These smaller figures are going
to run $6 - $7 each, depending on
the retailer, slightly cheaper than the current crop of Hasbro figures
in this same scale.
Packaging - ***
The packages are attractive, and have a good description of the other
figures in the series as well as the accessories. However, there's not
much personalization here, as the cardbackers are all identical, and
the only specific text is included on the small inserts on the bubble.
while the package is attractive, there's a bit more wasted space than
I'd like to see. Some of this is due to needing the same bubble to
handle all the various extra playset accessories (more on that in the
Accessory section), but a bit better design might have trimmed some of
the excess. Oh, and while they aren't truly collector friendly by my
definition, you can detach the sides by cutting the tape, cut the
bottom free, and remove the interior tray without pulling the bubble
entirely off the cardback. That means you could put it back together
for display in the package on the wall, for example, if that's how you
Sculpting - Nero, Old
Spock ***; Spock, Uhura **1/2; Kirk *
I haven't seen the film yet, so judging the likenesses has to happen by
comparing to stills, and there aren't a whole lot of them out there yet.
series has several major issues across the set. The male heroes have
square, flat, boxy torsos, with skinny arms and legs. This weird design
effects all the male figures, but it's most noticeable and ugly on
the figures are also very small. Yea, they are done
in 3 3/4" scale...but today's 3 3/4" scale is really more like 4".
These are exactly 3 3/4" tall, with skinny thin limbs and bodies,
making them look puny even next to Mattel's weak DC Infinite Heroes
line. It's not so much the height - I've included a shot with a
Stormtrooper that shows the height isn't as awful as you might think -
but the weird proportions make them far less substantial overall.
Sadly, the character I know
nothing about is my favorite of
these five. Nero has a very good head sculpt for the scale, and the
body hasn't gotten the goody appearance of the rest of the line. The
long coat covers up the oddly shaped torso, and there's some nice
texturing on the clothing.
The Old Spock is also pretty
good, with a reasonable head sculpt (although there's no way yet to be
sure it looks anything like this in the film), and another long cloak
to cover the oddly proportioned body.
Uhura has the most
potential, with a pretty head sculpt, and good torso. But she suffers
from similar proportion problems, with really skinny arms and oddly
shaped tubular legs.
Spock has the best head sculpt
of this set,
looking very much like Quinto's Spock. Unfortunately, from the neck
down, he has a truly ridiculous body. He also has a permanent tilt to
his head that the simple cut joint can't correct.
Kirk has that
same odd looking body, not just unheroic but inhuman. Worse, the head
sculpt is atrocious. He reminds me more of Miles O'Brien that James
Kirk. Well, if Miles O'Brien had pissed off a head shrinker - look at
that pinhead! I have a bad feeling about all the Kirk's no matter the
The hands on all the figures are
sculpted to hold the
accessories, and work pretty well. Both versions of Spock come with an
extra hand already in the 'live long and prosper' pose, but the
mold/sculpt on these is pretty rough.
Paint - Uhura, Nero
***; Spock, Old Spock **1/2; Kirk *1/2
The paint work isn't awful, but much of it is triple M - mass market
of the major body parts are cast in a base color with small details
added. These include eyes, eyebrows, insignia, and the tricorder, which
is not removable from the belts.
The best figure of the bunch is
Uhura. Considering the scale (let's remember these are less than 4"),
the small paint details are better than average.
The other figure
with decent paint work is Nero. Again, the new villain that I have no
real interest in (yet) is the one that looks the best. He sports some
funky face tattoos, and these are done very cleanly and evenly. There's
not much detail paint work on him other than the face, but they did do
that quite well.
The others have various paint
eyes, stray marks and sloppy insignia. Poor Kirk gets saddled with very
pink lips - pinker than the color used for Uhura!
area that's a consistent problem across the line is the hands. The
paint is gloppy and thick on all of them, except for Uhura since she
lacks painted skin there. However, they added painted nails, and didn't
do it particularly well.
Articulation - Kirk, Spock, Old
Spock, Nero **; Uhura *1/2
The figures all have very similar articulation, although it works a bit
better on some than others.
all have a simple cut neck, which doesn't allow for much posing. There
are pin/post ball jointed shoulders, jointed only at the torso. There's
no other arm articulation for Uhura, hence the lower score.
boys have pin/post elbows, as well as cut wrists. There's pin/post
knees and ankles on all the figures as well, which allow the joint to
turn, as well as move forward and back. Unfortunately, the design of
the elbows and knees doesn't allow for much forward and back movement.
They also all have a cut waist, although it doesn't do anything for any
of them, since the clothing hinders it.
leaves the hips. No
ball joints here, just the old style T joint. Again, the shirts and
coats interfere with the hips, not allowing any of the figures to sit
down properly - a huge problem, since they can't work very well with
the bridge playset. As you'll notice in the one group photo, the
Stormtrooper and Jason have no trouble sitting in the bridge chairs,
but none of these five could manage it.
getting them to stand can be a problem, since the limited hips force
the legs very close together. I'm betting most folks will use the
included stands to keep them upright.
Accessories - Spock, Kirk ***1/2;
Nero ***; Uhura, Old Spock **1/2;
The series redeems itself a bit with this category. In fact, it's the
accessories that go with the various playsets that make these figures
much better than they would be otherwise.
the figures come with some sort of display stand. Kirk, Spock and Uhura
have a Trek insignia base. You remember the old Playmates figures? They
had a similar base...but these are so cheap as to be embarrassing. Soft
cheap plastic, a poor sculpt, and no paint details make them just plain
They do have a small cheap clip
that can be attached to the
back of the base so you can clip it on a front pocket. If they were
actually good looking - at least as good looking as the old stands -
that might be cool. But these stands look like something you'd get with
a dollar store figure, and certainly not something you'd wear.
Old Spock and Nero come with a
small black circular display stand. Nothing special here, but it does
and Kirk are both loaded up quite nicely. They both have removable
belts (they slip on over their feet, and can slide right up their legs
into place), and there's a sculpted/painted non-removable tricorder on
one side, with a holster for their phaser on the other side.
both have a phaser of course, and this fits nicely in the holster or in
their hand. They come rubber banded in place, but even after you remove
the band, they can still hold it easily.
Spock comes with a
second right hand, too, posed in the 'live long and prosper' Vulcan
gang sign. Take a little care swapping hands, since the posts are very
Both figures also come with
additional pieces for the
Bridge Playset. In fact, there are fourteen - yes, fourteen! - figures
that come with bridge pieces. Since this first wave only has ten
figures, and three of the ten have Transporter Room pieces instead of
Bridge pieces, you can see that you'll need the full second wave to get
a complete bridge.
Kirk and Spock each come with a
(one red, one blue), and a chunk of console. The stickers on the top
indicate that these two console's are not designed to sit next to each
other. Also, all the bridge pieces have a number printed on the bottom
("B1", etc.) so that you'll know what they are and where they go once
you get the whole set.
These bridge pieces are really
better than the figures themselves. The stickers look great, and this
concept (adding in extra playset pieces) is a terrific one for this
Uhura's belt isn't removable (at
least not easily), so I'm
not counting it as an accessory. Her phaser is the same as Kirk's and
Spock's, and she holds it fine.
She has a section for the
Transporter playset. There are only four pieces to add to the
Transporter set, and three of them come with this series of figures. In
fact, I'm reviewing those three tonight - Uhura, Old Spock and Nero.
All three have large,
translucent blue hunks of plastic floor. They don't connect to each
other, but to the set itself.
Spock gets the lowest score, because other than the Transporter piece
and stand, he only has his swappable right hand. He comes wearing the V
fingers, with a grasping hand in the package.
Nero does better,
with two cool weapons. They (like the phasers) are made from a VERY
soft plastic though, making it easy to tear and certainly prone to wilt.
Fun Factor - ***
The figures themselves are weak, but the accessories and playsets
manage to save this category for them. In fact, as disappointed as I am
in the figures, I'm going to end up buying the others as well as both
playsets. Yep, I like playsets and vehicles when they're well done, and
what I've seen so far indicates the quality of the sets will be much
higher than the figures.
Value - Kirk, Spock
***; Uhura, Nero, Old Spock **1/2
If the quality of the figures themselves was as good as the current
Hasbro Star Wars or XMOW stuff, this score would be another full star
higher. These have a nice assortment of accessories, and they are
around a buck or so cheaper at most places.
the figures themselves are pretty weak, and part of that is what's
contributing to the lower cost, and also the average score here.
Things To Watch Out For
Watch the paint when you're picking them off the peg, but that's about
it. Of course, you should take some care when swapping the right hands
on the two Spocks, but that's about it.
Overall - Nero ***; Old
Spock, Spock, Uhura **1/2; Kirk **
the most part, these figures are disappointing. Smaller than most other
figures in this scale, with oddly shaped bodies, poor sculpting, and
weak articulation, they remind me of 1995. Only Nero and Uhura were
Ah, but the saving grace here is
the accessories. I
like the playset items, and a couple of the figures, like Spock and
Kirk, had a nice assortment of goodies for just six bucks.
those accessories, or if you aren't particularly interested in one or
both playsets, you can drop another half star or more off the figures.
While I still have hopes that the playsets and vehicles might turn out
great, none of these figures are going to end up on anybodies best of
lists for this year.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Nero, Old Spock ***; Spock, Uhura **1/2; Kirk *
Paint - Uhura, Nero ***; Spock, Old Spock **1/2;
Articulation - Kirk, Spock, Old Spock, Nero **; Uhura *1/2
Accessories - Spock, Kirk ***1/2; Nero ***; Uhura, Old Spock
Fun Factor - ***
Value - Kirk, Spock ***; Uhura, Nero, Old Spock **1/2
Overall - Nero ***; Old Spock, Spock, Uhura **1/2; Kirk *1/2
Where to Buy -
These are popping up at mass retailers right now, including Target,
Toys R Us and others.
Related Links -
I haven't covered any of the
other new stuff yet, although I will
be covering a lot over the next couple weeks. Til then, check out the
- DST has done their share of
larger scale figures, including these
- DST did others from TNG,
including Barclay and Geordi,
and the Riker and Worf wave.
- the last wave released to
general stores included the Gorn
and Kor. I also reviewed
Vina, but separately, since it took me awhile to find her.
- check out the second wave
of TOS figures to see how things used to look.
- there's a great guest review of the first
wave, along with a guest review of some of the Trek mini-mates.
- Enterprise wasn't left out - they were actually some of the first figures done by Art
- Art Asylum did their first yellow
shirt Kirk as a SDCC exclusive.
- and let's not forget that long ago, Playmates did their Trek line,
including the 9" figures like Amok
Time Kirk and Spock.
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