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

To Boldly Go

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 Space.com. “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 SPACE.com. “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)

Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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