January 3, 1993, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered with the two hour television movie “The Emissary.” Today, TrekMovie celebrates by remembering some of the variety of collectibles available during the past 19 years, which allowed fans to make Star Trek “deep space mine!” Time travel with us through the decades to see some of the items made based on DS9 and its amazing characters.
Fans who remember QVC’s Star Trek Universe programs may also remember that the weekend before DS9 premiered, co-creator Michael Piller was a guest for a two hour long preview of DS9 collectibles and of the show itself on the home shopping network. Fans were treated to sneak peeks of the characters and got to preview moments from “The Emissary,” all while being able to purchase some of the first DS9 memorabilia available, such as writer’s bible.
Soon, those few early collectibles became replete, with everything from action figures to books, from plates to Bajoran earrings being produced. Some of the earliest items available besides the novels and writer’s bible were the small ships of the Galoob Mirco Machine line, which ran from 1993 to 1997. Both Deep Space Nine and a runabout were produced.
Playmates Toys is the most prolific toy licensee in Star Trek history, producing hundreds of action figures, ships, playsets, and role playing items. Deep Space Nine was on television when Playmates Toys Star Trek items were exceptionally popular at retail stores. There were toy versions of DS9, Bajoran phaser toys, and action figures in 4”, 9” and 12” scales produced among many other items.
Hallmark released many Deep Space Nine Christmas Ornaments during the past two decades, beginning with the U.S.S. Defiant in 1997. Other ornaments included Captain Benjamin Sisko, Deep Space Nine, miniature ships for the DS9 ornament, and Worf.
In 1998, the Franklin Mint created a Benjamin Sisko/Jem’Hadar rectangular collector’s plate as part of its “Greatest Battles” line.
Some of the most recent DS9 items have been from Art Asylum/Diamond Select Toys who have produced both a 7” line of action figures and three minimates comprised of Benjamin Sisko and Dukat during the mid 2000s. DST also produced minibusts of all the television captains, including Sisko.
Happy 19th Birthday, Deep Space Nine!