NEW FEATURE: The latest regular column to add to the TrekMovie.com mix is “The Collective” from regular contributor and all around expert in ‘stuff’ John Tenuto. Every week or so John will bring news, reviews, retrospectives and more from the worlds of toys and collectibles. This first week brings breaking news on a new Khan figure done in the MEGO style, plus a look back at Mr. Singh’s history with Trek collectibles.
NEW KHAN MEGO FIGURE
Today, Diamond Select Toys announced the first original Mego-style Star Trek action figure in twenty years, and his name is Khan Noonien Singh. The recent retro MEGO line has included detailed recreations of the popular 1970s Mego Star Trek action figures. A Khan figure, however, was never produced by Mego. This represents a broadening of the retro Mego line which to date includes versions of Kirk, Spock, the Klingon, and the Andorian. This month, McCoy and the Romulan figures are available, with Scotty (“Scottie”) and The Keeper coming out this summer. The Khan action figure will also be available this summer. The new Khan figure was developed by EMCE Toys and features sculpting by James Brady, known among Mego fans for his customizing work. It is expected that there will be more original MEGO-style figures, but as of now they aren’t saying who’s next.
Khan as collectible…a late bloomer
DST chose a very popular character for the first original Mego-style figure. Khan has been a Trek perennial ever since his appearance in the classic TOS episode “Space Seed.” He returned to challenge Ahhhhdmiral Kirk in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Ironically, though, most of the Khan-related collectibles were not made available until long after TWOK. The first Khan action figure came out in 1995 from Playmates. Art Asylum released a Khan Minimate in 2002, and a 7″ action figure in 2003. In 2007 DST celebrated the 25th anniversary of TWOK with a trio of Khan action figures (“Space Seed” Khan, TWOK Khan and the exclusive Comic Con Genesis radiation “Khan”). In 2008 DST brought out their first Minimates Khan.
Recently Hallmark ornaments has also showed Khan the respect he deserves. In 2005 they had a “Space Seed” red outfit Khan ornament and just last Christmas came a TWOK Enterprise scene ornament featuring the voice of Ricardo Montalban. Nothing says Christmas like Khan’s threats to Kirk, “You still remember Admiral. I cannot help but be touched. I of course remember you.” Ah, the closeness of “old friends” during the holidays.
Also in 2007, Star Trek: The Experience had an exclusive shirt that showed Kirk yelling Khan’s name. One of the only Khan collectibles actually available in 1982 was a 5×7 trading card from LTCC. Over the last decade Rittenhouse has released several other Khan autograph cards. The Hamilton Collection, which continues to offer Star Trek items, presented very popular plates during the 1990s. Khan graced the cover of “Space Seed” “The Power of Command” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “The Life of Spock” plates.
Khan: The Dish…best served cold
Coming Next Week…isn’t it romantic
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the next ‘The Collective’ column will be dedicated to Star Trek gift ideas for your significant other.