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The Collective: Reviews Of New DST Star Trek Figures + Preview Of Upcoming DST Trek Toys May 13, 2009

by John Tenuto , Filed under: DS9,Review,TNG,TOS,Toys , trackback

Even though the world is focused on the new Star Trek movie, the rest of Star Trek still marches on, in this case with figures and toys. In the last few weeks Diamond Select Toys has released a number of new figures from TOS and DS9, inducing a Worf/Gowron 2-pack and the 19" Ultimate Scale Kirk and Spock. We have reviews of those plus some new previews, including the Salt Vampire.

 

 

NEW FROM DIAMOND SELECT: ALL FIGURES GREAT AND SMALL

REVIEW: Worf and Gowron 7" 2 Pack
Friends, then enemies, is it a good idea to package Worf and Gowron together for eternity? Definitely, because the detailing and paint on these figures is excellent. Diamond Select Toys / Art Asylum tends to produce very good Klingon figures, both in the quality of facial sculpts and the costumes.


Worf & Gowron packaging

But even with their past good work, this Gowron is perhaps one of their best Klingon yet. Actor Robert O’Reilly’s unique eyes are rendered nicely, featuring all the eeriness that is required of the unstable Klingon Chancellor.


Gowron figure and accessories + face detail

Worf appears as he did in the "Way of the Warrior" and it is easy for customizers to transform this figure into a "Generations" variant (in edited scenes, Worf wore this custom in yellow). Worf’s likeness is a bit cartoonish, yet effective.


Worf figure and accessories + face detail

The only real complaint is that the Klingon action figures are scaled a little bigger than they should be compared to other figures. That being said, the quality and care taken with all the Klingon figures (from previous releases of Worf or Martok to the new Gowron) are praiseworthy. It is unfortunate that the DST/AA had to cancel the Kruge/Maltz 2-Pack as these really are great figures.

[Worf & Gowron 2-Pack can be ordered at: Entertainment Earth for $26.99]

REVIEW: TOS Kirk, Spock & McCoy 7" at Toys R US
"New to you" (NTY) from Toys R Us (TRU) are the trifecta of 7" action figures of Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. Leonard McCoy. TrekMovie has been given an advanced peek at the figures which are shipping to TRU stores now and should be available any day.


TOS figures at Toys R Us

The exclusive to TRU action figure of the group is Captain James T. Kirk in Dress Uniform. The figure was previously available in a 2007 two pack of Kirk and Khan from the "Space Seed" episode, although it earns new paint details here. As with all the TRU exclusives, the packaging includes a special sticker designating its special status. The figure itself features much better details on both the hair and the medals pinned to Kirk’s chest. For example, in the original 2007 figure, the green medals blended in with the green shirt. However, the new version has more carefully rendered those details and the medals are a slightly different color. Fans of ShatnerKirk action figures should be aware that in the next wave, a new sculpt is being prepared that is an incredibly good likeness of William Shatner. This likeness, however, while certainly identifiably Kirk, has some of the usual problems of rendering the Shat’s unique face. For example, there is something odd (yet also totally cool) about Shatner’s smirk as Kirk (Captain Smirk?). This figure doesn’t quite get that as proper as the next wave this September does. However, this is a very good figure and there are improvements in hair, overall detailing, the medals, and paint tones.


Exclusive Kirk (nestled in his unopened package)

While Spock dressed in blue from "The Cage" has been rendered as a MiniMate before by DST, this 7" figure is brand new. Spock now joins the previously available Captain Pike (and his command chair) which was available in 2006. The accessories included with Spock should have been "Cage-ized" versions here and the hair is a bit thick in front, yet the facial likeness of Leonard Nimoy is the usual DST good. I hope that DST continues to feature figures from this episode, especially characters in their jackets which is a favorite.


"Cage" Spock figure and accessories + face detail

The Dr. Leonard McCoy figure from TRU is also a reissue. Not available since 2003, the reissue of Dr. McCoy features an incredibly improved paint scheme. The hair and facial features are much more realistic in this new version and definitely worth purchasing for both fans who missed the original release or want a more detailed version of this country doctor. Also cool is that the delta insignia has been painted with much more detail in this version and is very nice.


TOS McCoy figure and accessories + face detail

[All Three TOS figures coming soon to Toys R Us for $12.99 each]

Toys R Us Star Trek Display
Speaking of Toys R Us, check out the cool Star Trek display that should be in every store.

 

REVIEW: Ultimate Kirk and Spock
Diamond Select new ‘Ultimate’ Quarter Scale Kirk and Spock figures are an amazing 19" tall (and they come with an equally giant sized $80 price tag). There are both really great things about these figures, and some problems.


Ultimate scale Kirk and Spock

First, the great things! Both figures feature relatively good likenesses, although Kirk suffers from the usual Shatnerization visage problems. Being stylized, Spock figures usually look better and that is true here. The figure are also well designed structurally with excellent articulation for posing and the costumes are excellently rendered.


Face sculpts on ultimate scale Kirk and Spock

Both figures include properly scaled phaser and communicator replicas, and being very big, they are also nicely detailed. Spock also includes an additional hand to transform from regular to Vulcan hand gesture. Also welcomed are the sound and voice effects activated by a button on the action figure. The figures include a nice display stand. The best feature is of course the incredible size and these figures do look nice together as a centerpiece of a collection.


Accessories with Ultimate Spock figure

Now, the problem. There is really only one main problem. Firstly, by including the electronics for the figure inside the figure itself, the torsos for nearly all the DST Ultimate Quarter scale figures are too big and the waists too small. This isn’t a problem on the excellent DST Star Wars line (these are, as Darth Vader says, most impressive) because the robes hide this design necessity. However, on the Star Trek line, it is easily noticeable because of the costumes and hence the figures look too thin. A suggestion for DST might be to include the sound effects in the base of the display instead of the in the action figure.


Comparing DST Ultimate and standard (7") Kirk

What is nice about these figures is that they are "buddy sized" for age appropriate younger fans. While most fans consider the DST action figure more for collecting than for play, the Ultimate line is for both. These are fun to play with and our son enjoyed them because they are half his size! The price is certainly a deterrent to buying this as a casual toy, yet it is good that the figures have a dual utility.

[Ultimate Star Trek figures at Entertainment Earth for $79.99 – Kirk & Spock]

Here is a video showing off the sound effects on the Ultimate figures.

 

PREVIEW: Salt Vampire! Now Available for pre-order
One of the great things about DST/AA is the incredible variety of their 7" action figure line. They have produced some unique figures, many never before available in any scale from other companies such as Captain Clarke Terrell or Nurse Ogawa. This year, there are more of as fans will get the Romulan Commander and Salt Vampire. In fact, the Salt Vampire from Star Trek’s first regular episode is available now for preorder for $15.99 at Entertainment Earth, and TrekMovie has the official DST photo of one of the coolest figure ideas ever. Salt may be bad for your diet, but great for your Star Trek collection!


The Salt Vampire gets a figure

PREVIEW: All Good Things Enterprise Packaging
In news items, DST and Art Asylum formally announced the long rumored "All Good Things" version of the USS Enterprise 1701 D toy ship. While the regular edition is scheduled to be available this month from all major online retailers, the AGT version is a Hastings and Action Figure Express shared exclusive. On their blog, the AA team teased with this picture of the packaging, featuring an ultra cool customizing of AGT Riker on the packaging in the place of Picard. The exclusive version will feature unique sounds and effects and of course includes the additional nacelle needed to save Picard on the USS Pasteur! 


"All Good Things" Enterprise D packaging

Speaking of packaging, the Gowron/Worf 2 pack and the TRU TOS figures have the standardized packaging, but TrekMovie wants to provide accolades to CBS for allowing companies to customize the corner imagery. It is not only great to see McCoy on this packaging (or Janeway on the 20Q game or Picard on the Enterprise D), it is entirely appropriate. TrekMovie has supported the unified packaging idea from the beginning because Star Trek, despite its varieties of shows and characters, is one big family (although not always a happy family). Like Star Wars, it deserves a unified look to its products, yet the customized images represented the characters or show inside the package is a welcomed design feature.


Nice detail on Worf/Gowron packaging

Coming Next From The Collective: Barbie!
The next Collective column has a review of the three Star Trek movie Barbie dolls. Look for that by the end of the week.

TrekMovie will continue to bring you all the details about the Diamond Select Toy line, including a review the entire retro Mego toy line and Enterprise playset (made by DST and EMCE Toys).

Comments

1. steven - May 13, 2009

im working on the series before i start back on the figures!

2. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 13, 2009

Hey does the salt vampire hold real salt. Now thats something i want to have.

3. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 13, 2009

Hey Anthony. Are there any plans for C.B.S to do figures and such from the New Movie.

4. Steamblade - May 13, 2009

They couldn’t find a 4th Season DS9 promo photo of Worf for the packaging?

5. Unbel1ever - May 13, 2009

If only this stuff wasn’t so expensive over here in Europe….

6. Chris Rod - May 13, 2009

does anyone know if the cologne is out for sale yett?! and if so, where at?

7. Millennium Vulcan - May 13, 2009

I will definitely be purchasing both of the Enterprise-D’s.

8. Anthony Pascale - May 13, 2009

Chris
http://trekmovie.com/2009/04/12/exclusive-first-review-of-genki-star-trek-fragrances-w-first-look-at-pon-farr-pefume/

capt. Mike
http://trekmovie.com/?s=%22playmates+week%22&searchbutton=go!

guys there is a search function on the site, there are hundreds of articles that are not on the front page, and there are category buttons in the side column. Front page only has only the last few days, but this site has tons of stuff on merchandise

9. THE SMOKE - May 13, 2009

Worf Rules!!!!! I can’t wait to pick up the DS9 figures.

10. Sogh Ho'neH jorDe' taI-VamPyr - May 13, 2009

They need a Gowron/Mortok pair.

11. HarrySmall - May 13, 2009

When is the new Star Track movie coming outt?!

12. Andy Patterson - May 13, 2009

I shant pre-order the salt vampire or anything else for that matter until I get my TOS tricorders (medical, and biological). Which I also pre-ordered…months ago. Anthony – Anybody – know when they’re coming out? Or what the hold up is?

I like hearing that attention to detail on TOS figures is being made. Makes me feel like something in this world is working.

13. Matt Wright - May 13, 2009

Woot! Salt Vampire!

14. bored with the 24th century - May 13, 2009

Worf shmorf. The 24th century SUCKS! 23rd century trek is where its at.

Let the flaming begin……………

15. Kirk, James T. - May 13, 2009

I really want Hot Toys to get a license to produce 12 inch Figures from the new movie and TOS – i mean there doing Terminator – perhaps if Christian Bale was in Trek they’d do it.

16. tony - May 13, 2009

new movie was good i would like to see the neranda and spocks ship models by playmates

17. Izbot - May 13, 2009

Ultimate Kirk and Spock look malnurished.

18. bolianbob - May 13, 2009

ahhhhhh, that toys’rus displace rocks! i went to the one near me and it sucks…they just have the figures in this shelf in the middle of the isle…oh well, still awesome toys!

19. krikzil (aka Lixy) - May 13, 2009

I just got my DST Mego Bridge and it’s very cool. Can’t wait for the Salt Creature figure!

20. Ralph F - May 13, 2009

Would like to see more peripheral ships in the Diamond line (some may already be in the works), like the ENTERPRISE 1701-C, the BOTANY BAY, the USS PASTEUR, and a TOS/R CONSTELLATION (with intricate battle damage, of course), and a Klingon D-7 and D-7 (TMP style).

I’ve honestly, wholly, and unequivocally had enough of the Klingon Bird of Prey and wouldn’t mind if I never saw another toy made of it. (YMMV, of course.)

21. THX-1138 - May 13, 2009

Salt Vampire is awesome. Win!

22. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - May 13, 2009

Didn’t they already release a Salt Vampire action figure from DST? I could have sworn that they did, back in ’03…but I never saw pictures of it, so I guess it was all talk (or advertising) and they never actually made it. Huh.

23. Capt. Joe ab - May 13, 2009

you should have compared small and large spock or should i say spock and spock 2 that would have been INFINITLY better photography

24. AJ - May 13, 2009

Salt Vampire: She looked pretty good at the bar last night, but when I woke up…Oh My God!

25. CMO DAX - May 13, 2009

i cant wait to get my dolls and other trek items thank god there back

26. Dr. Image - May 13, 2009

I want a DST GRISSOM!!
(Ol’ Gus deserves a break!)

27. Mr. Fanboy - May 13, 2009

The DST Worf & Gowron do look okay, but the DST TOS figures–especially the Ultimate editions–have horrible sculpts that only vaguely resemble their characters. Not to mention the crazy proportions. The ultimate Kirk looks anorexic! I would never buy one of these in a million years…

28. The Invader (In Color!) - May 13, 2009

Is it just me or are these DST figures getting cheesier and cheesier?

29. Odkin - May 13, 2009

The ultimate scale Kirk and Spock could both be vastly improved with thicker necks, which would also make the torsos look more proportional. They really look pencil-necked here.

30. tribble farmer - May 13, 2009

The necks on the 19″ ones are WAY too long.

31. thorsten - May 13, 2009

@26…

Yep, after they did not meet Jackie in the White House and all…

32. JJ_roddenberry - May 13, 2009

I’m getting a bit sick of this. No one wants a damn All Good Things Enterprise. Why are they doing this??? Gowron??? how pointless!!!

For all of that effort, their giant Kirk doesn’t even look like Shatner, it looks like KD LANG.

And I’m STILL WAITING for my tricorder. Come on guys, shape up!!

33. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 13, 2009

The Ultimate Kirk facial likeness is ultimately poor.

34. Iowagirl - May 14, 2009

The Salt Vampire, at last – love it! I have the salt tablets ready for this ultimate sucker…:)

35. Kev - May 14, 2009

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the enterprise b, my favorate of all the enterprises, who precicely is making it again?

36. Kev - May 14, 2009

and its been 15 years since generations was released?! I saw it when I was 7 with my dad right before my birthday!

37. Ralph F - May 14, 2009

#35 (Kev): Diamond Select — see this link:

http://trekmovie.com/2009/02/16/toyfair-dst-update-new-excelsior-enterprise-b-toys-announced/

38. Andy Patterson - May 14, 2009

32 “Shatner, it looks like KD LANG.

And I’m STILL WAITING for my tricorder. Come on guys, shape up!!”

That’s what I said. What’s the deal? Anyone know?

KD Lang. That’s funny.

39. Professor Robert Crater - May 14, 2009

NANCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

40. Chris - May 14, 2009

Ultimate Kirk looks like Charlie Sheen.

41. IG-69 - May 14, 2009

Has Playmates announced when they’d be releasing Wave 2 of the 3& 3/4″ Star Trek Galaxy Collection yet? Lookin’ forward to completing th’ Bridge Playset. =)

I’m also interested in anything else Playmates is intending to release for this line; hopefully to be released before the BluRay/DVD release of Trek ’09.

42. SerenityActual - May 14, 2009

Looking forward to the All Good Things E, my favorite rendition of the Galaxy class. Just picked up the Hot Wheels Reliant and original movie E. Great looking versions. Hope Hot Wheels will do more.

43. Saavik001 - May 14, 2009

isn’t there supposed to be a Romulan Commander somewhere?

44. Someone - May 14, 2009

FYI, the All Good Things enterprise package will NOT have Riker, they settled on Picard (this was mentioned on the very same blog). Disappointingly nonsensical.

45. Loskene - May 14, 2009

I have never wanted a model starship more than the AGT Enterprise D.

46. MC1701B - May 14, 2009

So, the torsos on the Ultimates look like ass, Kirk’s braid is different from sleeve to sleeve ( a problem not even the original Megos had), yet I’m sure people will be spending the next two days praising this overpriced garbage. Bleh.

47. GonnaBuyNoneofThem - May 14, 2009

Can someone explain why Kirk and Spock have gone on a hunger strike?

48. Michael - May 14, 2009

Yea…where the sam hill is my Science, Medical and Geological Tricorders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They keep getting pushed back…pushed back…..are all the factory workers in china at the Star Trek movie?

49. Andy Patterson - May 14, 2009

48

And again…I ask the same question…

50. richpit - May 15, 2009

48 & 49,

agree totally. Get us our tricorders!

51. Andy Patterson - May 15, 2009

50

Or communicate to your customers what’s going on.

52. They call me Stasiu - May 17, 2009

I just watched “The Man Trap” on blu-ray last night and the salt vampire’s revelation at the end still gives me the creeps. That’s powerful television.
This action figure has been a long time coming (since the old Gorn figure came out way back when) and I can’t wait to get it!

53. Steve Short - May 17, 2009

When do you think Playmates Toys Star Trek 6″ figures wave 2 will be out?

54. Kevin Gaskell (Australia) - May 18, 2009

Why is it that NO action figures ever made have managed to capture Shatner’s face so it looks like Shatner? Mego figures – way off, Art Asylum – fell short, Playmates – nope. No Kirk action figures have ever actually looked like Kirk. What is it about this?

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