1980 Star Trek Toys

1980 Star Trek Toys of the JCPenney Christmas Catalog

In late 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, hit theaters and was expected to be a huge hit. Perhaps, one of Star Wars proportions. As you might remember, the toys from Star Wars were as big a hit as the film. So naturally they decided to make action figures to accompany the new voyage of the starship Enterprise. A year later, it was the obvious the movie was not going to be a huge hit, but the 1980 Star Trek Toys were already made.

So when the Christmas Catalogs started hitting doorsteps, all we were left with was this sad reminder of what could have been.

I picked a few of these toys over the years. Sadly, I never got my hands on the bridge of the Enterprise. Which is probably good since I understand it was a very fragile playset. I would have wrecked it.

Mego Museum released a commercial for the bridge and an unreleased Vulcan Shuttle. Sadly it is doubtful this ever ran on television.

Watch this commercial for these wonderful 1980 Star Trek Toys


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4 thoughts on “1980 Star Trek Toys of the JCPenney Christmas Catalog

  1. When I was about 7, I remember seeing the Enterprise Bridge set up at some department store (might have been JC Penny). Even though I wasn’t a huge Star Trek fan I really wanted it (I think I was planning on using it for my Star Wars figures). But the next time we went back to the store it was gone :(

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