Diamond Select Toys announces this week that it has teamed up with Toys R Us stores in the United States to offer DST toys and collectibles, including the popular Star Trek line. See below for details, plus we have a review of the newest retro item, a brand new MEGO-style Khan figure (with the promise that the ubiquitous “Ah-dmiral Kirk” line “Khaaaannnnnn!” will not be featured).
Its True about TRU
The Diamond Select Toys R Us deal includes the retail giant featuring both previously released Star Trek items (fans will start to see such products as the replica toy version of the USS Enterprise 1701 in stores imminently) and new items. Especially exciting to collectors is that TRU will have exclusive Star Trek products, starting with two action figures. The DST press releases promises "We’ve also got two exclusive Star Trek action figures shipping very soon and a host of other new and best-selling surprises to unveil over the coming months."
For Star Trek as a franchise, this is good news. Star Trek has bee sorely absent from big retail stores for many years, except the occasional product like the Johnny Lightning toy ships. Of course the new line of movie toys from Playmates will be seen in major retailers (along with some movie items from Mattel), but now these movie items will be joined with ‘classic’ Trek items from Diamond Select. News such as this bodes well as Star Trek continues its mainstream return (something not seen since the mid 1990s) in preparation for the 2009 feature film.
Get ready to line up for your Trek toys at Toys R Us in 2009
REVIEW – RETRO KHAN FIGURE -This Figure Does Not Grow Fatigued
The Khan Mego-style retro figure is a first for EMCE Toys and Diamond Select Toys. This is the first “original” retro style figure to be produced for the line. There was never a Khan figure offered by MEGO during the 1970s.
The action figure sculpt by James Brady is excellent, capturing both a good likeness of Ricardo Montalban, and a look respectful of the original MEGO design aesthetic. This retro item feels as if it could have easily been from the 1970s MEGO line. The attention to detail with the costume is impressive, from the satin feeling of Khan’s outfit to the “riveting” texture of the fabric. Even the gold pin included which allows you to either show his incredibly manly chest or show his superior modesty, is a nice touch and design element from the original costume.
Special Packaging Bonus
Collectors are often as smitten with the packaging as they are the items themselves. Many an older fan has memories of the cool MEGO packaging and boxes. A great bonus, and a nice sign that EMCE Toys really understands this market, is that they have brought back original Star Trek MEGO packaging artist Harold Shull to create new images for this selection. His art work is a wonderful reminder of those days playing with Trek toys in the 1970s, with new images of Khan, Sulu, Chekov, and the Gorn.
|Khan available at Dr. Mego site|
More“Original” Retros on Their Way
The next waves of EMCE Toys and DST retro Star Trek figures include two different two packs: Sulu with the Gorn, and Chekov with Cheron. Both the Sulu Chekov figures join the Khan figure as “original” retro items, never having been offered in the original line. Also, the Gorn has undergone radical revision from its original design (the 1970s Gorn has brown and wore a Klingon outfit, looking more like an alligator than the TV show alien). All these figures look great in the soon-to-be released retro Enterprise playset which is beginning to sell out in presales from some retailers. Be sure to order yours soon from Entertainment Earth if you are looking a great way to display your retro Star Trek characters.
|Preorder MEGO figures at Entertainment Earth|
And, as promised, there wasn’t a single “KHAAAANNNN!” reference in this article. And if you are looking for ideas for what to do with your Khan and Kirk Mego figures, you can recreate this scene (although to remain ‘pure’ you should get two sets of figures, one for the original actors and one for the stunt doubles)
…and some not so good news…more DST delays
Unfortunately, DST does have some minor bad news for fans this week. Two of its popular preorder items, the electronic toy replica version of the USS Enterprise D and the retro MEGO Enterprise Playset, have been delayed until March 2009. Originally, these items were to be available December and January of 2008, yet because of factory delays caused by the Olympics this summer and other factors, fans have to wait a few months more.