Captain Picard is one of the most beloved characters of the Star Trek franchise. His diplomatic swagger, his passion for obscure alien artifacts, his awkward shiny pajamas. What’s not to love? But, arguably the most important contribution to our society by one Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the most epic facepalm of our time. Today, on this Captain Picard Day, we honor our favorite
EnglishFrench captain by giving away one of a very limited run of Captain Picard Facepalm busts by ThinkGeek and Icon Heroes.
Memed around the world, the Picard Facepalm is an eloquent way to say, “omg y tho I literally can’t right now.” And now, for some reason, ThinkGeek found it in their infinite geeky wisdom to immortalize the Picard Facepalm in a (one-armed?) bust. Surely, the desk accessory for the person who has everything.
The Facepalm Bust: Unboxing
First, the facts and figures. The Picard Facepalm bust stands 6″ tall on a hefty black base with the TNG insignia logo. Only 1,602 of these were ever made, and ThinkGeek is currently OUT OF STOCK of the busts. Normally, they retail for $64.99.
The bust itself is pretty decent quality. It feels heavier than expected and is made of a high quality resin. The base is nice and features felt pads on the bottom to keep it from scratching your desk surface. It’s a bit smaller than I imagined it being, but in retrospect, it’s the perfect size for sitting on my desk. I don’t need to set this atop a greek pillar in my (non-existent) foyer.
I do admit that the missing arm is a bit awkward. It seems like a tongue-in-cheek joke pointed at classic roman or greek busts that are often found missing their limbs. Here it feels like maybe a bit too much — a bust of Picard doing the facepalm is weird-funny enough on its own, and it’s too easy to cross the line into just plain weird. I will say, though, that after opening the box and looking at the actual product, it’s much cooler in person than in photos. Maybe my unboxing video below will help you get a sense of that.
Giveaway: How To Win
Right now, you can’t buy one of these from ThinkGeek as they are out of stock with no indication of any plans to make more beyond the original 1,602 product run. But, that’s okay because TrekMovie has teamed up with ThinkGeek to give one of these away to our readers! To win, comment below telling us how the Picard Facepalm makes the world a better place and why you need it on your desk. OR, since it is Captain Picard Day, after all, tell us how you’re celebrating Starfleet’s future captain! TrekMovie staff will pick a winner by Friday, June 22nd. Good luck!