The Collective: Review DST Wrath of Khan Figures June 18, 2008by John Tenuto , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Review,Toys , trackback
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is often cited as the best Star Trek film, yet it ironically had very little merchandising and not a singe action figure. That all changed in 2007 as Diamond Select celebrated the 25th Anniversary of TWOK by starting a line of action figures and toy ships. This week TrekMovie takes a look at the entire line of DST TWOK figures, including the latest figures released in the last month.
Shock a Khan
Until 2007 the only Star Trek The Wrath of Khan figures were the a 4" Khan and Saavik from Playmates in 1995. But thanks to Diamond Select, there are now fifteeen 7" figures. We have reviews of the latest and previous releases below.
NEW TWOK FIGURES FOR MAY/JUNE 2008
Series 2 – Admiral Kirk (Regula I), Uhura, Saavik, Captain Spock
After months of waiting, DST’s 2nd wave of TWOK figures are available and Trekmovie.com has a first look at their designs. Kirk in Regula I outfit is perhaps the best of these because of the coolness of the outfit and the likeness of William Shatner. Saavik is very good, especially the toy’s “fascinating” expression. The DST Uhura may be the most flattering of all versions of the character. The Captain Spock likeness is acceptable, yet problematic, as its detailing is like a Christmas ornament instead of a DST action figure. However, the articulation is great because you can have him with his hands behind his back.
Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Series 2 Action Figures
– Set of 4
(available now from
Action Figure Express)
The Death of Spock 2 Pack
Also available now is The Death of Spock two set which includes a radiation version of Spock and a grieving Admiral Kirk. These variants are also the fourth Star Trek action figure two set joining the already available Geordi and Data from "All Good Things", Kirk and Khan dress costumes from "Space Seed", and Troi and Riker from "Nemesis".
Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Death of Spock Kirk and Spock Action Figure Two-Pack
(available now from
Action Figure Express)
PREVIOUS TWOK FIGURES FROM DST
Summer 2007 – Wave 0 –
Sulu, Chekov, McCoy, and Scotty, plus free Genesis Khan
The first TWOK action figures were all exclusives to various retailers at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con in a celebratory debut. If all four characters were purchased, fans could get from DST a free radiation damaged version of Khan. The packaging containing the crew figures was excellent, featuring nice images of the film. One of the things about DST figures that is both a blessing and a curse is their weight. These are quality figures and they feel that way. They are more like statues than toys, yet the negative feature of this is that they are not very “play” friendly, especially for younger fans. However, the detailing is amazing, especially in the costume design. The radiation Khan is excellent and frankly disturbing, yet if you like your Trek gross, this is the action figure for you. It is a treat to finally have favorite characters in this designs (the Playmates Toys line was only Khan and Saavik). The toys also include movie appropriate items such as phasers and communicators.
The Comic Con Set is available at Diamond Select for $79.99
Autumn 2007 – Wave 1 –
Regular Khan, Admiral Kirk, Admiral Kirk (variant), and Captain Terrell
The wait for an Admiral Kirk from TWOK was worth it as DST premiered two versions of the character. A regular version and a variant from the scene after Khan’s initial battle with the Enterprise. There were many nice touches with these figures. Kirk included a pair of glasses which was fun. Khan has a bowl with prongs and Ceti Eels (not pets to be sure!). Another of the reasons DST should be applauded is their willingness to offer action figures of secondary characters (for example, their next TNG line includes Nurse Ogawa). Here, Captain Terrell was included which was a great idea. He is an important character and it is nice homage to actor Paul Winfield. This was enjoyable line, yet the wait for more TWOK would be a long one. Kirk isn’t that much fun to play with if you don’t have a Spock by his side.
Future of TWOK
As of now there are no future figures in Diamond’s Wrath of Khan line announced, but there could always be more. Khan will also be getting his own Mego figure this fall, but that is "Space Seed" Khan and not from Star Trek II.