Barbie will release its Star Trek 50th Anniversary Barbie Collection, featuring Kirk, Spock, and Uhura dolls depicted in the spirit of the original series. The collection features Kirck, Mr. Spok, and Uhura Star Trek dolls. Each doll, sold separately, is sculpted in the actors’ likeness and features an authentic replica of the classic costume with a fully articulated body. The collection will be available this month.
GUND, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will bring the classic characters of Star Trek to life in soft plush. Each character will be dressed in the proper Star Fleet attire and featured as a plush animal. The initial launch will include Captain Kirk as a lion, Dr. Bones as a dog, Lieutenant Commander Spock as a cat, Lt. Uhura as a teddy bear and Scotty the Monkey. The launch of GUND’s new line coincides with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s first TV episode.
Products will be available in retail stores this spring.
CBS Consumer Products unveiled a lineup of new licensees who have signed on to expand Star Trek’s merchandising program with dozens of new product lines inspired by the iconic intergalactic franchise. From Spin Masters’ remote controlled vehicles to Wooden Expressions’ Tridimensional chess set, fans will get to relive, share, and celebrate the Star Trek franchise in many ways.
In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, the merchandising program includes domestic and international partners that will contribute to a landmark year for the franchise. The new licensees will pay tribute to both the legacy and the future of Star Trek across key categories. [Read more...]
CBS will feature plush characters based on the Star Trek franchise. The line is set for release next year, will feature Wage as Captain James T. Kirk, Ox as first officer Spock, Ice-Bat as chief engineer Scotty, Babo as Doctor McCoy, and Tray as communications officer Uhura.
Warner Bros. is set to create plush toys based on The Wizard of Oz. The whole Uglydoll crew–including Moxy, Wage, Jeero, Babo, and Ox–will dress as the iconic characters from the classic film. This series of dolls will be previewed at Licensing Expo this summer and will launch in stores in the fall.
Disruptor Beam will produce a new Star Trek strategy roleplaying game, Star Trek Timelines. The game is a story-driven social game where fans can build their ultimate starship and crew and explore the Star Trekmultiverse with characters across many of the franchise’s eras. It is under license by CBS Consumer Products and will be released across mobile and web platforms.
Star Trek Timelines will include content and characters from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Players will explore numerous galaxies, planets, and distant lands; interact with various technologies, cultures, and races; and resolve problems through combat, diplomacy, and science. The game will feature original artwork and 3D graphics.
Round 2 LLC, an Indiana-based innovative collectibles company, will release new models through January. Some AMT models that have recently been introduced include the Richard Petty Dodge Sportsman kit available for the first time since the 1970s, the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner muscle car kit, and the Star Trek Bridge Model Kit.
Future releases to expect include the reissue of The Jetsons Spacecraft model kit with pre-painted figures of George Jetson and his loyal dog, Astro and simple-snap assembly, and Polar Lights’ Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man VW Beetle kit with Spider-Man stickers to appeal to a younger generation of modeling enthusiasts. MPC’s Titan Rocket, Dodge Dart Sport, and AMT’s Ford Coupe, Ohio George Malco Gasser, Gloster Meteor MK-1 Fighter Jet, and 1975 Chevy Rescue Van will all be available through January.
CBS Consumer Products has created the Star Trek Skele-Treks universe inspired by Mexican culture and traditions in conjunction with Maya Studio and Spanish artist Javi Molner. CBS Consumer Products has signed National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA) to introduce a multi-category collection utilizing a signature artistic style.
Initial Star Trek Skele-Treks products were unveiled at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. Beginning in September, NECA will roll out the first cross-category collection of Star Trek Skele-Treks products worldwide, including apparel, accessories, figures, and plush. The products feature Captain Kirk, Klingons, and the Borg. Future collections will feature other Star Trek characters.
One of the most classic toy categories is construction toys. These toys successfully compete in a market full of apps and tablets in their simplest form, without any gadgets or technology. Lego, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoy - they’re all names that kids and parents know and love. But just because construction toys don’t need technology in order to hold their own on the shelves doesn’t mean companies aren’t trying to incorporate it, making construction toys an even more interactive play experience.
One of the most popular trends I’m seeing lately is the addition of LED lights to construction sets, turning creations into a flashy toy that you can display. Some companies have built their entire brand around this concept, such as Lite Brix and Laser Pegs. These building sets allow kids to construct creatures, characters, and vehicles that they can plug in and light up with LED lights. With this sort of creative toy, kids can make their own night lights, room decorations, or just fun creations to show their friends and family. [Read more...]