With J.J. Abrams’ recent revitalization of the franchise, Star Trek action figures are a hot collectible again after the failure of the previous Star Trek movie, Nemesis, and the prequel series Enterprise. The box office success of the new Star Trek movie shows that there is still much life left in the old franchise, provided it is handled by the right creative team. After the original series had an unsuccessful three-year run in the late-60s, Star Trek went on to become a hit in syndication, spawn six movies featuring the original cast, as well as four featuring the New Generation cast, and three spin-off series.
The most valued Star Trek action figures are the vintage ones produced in the 1970s by the defunct Mego, when the series had just started to be rediscovered. Although the figures themselves are crude and not very well made, their value lies in the fact that they were among the first merchandised products made for the series. The Lt. Uhura figure was a later addition to the first series of Mego Star Trek figures, which originally featured just five characters including Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a Klingon. The eight inch Uhura figure is dressed in a red uniform accessorized with a tricorder.
But true Trek fans will enjoy the Playmates Aliens and Adversaries line featuring supporting characters from the original series. One of the most coveted is bound to be the Mugatu figure from the episode A Private Little War. In contrast to the crude Mego Mugatu figure released in the 1970s, the Playmates Mugatu is twelve inches tall and is covered in faux fur.
The success of Star Trek: the Next Generation helped cement the franchise’s dominance over televised science fiction over the next decade. The Playmates Ferengi action figure is based on the one that appeared in the first season, when the aliens were still being groomed as villains rather than the lovable rogues they eventually evolved into. The four-inch figure includes a display base and Ferengi gear accessories.
While the Star Trek spinoff series Voyager was not well-received by fans, the character of Seven of Nine, introduced in the fourth year of the show, became very popular, particularly since she was played by sexy actress Jeri Ryan. The Seven of Nine figure from Playmates is a limited edition variant featuring Seven in her Borg form; accessories include a Borg alcove, power regulator and scanner.
Of course, Star Trek action figures featuring characters from the new movie are bound to be popular. One of the most in-demand is the Nero figure. The action figure of the villainous Romulan is 12” high and has a cloth uniform, and multiple points of articulation. Accessories include a Romulan disruptor and a removable holster and belt, as well as a display stand for the figure.
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