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Tsukuda Hobby is a Japanese toy, gaming, and modeling company which has produced Japan-exclusive games and other items based on many television, comic book, animation and video game properties.

Star Trek associationEdit

Tsukuda old logo

Original Tsukuda Hobby logo

GamesEdit

In 1982 and 1983, the company produced two "tabletop battle" games based in the Star Trek universe:

The company also produced ENTERPRISE: Role Play Game In Star Trek as part of their "Hobby Role Play Game Series".

Gaming miniatures and model kitsEdit

In 1984 Tsukuda released two 1:3788 scale gaming miniature boxes as enhancements for their Star Trek: The Invasion of Klingon Empire role playing game. The four plastic miniatures contained therein were the Japanese versions of the plastic GameScience counterparts, based on the Franz Joseph designs for the Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual.

During the early 1990s, Tsukuda very shortly ventured into the Star Trek model kits market with the release of two vinyl model kits. The choice for vinyl by the company, instead of the usually harder plastics, was a surprising one. Vinyl is a plastic typically used in applications, where the softer and more malleable characteristics of the material are more valued, such as in carpets and clothing. Though sought after by collectors due to the rarity of the two models, they have also reported material related problems with them on several model kit blogs, such as difficulties in assembly and sagging of parts over time. Vinyl, however is the material of choice for figurine models.

Star Trek releasesEdit

Tsukuda Star Trek product lines
Item Scale Issue No. Notes
Games
Star Trek: The Invasion of Klingon Empire n/a 1982 HG-009-4000 TsukudaSTGame1a
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1983 HG-017-3500 TsukudaSTGame2a
ENTERPRISE: Role Play Game In Star Trek HG-014-R-3000 Enterprise RPG cover
Gaming miniatures
Star Trek Miniature Series 1 1:3788 1984 n/a Contains a Dreadnought, and a Constitution-class vessel Tsukada Star Trek Miniature series 1 1984Tsukada Star Trek Miniature series 1 Backcover 1984
Star Trek Miniature Series 2 Contains a Ptolemy-class, and a Saladin-class-vessel Tsukada Star Trek Miniature series 2 1984Tsukada Star Trek Miniature series 2 Backcover 1984
Model kits
USS Excelsior 1:1000 1993 SVM14 Vinyl kit Tsukuda Model kit SVM14 USS Excelsior
L-42 Klingon Bird-of-Prey 1:350 unknown Vinyl kit Tsukuda Model kit Klingon L-42 Bird of Prey

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