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  • 2 months later...

In January we gave you a look at the new 5" Star Trek figures coming from Playmates Toys. For Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (James T. Kirk, Captain Spock, and Khan Noonien Singh), Star Trek The Next Generation (Lt. Commander Data, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and Commander William Riker) and Star Trek Discovery (Commander Saru and Science Officer Michael Burnham) figures. They are also doing the USS Enterprise from The Original Series.

Today we bring you images via Steve Adams from the 2022 London Comic Con where Playmates had their Next Generation, TOS Enterprise and Discovery figures on display which you can check out below.
 

 

You can pre-order all of these from our sponsor Entertainment Earth.

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It looks like they took the stands from the JJ figures.

Accessories look like from the original playmates toys.

Figures and Sculpts look new.

I have all of the playmates Toys from Star Trek including the ships. But 5 inch figures?now?

I might buy the Star Trek next generation figures to go in with my old collection.

We need to see what that ship looks like and what it does.

For myself I am definitely not interested in anything from discovery.

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  • 3 months later...

Shown below are updated images for the first wave of 5" Star Trek figures coming from Playmates Toys. For Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (James T. Kirk, Captain Spock, and Khan Noonien Singh), Star Trek The Next Generation (Lt. Commander Data, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and Commander William Riker) and Star Trek Discovery (Commander Saru and Science Officer Michael Burnham) figures. These are in stock now at Amazon.

They are also doing the USS Enterprise from The Original Series but that isnt available at Amazon.
 

You can also still pre-order all of these from our sponsor Entertainment Earth.

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These things look terrible. They look like 90's action figures but with more (not necessarily better) articulation. Just look at those thigh gaps. Holy Hell. Playmates has never been that good at "High Articulation", but damn they gotta do better than this. And what's up with those face sculpts? Everyone looks like Data but with different pigmentation and facial hair. A franchise like Star Trek deserves better than this. Hardcore Trekkies are gonna get these cuz they have nowhere else to go, but for guys like me, fans but not fanatical, we're gonna see this one as nothing at all is better than money spent on bad, subpar product.

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Playmates Toys has finally revealed their final 5" figure for their first wave of Star Trek: Prodigy toy line with Hologram Janeway. The other figures in the wave which we first saw a year ago include Dal R'El with Murf, Gwyndala, Zero and Pog. These figures are available for pre-order from our sponsors BigBadToyStore.com and Entertainment Earth.

Besides the figures Playmates toys will be doing a vehicle based on the starship the U.S.S. Prodigy and for their line of gear a phaser. They have yet to release any official images for those products but hopefully will soon.
 

Star Trek: Prodigy is an animated series that recently finished up it's first season on Paramount+. While it is made with kids in mind it's actually some of the better written modern Star Trek out there. It is considered cannon and is based around the same time period as the Picard series. Figure figures and vehicles will scale with the other recent Star Trek offerings Playmates has released which includes a handful of figures from the live-action stuff, classic Enterprise vehicle and phaser from the Original Series. I believe these also scale fairly well with the older Playmates Star Trek stuff from the 90s.

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I'd be ecstatic if one of the toy companies could do decent figures of the original Star Trek cast in 6" form for $24.99 each or less. These are just not worth bothering with.

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Playmates Toys has released some updated images for their upcoming Star Trek: Prodigy figures. Shown are Dal R'El with Murf, Gwyndala, Zero and Pog. These new images show off the accessories that will be included. Also shown is the Hologram Janeway figure. You can pre-order these from our sponsors BigBadToyStore.com and Entertainment Earth.

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Shown below are final images for the Playmates Toys 5" Star Trek: Prodigy wave 1 figures. Shown are Dal R'El with Murf, Gwyndala, Zero and Pog. These figures are now listed on Amazon for pre-order with mid-May release dates.

These figures are also available at our sponsors BigBadToyStore.com and Entertainment Earth.
 

 
 

There will also be a Hologram Janeway figure coming which is not currently available on Amazon nor have we seen the final images for that one. It will likely see release at some later time possible when they also release the Protostar Starship vehicle from the show as well as a Phaser role-play item. Playmates has yet to release any images for the vehicle or role-play item.

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The website TrekCore is running a story this week suggesting that Playmates Toys is once again done producing Star Trek figures. Playmates who had huge success with the Star Trek license in the 90s has made no official announcement about this and likely never will, but it's been pretty apparent at least to me from almost day one that this more recent line that Playmates launched last year wasn't going to have much longevity to it.

The current line was a mishmash of stuff mostly from old Trek shows clearly meant to try and cash in on the nostalgia of those that collected their original 90s line. Now if you look at how often Playmates re-releases old TMNT products which do seem to sell pretty well, it's not to surprising this is the route they went, however it was done in a very sloppy way with no real rhyme or reason to what Playmates was putting out. We got a few figures from Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan yet the Enterprise ship they released was from The Original Series. We got some random TNG figures and then to try and keep it modern we got a couple figures from the first and probably worst season of Discovery which is one of the latest Trek shows that is about to begin it's final season on the Paramount streaming service. They then announced that they would be doing both figures and ship from the new Prodigy animated series that then got significantly delayed, and while they did finally release the first wave of figures, the Hologram Janeway and ship they told us where coming will likely never see the light of day. It probably doesn't help that CBS announced they canceled Prodigy before the figures even hit shelves, though Netflix has been reported as picking up the series for at lease one final season.
 

The TrekCore article states that Playmates will continue doing ships and role-play which are basically re-issues of stuff they did back in the 90s, and honestly I would be surprised if we see them release anything else for that beyond the current TOS Communicator and Next Generation USS Enterprise D that has just started seeing release. You can get those at places like our sponsor Entertainment Earth. For those hoping for newer starships to be released like the USS Discovery or a Picard Season 3 Enterprise G, I wouldn't hold your breath.

It's easy to blame Playmates for fumbling the ball on this line but the reality is Trek has always been a tough sell on the toy isles and especially at today's market prices for these things I'm not sure anyone could successfully launch a Star Trek toyline at mass-market, especially since Trek in general is no where near as popular as it was back in the 90s. Even collector only lines sold exclusively online like Super7's Star Trek Ultimates don't seem to sell very well and there are rumors floating around that those are pretty much done as well.

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I got that impression months ago. It was said the role play items seem to have done okay. The figures were not and there was iffiness on how the as yet unreleased previewed figures would come out. Now, maybe not at all.

The fact the new figures weren't even scaled to the 90's line killed even the slightest interest with me.

I think if any Star Trek line is to succeed, it has to be appeal with compatibility with 6 inch or 3 3/4" or 1:18.  You have to get buyers of other things interested. Hardcore Star Trek fans alone don't cut it when it comes to supporting a Trek figure line and haven't since the 1990's.

And they need to think SHORT TERM, actually. Looks how this series will end, with no complete crew from any series, just a few leads. 

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It's a shame, but Playmates 100% screwed themselves on this. If they wanted to do retro figures, fine, but that should've been a secondary line that was more like the original 90's figures, and with the main line being a 6" more detailed/more articulated Star Wars Black Series/Marvel Legends-like series. Then they further screwed it up by releasing the figures with bad paint jobs, which they then tried to go back and correct, forcing people who wanted decently painted figures to buy them all over again. I said from the second they announced this line that it would fail. That's why I didn't bother to collect them. And I had every single Playmates figure back in the day

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2 hours ago, lordtom said:

Playmates suck, they cannot make toys for the modern market to save their life. Just stick to re-releasing their old stuff and leave it at that

Exactly, there's a reason their nostalgia bait figures sell great but they're more 'serious' figures don't. The Undercover movie Leo & Mikey figures have been sitting on the shelf at my local Walmart for ages, and I'd buy them if they'd hurry up and release Donnie and Raph, but for the most part, people don't want their less accurate 'collector' figures when Neca and Super7 are also producing figures of the characters with higher accuracy and quality. Not to mention how the brand seems to be everywhere now. DC Direct, Hasbro, and Mattel have all produced, or will soon produce, TMNT figures in various crossover lines.

The other thing is kids. TMNT has had content for kids almost constantly since the 80s. In the past 36 years, the only years without a TMNT movie or TV show were 1999-2002, 2010-2011, 2021-2022. 8 years out of 36. So even without collector's lines, they've had kids lines going to still move product. Star Trek, meanwhile, while having something of a child audience, has rarely been specifically AIMED at children. Sure there was Prodigy, but I don't know how popular that was with kids, and I never saw merch of it in the stores even though I know Playmates produced it.

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