There has been a lot of news about new Star Trek toys and merchandise headed to major retailers this spring, but Trek’s return to Toys R Us has already started with a whole wave of classic Trek toys and figures from Diamond Select, including the instant-classic exclusive ‘screaming Khan’ Kirk figure. See below for our review with pictures first 2009 TRU Exclusives, plus more DST news on the return of Locutus.
The return of Star Trek toys to big retail stores has begun with Diamond Select Toy items at Toys ‘R Us. Re-releases (with some new tweaks) of previously available online items, and brand new exclusive action figures are making this return a fun event. Collectors who can now say that "dreams really do come TRU."
Exclusive ‘Screaming Khan’ Kirk – $12.99 [order from toysrus.com]
The TRU Exclusive Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan ‘screaming’ Kirk has received a great deal of attention in the media, and it is a popular item already, quickly selling out at many stores. The figure is incredibly fun, and the detailing is good. Kirk is packaged with different hands, one of which is holding the communication device featured in the film. The figure also includes a phaser and nicely crafted Starfleet communicator which opens and has good detailing.
As per usual with William Shatner-sculpts, the visage isn’t a perfect likeness, but it is certainly good and it the figure unmistakably represents what is arguably Star Trek’s most iconic moment. The only problem is that the uniform pockets are so big, that the figure is a "shelf diver" and most likely requires some help standing up (not an unusual problem for DST’s heavy action figures).
The Khanification Kirk certainly qualifies as one of the most unique Star Trek action figures, which is no small accomplishment consider there have been nearly a thousand figures during the previous 42 years. You can have fun juxtaposing angry Kirk from TRU with a previously available "Regula I" edition of Admiral Kirk (no angry face) that was released in autumn of 2008 and which is still available and on sale now from William Shatner’s website store (plus, orders of $10 or more get a free photo of The Shat).
Exclusive TMP ‘Captain’ Kirk (w/ TMP 2-pack) – $24.99 [order from toysrus.com]
The second exclusive figure is the grey uniform version of Kirk (from after he requests command of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture), as part of a variant of DST’s new TMP Kirk & Spock two-pack. While attention has been lavished on the TWOK Kirk exclusive, collectors are just as excited about this TMP TRU exclusive set.
These are good action figures, and like all DST products, they are accompanied with TMP era accessories, such as wrist communicators. The uniform and the younger-looking Shatner likeness feature good detailing. It would have been nicer if there was something unique about the Spock figure also, but this was an unannounced item that surprised many collectors this year. The TMP two-pack with grey uniformed Kirk exclusive is a variant of the a new two-pack which includes the same TMP Spock with Kirk in his two-toned TMP Admiral’s uniform. That is available at other retailers (including Entertainment Earth).
The packaging for both of the exclusive Kirks include a nice silver stamped sticker identifying the items as TRU exclusives, and the DST new packaging looks amazingly good on the shelf. Star Trek items are very noticeable at the TRU stores because of the colorful palette of packaging and even character uniforms.
TOS Capt. Kirk and Cmdr. Spock Re-releases – $12.99 (each)
TRU is also making available newly repackaged and tweaked versions of Kirk and Spock. In 2003, Art Asylum and DST released a Commander Spock and in 2004 a yellow shirted TOS Kirk as a convention exclusive. Both figures have been tweaked (gone is the "rubberized" stomach that allowed for slight bending in favor of the now preferred sculpted version) with the now unified packaging. These retail for $12.99 each. [buy at toysrus.com: Kirk – Spock]
More DST Trek at Toys R Us
The only other exclusive at Toys R’ US is a grey handled variant of the popular DST TOS phaser. Toys R’ Us is also carrying the previously released Amok Time Kirk and Spock two pack and the a re-release of the 40th Anniversary TOS USS Enterprise toy.
Buy TRU Trek in stores or online
One of the great things about TRU is that exclusive items cost the same as regular editions, so the Khany Kirk is $12.99 (like all the regular action figures) and the two-pack is $24.99, both prices of which are lower than almost every online retailer for similar items. However, the TMP TRU exclusive two-pack is harder to find than the ‘screaming Kirk’ and it is already selling for more in the secondary market and at online auctions. All of the DST Star Trek items mentioned in this article are available or are going to available at nearly every TRU retail store, with many having the items now. They are usually located in the generic "action figure aisles" along with Heroes, Wrestling, Sports, and other action figures. To find your closest Toys R Us, use the store locator at toysrus.com.
The Toys R Us Online Store (www.toysrus.com) also has many of these items available, including some of the exclusives. Items are selling out (in fact, when the Khanifed Kirk was offered online, it sold out in less than 12 hours), so be sure to check often as new supplies and replenishments are being added frequently. Also note that the online TMP 2-pack has the 2-tone Kirk pictured, however if ordered, you will get the grey shirt exclusive.
Thoughts on Trek back at Toys R Us
It has been many years since Star Trek toys were available at retailers such as TRU. Going to TRU this past few weeks in anticipation of these action figures has brought back some great memories of the early 1990s looking for Star Trek action figures. Some days, you got the bear. Other days, the bear got me. However, the fun of these Star Trek items helps restore memories of shared times with friends and the fun of working to complete a collection. Now, as DST brings TOS back to TRU, I get to share the experience with my son. The fun and the laughs going to TRU are as valuable as the toys themselves, and Star Trek back in retail stores is the collector equivalent of going to a ballgame. It is really about sharing the adventure of collecting and then sharing that item with others that makes this an exciting hobby. To borrow from Vinne Barbarino, Welcome Back, Star Trek. Welcome Back, TRU.
This video shows that TRU is bringing the kid back out in me
LOCUTUS OF BORG
Switching gears (get it?), DST has announced the next figure in its Borg line. They are releasing a newly revamped First Contact version of Locutus of Borg. Back in 2006, DST offered fans a "Best of Both Worlds" version of Locutus as a Previews Magazine Exclusive Item. Now, Picard is getting a feature film redo, with ultra cool FC Borg detailing. The sculpt of Locutus is from a digital scan of Patrick Stewart. The action figure will come with a section of a Borg alcove, which when combined with the sections that with other Borg action figures, will form a complete alcove display.