Monday, February 24, 2014

Star Trek (Playmates Toys)

Star Trek
Playmates Toys
1995 - 1998

When we think of Star Trek, we think of that scene from Winnie the Pooh where Tigger is in his house and something to the tune of "honey" is said, and Tigger says, "Honey?  That's what Tiggers like best!"  He then digs in, smacking his lips and making sounds of enjoyment only to cringe and say, "Yuck!  Tiggers don't like honey!"...And that's what Star Trek is to us.

Though we're not fans of Star Trek in general, we can still appreciate a good toy line based on the series.  Between 1995 - 1998, Playmates Toys did the ultimate nod to everything Star Trek by creating a line encompassing several of the various shows, from the original to the most current.  Throughout its three year run, over forty figures hit store shelves, making it one of the largest Star Trek line of toys to date.

Wave 1
Dr. Katherine Pulaski*Picard as Galen*Geordi LaForge*Sheriff Worf in Western Attire
Dr. Beverly Crusher in 1940's Attire*The Hunter of Tosk

Wave 2
Vash*The Traveler*Conselor Tori as Durango in Western Attire*Lieutenant Jadzia Dax in Ritual Klingon Attire
Borg with Firing Cybernetic Arm*Lieutenant J.G. Geordi LaForge with FIring Phaser Rifle

For some unknown reason, Playmates Toys felt it would be a great idea to produce an incredibly limited run of Captain Jean Luc Picard figures during their third wave.  The figure was limited to just 1,701 (you Star Trek fans get what that means).  During the prime of the series, fans were paying several hundreds of dollars for the figure on secondary markets.  These days while may people attempt to sell it for upwards of $500.00, it typically sells for between $50.00 and $100.00.

Wave 3
Worf Governor of H'Atoria*Captain Jean Luc Picard from "Tapestry" (Limited to 1,701)*Grand Nagus Zek*Commander Benjamin Sisko from "Crossover"
Christin Chapel*Janice Rand

Wave 4
Security Chief Odo from "Necessary Evil"*Captain James T. Kirk*Jem Hadar*Lieutenant Commander Worf
Admiral Riker from "All Good Things"*Lt. Natasha Yar from "Yesterday's Enterprise"

Wave 5
Captain Christopher Pike*Elim Garak*Mister Spock*The Talosian Keeper
Vina as Orion Animal Woman*Lietuenant J.G. Reginald Barclay (Limited to 3,000)

Wave 6
Captain Kurn*Captain Benjamin Sisko*Seska as a Cardassian*Tom Paris Mutated
Gorn Captain*Dr. Beverly Crusher (Limited to 10,000)

Wave 7
The Mugatu*Captain Kirk in Environmental Suit*Professor Data*Harry Mudd
Dr. McCoy in Dress Uniform (Limited to 10,000)

Probably the two most commonly missed figures in the series are the Spencer's exclusive Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott and Lt. Hikaru Sulu.  Spencer's has never been known as a store that advertises, and as a result many collector's didn't know that the two figures were even available.  Not only that, but you just didn't tend to find Star Trek fans shopping at Spencer's.

Spencer's Exculsive
Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott (Limited to 10,000)*Lt. Hikaru Sulu (Limited to 10,000)

Toyfare Exclusive
Lt. Tasha Yar*Mr. Spock

Box Sets
Star Fleet Officer's Collector's Set
Toys R' Us Exclusive

Probably contributing to the sudden deflation of the secondary market prices of the limited edition Picard figure was the release of the three pack below which not only included that particular figure, but also two other limited figures in the series.  Unlike the individually carded figures which were limited to 1,701 - 3,000 pieces, this box set had 20,000 pieces available ensuring that pretty much every collector who wanted one got one.

Box Sets
1701 Star Trek 3-Pack with Picard, Yar and Barclay (Limited to 20,000)
Captain James Kirk with Balok and Balok's Puppet
Captain Jean-Luc Picard as "Dixon Hill" and Ginan as "Gloria"
Ensign Harry Kim and Species 8472
Lt. Commander Data with Lt. Worf and Alexander Rozhenko

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  1. I'm an Original Series fan myself, so it's cool to see some of the weird stuff Playmates mixed in this line. I'd love to get my hands on that Balok set! Who would have imagined that a Clint Howard action figure was available at retail?

    1. If we had to choose a Trek to support, it would definitely be the original series - or rather, the original series cast in their six films.

  2. realizing that you're not a huge fan, seem to be missing the real first wave of Next Gen in 92/93 , TOS and NG movie series, Deep Space Nine in 94, Voyager in 96/97 and all the electronic toys / ships and playsets... :(

    1. We'll look into the missing items. The list we used to track everything down came from a reliable source, so we'll cross check with that particular person as well. Thanks for the heads up.


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