2009 is already shaping up to be Star Trek’s return to big retailers, including exclusives. Diamond Select Star Trek toys are now starting to show up at Toys ‘R Us stores across the United States, including a number of new exclusives (in addition to the very cool Khaaaannnn! Admiral Kirk). We have details, images (and new info on an Amazon.com exclusive as well) below.
Newly available DST figures and exclusives
Starting to ship to the fans this week from retailers (such as Entertainment Earth) is the long awaited Kirk and Spock action figure two pack from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This set includes Kirk in his white two tone Admiral’s outfit and Spock in his gray Starfleet uniform.
And now Toys ‘R Us has an exclusive variant of this set. Instead of his admiral’s outfit, the TRU set features Kirk in his gray fatigues.
And the previously announced Star Trek II Admiral Kirk "Khaaan" figure is also now available at TRU stores. Here it is with packaging
And it isn’t just exclusive figures, Toys R Us also now has an exclusive grey handled version of the DST Original Series phaser toy.
In addition to exclusives, Toys R Us is also carrying previously released Trek items from Diamond Select, but now available in the new unified packaging. So far they have previously released TOS figures of Kirk and Spock.
None of the TRU exclusives are available online (or at least not yet). The plan is to have the Trek DST exclusive at all Toys R Us stores, but they are just arriving over the next few weeks. Use the Store Locator at toysrus.com to get local.
Packaging note: In the last ‘Collective’ Trekmovie suggested that CBS adapt the new unified packaging to have the ‘corner photo’ be reflective of specific item. Now we can see that this is being done to some extent (with the TMP exclusive), but not consistently (the STII figure uses a TOS image). Hopefully the approach used for the TMP figures becomes the norm, especially for the non-TOS items. Also of note is that TRU exclusive items are easily identifiable as they feature a sticker with the TRU logo.
Amazon Sits in the Exclusive Chair
Toys R Us isn’t getting all the exclusive action. Amazon.com has an another interesting exclusive item from DST, the James T. Kirk and Electronic Captain’s Chair (Trouble With Tribbles Edition). Over the last couple of years DST has put out a number of ‘character in chair’ sets including Captains Pike, Picard, Kirk and Commander Riker. The Amazon exclusive edition will feature an electronic captain’s chair with phrases and sound effects from the "Trouble With Tribbles" episode. The chair will also feature lighted display panels. While no picture is yet available, the item is available for preorder at Amazon.com for $29.99 for February. A new regular electronic Kirk in chair set arrives this month at various retailers (and can be pre-ordered at Electronic Earth for $29.99.
There will be more DST exclusive items available at retailers such as TRU and Amazon during the next year. Trekmovie previously reported on a Where No Man Has Gone Before version of Sulu that will be a retailer exclusive during the year.
Borg Update – available for pre order
For fans of Star Trek Voyager or the Borg, Entertainment Earth now has the new DST Borg line available for preorder for $64.99. The set of four, including two versions of Seven of Nine, a Borg Drone and ‘1/2 Borg Crewman,’ will be shipping in May.
Thanks to Peter Kavanagh, Playtrek and Trektoy.com.