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Old October 24 2012, 11:49 PM   #16
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Re: The Micro Machine sets

Still proudly display my micromachine fleet!

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Old October 25 2012, 03:37 AM   #17
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Nice. Still got mine too. I loop string around them and hang them on the christmas tree.

Kind of which they had created the following ships:

Klingon STI Battle cruiser and Kronos I from STVI

Saladin destroyer and Federation Dreadnought from TOS ( I know the cannon is questionable but why not give the nod to Joseph.)

A pack of the original 13 Constitution class star ships would have been pretty sweet too.
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Old October 25 2012, 07:00 AM   #18
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Still proudly display my micromachine fleet!

Think you can show some close-ups of some of the ones from Set III? I'm espeically curious about the Big "E", Voyager, and the Saratoga.

Plus I'm curious how the HMS Bounty stacks up with the regular Bird of Prey.

Looking at this collection, I'm suddenly reminded that for the initial 3-packs they came out with (1 TOS, 1 Movie, 1 TNG), the TNG came out with the Borg Cube, the Warbird, and the Vor'Cha before the Enterprise-D, which wouldn't come out until the second batch of 3 packs. What was up with THAT??? Could they not get licensing rights for it at first? Did they really think kids wanted to play with a Borg Cube before the "D"?

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Nice. Still got mine too. I loop string around them and hang them on the christmas tree.

Kind of which they had created the following ships:

Klingon STI Battle cruiser and Kronos I from STVI

Saladin destroyer and Federation Dreadnought from TOS ( I know the cannon is questionable but why not give the nod to Joseph.)

A pack of the original 13 Constitution class star ships would have been pretty sweet too.
Those are some long shots, especially the non-canon stuff.

The movie Klingon battle cruiser might've looked too close to the OS cruiser to bother
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Old October 25 2012, 02:05 PM   #19
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Looking at this collection, I'm suddenly reminded that for the initial 3-packs they came out with (1 TOS, 1 Movie, 1 TNG), the TNG came out with the Borg Cube, the Warbird, and the Vor'Cha before the Enterprise-D, which wouldn't come out until the second batch of 3 packs. What was up with THAT??? Could they not get licensing rights for it at first? Did they really think kids wanted to play with a Borg Cube before the "D"?
I think they were just trying for some variety. As I recall, the first wave of TOS ships was the Enterprise, Romulan BoP and Klingon D-7. The first movie wave was the Reliant, Excelsior and Klingon BoP. At this point, we have three Starfleet ships, and two Klingons. It was probably felt that for TNG rather than include a fourth Starfleet ship a third Klingon and second Romulan, best to give Trek's primary races some more repersentation. And the Borg were a big deal back then, so they were obviously considered worthy of the first wave.

Also worth mentioning, when Playmates did their toys of the ships, their first wave of that was just the Romulan warbird, Klingon Vor'cha, and Starfleet shuttlecraft. The Enterprise D was in the second wave.

The movie Klingon battle cruiser might've looked too close to the OS cruiser to bother
Not really an excuse, considering how many ships of the same class they had like the Reliant and Saratoga, Excelsior and Enterprise B, the Enterprise D and its three-nacelled variant from AGT, a Klingon BoP and an HMS Bounty variant, and hell looking over that picture they seem to have released two different Borg cubes. Now sure in the case of the first three there were design differences, and one Borg cube is a lighter shade than the other, but with ships that similar released, they could have done the K't'inga.
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Old October 25 2012, 03:37 PM   #20
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Re: The Micro Machine sets

Hmm... not the clearest picture, but this ought to make some of you cringe.


That's my 4 year old playing with my Star Trek and Star Wars Micromachines. I believe I have all but the 3rd large set in there, with several duplicates. Oddly enough, after going through myself and 3 kids, the only real damage is one of the Reliants had the entire rollbar/nacelle assembly come off, which is a real pain to try and put back on. I did remove just a couple that were my favorites, though.

I doubt we'll ever get another series like this, so I'm wondering, with all the 3D printing options available now, has anyone looked into getting some models made at about this scale?
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Old October 25 2012, 04:25 PM   #21
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I'm sure I'm not the only one here with fond memories of these little guys. To this day, I'll occasionally take a gander at that third set I was never able to acquire on eBay, invariably going for two or three Benjamins.

One thing I've always wondered is who exactly was in charge of picking which ships they'd make a toy out of?
Paula Block, head of Trek licensing back then would be your best bet for an answer as to 'who' at Galoob chose the ships, or 'who' at Paramount provided them with the designs to model the ships from. Maybe Rick Sternbach or Mike Okuda or Doug Drexler may know on the Paramount side as well. I can't think of anyone else who would have access to the designs of all the ships from that era.

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Old October 25 2012, 05:28 PM   #22
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t_smitts wrote: View Post
KirkPicard wrote: View Post
Still proudly display my micromachine fleet!

Think you can show some close-ups of some of the ones from Set III? I'm espeically curious about the Big "E", Voyager, and the Saratoga.

Plus I'm curious how the HMS Bounty stacks up with the regular Bird of Prey.

Looking at this collection, I'm suddenly reminded that for the initial 3-packs they came out with (1 TOS, 1 Movie, 1 TNG), the TNG came out with the Borg Cube, the Warbird, and the Vor'Cha before the Enterprise-D, which wouldn't come out until the second batch of 3 packs. What was up with THAT??? Could they not get licensing rights for it at first? Did they really think kids wanted to play with a Borg Cube before the "D"?

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Nice. Still got mine too. I loop string around them and hang them on the christmas tree.

Kind of which they had created the following ships:

Klingon STI Battle cruiser and Kronos I from STVI

Saladin destroyer and Federation Dreadnought from TOS ( I know the cannon is questionable but why not give the nod to Joseph.)

A pack of the original 13 Constitution class star ships would have been pretty sweet too.
Those are some long shots, especially the non-canon stuff.

The movie Klingon battle cruiser might've looked too close to the OS cruiser to bother
Well then again the Entente is mention by name is STI so the Federation class is kind of cannon. I mean they did not refer to the class of ship but the Starfleet tech manual lists that ship as a dreadnought. Hell Paramount owns the rights to them all so why not capitalize on them since they are beloved among the TOS fans?
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Old October 25 2012, 06:22 PM   #23
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That's my 4 year old playing with my Star Trek and Star Wars Micromachines. I believe I have all but the 3rd large set in there, with several duplicates. Oddly enough, after going through myself and 3 kids, the only real damage is one of the Reliants had the entire rollbar/nacelle assembly come off, which is a real pain to try and put back on. I did remove just a couple that were my favorites, though.

I doubt we'll ever get another series like this, so I'm wondering, with all the 3D printing options available now, has anyone looked into getting some models made at about this scale?
Cutting it kinda close with the minimum age limit, but I guess if he's supervised, it's okay.

There have been some some other really good sets. Runner up would probably be the the Johnny Lightning series. I have a few of those too and they look really good (though, sadly, I accidentally broke a nacelle off my Voyager )

They too made some puzzling choices: The main one is that the ONLY ship from DS9 is the Miranda class Majestic, which which saw for about seven seconds, before being blown in half. No station, no runabout, no Defiant, no Cardassian or Dominion ships. That's the only one from the show. No idea how that happened.

Interestingly, besides doing a "D", they also made a Yamato, which I snapped up on eBay, when I saw it (no saucer separation, in case you're wondering). I would've thought if they do any other Galaxy besides the "D", it would be the Odyssey. I guess not.

Unlike the MM set, this one was recent enough to get some "Enterprise" ships. Actually, it's just the NX-01, but they did make a few versions of it: The normal version, the "battle damaged" version from the third season (they insisted on making "battle damaged" versions of nearly every ship they made), and the mirror universe version. (I have the latter two).

Interestingly, they also made a Constitution class Defiant and Excalibur. I read there were plans for a Constellation as well (One of the few times, if you ask me, when making those stupid "battle damaged" versions would actually be worthwhile)

The Furuta set in Japan looks really good too. (I'd REALLY like the Equinox and Prometheus).

According to Memory Alpha, Hot Wheels has an ongoing set out now that looks pretty good as well.
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Old October 25 2012, 06:39 PM   #24
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Look for the Hallmark mini-Defiant (it was part of a 3 set but I don't remember which other ships it came with.)
The mini-Defiant was grouped together with a mini-Voyager and mini-Enterprise-E. There was also an earlier trio that included a miniature TOS Enterprise, the Enterprise-D, and a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. All six can be hung from regular hooks, or from the hooks on the upper pylons and docking ring of the DS9 ornament.
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Old October 25 2012, 08:32 PM   #25
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Still got all mine as well was a avid collector of these MM !!!! Still got them on show in my Star Trek spare room !!! I think MM at the time was at its highest popularity if I can remember they also did Star Wars sets as well.??
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Old October 26 2012, 07:20 AM   #26
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Still got all mine as well was a avid collector of these MM !!!! Still got them on show in my Star Trek spare room !!! I think MM at the time was at its highest popularity if I can remember they also did Star Wars sets as well.??
Yeah, they came out with a really nice 19 piece set for that as well.

I believe they came out with an even larger set that had all these and more.

They also came out with some 3 packs for Babylon 5, but I don't think they came out with a large set.
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Old October 26 2012, 07:55 AM   #27
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KirkPicard, I am jealous of that awesome collection!!!
I opted to try and collect most of the Futura series. They are of excellent quality. They are a bit overpriced, though.

One thing that disappoints about the Micro Machines series is that some of the ships were horribly warped, and they came that way out of the box. I have a couple of Klingon birds of prey with super warped wing tips.
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Old October 26 2012, 06:40 PM   #28
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KirkPicard, I am jealous of that awesome collection!!!
I opted to try and collect most of the Futura series. They are of excellent quality. They are a bit overpriced, though.

One thing that disappoints about the Micro Machines series is that some of the ships were horribly warped, and they came that way out of the box. I have a couple of Klingon birds of prey with super warped wing tips.
Yeah, I had an X-Wing, whose lasers were like that. Also the nacelles on the "future" Enterprise-D are kind of warped (no pun intended).

I actually just casually put a small bid on Set II on eBay, not really caring, and not assuming I'd win, however I did. Oh well. When it gets here, we'll see if that version's any better. (If I see another Set I or Star Wars set that's not too pricey, I might bid on that too, seeing as so many of mine are broken).

Still want that Set III, though. In fact, I think this thread's making me want it more!
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Old October 31 2012, 02:44 AM   #29
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i have multiples of just about every star trek mm ever made brought them so i could use them for miniature war gaming.
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Old October 31 2012, 07:08 AM   #30
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i have multiples of just about every star trek mm ever made brought them so i could use them for miniature war gaming.
Does that include the ones in the elusive third set, or the even more elusive three that were never in any set (Kazon torpedo, Caretaker's array, Sisko's solar sailing ship)?
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