In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Captain Kirk battled against Klingon Commander, Klaa. Now you could battle against Claw!
The Toy Factory, a company that produces plush prizes in claw vending machines, has produced a new line of licensed Star Trek teddy bears for 2011.
Fans with steady nerves and a few extra quarters could try and use a claw to get one of six different bears at select local vending machines. Each bear is approximately 12″ tall and each features a face customized to represent a character.
There are two Captain Kirk versions (yellow command shirt and green command shirt), a McCoy bear (featuring his unique short sleeve shirt), Spock (with, of course, customized ears and eyebrows), Scotty, and a Klingon bear. The company promises more in the line.
Star Trek teddy bears have been produced by a number of companies during the years, including by the venerable Vermont Teddy Bear company. These new Toy Factory teddy bears are among the nicest and most fun in their Star Trek design elements.
For more information, visit The Toy Factory online.
Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on Star Trek’s history, and have been invited to present at venues such as Creation Conventions, ReedPOP’s official Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention, the St. Louis Science Center, and to the towns of Riverside, Iowa (future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk) and Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. They have appeared in episodes of the Netflix TV show “The Toys that Made Us” and in the Decades Network documentary “Through the Decades: Star Wars 40th Anniversary.” They’ve written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their research has been featured on BBC Radio, WGN News, CBS News, and in the USA Today and WIRED Magazine.