The 2009 Star Trek toy news keeps on coming, with yet another venerable line from Mattel getting into the game. This May, Mattel will offer fans and collectors the first ever Hot Wheels brand Star Trek ships, starting with some Star Trek classics. TrekMovie provides the details and preorder information below.
Classic Ships Meet A Classic Toy Line
To celebrate the return of Star Trek to the big time in 2009, Mattel’s Hot Wheels line is going retro with four 1:50 scale die-cast model ships. The line will feature four of Trek’s most iconic ships.
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Refit (TMP era)
- Klingon Bird of Prey (as seen in Star Trek III)
- USS Reliant NCC-1864 (Star Trek II)
- USS Enterprise 1701 D (Next Generation)
These die-cast metal ships are 1:50 scale (around 4" long) and according to Mattel, will be "loaded with the kind of detail that will drive Star Trek collectors and Trekkies absolutely wild with excitement." No photos are available yet, but maybe we will see some coming out of Toy Fair in New York next month.
The new Star Trek die-cast Hot Wheels arrive in May. The set of four is available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth for $54.99.
Mattel, Hot Wheels and Trek
Mattel’s Hot Wheels line is almost as venerable as Star Trek itself, starting in 1968 and with a legion of fans of its own, and talk now of a major motion picture based on the toy line. What is interesting, and exciting, is that Mattel has been doing a wonderful job of pairing Star Trek to its most popular lines. Fans are already familiar with Mattel’s "Barbie" branded 12" figures for the 2009 Star Trek feature film. Those figures are winning praise for their detailing and likenesses. Here, the pairing of Hot Wheels and Star Trek is a great idea because like Barbie, there is more than one group of collectors and fans for the item. Hot Wheels has a loyal collecting base and these toys may help to introduce some to the coolness of Trek. Vice versa, Star Trek collectors may find an interest in other Hot Wheel items. It also bodes well that the world’s best selling toy company, Mattel, has such confidence in Star Trek that it is getting this kind of treatment. While many collectors were disappointed with the first reveal of Playmate items, this news is good salve.
Here is a full list (with pre-order links) of the otheritems Mattel has planned for Star Trek in 2009:
Not the first die-cast Trek
Even though these are the first Hot Wheels Star Trek items, Trek has a long history of die-cast metal toys starting with Dinky in the 70s and continuing on with companies such as Corgi, ERTL, and Galoob. The last last licensee for die-cast was Corgi, who haven’t released a Trek die-cast for over two years.
Early die-cast Trek toy from 1976