Mattel Inc. has joined the throng of suppliers celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary this summer.
Under its Barbie Collection banner, Mattel is launching three Barbie-sized figures based on the beloved sci-fi franchise, now owned by CBS and Paramount Studios.
The Star Trek television series, which starred Canadian-born actor William Shatner, ran from 1966 to 1969. Over the following decades, it spawned several other similarly themed series and spun off into a dozen feature films — all popular with generations of fans.
Designed for adult collectors, Mattel’s trio of characters includes Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Lieutenant Uhura. Each figure’s facial features are made to resemble the series’ early cast: William Shatner as Kirk, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. Each character comes with a communicator and sports authentically detailed outfits. (Spock’s hand is molded to form his signature Vulcan salute.)
The figures are set to launch in mid July, around the time the latest futuristic flick, Star Trek Beyond, hits North American theatres. The CBS network also plans to introduce a new Star Trek television series, which will run exclusively on its All Access streaming subscription service starting in 2017.
For more information, contact Mattel Inc.