ERTL Star Trek 3 Klingon Prototype Found!

ERTL Star Trek 3 Klingon Prototype Found!

I’ve talked about the ERTL Star Trek 3 figures before and I especially love this press photo of the handmade mockups. While the Kirk, Spock and Scottie are obviously repainted Mego The Motion Picture figures, I always wondered what the Klingon figure was. 

Well, today I got that answer, more after the jump:

Recently I got an email from a collector named Nick, who bought a large collection, well I’ll let him explain.

“I acquired this via an extremely large carded Star Wars collection and it was randomly in there. I admittingly know very little about Star Trek toys but I could tell it was a Klingon of some sort. The guy I bought the collection from was selling it for a friend of his who has dementia and needed money for hospital bills. 

The collection of Star Wars figures I noticed were clearly accumulated during the 80s by this one collector because almost all of them had price stickers from a department store called “Long’s.” So it wasn’t a pieced together collection…he was buying them as they were coming out in the 80s. After some research, I found out that the department store chain was located in Iowa. 

So, when I finally got around to figuring out what the Klingon figure was I was perplexed. I couldn’t find anything online about it. Luckily I have some friends who could help. They pointed out that it looked like a mock-up for the ERTL line from the 80s. Then bam, I came across the photo on your site of the vintage ToyFair pic. Ans then read ERTL was based in Iowa. And then when I saw the glue on the feet, it pretty much sealed the deal. I knew it was that exact figure. 

I’m trying to gather more information from the person I bought it from but so far it’s a roadblock. But somehow this collector got his hands on it in Iowa in the 1980s (likely). “

There is the glue that is so prominent in the black and white shot in the picture.

You can totally see the Kenner roots of this mock up, pretty sure those are biker scout legs.

Thanks to Nick for sharing this awesome find.

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About The Author

AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Trilkhai on November 30, 2018

    There must be two stores called "Longs" — the one I know of was also known as "Long's Drugs, a drugstore chain that was popular with suburban kids in the 1940s-1990s who wanted to bike/walk somewhere without their parents in order to spend their pocket money on candy, card-rack type toys, magazines, and so forth.

  • Gamera977 on November 30, 2018

    Great find! I love seeing stuff like this turn up.

  • Therin of Andor on November 30, 2018

    I love this image of the ERTL prototypes, which I remember seeing in glorious b/w in the old "Star Tech" catalogue. Very obvious collie dog stand-in.

  • Dantheman on December 1, 2018

    If I didn't know any better, I'd say the head was a Kenner Weequay with sculpted hair and goatee, but that's just my opinion.

  • Anonymous on December 1, 2018

    That certainly looks like a Kenner Weequay torso.

  • Olga Rose on December 1, 2018

    Yep, the Klingon mock up looks like one of the Jabba goons. Weequay maybe. In fact, I think I used Weequay as a klingon stand in during 1980s playtime.

  • Anonymous on December 3, 2018
  • andy on December 17, 2018

    Interestingly he was contacted by the same collector and now has the full set of prototypes and some ships. Really cool find.

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