Diamond Select Toys has taken the advice of Young MC who told us all to Bust a Move. With the recent release of their Captain Archer mini sculpture, DST had now released all five Trek captains as busts–with more on the way. Today The Collective looks at the entire line of these mini Star Trek sculptures.
Bust a Trek – keeping a theme
The DST Star Trek busts are a welcome return of this kind of item. Up until 2006 Sideshow Collectibles held the Star Trek bust license, with their last item being a Seven of Nine likeness (you may pause to make any of your own bust puns now). While the quality and size was good, there was an issue with no coherent theme to the offerings. Collectors like to finish out collections, but at times Sideshow’s offerings seemed random. For example, The Next Generation was represented by Picard, Riker, Data, and Worf. They did the same thing with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty. However, they never finished the crews, but instead offered guest villains like Koloth and the Gorn.
Diamond Select’s first series of busts does not have this problem, as their ‘Icon’ line of busts has a theme: Star Trek Captains. The line started with Kirk and just finished up recently with Archer, making a complete set of five. It is great to see variety, and it is nice to have some new Voyager and Enterprise collectibles as they are often persona non grata in the world of Trek merchandising.
DST’s new Trek busts (front row) and past Sideshow Trek busts (back row)
NOTE: Archer was not available at the time
The likenesses vary in quality. The best are Benjamin Sisko and Kathryn Janeway. The Janeway sculpt is a near perfect representation of that expression Kate Mulgrew often provided the character in her noblest moments, that mix of mirth and wonder. Sisko has that glint of fun adventure yet also seriousness which Avery Brook’s brought to his character. There is also some nice latter-season detailing of Jonathan Archer, but his hair is a tad weird (although it is as it was presented in the third and fourth seasons). The face isn’t perfect, yet it is recognizably Archer.
The Captains Kirk and Picard are detailed and brightly colored, however both likenesses are a bit lacking. It is a given fact that there is something about William Shatner’s Kirk that presents a real challenge to sculptors. The face is asymmetrical and lacks distinguishing features, so Kirk action figures and busts have always had trouble getting the likeness right. However, Patrick Stewart’s Picard has enough unique features for this statue to have been made better. Regardless all the busts, including Kirk and Picard, benefit from a variety of facial expressions you don’t get in other lines of busts.
There is also nice attention to detail in the packaging. Each is limited to 1,701. The busts include a certificate of authenticity signed by the sculptor and each bust is hand numbered on the certificate and on the bottom of the bust. The new busts are about 40% shorter than the previous Sideshow busts, but much of the reason the Sideshow had much larger (and somewhat oddly shaped) bases. The DST bases are more traditional, which I prefer.
Although pricey at $45 a piece, the quality of the sculpts, the construction, and the consistent theme make these Star Trek busts a highly recommended collectible.
All 5 captain busts are available now at Entertainment Earth.
|Diamond Select Star Trek ‘Icons’ Captains Busts|
More busts on the way
It is a very nice display to have all five Captain statues next to each other. Diamond’s next two busts are a TOS Commander Spock and Star Trek II-IV era Admiral Kirk. We don’t know where they are going, but hopefully these are parts of a theme and not random. It would be nice to see them finish out the TOS crew (for TV and movie era), or maybe do all the first officers.
|DST Icons Busts – Pre-orders|
(pre-order for August)
(pre-order late July)
OTHER COLLECTIBLE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Wave 5 of Minimates available for pre-order
The next wave of minimates is now available for pre-order retailers.
Action Figure Express sells them as a set of four 2packs, giving you the following figures: “The Trouble With Tribbles” Kirk and Yeoman Rand, Captain Decker and Lieutenant Ilia from TMP, DS9 Captain Sisko and Gul Dukat, and the limited Commander Sisko variant and Gul Dukat.
|Minimates Series Five – 8-pack|
(pre-order for December)
The only other news this week is that the DST/EMCE Scotty Retro Mego Scotty and Keeper 2-packs are going to be delayed slightly (they were supposed to be out this week). They should be available by August.
|Retro Mego Scotty and Keeper 2-pack|
(pre-order for September)
Next Collective – Cards
Next time we will take a look at Star Trek cards, new and old.