STAR TREK (MEGO)
For day three of my Post-Christmas reviews, I’m turning to a license that I don’t often review for this particular segment, Star Trek. I am at best a moderate Trek fan, so toys and such from the franchise tend to not be the sorts of things I ask for around the holidays. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, but they just don’t usually excite me all that much. There’s one notable exception, though; one character that I’m always all about. That’s the Gorn captain. Appearing in only one episode of the original series (“Arena”), the Gorn is nevertheless my favorite thing in Star Trek, and I’ve got just about all of the action figures of the character there are. One that I don’t have is the original Mego Gorn. While the main crew figures were quite faithful to the show, the aliens were a fair bit less so. Though hardly the worst offering of the assortment, the original Mego Gorn was still pretty far off the mark from his TV-counterpart, being nothing more than the head of Spider-Man foe the Lizard on the body of a Klingon. It resulted in a rather dopey looking figure. I still very much want one, but that’s not the point. The point this time around is centered on the various ReMego stuff from a few years ago, which led to a lot of the Trek figures getting reissued. The Gorn, however, got a new figure instead, this time more faithful to the show. And, now that Trek is once again an official Mego license, there’s yet another stab at the Gorn.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Gorn is from the fourth Star Trek assortment under the new Mego heading. They’re no longer a Target exclusive, nor are they all lumped into one common assortment. That being said, some of them are still showing up at Target, depending on what those Targets opt to stock in their collectibles section, so your mileage may vary. The figure stands 8 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation (due to the lower legs being all one solid piece). The Gorn is built on the Type-2 male body and sports a non-standard head and lower legs, both of which are re-used on this figure from the DST Mego-style Gorn from 2010. Given they were designed by the same team that is working on the current Mego’s, that’s really not much of a surprise. They’re a far more accurate recreation of the show design than the classic Mego, while still ever so slightly tweaking the designs to make them work with the rest of the line. Unlike the DST version, which had a much brighter palette, this figure’s color scheme is far more in line with the actual colors on the show, making for a more subdued look. It ends up looking a bit better in my eyes, but I can certainly accept the validity of both versions. As far as the actual paint, this one’s a bit of a step up, with far more detailing on the head, and even some slight accenting. He’s also got glow in the dark eyes…for those that feel he should, I suppose. The new Gorn costume isn’t terribly far removed from the DST version, but it’s definitely a little better tailored to the figure, especially on the arm bands, which are properly hemmed this time around. The Gorn also gets some armament this time: he’s got a belt, phaser, and communicator. They’re the standard Starfleet pieces, but in red, just like the original Gorn (and the Klingon before him) included.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I already had the DST Gorn, and therefore didn’t feel an immediate need for another Mego variant, I have to admit I liked the improvements this guy offered. Maybe not enough to order him online myself or anything, and odds of seeing him in-person were greatly reduced, so I honestly wasn’t sure I’d get one. A week before Christmas, my dad made a passing mention of seeing Gorn and the rest of the series at a Target of all places, and wouldn’t you know it, this guy was under the tree on Christmas morning. The improvements on this guy are definitely worth it, and I’m always down for another Gorn. Now I feel the need to own the proper vintage release. Great.