Sculpting - Spock,
Uhura ***; Kirk **1/2
Unfortunately, the Kirk sculpt isn't any better here than on any of the
other scales. In fact, I still think the closest they've gotten is with
the 12" figure, but I think Jessica Alba and I are close because we
both live on the same planet, too.
some reason that I can't comprehend, Kirk looks like a 16 year old kid
in ever scale, but perhaps it's the worst here. The head is large
enough to make the weird shape and childlike features obvious, and he
stands out in contrast with the much better Spock and Uhura.
let's not get nuts here - neither Spock or Uhura above the standard
average of most 6" scale figures these days. But Spock is accurate
enough to know who it is, and not just that it's Spock, but that it's
the Quinto Spock.
Uhura's head sculpt goes further
actually portraying an attractive woman, something similar lines like
Marvel Legends have had an awfully hard time doing over the years. As
you'll see in the next section, the paint doesn't do a lot to support
it, but at least the underlying sculpt is reasonable.
like the sculpted 'sweaters' or not is going to be a personal
preference. For me, they certainly look better in person than I was
expecting. Likewise, the soft rubber that comprises the torso section
of shirt may or may not be to your liking. It does tend to attract and
hold dust, and we'll have to wait a year or two to see how
Underneath the shirt is crudely
definition. I'm not sure why, unless it's to give the softer rubber
shirt a more realistic appearance. It's certainly not for them to go
shirtless - the musculature looks like it done by a 16th century wood
The body proportions are decent
with the exception of
Kirk's slightly undersized head. The males stand just about 6" tall,
with Uhura a hair shorter, so unlike the smaller line, the do fit in
reasonable well with other 6" scaled lines. The proportions are more
realistic, so they aren't as buff as something like the DC Universe
figures, but it seems fairly appropriate.
Paint - Spock ***; Kirk
**1/2; Uhura **
I suspect that the quality of the paint ops varies pretty widely across
had the best luck with Spock, who has relatively clean cut lines, a
good hair line, and even eyes. The stripes on his sleeves and the edge
of his collar are a little sloppy, but it's reasonable work considering
the price point.
Kirk has a few more issues with
paint on the eyes, eyebrows and hair. The hairline is uneven, with skin
tone ending up where it shouldn't, and the eyes and eyebrows are both
slightly off. The paint fails to do it's most important job - improve
the look of the head sculpt.
Uhura had the potential to be
best, working from a pretty head sculpt. However, mine has stray marks
on her face and nose, a sloppy hair line, rub marks in the hair, and a
blush on her cheeks that is too distinct, making it (and her) look
cheap and gaudy. Cheap and gaudy ain't a bad thing when it comes to
real women, but the 100% plastic kind deserve a little more dignity.
Articulation - **
I know I've been spoiled by the DC Universe and Masters of the Universe
Classics from Mattel, two lines that are fantastic toys first, and
collectibles second. But if Mattel can create well articulated, great
looking action figures in a 6 - 7" scale, then Playmates should be able
to do it as well.
neck joints on all three figures function as simple cut joints,
allowing the head to turn side to side. On Uhura I was able to get some
slight tilting, but not enough considering the simple design of these
figures and that lack of any sort of collar or hair that could impede
The arms are the high point for
this category, with good
pin/post shoulders and elbows, along with cut wrists. This is good
enough for this scale and style, and allows for some good arm poses.
waists are all cut joints too, and there are single pin knees, cut
joints at the top of the boots, and T hips that round out the leg
The T hips are just not good
especially with this scale figure. The legs end up forced very closely
together, and you'll need to use some hot water with a quick cold water
bath to get them far enough apart to look even reasonable. The leg
articulation is barely adequate to keep them standing, and you'll need
to use the bases for them to remain upright for any long period.
lack of decent hips pulls my score down a good full star. I couldn't
get any reasonably decent looking stances out of any of them, and when
I pulled out the DCUC Flash to pose with Kirk, the difference in
quality and design of the articulation really hit home.
Accessories - Spock, Uhura **1/2;
The front of the package proudly proclaims that you get a 'bonus' with
these figures - an emblem display stand. Unfortunately, they are fairly
cheap (molded in a single color with little detail) and not really a
bonus since you'll need to use them to keep them standing for any sort
of long period. Uhura's emblem is different than Spock and Kirk in this
series, coming in an odd yellow/gold color instead of silver.
most of the accessories are used across the whole line, at least
there's a pretty good number of them. All three come with the
cool new phaser, as well as the communicator. In this scale, the
communicator is much closer to proper size.
Kirk and Spock both
have a belt to hold these, but Uhura does not. These belts are made
from VERY stiff, hard plastic, with a very thin, weak clasp that should
close in back. I managed to get mine to work for a short period on
Spock, but Kirk's refused to stay closed. Even if you do get it on, it
pops off when you breathe in the general direction. The shirt is made
from soft rubber...why not the belts?
Unfortunately, that's it for
Kirk. I suppose being the main man should be reward enough, but I think
he deserves something more.
has an additional accessory in an extra gripping hand. Be very careful
popping the hands off and on, as the wrist peg is very small and fairly
soft, easy to tear or bend.
Fun Factor - **
The wonky legs hurt this
category quite a bit. From the waist up,
their pretty fun toys, but shouldn't all the fun be from the waist
down? That's always been true for me.
Value - **1/2
This scale of action figure, even the mass
market, mass production stuff, are running $10 - $12 these days.
Although I'm disappointed in the articulation and paint, the
accessories are better (at least in quantity) than usual, helping them
retain an average value rating.
Things To Watch Out For
Once you have them open, you should be good. While the articulation
isn't great for posing, it is sturdy and should hold up to play well.
But when you're picking them off the shelf, watch the paint - it's been
a big problem across the whole line, varying quite a bit from figure
and don't forget that the pegs are easy to tear on Spock's right hand.
You don't want him stuck forever flashing his Vulcan gang sign.
Overall - Spock, Uhura **1/2; Kirk **
While these are intended for kids, it still doesn't excuse the
lackluster articulation below the waist, and the rather rudimentary
sculpts and paint. The work that Art Asylum and DST did for the Trek
license several years ago is much better than this, and with that
passage of time, things should improve, not worsen.
the Spock and Uhura aren't horrid, and if you're a fan of the scale in
general, you'll probably be happy enough with some of these. This isn't
a line that's going to end up on anyone's best of lists, and might end
up on some worsts of lists, but it's still an improvement over the 3
Oddly enough, I'm more likely to
smaller scale though, and will most certainly continue to pick up the
12" figures. The larger figures are the best of the overall line up,
and while the smaller figures are the weakest, the cool bridge and
transporter playsets go a long way to making up for their deficiencies.
This scale doesn't have the quality of the larger figures, or the
playsets of the smaller, making it my least favorite of the three.
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - Spock, Uhura ***; Kirk **1/2
Paint - Spock ***; Kirk **1/2; Uhura **
Articulation - **
Accessories - Spock, Uhura **1/2; Kirk **
Fun Factor - **
Value - **1/2
Overall - Spock, Uhura **1/2; Kirk **
Where to Buy -
These are hitting lots of mass market retailers right now, like Target
and Toys R Us. Online options include:
has the set of 10 for $97.
- Urban Collector
has the set of 10 for $98.
- Entertainment Earth has a case
of 8 for $87, or a the full
wave 1 set of 10 for $99.
Related Links -
I've covered some of both the 12" and 3 3/4" figures for the
new film so far. Prior to this new series though, there have been
plenty of Trek collectibles:
- 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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