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Mattel celebrates Star Trek’s 50th with Barbies

Mattel wants Star Trek fans to live long and prosper as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original series. To do their part, the company just revealed three new Barbies based on the Gene Roddenberry series: Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Uhura.

While the likenesses lean a bit more towards the doll side of things instead of looking exactly like William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Nichelle Nichols, the end results do sport screen-accurate uniforms including the Starfleet insignia.

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Also note that the Spock doll offers the Vulcan “live long and prosper” salute and also comes with a communicator while Uhura sports her own gear. Each piece costs $34.95 and can be pre-ordered right now.

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If you’re looking for a far more immersive way to ring in Trek’s half-century mark, you might want to look into making your way to Vegas on August 3-7 for the 15th Annual Creation Entertainment Star Trek Convention. The event is currently sold out, but that doesn’t mean tickets can’t be scrounged up one way or another. If you are going, you can meet Shatner and Nichols who inspired the above Barbies as well as Whoopie Goldberg, Scott Bakula, Jeri Ryan, Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, Kirstie Alley, Walter Koenig, and plenty of others from throughout the franchise’s long history.

Of course, this year will also feature the latest installment in the current film series: Star Trek Beyond. Directed by Justin Lin of Fast & Furious fame, the new entry opens on July 22 and pits the crew of the USS Enterprise against a new enemy known as Krall played by Idris Elba.

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