Today we introduce the first U.S.S. Enterprise collectible:
This plush Enterprise is one of a number of really creative Star Trek collectibles produced by ThinkGeek. This item is a personal favorite, because I played with stuffed animals when I was a kid (it wasn’t unusual to see a variety of bears, rabbits, and dinosaurs placed around the living room at their “bridge stations”, representing the crew of the Enterprise). If I’d had one of these as a kid, it definitely would have gone on many adventures.
I’m not normally a fan of electronics in stuffed animals, but on this Enterprise you could squeeze the secondary hull and it would play sound effects of firing torpedoes and lights inside the front of the warp nacelles would flash red. The only problem is, there is no way to open it up to replace the batteries, so mine doesn’t do that anymore.
Let’s take a closer look:
I feel like this is just the right mix of detailed and accurate versus “it’s a toy”. They included a lot of nice details, but didn’t try to make everything fixed and symmetrical. It’s clear that the designers put some care and effort into this and had fun with it. After some of the recent action figures I’ve posted that had a lot of cut corners and sloppiness, that’s kind of refreshing.
This item is less than ten years old, so it wasn’t that long ago that ThinkGeek was in its heyday. I was a bit surprised to find that ThinkGeek was acquired by Gamestop in 2015 and there is no longer a ThinkGeek website. Starting in 2015 some physical ThinkGeek stores were opened, of which there are still some scattered across the U.S.
If you want to see the lights and sound effects, here is a video from ThinkGeek, showing both, plus some Earthlings’ reactions:
Next Week on Zach Trek: Next Tuesday, read about a collectible you can read. In the meantime, look for a category page for the Enterprise.