It may not be a concerted effort, yet it is not entirely wrong to say that 2007 is shaping up to be the year of Kirk and Spock. The American International Toy Fare opened this week with Diamond Select Toys greatly expanding its line of varied Star Trek action figures and models. Star Trek toy fans are being treated with the most exciting year, with multifarious items and modern versions of favorites. Although there are some new items from TNG and DS9, it really appears that DST are trying to get in on the action of the resurgence of interest TOS.
New TOS Items…
New for this year, the statues are well made and interlock to make dioramas.
Amok Time Kirk
Amok Time Spock
Amok Time McCoy
City on the Edge of Forever
Landing Party Kirk
Landing Party Spock
Landing Party McCoy
Stylized action figures about 2 inches in height, similar to Legos or Kubricks.
McCoy with dress uniform variant
DST now presents retro versions of the popular 1970s Star Trek action figures (based on molds provided by Mego)
The Wrath of Khan figures
Kirk with variant
Khan with variant
NOTE: Fans attending the San Diego Comic Convention this summer get afree variant Khan if they purchase Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, and McCoy TWOK action figures.
TV era Enterprise 1701
TWOK Enterprise 1701 (refit)
DS9: 2 Benjamin Sisko versions (movie uniform, Season 3), 3 Dax versions (Ezri, Jadzia movie uniform, Season 3) and Odo
TNG: Jean Luc Picard with Enterprise Chair, nonbearded Will Riker, 4versions of Data (All Good Things, 7th Season, First Contact variant, and Chainof Command Exclusive available from newforcecomics.com), 3 Geordi LaForge versions (All Good Things, 7th Season, Nemesis), 2 Wesley Crusher versions (Cadet, Season 4), 3 Beverly Crusher versions (All Good Things, 7th Season, Nemesis), Nurse Ogawa, Q, Reginald Barclay, Lore, and Ro Laren.
Diamond Select listening to fans
It is great to see Diamond Select take Trek more seriously, but there are also some valid criticism of how they have recently handled the Trek license. One of the main issues is how most of their items are not available in stores, but only online. DST also has a fascination with exclusives or limited items which means that fans must utilize secondary markets or auctions. However, DST provides variety and quality of items and from their new lines it is clear that they are listening to the fans. To make finding some of these new items (and some old items) easier, TrekMovie.com will soon put up a ‘Collecting Guide To Star Trek Toys’.
Images courtesy of Diamond Select and Wizard