27 April 2009

"Star Trek" (2009) by Playmates Toys, Inc.

Original Spock, Galaxy Assortment
Thanks to the forthcoming film, Star Trek, former license holder Playmates Toys, Inc. have once again produced Trek toys.  I discovered many of the first wave already on sale at my local Wal-Mart this afternoon and was delighted to find "Original Spock," based on Leonard Nimoy!  Here is the complete breakdown of what's currently either on its way, or already out:

STAR TREK
FIGURES
COMMAND (12")
Kirk in Enterprise Uniform
Spock in Enterprise Uniform
McCoy in Enterprise Uniform
Original Spock
Sulu in Enterprise Uniform
Pike in Enterprise Uniform

WARP (6")
Kirk in Enterprise Uniform
Scotty in Enterprise Uniform
Spock in Enterprise Uniform
Chekov in Cadet Uniform
Original Spock
McCoy in Cadet Uniform
Pike in Enterprise Uniform
Nero
Sulu in Enterprise Uniform
Uhura in Cadet Uniform

GALAXY (3 3/4")
Kirk in Enterprise Uniform
Spock in Enterprise Uniform
Uhura in Enterprise Uniform
Original Spock
Sulu in Enterprise Uniform
Pike in Enterprise Uniform
McCoy in Cadet Uniform
Nero
Chekov in Cadet Uniform
Scotty in Enterprise Uniform

VEHICLES
U.S.S. Enterprise Vehicle

ROLEPLAY
Star Trek Electronic Starfleet Phaser
Star Trek Electronic Starfleet Communicator
Star Trek Electronic Tricorder

PLAYSETS (3 3/4" Scale)
Star Trek Bridge Playset w/Kirk
Star Trek Transporter Room Playset w/Scotty

What makes this line so attractive is that, for the first time since Galoob's 1987 line of Star Trek: The Next Generation figures, Star Trek is in 3 3/4" scale.  That means these figures are in the same proportion as Hasbro's Star WarsG.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Indiana Jones toy lines!

Not only is the 3 3/4" scale compatible with those other lines, but Playmates has done something interesting with the two playsets.  Not only can you connect the Transporter Room to the Bridge Playset, but each of the ten individual figures comes with a supplemental component.  Imagine having Han Solo and Chewbacca at the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise and Snake Eyes on hand to work security--and with no red shirt, you know he's not going anywhere!  This was a brilliant move on Playmates's part.

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