Last January Trekmovie.com broke the news that Playmates Toys would be returning to the world of Star Trek toys for the next Star Trek feature film. Since their official announcement in February, Playmates has been quiet about their plans. But this week they have started to reveal the slightest details about their plans for toys the Star Trek movie.
Playmates Toys "Gives the Word"
To promote their wares at the Toy Industry Association’s "Fall Toy Preview" conference in Dallas, earlier this week, Playmates Toys released a PR statement which offers the first details about the Star Trek playsets that will be available this Spring. In a press release titled "Powerhouse Entertainment Franchises Headline Playmates Toys Slate for 2009" the company lists Star Trek first (rightly so, I might add!) among other properties such as Terminator Salvation. The press release states:
In anticipation of Paramount Pictures’ upcoming feature film, the J.J. Abrams-directed STAR TREK debuting May 8, 2009, Playmates Toys beams up a collectible line-up of all new STAR TREK toys. Capturing the cutting-edge look and feel of the new adventure, the company has designed life-like articulated figures, iconic vehicles, intricately detailed playsets and exciting role-play toys to extend the movie’s magic beyond the silver screen. Kids will boldly go where no one has gone before, re-creating their very own Enterprise Transporter Room and Bridge playsets, featuring real working parts and accessories packed out with figures that allow them to create brand new STAR TREK adventures.
This is the first official confirmation that the line will include both the USS Enterprise transporter room and bridge as playsets. The only other past Trek film to do a bridge playset scaled to action figures was Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 (other bridge playsets of the past include the 1975 MEGO TV show playset, the 1993 Playmates TNG version, and a 2001 Art Asylum NX-01 deluxe set).
1979 TMP Playset
A big line for a big movie
Based on official releases from Playmates the following items are confirmed for 2009:
- 3.75" action figures with accessories
- Enterprise Transporter Room playset (compatible with the 3.75" action figures)
- Bridge playset (compatible with the 3.75 action figures)
- 12" scale collector figures with accessories
- USS Enterprise toy replica with "realistic features and details"
- Role playing toys (rumored to include a "utility belt" styled role playing kit)
TrekMovie has also received reports that the role playing toys include a phaser, tricorder, communicator and a utility belt, but Playmates will not confirm this at this time. Retailers also expect a 6" figure line, but Playmates will not confirm this either. Earlier this year there was also a report from the German Toyfair that mentioned there would be an ‘alien’ ship, which is likely Nero’s Romulan ship.
When will fans see the toys?
Playmates Toys has been careful not to show the toys to anyone except those in the industry (retailers and others who need to know in order to place orders for the toys in the Spring). When will fans get their first look at the toys? The most likely public reveal will be at the February 2009 New York Toy Fair, although this is speculation. It is also possible that there may be images in ordering catalogs such as Previews (which are obtained from comic book stores) around the same time.
One of the main reasons to date to keep the toys under wraps has been that they would have revealed unseen elements of the movie. However now that the world has seen the uniforms and the bridge of the Enterprise, this element is diminished. It will be even more diminished by November when the trailer is released.
Trek back to big retailers
The good news is that Playmates Toys has a presence in major retail stores such as Toys R Us, and this means that once again, in April and May of 2009, fans will be able to see Star Trek toys lining the shelves of their local stores. TrekMovie has already received unconfirmed reports that Toys R Us is already planning their Star Trek plans for 2009 with Playmates, Mattel and more. It is going to be great to see Trek back at these retailers.
Toys R US Ad for Star Trek from 1975