Since its founding in 1994, McFarlane Toys has been known for creating affordable, highly detailed figures from comics, movies, and a host of other genres. The May 2017 announcement that they had acquired the Star Trek license was met with excitement and anticipation, and a few months later at Star Trek Las Vegas 2017 we learned that their debut figures would be James T. Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. With their release, these two figures offer a good look at what may lie ahead.
The characters are presented in standard blister cardback packaging, giving a good sense of the figures and their accessories, which includes a display base adorned with the Starfleet delta.
The figures measure 7 inches in height, putting them on par with Diamond Select’s offerings but considerably shorter than the pricier QMx figures. Both feature similar articulation, allowing flexibility in the neck, shoulders, wrists, elbows, hips, and knees, as well as interchangeable right hands. They can be set up on their display stands or on their own.
Captain James T. Kirk
The Kirk figure is shown in his standard command uniform from TOS, and McFarlane does an impressive job capturing its details. The delta and rank stripes are sculpted and not just painted on, giving the figure more dimensionality. The tunic, pants, and boots are well sculpted and nicely painted, faithfully replicating the uniform.
Toymakers have spent the past 40+ years struggling to create strong facsimiles of William Shatner’s face, with varying degrees of success. McFarlane has done a pretty solid job of capturing Shatner’s likeness, particularly on the right side.
Kirk comes equipped with a Type II phaser, a communicator, and the phaser rifle from “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” All three feature a nice bit of detailing, particularly the rifle.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Picard is depicted in the Type B uniform he wore starting in season three of TNG, and the sculpt delivers some nice detail. The comm badge and pips are nicely rendered and painted, as are his pants and shoes.
There is an issue, however, with the uniform top. On the arms, it appears that the black portion of the costume has bled into the red section in some spots, making the uniform look slightly dirty. It’s not a huge problem, but it is noticeable.
The sculpting of Picard’s face is very good, depicting a likeness of Patrick Stewart that is as good or better than the Kirk figure.
Picard comes with a Type II phaser, as well as the Ressikan flute from “The Inner Light.” Both offer good detail, especially the flute.
So? Are They Worth The Quatloos?
Yes. Both figures offer detailed and accurate likenesses of the two Starfleet legends, and great care has been taken with getting the smaller things right. While the Picard paint issue is unfortunate, it is not enough to detract from the overall quality of the figure. Like many McFarlane products, these are technically toys but can easily pass as display pieces.
The figures are a great value at $19.99 each and are a worthy addition to any fan’s collection.
You can order the figures now at Amazon: McFarlane Toys Star Trek Captain James T. Kirk Collectible Action Figure and McFarlane Toys Star Trek Captain Jean-Luc Picard Collectible Action Figure.
Who (and what) is next for McFarlane and Star Trek?
The back of the packaging for both figures promotes three upcoming Star Trek items, listed as “coming soon”: the Discovery roleplaying phaser replica, which has been the source of some controversy, as well as figures of Michael Burnham from Discovery and Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series.
At San Diego Comic-Con, TrekMovie was told by a representative of McFarlane that they are also working on Star Trek: Discovery figures for Saru and L’Rell.
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