The Collective: Review of Star Trek IV Kirk & Spock Figure 2-pack + More DST Preview News August 1, 2009by John Tenuto , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TOS,Toys , trackback
Diamond Select Toys continues its popular two-pack line with a Star Trek toy collecting first: Kirk and Spock in their Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home outfits. TrekMovie brings this early review of the figures are just showing up at stores. We also have a first look at a new Kirk & Gorn 2-pack and DST some preorder news.
REVIEW – Star Trek IV Kirk & Spock 2-pack
An irony of Star Trek movies is that the well-revered even numbered TOS-era films didn’t get the same level of merchandise as the odd numbered films. For example, it is only in the last couple of years that Star Trek II got a comic adaptation (from IDW this summer) and extensive action figure line (from Diamond Select Toys starting a few years ago). Now, DST continues this retro trend by releasing the first ever Kirk and Spock figures featuring their iconic "civilian" clothes from Star Trek IV. Believe it or not, what was until recently the most popular box office was basically ignored in the world of action figures.
The figure of Spock is the best of the two, which has a very good likeness and a very detailed costume. The bottom of Spock’s robe is made of a rubbery material which appropriately allows for some bending of the figure. The Kirk figure has a passable likeness of Shatner (long time Collective readers know that almost every licensee of Star Trek products has told us how incredibly difficult it is to get William Shatner’s likeness down for some reason because of the features of his face). The costume is very good. The figures look great together, whether displayed in the nicely designed packaging or opened for play.
Included with Spock is a Vulcan saluted hand that could be changed with his regular hand, and the two-pack also has a film-era phaser and communicator (which are detailed considering how small they are). The accessories are nice, but it could have been better if the 2-pack had more STIV fun props, perhaps as a pizza box (For example, the TWOK Kirk included his glasses).
However, DST’s decision to release figures from the previous Star Trek films, especially those that were originally ignored, should be applauded and this two pack has all the details and quality of previous items from Diamond Select Toys. With Star Trek IV having such a generic appeal, this is a great gift item for any Trekkie.
The Star Trek IV Kirk and Spock is available now at Entertainment Earth, retailing for $26.79.
The Star Trek IV figures join the previously available Kirk and Spock two packs, all available now from Entertainment Earth
In the Spirit of Star Trek IV
Star Trek IV is basically a comedy, so in that spirit, we would like to make the following suggestions to DST for future Star Trek IV figures. Of course, we are kidding about these:
- Gillian Taylor (with face slapping action) and Bob (the SOB) two-pack
- George and Gracie two pack (sized to the 7" action figure line)
- The Probe (could just be a repackaged Hostess product)
- Federation President (with real battle action)
Actually, now that we think about this, we are only half kidding. Think about the possibilities!
MORE DST STAR TREK NEWS
FIRST LOOKS – "Arena" Kirk v Gorn 2-pack + Enterprise packaging
This week, a Kirk and Gorn two pack was announced featuring a very detailed sculpt of a Trek alien favorite and battle damaged Kirk. While both Kirk and the Gorn have been released previously by Art Asylum/DST about five years ago, the two pack features new and better detailing. The set comes out in January and is just now available for pre-order, see below.
The Art Asylum website now has pictures of the packaging for the Mirror Universe and Remastered Editions of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701. Both ships are available for preorder from Entertainment Earth ($37.99 each, available August), see below.
DST has many TOS themed products during the next months, including a new two pack of Kirk and Spock. Here is your preorder guide:
TOS Character Two Packs - $79.99
(Reissues of three two-packs McCoy and Sulu, Kirk and Uhura, Spock and Scotty)
Order Star Trek Original Series Action Figure 2-Packs Set from Entertainment Earth!
TOS ‘HD’ USS Enterprise - $37.99
TOS ‘Mirror Mirror’ ISS Enterprise - $37.99
Star Trek II Phaser ‘Mirror Mirror’ ISS Enterprise - $27.99
Set of 4 TOS Action Figures (new figures) – $52.99
Kirk (Green uniform), McCoy from "The Tholian Web", Rand, & Chapel
Toys R Us Exclusive TOS Kang – $13.99
Amazon Exclusive TOS "Trouble with Tribbles" Kirk & Electronic Chair – $29.99
TOS Salt Vampire Action Figure – October – $15.99
TOS "The Enterprise Incident" Romulan Kirk and Spock 2-Pack – $29.99
Toys R Us Exclusive TOS Romulan Commander – $13.99
Kirk & Gorn 2 Pack – $27.99
Up Next – Vandor
TrekMovie’s Collective will next review the first wave of Star Trek metal products from Vandor, and take a look at their second wave.
Vandor Star Trek products are next for the Collective