"Star Trek" fans, assemble! Later this year, fans of the sci-fi franchise who also love construction will have the chance to build their own Klingon battle cruiser, transporter room and (of course) the famed USS Enterprise.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek" this fall, Mega Bloks — a product produced by Mega Brands, a subsidiary of the Mattel toy company — will release several kits aimed at people who followed the exploits of James T. Kirk and other crews of the USS Enterprise.
Not surprisingly, the flagship of the new "Star Trek" sets is the 3,100-piece USS Enterprise NCC-1701 itself, which will retail for $249.99. It's a 1/350 scale model of the famous ship that took Kirk and his crew across much of the galaxy. [The Many Faces of the Starship Enterprise (Photos)]
"It has key differentiated features that fans can appreciate, with a shaped, buildable display, authentic engraved dedication plaque, with ultracool light-up warp engines with a color-changing light pattern," said a Mega Bloks press release.
The Transporter Room ($39.99) is inspired by the awesome "Star Trek: The Original Series" episode called "Mirror, Mirror." In that episode, a malfunction in the transporter replaces the crew with evil versions of themselves from a mirror universe. Kirk, Spock and Scotty are all included in the set, which has room for up to six figures.
"The iconic Transporter Room has cool features that include new glow-in-the dark wall panels that are also interchangeable to include the Mirror Universe logo to switch between the classic and parallel universe scenes," Mega Bloks wrote in a product description.
The Klingon D-7 Battle Cruiser ($29.99) is a symbol of a species that was once the enemy of the United Federation of Planets (in "The Original Series"), but joined the federation before the events of "The Next Generation" series. Helming the ship is the legendary Captain Kor, who appeared in multiple "Star Trek" series.
"A buildable villain ship for ultimate build and display," Mega Bloks wrote. "The set includes a swiveling display stand, nameplate featuring the name of the ship, a Klingon Empire red flag and one highly detailed, superposeable micro action figure of Kor, captain of the ship, with his authentic disruptor weapon."
Mega Bloks has released some intriguing space and sci-fi themed sets over the years, including tie-ins to the recent "Star Trek" re-boot films, "Halo" video game series, and even "Call of Duty's" zombie astronauts on the moon and the Odin military space station (our personal favorites, after "Star Trek," of course).
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace