgic return, Star Trek has a its own puzzle cube toy that is in both full and keychain sized versions. [Available at Star Trek Store for $14.99]
Best Game: Star Trek Scene It? Star Trek Edition by ScreenLife and Mattel
Celebrating the entirety of the Star Trek franchise, this is a game that includes scenes from many episodes and feature films. There are two tin varieties and a regular edition available. [Available at ToysRUs for $10.98 — see TrekMovie review]
Best Home Product: Animated Musical Star Trek Lamp from Rabbit Tanaka
This new Rabbit Tanaka lamp includes a rotating USS Enterprise, a nicely design lamp shade, lighting effects, the music of Star Trek, and the famous narration by Captain Kirk (although it does sound somewhat faster than it does on television). [Available at Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95]
Best Movie Tie in of the Year: Food Items
Fans had their choice of a variety of Star Trek food items and collectible premiums from Kellogg’s and Burger King this year which helped promote the new feature film. From Star Trek glasses and toys at Burger King to a variety of collectible packaging and premiums such as flashdrives and plates from Kellogg’s, caloric Trek intake was a real concern in 2009, albeit a fun one and it was plain wonderful to see Star Trek in grocery stores.
Best Apparel item of the year: Star Trek Sneakers from AirWalk
2009 saw the return of wearable Trek. Companies like Trevo and Junk Food and others made a number of cool Trek T-shirts and once again Rubies returned to make Star Trek costumes. There’s even a company making Star Trek socks in the UK. But the coolest item of the year were the "STPL x Airwalk Star Trek Terrain Starfleet Edition Hi Skate" sneakers, available in Red, Blue and Gold. They are good looking, comfy, and let you walk like a Trekkie. [Available only at Payless for $49.99 – TrekMovie Preview]
Most Unique Item of the Year: Star Trek Waffles
Was is the Star Trek perfumes and colognes from Genki Wear which garnered the attention of the mainstream media such as The Tonight Show? Was it the amazing Sporks? How about the Star Trek Christmas tree lights? The Trek Vermont Teddy Bears? There were many items that could qualify as most unique collectible of the year. However, it had to be the site of the Kellogg’s Star Trek waffles that really showed just how much Star Trek – dismissed in the mid 2000s by naysayers as irrelevant – had returned to the mainstream. Hannah Montana and other big franchises get the waffles treatment, and Star Trek joined their company this year. Of course, the only problem is how to preserve this item, which also adds to its cache as a unique item. And we thought the marshmelon, er, I mean, marshmallow container offered for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier by Kraft was something amazing in 1989 – how about Star Trek waffles!
TrekMovie is looking back at the year that was. In the series so far:
And there is a lot more to look at. Each day until the end of the year TrekMovie will have another year in review looking at more aspects of Star Trek from the movie, to celebrity news and more.
NOTE and DISCLOSURE: TrekMovie has received samples this year from Diamond Select Toys, Mattel, Genki Wear, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Round 2, the Bradford Group, Burger King, and Playmates Toys.