We look ever forward in this hobby. SDCC is 24 hours away as I write this and, as we do each year, we’ll all be hunched over our monitors hitting Refresh every minute or so on any number of FireFox tabs. I’m not downing the practice, I’ll be doing it along with everyone else, but I also recently completed a near decade long quest for toys that were never made.
As I’ve mentioned before, the line that made me an adult collector, and still my favorite line of all-time, is Playmates Star Trek. I don’t claim they are the greatest figures ever made, but they are the ones that have given me the most joy over the years.
Recently, my fellow Man of Action Pi-Airmax Kalenzaga talked about Holy Grails, those toys which, for reasons of cost, rarity or whatever else, continue to elude us. Sometimes we tell ourselves we’d stop collecting period if only we could find our Holy Grail, but I think we can all agree that’s nonsense. We are collectors and so we collect and when’s the next wave of ______ coming out!
ITS SDCCC!!! HIT REFRESSSSHHHH!!!
My Holy Grail has always been a bit tougher to come by than most because it was never actually produced. As much as I love the Playmates Star Trek line, they never made the entire Original Series crew in the red movie uniforms. Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov made the cut as part of the Star Trek Generations line, but that’s it. No Spock. No McCoy. No Sulu. No Uhura. Adding insult to injury, Playmates DID produce figures of Lt. Saavik from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Voyager’s Capt. Janeway in a red movie uniform from the episode Flashback, which takes place during the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
But no Spock, no McCoy, no Sulu, and no Uhura.
The Playmates Star Trek line petered out in 1999 with a series of Target exclusives after a seven-year run. I’m not an adept customizer at all so, when the line ended, so did my hope of ever having a complete Original Series crew in all their red, double-breasted glory.
Flash forward nine years.
We all have a list of Favorite Searches on eBay and we all dutifully check our e-mail each day to see if any of our longshot treasures have turned up somewhere, anywhere in the world. One of my favorite searches is simply "Trek, Custom" and about a month ago, in a listing by collector/customizer Matthew Hackley, I struck Grail…
For me, that picture is glorious. Thank you so very much, Matthew Hackley.
Now we tie it all together…
SDCC is 24 hours away. There is a new Star Trek movie focusing on the Original Series characters opening next summer. There will be toys. Playmates has the license. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.
And the Adventure Continues…