CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK & MR. SPOCK – DRESS UNIFORM
STAR TREK (PLAYMATES)
“Teamwork has always been an important aspect of Federation policy. In that tradition, collected here together, for the first time ever, are the finest examples of Starfleet collaboration.”
There’s a new Star Trek show running. It’s getting a lot of praise, which I suppose is good. Personally? I couldn’t get into it. It contributes to this long-running theory I have about how I’m not a real Trek fan because I like the wrong half of the franchise. I like TOS and four of it’s associated movies (I, II, II, and VI, if you’re curious), and I actually don’t mind Enterprise (though I acknowledge its flaws). Next Gen mostly puts me to sleep (though First Contact is one of my favorite movies ever), I couldn’t make it through more than the first hour of Voyager, and I tapped out of DS9 about 20 minutes in. And worst of all? I enjoyed all of the JJ Abrams-reboot Trek films. That’s points for disqualification alone, right? Anyway, to remind myself that I actually *do* like some Star Trek, I’ve been watching through TOS, which is the show I’ll be focusing on today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Kirk and Spock were released by Playmates in 1994, as part of their over-arching Star Trek line. They were part of the “Starfleet Officers Collectors Set,” which offered the captains and first officers from the three Trek shows in existence at the time. As noted above, I don’t have much attachment to Next Gen or DS9, so all I have are these two.
CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK
Kirk was absolutely no stranger to Playmates’ Trek line, but this figure was, at the very least, a valid variant of the character. Kirk is seen here in his dress uniform from the show, as seen in episodes such as “Court Martial” and “The Menagerie.” The captain’s dress uniform was actually a bit further removed from the others, since it dispensed with the usual yellow tunic color and instead went with green, similar to his casual attire. The figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and he has 12 points of articulation. Once again, we’ve got those goofy, essentially useless v-hips, but it’s not like they were ever going to change. Structurally, this Kirk is very similar to the standard Kirk from the Bridge Set. The head and legs are the same pieces, which is good from a consistency stand point, I guess. Still not the best likeness of Shatner, but it could be worse. The torso and arms are new, and do a nice job of capturing his slightly more ornate dress design. The paint on this figure is fairly decent. The colors match alright with the show, and the application is all pretty clean. He’s not quite as glossy as the standard Kirk either, which certainly helps him look a bit more lifelike. Kirk was packed with a phaser and communicator, which mine doesn’t have. It’s just as well, since he wasn’t exactly going on missions dressed like this.
What good is Kirk without Spock, right? Spock was also no stranger to Playmates’ line, second only to his captain in that respect. Like Kirk, this figure is sporting his dress uniform, which is slightly less distinctively different from his standard look. Nevertheless, it’s a fairly prominent look for Spock, especially since it’s what he’s wearing during most of the “present day” sequences in “The Menagerie.” He’s the same basic height as Kirk (a touch taller), and has the same articulation scheme. It’s not amazing, but it works. Like Kirk, Spock gets the same head and legs as his Bridge Crew counterpart, which is reasonable. The torso and arms are new again, and are unique from the ones used on Kirk. The details match up pretty well with Kirk’s, but he’s got the same build as the prior Spock. He loses the unique Vulcan salute hand, which is a bit of a letdown, but not the worst thing ever. Spock’s paint is okay; there’s a little more slop here than I’ve seen on other Playmates Trek offerings, but it’s also a bit flatter, which I quite like. It really helps the likeness on the head, and makes it a little sad that we didn’t see more of these guys with this finish. It might have really aided the sculpts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My Dad had a fairly complete set of TOS figures from Playmates back in the day, but never got these two, largely due to the fact that they were only available as part of the larger set. I found them over the summer, in a bin of loose figures at Lost In Time Toys. They’re not essential figures, but they’re solid offerings, and a nice addition to the overall collection. Now I need a McCoy to go with them.