The Collective: Preview of DST STIV Figures & Tribbles + Review Of Kirk & Spock Busts November 15, 2008by John Tenuto , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TOS,Toys , trackback
Star Trek IV may be the biggest hit of the Star Trek film franchise (so far), but can you believe it never got any action figures? That changes now with DST’s pre-order announcement of Kirk and Spock STIV figures (with pics). Plus Diamond Select have released images of their upcoming new line of electronic tribbles. Details on those plus a review of the new Kirk and Spock busts from DST.
PREVIEW: They have been, and ever shall be, yours
Amazingly, among all the lines of Star Trek toys from ERTL, Galoob, Playmates Toys, and DST, the Kirk and Spock two-pack represents the very first time Star Trek IV characters have been action figures. It is ironic, yet The Voyage Home was one of the least retail marketed Star Trek films (it basically got the traditional book, making of magazines, soundtrack, and a few other items). Some fans have been asking for certain items for years, and DST has been good listeners by bringing both Wrath of Khan and now The Voyage Home action figures this past year. Admiral James T. Kirk will be featured in his civilian clothes that he wore throughout Star Trek III and Star Trek IV. The picture below shows Kirk with a Starfleet phaser (although in the film he only briefly uses a Klingon phaser to seal a door in the hospital scene). Spock is wearing his Vulcan robes, including the infamous ear-hiding headband, and no accessories are pictured. Figures usually come with two to four accessories, so the pictures below are not indicative of the final accessories for these figures.
Do you want them ? Yes, No, No – Yes, No, Yes
The two-pack sells for $24.99 and is available for preorder at Big Bad Toy Store, for a February sale.
Admiral Kirk and Hippie Spock join already or soon-to-be available two-pack action figures from DST. The following two packs are already available:
- ST: Nemsesis: Deanna Troi and William Riker (w/ free "Chains of Command" Data) [NewForce Comics]
- TOS: "Space Seed" Dress uniform Kirk and Khan [NewForce Comics]
- TNG: "All Good Things" Geordi and Data [NewForce Comics
- ST II: Admiral Kirk and (Death of) Spock [Entertainment Earth]
The following are available for pre-order from Entertainment Earth
- DS9: Worf and Gowron
- STIII: Kruge, Maltz (w/ Targ)
- TMP: Kirk and Spock
- TOS: "Amok Time" Kirk and Spock
PREVIEW: Troubles with these tribbles- and they are multiplying!
This March, fans can multiply their Star Trek collections with three different electronic tribbles from Diamond Select Toys. Available in a choice beige, brown, and limited gray colors, these tribbles feature both authentic sounds and motion, and are twice as big as the previously available plush versions from the 1990s.
New Tribbles from DST, Glommer not included.
Especially cool is that the tribbles have a "Klingon agitation mode" which you can watch in this video from Entertainment Earth.
Get yours today by preordering at Entertainment Earth, where you can either choose between the three colors, or get a three pack featuring all the varieties. They should be shipped by March.
|Electronic Tribbles available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth|
REVIEW: Kirk and Spock Busts
Starting in 2007, Diamond Select Toys was granted the license for Star Trek busts (the license was owned by Sideshow Collectibles until 2006). The original line of DST busts featured all five television captains, and were the subject of a previous review article at Trekmovie. Now, the line expands to include Admiral James T. Kirk from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Commander Spock from the TV era.
Much credit should be given to DST for their creation of an entire TWOK line. With over 15 action figures, minimate toys, role playing items, and ships, DST has given fans now what was not available back in 1982 when TWOK first premiered. Now, DST adds one more item to their TWOK line, the Admiral Kirk bust. Like all the DST busts, the Admiral Kirk is numbered and limited to an edition of 1,701 (what else) and features a Bill Mancuso (the sculptor) signed certificate of authenticity. This is one of the nicest likenesses of William Shatner available. As previously discussed by The Collective, many artists often complain about trying to get Shatner’s unique look properly. Mancuso and the DST team have a good item here, with even the glint of charm that is often present with the Kirk character. Sized at about 4 inches, the Kirk bust features detailed painting of his movie era uniform and style.
Ironically, it is often Leonard Nimoy’s likeness as Spock which is easier for artists to render compared to Shatner’s Kirk. This time, however, Spock is not as successful as his Admiral. The eyebrow and expression are good, as is the original show’s uniform detailing, yet something is wrong with Spock, most notably he appears to have been eating too much Plomeek soup because his face is too rounded. While not a bad rendition, the Spock bust is slightly disappointing. Also strange is that it appears that these may be the last busts from DST. The original line was thematically cohesive, with the busts being of the television era Captains. It would have made more sense for DST to continue with that theme and produce busts of second officers, or movie era versions of the characters. Yet, what they have done here confuses the line (Kirk from the movie era, Spock from the TV era) which was problem of the Sideshow Collectibles line. That being said, it does look nice to place TV Spock next to TV Kirk, or TWOK Kirk next to TV Kirk.
Each bust is $44.99 and is available from Entertainment Earth.