Last year, Playmobil locked its phasers on adult collectors with the release of its supersized U.S.S. Enterprise playset. For 2022, the company is looking to follow up on that truly impressive, obscenely priced, plaything with a worthy adversary — a brand new Klingon Bird-Of-Prey.
Based upon Commander Kruge’s vessel first seen in 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Playmobil’s new playset is slightly smaller than its predecessor and features battery-powered LED lighting and sound effects pulled straight from the movies. Fans can use the four coloured buttons on the ship’s hull to trigger the multiple sounds, including an ambient mode that can run for a total of two hours, a firing sequence, a variety of different Klingon phrases and the ever-popular warp mode. The ship also comes complete with a pair of disruptor cannons capable of firing tiny missiles and articulated wings that can be angled into three different positions for landing, flight, or attack.
Additionally, the Bird-Of-Prey features a bridge with a removable lid and a viewscreen capable of changing images with the aid of four swappable slides. According to Playmobil, changing these slides will activate a variety of corresponding lights and sound effect sequences for a truly authentic Star Trek feel. The bridge also features an adjustable seat and enough space for two figures.
And speaking of figures, the Bird-Of-Prey comes with a total of six stylized characters. These include Captain James T. Kirk, a young version of Spock, Christopher Lloyd’s Klingon Commander Kruge, Officer Maltz, Torg, and a very disposable Klingon gunner. Hey, don’t look at me like that! Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 1966, we all know how it works in the Final Frontier!
Multiple accessories are also tucked inside the box and include two swords, two communicators, a pistol, an electronics module, a pair of cuffs, trees, and numerous flame effects pieces.
Playmobil has also included a display base shaped like the Klingon Empire’s logo, which has been styled to look like the rocky surface of the Genesis planet seen in Star Trek III. A storage compartment within the base also allows fans to store the additional monitor slides when not in use. A harness and suspension chord are also included for those who would like to hang their model from the ceiling.
The Playmobil Star Trek Bird-Of-Prey is available for pre-order now through a number of different retailers ranging from Big Bad Toy Store to Entertainment Earth. Priced at $299.99 USD, it is considerably cheaper than the $499.99 USD Enterprise from last year and is certain to make a great addition to any Star Trek collection. Look for it to decloak in December!