STAR TREK (ART ASYLUM)
For an alien that only actually shows up one time in all of The Original Series, the Gorn sure does get a fair bit of toy love. Every manufacturer to hold the classic Trek license has given us at least one of this guy. And can you blame them? Just look at him. Isn’t he super awesome? Well, I sure think so. Among the toy love he has received was a figure during the Art Asylum/Diamond Select years, which gave us some of the most accurate and well-crafted figures that Trek has ever seen. I’ll be looking at that particular figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Gorn was released in 2002, in the third series of Art Asylum’s Star Trek: The Original Series line, as part of an alien-heavy assortment, which also included a slightly worse for wear Kirk variant, which paired off nicely with this figure. The Kirk and Gorn were re-released in 2010 in two-pack form, as part of the “Dilithium Collection,” but the Gorn seen here is the original release. The figure stands 8 inches tall and has 18 points of articulation. The Gorn sported an all-new, totally unique sculpt. It takes the design of the character as seen in “Arena” and idealizes things just a little bit, with the end result being a figure that keeps all of the important details you remember, while avoiding so costume accurate as to look goofy and fake. He’s a large, hulking figure, with an impressive stature, and he’s packed with tons of detail all throughout. The head is by far my favorite piece of the figure. It’s sharply defined, and captures that sort of sneering menace of the character from the episode. The cross-hatch pattern on the eyes is well-scaled to the rest of the head (earlier figures have been known to make it too large), and he’s just got a great likeness of the mask from the show. The rest of the body is pretty strong in its own right, with the texturing of the skin continuing all throughout. The garment he wears is slightly cleaner and smoother, but still has enough detail to keep it from looking jarring when placed next to the very detailed body. There’s some slight mixed-media going on, with a rubbery material being used for the skirt piece. It’s surprisingly thin and malleable, which is always a little concerning in regards to long-term integrity, but it seems to have held up in the 15 years since his release. Gorn’s paintwork is actually some of the nicest that the line had to offer. The base work is clean, and he’s got some very subtle, very well-applied accenting. Definitely a very life-like appearance. The Gorn was packed with the typical Gorn accessories, a spike and a translator, as well as the typical AA Trek accessory, a weird plastic coin.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Gorn is a figure I’ve wanted for quite some time. In general, AA’s Classic Trek line was never easy to find at retail, and this set in particular was a fan-favorite. I’d only seen this Gorn in person a few times, and he was always rather pricey. I finally found him at Factory Antiques (the largest antique mall in the country!…or at least that’s what all the signs say), loose, and for a price I was willing to pay. He’s a very nice figure, and perhaps the finest Gorn figure ever released. Personally, I think he’s the best figure to come out of the AA Trek run, but I may be slightly biased. Whatever the case, I’m just really happy to finally have him in my collection.