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Toys From J.J.'s STAR TREK Movie Reveal A Bit More Bridge, The Transporter Room, And Some Other Stuff!!

Merrick here...
Yesterday Harry introduced us to the STAR TREK Barbie collection which, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, emulates the Abercrombie & Fitch(ish) leads of J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK movie. You can find those HERE. Now, USA Today offers the reveal of the Playmate toy line based on the same film. You can find a gallery of (some of) said line - including a look at the Enterprise Bridge, Transporter Room, more figures, and the 1701 itself -
CLICK the Big E to see more pics! Not sure what I think about that communicator - which is branded with the Starfleet "arrowhead" logo on the outside and (somewhat illogically) the United Federation of Planets emblem on the inside. This appears to accurately match THIS ACTUAL PROP of the same device, so I'm assuming this isn't just a conceit found on the toy (i.e. I'm gathering this is the way it'll be seen in the actual movie). As a kid I always loathed toys that were branded with the franchise name on it (like: a Batman car that had the name of/logo for the Batman TV show embedded on it) - this seems to be the J.J.verse's equivalent. Are Starfleet personnel in J.J.'s universe not bright enough to remember who they work for? YES, I know, this is an impossibly nerdy (and probably unfair) nit pick. And, really, who gives a shit? Just sayin'... These toys will arrive in stores late April.

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  • Jan. 22, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by Hokeybutt

    ...this new Star Trek reboot is really nothing more than a toy commercial, huh?

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by Croweyes1121 about "Print Screen", paste into Photoshop (or Paintbrush for that matter), save.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Classic transporter room but

    by Nasty_Nick

    Still don't like the look of the ship. Communicator is lame. Can't they make it look less like a Cell Phone and make it more retro. More pictures including an alternate..? Enterprise Toy and the Narada.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    But to guarantee it earns its 200+ million budget back and then some, it must license as much crap as possible. Just like all the Star Wars films (even the three good ones).

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    MAKE IT SO................

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    when do we get the jeanluc dickhard toys ........?

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I am less enthused by this movie now

    by Cotton McKnight

    Honestly, I was never really enthused by it from the beginning, so it would be unfair to say that this is the sole reason. But it's certainly not looking good.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Merrick Re: Arrowhead

    by Andy Dufresne

    Might it be so that the equipment can be identified as being from the Enterprise? You know, if the ship or a crewmember go missing? I know in TOS the arrow head was the Enterprise insignia, not the Starfleet one (until later series)

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    "The action figures are meant to be played with."

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    What a novel concept! These things should be made and sold first and foremost to appeal to little kids and their parents' wallets. Glad to see Playmates is scaling back on selling plastic crap to the "collector" (translation: aging geek male) market.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I was going to say the same thing.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Print screen, then post it into paint.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Really, they think kids are going to give a shit about playing with these? Nobody born after 1985 would ever want a transporter room playset. Might as well make it hyper detailed, jack up the price, and sell it to the collectors.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Go buy this crap, would you please?

    by Jodet

    I want Paramount to make as much money off this franchise as humanly possible.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST

    The vertical struts on the warp engines...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    make the Enterprise look strangely uptight & what is with the weird glass panels obstructing the flow of traffic on the bridge? That's an accident waiting to happen since the crew is thrown all over the place when photon torpedoes hit.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Forgetting who they work for?

    by Karl Hungus

    Most military uniforms, gear and vehicles sport the flag of the country or even the branch/division/battalion they belong to. The rest of their equipment often feature the corporate logo of the company that made it. I hate what I've seen of Abrams' Trek so far but this is one complaint I don't understand.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Direct links to the pictures...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Remove any spaces in these links:<p><p> <p><p> <p><p> <p><p>

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Chesterfield Slacks

    It always bugged me that we've had hands-free "communicators" for years, but in the future, we have to go into the unknown or even battles with only one hand and a freaking flip-top that everyone around you can listen in to!!

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Chesterfield Slacks...Yes, but can your communicator

    by conspiracy

    get 5 bars on Mars?

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    Toys make this property look more for the kiddie market

    by conspiracy

    Star Trek was always aimed at teens/adults, looks like JJ is going full Star Wars Prequels with this mess.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    glass panels

    by jackofhearts29

    I would hope they would actually be some kind of clear plastic or polymer in-universe. Not to mention on the set... who is going to want the liability of a huge fragile heavy piece of brittle clear material around where cameras, etc. are swinging back and forth...

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Enterprise loaded with dialog from movie...

    by conspiracy

    (Scotty) Come on Spock...say it! (Uhura) Thats right boo...just say that shit! (Kirk) Spock, please, just, Onceee.....Say it...For me. (SPOCK)It is a grammatically illogical phrase,...but if it will appease you then I will....."My" "Bad". (Uhura) Woo Hooo you one us US! (Kirk) Good work Spock...I, Knew, You, Had it in you.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by Zug

    So what if there are toys? That old Mego bridge and transporter set was one of my favorite toys ever. I think my kids will love these (and they were born long after 1985, MiketheSpike).

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Do They have enough chairs on the bridge for everyone?

    by Mr Incredible

    And the panels are stupid as hell. What are they for? Changing your clothes? Still hate the look of the U.S.S. Acid Trip, too.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Bridge as open-plan office with glass dividers

    by kabong

    Yeah, JarJar, screw it up, baby!!

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    this movie just gives me headaches thinking about it

    by Gungan Slayer

    JJ Abrams + Star Trek? ugh, please go away and leave trek alone

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    No nomination for TDK for original score?

    by Rickey Henderson

    Bullshit. It's bad enough they snubbed a terrific movie for best pic and best director, but they couldn't even give the soundtrack some much deserved lip service? On this day, the Academy takes one more giant step towards irrelevance. Benjamin Button was light hearted fluff--nothing more. How the hell does it get nominated for anything other than a few technical awards?

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    oops, wrong fucking TB

    by Rickey Henderson

    Rickey's bad.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by snomusic

    Wow - was that the Drawn Together version of Star Trek dialog?

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Star Trek

    by kwisatzhaderach

    written by Kurtzman/Orci.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Better look at new transporters here

    by Abominable Snowcone

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I don't know Harry, I like everything clearly labeled.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I saw this kung-fu flick where the ninjas wore headbands that said "NINJA" on them.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Closer look at the communicator

    by Abominable Snowcone

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Nice, Snowcone.

    by Rando Calrisian

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Pathetic Coverage of Minutiae

    by Aquatarkusman


  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by ColonelAmerica

    I'm all for "retro" and all, but this doesn't seem to be going for a true retro-future look. The bridge design seems truly dated, bringing in the worst elements of design from the "Hitchhikers Guide" movie. I do like the capsules for the transporter, but I agree with the comments on the communicator. The flip-out pocket communicator was prescient when Star Trek aired in the 60s, but now it seems a huge step backwards. Even the badges on Next Gen are behind our current tech. It seems to me like they're trying to have it both ways: redesign some elements to "update" them, but keep some classic anachronistic designs for the sake of purity. Go one or the other, IMO. Man, I would kill for a steampunk-inspired Star Trek.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Check this out all fans of labeling

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Go to YouTube and look up Zombie VS Ninja Fight 01. Tell me if all ninjas shouldn't clearly identify themselves.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Here's an even better example!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    YouTube: Ninja Strike Force (1988) Ninja Meeting. This is one of best scenes I've ever seen. The costume department should have been applauded for erasing all confusion about who did or did not have Ninja skills.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Promo still of Capt Kirk's chair

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and get this--Kirk can keep his Captains Log right inside the seat<p>

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by beelkay

    I think I might need that model...reminds me of when I was a kid and had the 1701-D model that lit up and made noise.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by yodaismyhomie

    Since the old communicators of the original show were essentially what influenced our modern day cell phones, I think it is fitting that their communicators for this movie (A) looks like a cell phone and (B) has the logo on the outside

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Those communicators

    by Abominable Snowcone

    get more bars in more places

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Trek toys

    by EverythingEverywhereStinks

    Hasbro's Star Wars toys are still better than all this crap. I can't wait to see all the red sticker clearance sales in WalMart and Target come August when no one buys these overpriced, everlasting plastic testaments to Jar Jar Abrams' failure. Bitches.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    OMG new Star Trek promo poster

    by Abominable Snowcone

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Still no bathroom on the bridge I reckon

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Have to wait for 1701-D. That's a long time to hold it!

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    *impossibly nerdy (and probably unfair) nit pick*

    by Bill Brasky

    You know, yesterday, I almost purchased the new JJ Abrams influenced prequel Star Trek comic book at the local comic shop. I had it in my hands with the rest of my weekly pull when some weird, coke-bottle, greasy haired 40-year old who smelled faintly of stale pop-corn and kerosene, cut in front of me and started in on the owner about his store's lack of Magic the Gathering merchandise and also on why they hasn't gotten in the latest 'Danger Girl' Hero Clix. "I want to fight 'Danger Girl' Hero Clix against my friend's 'B.P.R.D.' Hero Clix!!!" Mike (name changed to hide his identity) the store owner/operator, who is a reformed old-school punk rocker, father of two and all around pretty cool dude, just shot me this miserable look and I laughed out loud about this guy. Then I put the Star Trek comic back down and went on with my patient tolerance of this uber-geek. The point you ask? I am already a geek. But buying a Star Trek comic book would peg-out the geek gage so hard that the glass on the dial would break. If I would have bought that book, I might as well have just given up on pussy for the rest of my life. Just ended it there...that being said...Dude! You are talking about Star Trek Toys. Star Trek. Toys. Who the fuck cares if you think that it is "impossibly nerdy"? You are already there. Just go with it.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Nothing says quality dialog like...

    by conspiracy

    Kurtzman/Orci. We'll be LUCKY if the worst we get is a stereotyped Uhura and My Bad Spock. Doubt me all you want folks...but Orci and Co. could not write a quality script for a 6th grade play and you all know it.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    OMG another promo poster!!!

    by Abominable Snowcone

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Ship looks a bit weak

    by picardsucks

    I like the original better. This one seems kind of pushed together

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Make a choice

    by Abominable Snowcone

    You can get Hero Clix...or you can get cannot have both

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Merrick, Here's What to do with Flash Images

    by puto tenax

    If you're using a Mac, open your Grab utility and hit the apple key and a to make a box around the pic. If you're using a PC, ctrl and print screen will grab the entire desktop and save it to your clipboard. Hope this helps.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Playates Sucks! Terrible Old Spock

    by BojTrek

    God... Playmates sucks... they drop the license for years. Art Asylum grabs up Star Trek and does some pretty good stuff. It wasn't the best, but most of Art Asylum's figures looked like Nimoy or Patrick Stewart (when they use scanning technology). But these new Playmates look nothing like Nimoy or Sylar... I would have bought one to put out in the garage. Oh well...

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    The floor is PINK!

    by Iron-kong

    What the hell?! Am I seeing that right? The first thing the real Kirk would do is have those floors painted. Damn! Well if anybody was looking for the "flames on Optimus" or "nipples on Batman" for this movie, there you go. Pink floors on the bridge! WTF?

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I dunno...

    by BizarroJerry

    Everything just looks like it's made out of plastic to me...

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Jesus H. Christ, people...

    by BizarroJerry

    They're toys! They aren't stills from the movie. Save the bitching for things that deserve it.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Starfleet logo on communicator = American Flag

    by slder78

    on Olympians jerseys, cause yeah, the athletes can't remember who they represent. Lamest. Nitpick. Ever.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the sets in the movie will look...

    by Kid Z

    ...JUST like these cheap-ass toys. Just blown up bigger, is all! Oh, and all the actors will have huge seams where their joints meet their torsos, frozen facial expressions and no genitalia. It's amazing what they can do with CGI these days...

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by Ingeld

    I agree with the comments about having handheld communicators in the distant future as being outdated considering where we are with current technology. Still, I like the look and feel of the communicators from the old series. The obvious solution would be to combine the communicator and tricorder devices of the old show into one device. It could still be a handheld flip communicator, but it could also have a screen, like an I phone for the work that a tricorder needs to do.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I love that all the

    by SithMenace

    hardcore trekkies are so pissed off about this movie. It's almost like they actually wanted more dune buggies, clones and creepy sex scenes. Suck it up bitches, Trek is actually not going to suck for the first time in a decade.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Nice looking, but kids don't get TREK

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    Remember how the snoozer ST:TMP killed all chances of Trek action figures until TNG? Ertl doesn't count. I could see myself lording over the bridge playset, or building a model Enterprise (again) The thing I'm really curious about is how this movie will work with these toys target audience.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Ok, how come everyone isn't over at

    by Puddleglum

    The power of McWeeny compels you! <p> The power of McWeeny compels you! <p> The power of McWeeny compels you! <p> The power of McWeeny compels you! <p>

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    RE: Communicator/Tricorder

    by OneBuckFilms

    Ingeld, One thing that is ignored when looking at the plausibility of the Communicator being a hand held device, is that the technology as seen is actually a lot further advanced than is at first apparent. The Communicator can basically communicate, with no discernible time lag, with a vessel in orbit, or with personnel on the surface of a given planet, without using satellite dishes, microwave dishes or a massive communications network. This is far more advanced than present-day communications technology.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    RE: Still no bathroom on the bridge I reckon

    by OneBuckFilms

    The guy in the red shirt by the door found one: .jpg

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Why would someone want memorabilia from

    by Dingbatty

    this new film, when junk fashioned after the look of the original is so much more iconic?

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    And no kid would want stuff from this new franchise

    by Dingbatty

    in this day and age, when they can have toys from more violent and fun properties.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Can't make up its mind

    by Caerdwyn

    Is it retro, or is it futuristic? That communicator is bigger than my cellphone, and I have the flip-open LG Voyager for crying out loud. And a bluetooth headset. The bulkiness worked in the classic series because it was filmed in the 60s... but nowadays? Trim it down a bit, yeesh.

  • Jan. 22, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST


    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Maybe because other than Drew working there is a really generic film website; a cut well below Entertainment Weekly. I'll be surprised if it's still around next year. Since Harry started AICN a million film websites have emerged. In fact, you could say this is the site that launched a thousand sites. Like the Ramones were the band that launched a thousand bands. I wish Drew the best, however, and I hope it does well so he can get paid and take care of the family. But it's hard to find his stuff on the site amid the AP standard bullshit.

  • Jan. 23, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST

    you people are morons

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 23, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Kentucky Colonel, interesting point about the bathroom

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Peter David was at a ST panel talking about one of his ST books, and he actually mentioned something about Paramount not allowing bathrooms to be alluded to--at least in the novels.