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The first ever Star Trek Action Figures were produced by Mego starting in 1975. The figures were eight inches tall and fully articulated with cloth replica uniforms and miniature accessories. Most of the "Megos" were good likenesses of the characters, while others were obvious "rush jobs" or resculpts of other figures in the Mego line.

In total, fourteen figures, in three "waves" of figures, were eventually released by Mego between 1975 and 1978. The second and third "Aliens" Waves are the hardest to find, with the Romulan and Andorian from Wave Three considered the rarest of all.

NOTE: UK toy company Palitoy was the exclusive UK distributor of the Mego Star Trek figures and accessories.

Wave One Figures

This wave originally consisted of these five figures:

Later, as part of the same set, Mego added:

NOTES: The accessories for the Enterprise crew were molded in blue plastic; the Klingon's accessories were made of red plastic. All the belts were made of black plastic. Additionally, Palitoy never released the Uhura figure in the UK.

Wave Two Figures ("Star Trek Aliens")

  • Neptunian (lizard-like aquatic alien with scales and webbed wings; never appeared in Star Trek; no accessories)
  • The Keeper (actually more styled after Balok's "puppet" in a white robe; no accessories)
  • The Gorn (in fact, a brown re-cast of the Marvel Heroes' LIZARD figure head on a Klingon figure body; with black plastic belt and phaser and communicator in red plastic, same as the Klingon figure)
  • Cheron (presumably styled after Bele; entire body and costume is half-black/half-white; no accessories)

Wave Three Figures ("Star Trek Aliens")

  • The Romulan (with gold "vac-metal" helmet, black belt, and "Klingon red" phaser and communicator)
  • "Talos" (Talosian in yellow jumpsuit with black collar and orange boots; no accessories)
  • Andorian (in standard Andorian outfit as seen in "Journey to Babel"; no accessories)
  • Mugato (for some reason, CLOTHED in green top - which may have faded to yellow - with black belt and red pants; no accessories)
NOTE: The Wave Two figures were also re-released as part of Wave Three.

Figure Playsets and Accessories

In addition, several playsets and accessories were produced for the figures:

  • U.S.S. Enterprise Action Playset (a mock-up of the Enterprise bridge with Captain's Chair, Navigational Console, two "Crew Seat" stools and "spinning" Transporter; doubled as storage case for figures]
  • U.S.S. Enterprise Action Gift Set (essentially, the above playset with the original five "Wave One" figures [no Uhura])
  • Mission To Gamma VI (the rarest of the playsets; recreation of Vaal from "The Apple"; came with four generic alien figures)
  • Telescreen Console (actually, a tabletop game that doubled as an "add-on" piece for the Action Playset; game screen with Captain's Chair and Control Lever)
NOTE: Palitoy also marketed the Transporter unit from the Action Playset as a single piece boxed accessory, and a modified version as a TARDIS for its DOCTOR WHO figures.

Find more information at The Action Figure Archive

The Action Figure Archive: Playmates: Star Trek

The Action Figure Archive: Mego: Star Trek

The Action Figure Archive: Mego: Star Trek Aliens

The Action Figure Archive: Mego: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The Action Figure Archive: Galoob: Star Trek V The Final Frontier

The Action Figure Archive: Galoob: Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Action Figure Archive: ERTL: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

The Action Figure Archive: Sideshow: Star Trek

The Action Figure Archive: Art Asylum: Star Trek

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