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Poll: Expanding DST's Star Trek licence (32 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you want to see DST get a licence to cover both the JJ Abrams movies and the new 2017 TV series?

  1. Yes absolutely I'd love to see DST produce product for both as well as the older shows and films! (13 votes [39.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.39%

  2. No, some other toy company needs to take on Trek. (11 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  3. Yes but just product based on the JJ Abrams movies as well as their already established TOS - ENT era product (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Yes but just product based on the new TV series as well as their already established TOS - ENT line (2 votes [6.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.06%

  5. No but continue with the TOS - ENT era of the Star Trek franchise. (7 votes [21.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.21%

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#241 Alteran195

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:15 PM

DST doesn't usually put stuff up until they have a working prototype.

It isn't terribly surprising the Reliant or Phaser aren't up for preorder.

#242 Ensign Ricky

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:46 PM

Picard: "Report."

 

http://trekmovie.com...more-new-merch/



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 03:35 AM

 

Chuck also revealed that DST “have not planned our role play items beyond the TNG phaser.” He also noted that it is “unlikely” they will re-issue their Star Trek: Enterprise Phase Pistol and Communicator set, and it is unlikely their next Star Trek vehicle ship toy will be the USS Voyager.

 

As a fan of Trek Tek its a bit disappointing to think that they may not produce any more items... but not expected... the TOS Phaser / Communicator have to be the best seller, and I can see keeping that in stock. 

I actually have a Roddenberry Phase Pistol Kit I need to finish. The DST version, fun as it is...  was undersize... I think its about 3/4 scale. I'd actually like to see Roddenberry come back with its kits.... which is probably a better niche market for Trek Tek like items.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:25 PM

I wish DST would re-release their stuff during these long product hiatuses. Waiting for the next release is agonizing, and there are some things that I did not get that I would like to get now.

 

And I also agree, if they are not even going to bother and put in effort into Trek, then I would rather they sell Art Asylum to someone who cares, or they split up into different companies like before. A relationship can only go so far before one realizes it's just not working out. I'm sure Art Asylum would love to devote their existence to making Trek toys.   



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:43 AM

I wish DST would re-release their stuff during these long product hiatuses. Waiting for the next release is agonizing, and there are some things that I did not get that I would like to get now.
 
And I also agree, if they are not even going to bother and put in effort into Trek, then I would rather they sell Art Asylum to someone who cares, or they split up into different companies like before. A relationship can only go so far before one realizes it's just not working out. I'm sure Art Asylum would love to devote their existence to making Trek toys.   


Art Asylum are DST I'm afraid. The reason they keep the AA logo on their boxes and have their own dedicated AA website was to continue on the legacy created by Digger. But separating Art Asylum would be effectively dismantling DST.

No I think if CBS aren't interested in expanding DST's range of product they can do then this line has and expiration date because there's only so many things left for DST to really do with the line that would make sense;

After the Reliant and Borg select, there's perhaps a handful of ships there to be done and a number of selects they could do that would sell - ultimately though I think if DST don't get the licence to do Discovery toys, we'll probably see them drop Star Trek once their contract is up. If you're not being given the opportunity to develop product on the current TV show, especially when you've had the Star Trek licence longer than anyone else, where do you feasibly take your line?

CBS are undoubtedly going to push Discovery merchandise over merchandise from the older shows either before or after they've seen how popular Discovery turns out to be so to not give DST a licence would be a pretty big vote of no confidence in DST.

I really do have a feeling that if CBS don't give DST the licence to do Discovery, it's over in terms of Star Trek from DST. The Reliant and Borg drone select will be it.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:31 AM

I don't think Art Asylum is really anything separate from DST at this point. As I recall, DST purchased them, and has pretty much branded its in house design team as Art Asylum, but I don't think its really a sub-division that they could spin off anymore.

 

AA really went bankrupt when it expanded into trying to reach into retail... and basically they are once again a design house and the design branch of DST. 

 

I don't even know if they do projects external to DST... but even if they did, they would only do the design anymore because doubt they would have the resources people and resources to take a product all the way to the retail floor anymore. 



#247 Alteran195

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:23 AM

I wouldn't necessarily say they don't put effort into Trek, the products they make are usually pretty great. 

 

The issue is that Trek probably isn't selling very well, so they aren't focusing the same amount of resources to it as they used to. 

 

I do agree that they should try to re-release older products more frequently during the development cycle of their new stuff, especially the older role play items. 






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