Engage! In 1992, the toy aisles of Toys R Us and Target were not overrun with Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. Instead, for most of the 1990s, the space action figure game was dominated by Star Trek toys in a very big way. If you were a ’90s kid, this is a time you almost certainly remember: The Playmates line of Star Trek action figures, ships, and accessories. From 1992 to 2009, Playmates toys put out Star Trek action figures from nearly every single era of the franchise, starting with The Next Generation, going through Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and even the first J.J. Abrams reboot film. And now, a new wave of Star Trek toys is poised to do exactly what the old toys did, only slightly newer.
After 12 years, Playmates Toys is, once again, doing Star Trek action figures and accessories. For those who may have forgotten, or weren’t Trek-inclined in the ’90s, what made the Playmates toys so great is that you could actually play with them. All the figures had a billion points of articulation, all the vehicles and playsets (like the Shuttlecraft and the Enterprise Bride) were super-detailed, and the sheer number of different characters you could get was staggering.
And now, Playmates is starting it all up again. Beginning in July 2022, you can order the new waves of Star Trek toys from Playmates online. These toys are expected to hit stores this fall.
For the first wave, we’re getting action figures from The Wrath of Khan, The Next Generation, and one of the newer shows, Star Trek: Discovery. Here’s how that shakes out.
Lt. Commander Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation, nostalgic packaging (pictured above)
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation, nostalgic packaging (pictured above)
Commander William Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation, nostalgic packaging (pictured above)
Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, nostalgic packaging
Captain Spock, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, nostalgic packaging
Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, nostalgic packaging
Science Officer Michael Burnham, Star Trek: Discovery, new Universe packaging
Commander Saru, Star Trek: Discovery, new Universe packaging
Original Series Enterprise replica ship, 18-inch scale with lights, sounds, and phrases, nostalgic packaging
Original Series Phaser, with lights and sounds, nostalgic packaging
Although we don’t have images of what this “nostalgic packaging” might look like, you can easily hit up what the old toys looked like to get a preview.
Here are more details about how to preorder these new toys.
The next new Star Trek series — Star Trek: Picard Season 2 — will hit Paramount+ on March 3. And just like last time, Jean-Luc Picard is getting too old for this sh*t but is saving the universe, anyway.