Remembering The Collectibles Of Star Trek: Voyager January 16, 2012by John Tenuto , Filed under: History,Merchandise,VOY , trackback
It was January 16, 1995 when the premiere episode of Star Trek Voyager, titled “Caretaker,” premiered with nearly 14 million fans tuned to the UPN network’s very first show. From 1995 to 2001, Voyager produced almost 170 episodes and brought new demographics to Star Trek audiences. It also brought a variety of collectibles. To celebrate the premiere of Voyager 17 years ago, TrekMovie time travels through the years to look at some of the collectibles based on the show and its characters.
Action Figures and Toys
Playmates Toys was the toy licensee during most of Voyager’s years on television. The toy company offered 4”, 9” and 12” action figures, as well as role playing items and ships such as the U.S.S. Voyager. The Voyager toy ship is one of the rarer ships and often commands hundreds of dollars in mint condition at auction.
Unfortunately for Voyager fans, current toy licensee Art Asylum/Diamond Select Toys has created only 1 Voyager action figure in its line. The “Timeless” Geordi La Forge action figure was a DVD premium item and not available at retail stores. DST did feature Captain Janeway in their line of captain’s busts, however.
Species 8472 was given the super bendable “bendy” treatment by Headliners in 2000.
Other companies have produced Voyager ship toys, including Galoob for their Micro Machines line and more recently, Johnny Lightning.
Plates and glasses
Voyager had many collector plates produced based on specific episodes and characters. One of the most interesting was a rectangle plate from the Franklin Mint featuring Janeway and a Kazon as part of their “Greatest Battles” line. Also Creation Entertainment included Voyager in their collection of shot glasses.
Star Trek Voyager has been turned into an arcade game, computer games, and has been featured in Star Trek Monopoly, Scene It?, trivia, and collectible card games.
Voyager has produced many paper based collectibles, from novels to trading cards, from 8×10 photos to Starlog magazines. Voyager actors have been very fan friendly and attend conventions frequently, and a fun hobby for many fans is to collect autographs on some of these paper based products.
Hallmark produced some of its very best Star Trek Keepsake Christmas Ornaments sculpts for the Voyager line which included Captain Kathryn Janeway, Seven of Nine, The Doctor, the Voyager, the Delta Flyer, and a Borg cube from 1996 until 2002.
One of the interesting things about Star Trek: Voyager is that it is really the first Star Trek television shown born during the era of the Internet becoming an everyday technology. It was there as the world changed technologically into the modern Internet era. As such, there are some Voyager items which are “old school” such as VHS tapes from Columbia House and more modern technologies such as DVDs.
Happy 17th Birthday, Star Trek: Voyager!