Ever since Captain Kirk boldly went where no man had gone, Star Trek has ignited imaginations across generations. And what better way to relive those iconic voyages than with Playmates Toys’ incredible line of action figures and accessories? Whether you’re a seasoned Trekkie with a vintage Borg collection or a fresh-faced cadet seeking your first phaser, this article will help you get the hottest Star Trek collectibles from Playmates Toys. So beam aboard, set your scanners for fun, and prepare to experience the thrill of the hunt for the ultimate Star Trek Playmates Toys treasure!
What’s the Star Trek Playmates Toys collection?
The Star Trek Playmates Toys collection is a vast and varied line of toys based on the iconic Star Trek franchise. It spans across different series and eras, featuring action figures and replicas of your favorite characters, ships, and accessories.
After a 12-year absence from the Star Trek toy business, the Hong Kong toy company Playmates Toys returned to the highly competitive niche in 2022 with an all-new range of Star Trek collectibles, including action figures of the most popular characters from the sci-fi franchise, as well as replicas of iconic starships, and other signature accessories.
The first wave in Playmates’ new Star Trek Universe collection includes five-inch, 1:14 scale action figures of Star Trek: The Next Generation characters Jean-Luc Picard, William Riker, and Commander Data; Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan characters James T. Kirk, Spock, and Khan Noonien Singh; as well as Star Trek: Discovery characters Michael Burnham and Saru.
Each of the eight action figures features 14 points of articulation and is packaged in either 1990s nostalgic packaging or newly designed Star Trek Universe blister card packaging, depending on the character. All action figures look a lot like their respective inspiration, thanks to Playmates’ attention to brand detail and authentic portrait sculpting.
Since the toy line’s launch, many action figures have been added to the collection, including action figures of Star Trek: Prodigy characters.
The new Star Trek Playmates Toys collection also includes mini models of two of the most popular ships from the sci-fi property: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D).
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701): Playmates Toys’ highly detailed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) replica features lights, multiple sounds, and phrases from the very first Star Trek TV series. Measuring approximately 18 inches long, the starship replica comes with a sleek display base and is showcased in nostalgic packaging reminiscent of the 1990s.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D): This model measures a respectable 15 inches, making it a substantial presence on any shelf or display. The design boasts precise sculpting, accurately reflecting the Galaxy-class ship’s intricate lines and textures. From the intricate warp nacelles to the subtle paneling, it’s a faithful representation of the Enterprise we know and love.
Released in 2023, the toy replica isn’t just a static model, as it comes alive with vibrant lights and authentic sound effects. Dual light-up engines add a captivating glow, while various buttons activate iconic sounds like phasers firing, warp drive engaging, and even Captain Picard’s iconic “Engage!” command.
In addition to action figures and ship models, the new Star Trek Playmates Toys collection also includes true-to-life replicas of gears and accessories from the Star Trek universe. There are currently two items in this sub-category and they are as follows:
Original Series Phaser: The phaser replica also features lights and multiple sounds from the original Star Trek series and comes complete with 3x modes of activation: full, stun, and overload.
Original Series Communicator: This communicator faithfully mirrors the one Captain Kirk, Spock, and the crew used to boldly go where no man had gone. The black, rectangular shape with gold accents and the familiar antenna grill is instantly recognizable. Activate the communicator, and it comes alive with the familiar buzz and chirps that heralded countless ship-to-ship and planet-to-starbase communications. Playmates amps up the fun with various interactive elements. Press a button, and your voice is distorted like an authentic alien transmission.
Where to buy the new Star Trek action figures and other Star Trek toys from Playmates Toys
The new range of Star Trek action figures, ships, and gear pieces are currently available for purchase at Walmart, Target, and Amazon. Old Star Trek Playmates Toys figures like those in the likeness of Worf, Geordi La Forge, and Beverly Crusher action figures are still available for purchase online, but mostly on auction sites like eBay.