(written from a Production point of view)
Galoob is a toy manufacturer that held three separate Star Trek licenses: it produced the first figures and accessories based on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1988, a line of figures for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and it released a series of Star Trek Micro Machines from 1993 to 1997.
Next Generation releases Edit
- Series One
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard
- Commander William T. Riker
- Lieutenant Commander Data
- with white, brown, speckled, or (rare) blue face
- Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge
- Lieutenant Natasha Yar
- Lieutenant Worf
- Series Two
- Wesley Crusher
- prototypes exist but figure never mass-produced or marketed.
- prototypes exist but figure never mass-produced or marketed.
- Other toys
- Galileo Shuttlecraft
- Die-cast USS Enterprise-D
- Ferengi Fighter
- Die-cast Ferengi Fighter
- prototypes exist but product never mass-produced or marketed.
Star Trek V: The Final FrontierEdit
- Action figures
- Captain James T. Kirk: "Captain of the USS Enterprise"
- Spock: "First Officer of the USS Enterprise"
- Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: "Chief medical officer of the USS Enterprise"
- Sybok: "Mysterious rebel leader of Nimbus III"
- Klaa: "Klingon Captain in search of battle"
Micro Machines Edit
Star Trek Micro Machines were plastic Star Trek models produced by Galoob from 1993 to 1997 as part of their popular Micro Machines toy line. They were small sized, about about three inches long, pre-painted and pre-assembled. The first releases were three-piece issues packaged in a transparent bubble attached to a card (blister pack). In size the miniatures were comparable with the role playing miniatures (usually in the stated scale of 1:3900) of FASA and Task Force Games.
Galoob produced vessels from The Original Series, the movies, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. The first two editions featured ships and stations from the TOS, the movies, TNG, and DS9. When the third edition ships were launched in 1994, some new ships were packaged anew with ships from the first editions. The third and fourth editions featured more ships from TOS, the movies, TNG, DS9, and the first models from VOY and were mounted on restyled cards.
There were also special ships made, available only as part of three sixteen-piece "Collector's Edition" box sets, in which all the models were available. They were ships from "All Good Things...", the USS Enterprise-A and the USS Enterprise-E. Other collector sets featuring silvered and bronzed versions were also issued. Five vessels were individually released in 1995 as part of a promotional action for the fourth edition re-release of the three-pack series, and were simultaneously released in mainland Europe. Galoob also provided Star Trek starship toys for a number of General Mills breakfast cereals in the US.
Mainland Europe saw the official release of the Micro Machines in 1994 (all mounted on a DS9-style card), tied in with the three-pack third edition, and apart from the tri-lingual text on the packaging differed form the US packaging in that it was sub-licensed to Ideal, whose logo was also printed on the front of the packaging. Unlike the third edition, the fourth was in packaging, save for some minor language imprints and the lack of the numbering on the front, virtual identical to the US version. All European editions merely stated Star Trek on the bottom on the front of the packaging as opposed to the US versions that specified which series was applicable.
Differences between the second and third three-pack editions Edit
- The Enterprise (NCC-1701) was in Set #1.
- The first Klingon Bird-of-Prey, the Excelsior and the Reliant were in Set #2.
- The Klingon attack cruiser, the Borg cube and the Romulan warbird were in Set #3. Later, the Borg cube was replaced by the Enterprise-D.
- The Ferengi Marauder, the Borg cube and the shuttlecraft were in Set #4.
- The Galor-class, Deep Space 9 and the runabout were in Set #5.
Differences between the third and fourth three-pack editions Edit
Content wise there were no differences between the third (eight issues) and the fourth (sixteen issues) edition as far as contents were concerned, with the exception of the packaging, as the first nine sets are re-packaged items from previously released issues. The fourth edition sported a roman numeral numbering on the front and the models are mounted on a standard style card used for the entire run. Unlike the first three editions, the fourth appeared to have enjoyed a smaller production run, both in the US and Europe, as especially the last seven items (despite having had two issues for the large part) fetch premium prices on the second hand markets like Amazon.com and eBay.com
- note: numbering style for editions 1-3 as shown on the back of the packaging
|Micro Machine Star Trek Collections|
|Three-pack Collection, Series 65825, first edition|
|#1 Star Trek: The Original Series||65801||1993|
|#2 Star Trek The Movies||65802|
|#3 Star Trek: The Next Generation||65803|
|Three-pack Collection, Series 65825, second edition|
|#1 Star Trek: The Original Series||65881||1993||
|#2 Star Trek The Movies||65882||
|#3 Star Trek: The Next Generation||65883||
|#4 Star Trek: The Next Generation||65884|
|#5 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||65885|
|Three-pack Collection, Series 65825 (96-606 Europe), third edition|
|1. The Original Star Trek||66100||1994||
|2. The Original Star Trek||66101|
|3. Star Trek The Movies||66102||
|4. Star Trek The Movies||66103|
|5. Star Trek The Next Generation||66104||
|6. Star Trek The Next Generation||66105||
|7. Star Trek The Next Generation||66106|
|8. Star Trek Deep Space Nine||66107||
|Three-pack Collection, Series 65825 (96-606 Europe), fourth edition|
|I. The Original Star Trek||66100||1995||
|II. The Original Star Trek||66101||
|III. Star Trek The Movies||66102||
|IV. Star Trek The Movies||66103||
|V. Star Trek The Next Generation||66104||
|VI. Star Trek The Next Generation||66105||
|VII. Star Trek The Next Generation||66106||
|VIII. Star Trek Deep Space Nine||66107||
|IX. Star Trek The Movies||65846|
|X. Star Trek Deep Space Nine||66125||1995|
|XI. Star Trek The Movies||66126||1995|
|XII. Star Trek Deep Space Nine||66127||1995|
|XIII. Star Trek: Voyager||66128||1995|
|XIV. Star Trek: Voyager||66129||1995|
|XV. Star Trek Deep Space Nine||66130||1996|
|XVI. Star Trek: Voyager||66131|
|Star Trek Generations||65846||1994||
|Individual releases "Single Edition", Series 65961 (96-855 Europe)|
|Limited Edition Collector's Sets (6-9 pieces)|
|Star Trek Super Pack||65594||1993|
|Star Trek Collector's Set||65827||Excelsior NX-2000 registry variant|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||96-426||1994||Europe only variant|
|Star Trek The Movies||66073||1995||Pewter series no. 66072|
|Star Trek Television Series I||66074|
|Star Trek Television Series II||66075|
|Star Trek I||66124||Bronze collection|
|Star Trek II||66125|
|Limited Edition Collector's Sets (16 pieces)|
Additional European Micro Machine VariantsEdit
- The yellow-painted USS Stargazer model, first released in 1994 in three-pack set 66106, is actually not that of the starship, but rather of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's ready room display model, NCC-1700, though it has the correct registry number. It is not clear why this is so, but possibly the manufacturers had only access to clear reference photos of the display model rather than those of the actual studio model.
- Likewise, the Kazon fighter of set 66128 is that of the studio model as it was originally delivered to CBS Television Studios, before it was decided to have it modified into its ultimate configuration as shown on screen.
- Some silver colored Micro Machines of the Starfleet ships, most likely from the pewter series, were used as part of the San Francisco Presidio Starfleet Headquarters maquette building, first seen in DS9: "Homefront" and used several other times throughout DS9 and VOY.
- On the packaging for Collector Set Two, the descriptions for the USS Farragut and USS Defiant refer to the TOS ships bearing those names, rather than the ship models in the set.
- In the TNG Season 6 DVD-special feature, "Dan Curry Profile", it was revealed that Star Trek Visual Effects Producer Dan Curry, an Original Series fan, collected micro machines.
- In 2013, former Galoob art department employees Jim Fong and Robert DiGiacomo provided extensive details and archival photographs from the development of the Next Generation toy line to TrekCore.com, which included numerous cancelled products and prototype designs.