It seems like years ago that Playmates was successfully producing their
Star Trek figures. Actually, it was. So why review figures
that are this old? One word - clearance.
These are the
limited edition (5000 produced) of the Captain Kirk and Mister Spock
figures from the episode 'Amok Time'. Originally, these sold for $30
- or was it $40? At that price, Playmates was sticking it to the
But now, long after the license is history, these are being
clearanced at www.kbkids.com. For
$9.99 each you can have these, or one of several other 9" Trek
Packaging - **1/2
The boxes weren't bad. Yes, you can't remove the figure without
destroying them, but they colors were bright, the boxes withstood shelf
wear well, and the figures display well in the boxes.
When this 9" body was first produced, they weren't too bad compared
to the rest of the industry. With neck, ball jointed shoulders, elbows,
knees, and hips, they were certainly better than the competition.
Unfortunately, the competition passed them up and they never
reacted. I can live without ankles, but waist and wrist is an
Uniform - ***
Both figures where the same uniforms that were used numerous times.
Spock has the addition of the sash from the episode, and Kirk's shirt is
cut as it was by Spock during the battle. The red cut is also
present on his chest.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The strength of the 9" line was the terrific sculpts. Both of
these likeness's are excellent - unfortunately, Kirk's is hurt somewhat by
the heavy color on the lips.
Both of these figures, like all of the 9" Trek figures, come with
basic stands. They also both come with a Lirpa, the first and most
famous dueling weapon used by Kirk and Spock in the battle with each
Kirk also comes with the hypodermic that McCoy used to inject the
drug that made the Vulcans believe him to be dead. Spock comes with
his Vulcan harp, which he played during the episode, and his bowl of soup,
which he threw at Nurse Chapel at the very beginning of the show.
is an excellent example of appropriate accessories - these were things
actually used in this particular episode.
Value - ****
For those of us who bought these the first time at three or four times
this price, we were burned. We knew we were, of course, but we took
what we could get. Now, at $9.99, these guys are a steal.
Overall - ***
These figures are a great value, and the sculpting and accessories
wonderful. The big negatives are the lack of wrist, ankle and waist
joints, and that makes it tough to get good poses. I've put a couple
pictures below that reinact a couple moments from the battle, but for the
most part the figures can't even hold the Lirpa's properly. Without
the wrist articulation, they can't hold the weapon in both hands.
But if the wrists had been articulated, these figures would have been near