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Star Trek Captains Kirk & Picard To Travel In Space, For Real, As Action Figures

Captain Kirk and Captain Picard have shared screen-time before in the beloved Star Trek franchise but now they’ll travel to space together in real life. No, actors William Shatner and Sir Patrick Stewart won’t be boarding a space craft, their action figures will. 

Using a high-altitude balloon, a group of Trekkers will launch not just James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard into space (or near-space anyway) but several other Star Trek cast members in their action figure form.

“Picard and Kirk are the greatest starship captains ever to exist and they’ve never been to space in reality, so I think it’s about time we bring them there,” said Logan Kugler. The space enthusiast launched a Kickstarter campaign to make his dream come true.

“Kugler and his collaborators raised $6,193 through Kickstarter. They plan to use the money to loft six action figures, two starship models and five cameras to about 120,000 feet (37,000 meters) inside a balloon lifting off from Champaign, Ill,” writes “The team is using a pure latex Kaymont balloon to make the roughly three-hour flight to the edge of space and back.”

Commander William Riker and Data will join Kirk and Picard for the ride but Kugler has also decided to include custom-made action figures of modern Star Trek lore,  J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci.

“I’m a huge Star Trek fan, of course; I’ve seen almost 500 episodes, every movie,” Kugler told “I personally believe at some point in the future the world we see in Star Trek is going to become a reality and every step closer we get to that is very interesting and fun. This is an insignificant step, it’s just fun, but it’s that symbolic representation.”

The flight was to take place this past Saturday but so far their adventures have not made it online.

(via Live Science, image via Dork Dimension)

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  • barbara trumpinski-roberts

    Gotta love it…Go Illini!

  • Anonymous

    I gotta try that myself.  Designing  and launching a balloon with cameras and stuff on board…  Looks like it could be educational!

  • Brandt Hardin

    The long-enduring debate of which Enterprise Captain would
    win in every fan’s epic showdown has spilled over with guts and gore.  See the battle of the Zombie Captains as Kirk
    and Picard go head to head on the Zombie Walk of Fame at

  • Anonymous

    Why is Picard carrying a light saber?

  • T. Z. D. Addington

    This is awesome, but they’re forgetting Captain Sisko!