As James T. Kirk says in the new Star Trek, "Buckle up!" Trekmovie.com has the details on the first two waves of Star Trek film toys and figures from Playmates Toys, coming out in 2009. And even if you are not into collecting, there is some movie news for spoiler fans as well.
Playmates is back with Trek
The new Star Trek movie will have some toys coming from Mattel (like Star Trek Barbie) and other companies will have movie products, but the main toy line is from the venerable Playmates Toys, whose 1990s Star Trek toys are a favorite of many fans.
There will be at least two wave of toys next year from Playmate Toys, with Wave 1 released in March and April before the film (an important marketing decision) and Wave 2 in September, which may be timed to coincide with the probable autumn DVD release.
All of the following are available for preorder now from Entertainment Earth.
Star Trek Movie Enterprise Vehicle – Arriving March 2009
Authentic and detailed scaled model of the USS Enterprise from the Star Trek movie featuring lights and sounds from the movie. Comes with display base that attaches to the ship’s lower hull and allows you to change the ship’s position.
ACTION FIGURES – Available: April 2009
Star Trek movie action figures will be in three versions, 3.75" (similar to Star Wars action figures), 6" (similar to the DST Star Trek action figures), and 12". These figures are designed for both younger fans to play with (especially the 3.75 and 6") and for discerning collectors (6" and 12"). Here are the details from each of the action figures.
3.75" 10 pack set
The 3.75" line has 10 initial figures in Wave 1, and the figures come with accessories such as phasers, communicators, and displays. [NOTE: playsets are sized for these action figures.]. Each figure in the set comes individually wrapped in its own card. The ten figures included are [Note: questionable descriptions mentioned in previous TrekMovie story have been fixed]:
- Kirk in Enterprise outfit
- Spock in Enterprise Outfit
- Original Spock (AKA Prime Spock which is Leonard Nimoy’s version)
- McCoy in cadet outfit
- Sulu in Enterprise outfit
- Uhura in Enterprise outfit
- Pike in Enterprise outfit
- Chekov in cadet outfit
- Scotty in Enterprise outfit
6" Figure case
The 6" inch line will run between 8 and 10 action figures in the initial wave. Details of which characters are included are not yet finalized (although likely to be similar list as 3.75" line), and figures will include accessories such as phasers, communicators, and displays.
12" Collector Figure Set
The 12" line will include four figures, three of which are confirmed to be Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (the fourth is either Prime Spock or Scotty in ‘frozen planet outfit’). Each figure features detailed likenesses, cloth costumes, and accessories.
PLAYSETS — Available March 2009
It has been almost 15 years since fans have been treated to a Star Trek playset sized for smaller scale action figures and this film has two: Enterprise Bridge and the Transporter Room. The last movie Enterprise playset was 1979’s MEGO version for TMP.
Enterprise Bridge Playset
The Enterprise Bridge playset (sized for 3.75" figures) has electronic features, including lighting and sound effects from the film. The set includes a bonus Captain Kirk action figure.
Transporter Room Playset
The Transporter Room will allow the action figures to beam in and out, with appearing and disappearing effects after being placed in the Transporter cylinder. The set includes a bonus Scotty (of course!) action figure, and features lighting and sound effects.
ROLE PLAYING TOYS
One of the biggest trends in toys are role playing sets and items. Batman and Star Wars, for example, both feature these kinds of items based on their characters. There are two waves of role playing items revealed.
For March, there is the troika of the communicator, phaser, and tricorder. All feature movie lighting and sound effects.
Star Trek Movie Electronic Communicator: features a flip open cover and two buttons to activate the electronic play.
Star Trek Movie Electronic Phaser: has a pivoting nozzle (to switch from stun to kill).
Star Trek Movie Electronic Tricorder: has spring activated top and front covers
The information below was based on the update to the Entertainment Earth website. Since the first update Entertainment Earth has removed all of the items for Wave 2. Below covers what was announced, but none of these items are available for pre-order any more. It is expected for there to be a 2nd wave and it was likely that these items were just announced before they should have been announced and before details were worked out (notably on the ships).
Nero Ship Vehicle – Arriving September 2009
Entertainment Earth also has two listings for Star Trek movie related Playmates ship toys for September with no descriptions beyond the names. One is called "Jellyfish" and the other is "Narada." "Jellyfish Vehicle" and the other is "Narada Vehicle." Although neither Playmates nor Entertainment Earth are confirming this, according to TrekMovie sources these are two different names for the same ship, that of the villain Nero. Narada is the actual name of the ship and ‘Jellyfish’ is a description of how how it looks (like a giant black metal jellyfish). It is not clear why there are two listings and it is possible that is an error or maybe there is a variant. Regardless, we now know that Nero’s ship is called "Narada.".
It has been nearly 30 years that fans have been waiting for a new version of the Star Trek utility belt, and Playmates Toys answers those hopes with the Star Trek Movie Utility Belt which is detailed after the ones worn by the crew of the Enterprise. It will hold the phaser and communicator from the March toy line.
Walkie talkies in communicator form make all the sense in the world, which is why the idea has been a perennial, from MEGO’s 1970s line to the Playmates TNG walkie talkies. Once again, fans can communicate with each other using 21st century technology wrapped in 23rd century style.
Phaser Tag game
There will also be a Phaser Tag game which is a Star Trek version of laser tag. We all know phasers are better than lasers, anyway.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS
It is good news for collectors (and for the marketing of the film) that the Star Trek movie toys are being released before the movie. The fact that there are multiple waves shows that Playmates is again committed to Star Trek and hopefully it does not end with two. TrekMovie has been told that the above list is not the extent of the planned Playmates line and there may be additional items in the first two waves.
Putting it into context, this means that Star Trek is being treated more like Indiana Jones and a long term franchise and less like King Kong, whose toys were in and out of stores in basically a single wave. If Playmates Toys gets their toys into stores such as Wal-Mart or Toys R Us, then Star Trek will have a presence in retail for hopefully months at a time.
Trekmovie.com will continue to bring fans movie toy news as it is available, including lines from Mattel and other licenses.