Welcome to the very first collectible to be featured on Zach Trek II! Instead of going for the more obvious choice of a crewmember from the Enterprise, I decided to open Zach Trek II’s collectibles with the titular villain from Star Trek II.
This figure has some pretty good detail on it, considering that the pewter figure itself is only a few inches tall. It’s well packaged for displaying in the box.
This was part of a series of pewter figures produced by Racing Champions, Inc. in 1998, under the Trademark “STAR TREK Champions”. It was one of five Star Trek figures produced.
Let’s take a closer look:
After taking the above photographs, I had to make the choice: Do I open this item up for closer-up photos, or keep it mint in package?
Racing Champions, as the name implies, was better known for making car models. In the years after they produced this figure, the company went on to acquire many other companies and subsidiaries, including several well-known producers of Star Trek collectible such as AMT/Ertl, Polar Lights, and Johnny Lightning. In 2004 they reorganized and changed their name to RC2 Corporation, and in 2011 they were acquired by Tomy. Nowadays, most of the above mentioned brands are either licensed to or have been acquired by Round 2 Corp and are still in production.
This company history brings me back to the bottom of the box. It directs fans to “visit our website at http://www.collectchamp.com”. Since 1998, through name changes and acquisitions, it’s not surprising that the website is no longer active, but I just had to check, and guess what? That domain name is available! Wouldn’t it be the pinnacle of collecting Star Trek to own a domain from a collectible? Of course, I’d have to pay for it every year, probably almost nobody would ever visit it, and those who did would most likely be looking for auto collectibles, not Star Trek collectibles. So, I will stick with the logical decision and save my money for physical Star Trek items. If anyone out there decides to buy this domain and do something interesting with it, let me know!
- For information on all of Racing Champions’ Star Trek collectibles, visit the Racing Champions page on memory-alpha (heavy on ads, but lots of information)
- If you want to learn more about pewter, check out this video on YouTube (which I kind of regret watching, because now I want to try casting pewter)
Next on Zach Trek: On Thursday, we’ll take a look at a Star Trek website that could have derailed original Zach Trek.