A pointy-eared alien has been spotted in Rushden High Street and all tricorder readings show it’s Jim’s life, but not as we know it as a Vulcan space explorer has landed in the town with the rest of the alien. ‘crew.
Osborne’s Sports & Toys has been chosen as the launch pad for the latest collectible for kids and adults – a Playmobil monster playset of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise.
A giant model of half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock has been teleported into the shop to entice hikers – young and old – to see the model of the famous spaceship.
The new playset boldly goes where thousands of toys have gone before at the long-established Playmobil toy store and dealer – and the only other place to see the new set on display currently is Hamleys in London.
Store manager and owner Will Osborne said: “It’s fantastic for Star Trek fans to have the opportunity to see the new playset and meet Mr. Spock.
“This is the first Playmobil figure to be produced with ears – and these are pointed. No other Playmobil figures have ears.
“The playset is over a meter long and it opens up so you can put the crew minifigures inside.
“There are buttons that light up and make all the sounds – alerts, phasers, everything a Star Trek fan and Playmobil collectors would want.”
Aimed at adults and children, the Playmobil 70548 Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701 playset measures an impressive 1m (42in) long and 45cm (18in) wide.
Complete with bright LEDs on the exterior, the set opens via a removable saucer to access the deck – another panel detaches to access the engineering.
LED “Communicators” (smartphones or tablets) can be used to control lights and sound via an app.
Included as a whole, but not individually, crew members Dr. “Bones” McCoy, Ensign Chekov, communications expert Lt Uhura, Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Lt Sulu and l Chief Engineer Scotty in their classic uniform colors.
The size of the set is such that the Playmobil team who came to set up the display placed the spaceship inside the store rather than in the window, with Mr. Spock ready for selfies.
Mr Osborne added: “Star Trek is still on TV 50 years after it first aired. William Shatner has just gone into space – there is a real appetite for Star Trek.
“This is a very special toy and should be a real hit with Star Trek fans.”
Visitors are welcome to view the model at Osborne at 116-118a High Street, Rushden during opening hours. Click here for more information. Visitors will be able to see the model in-store for the next two weeks.