Here’s a look at a somewhat new Trek licensor on the block that made our Best of 2021 list and is expected to continue to help ring in 2022. We take a look at EXO-6, review (with video) their first two releases from 2021, and look at what they have coming up in 2022.
EXO-6: Focusing on 12-inch Star Trek
12-inch scale collector figures are having a lucrative boom right now, with companies like Hot Toys, Sideshow, and others making high-end 1/6 scale figures with remarkable likenesses of actors like Robert Downey, Jr., Keanu Reeves, and others as they license properties like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Keanu’s John Wick series, and others. Star Trek has had a spotty record in this area, with companies like Playmates and even military figure company Dragon producing 12-inch Trek figures of varying quality over the years.
The best so far was a brief run of Star Trek: The Original Series figures from QmX that included James T. Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, and renegade superman Khan Noonien Singh from “Space Seed.” Other figures were announced, including a Wrath of Khan Khan, TOS Chekov and Uhura, Admiral Kirk and Spock from The Wrath of Khan, and Michael Burnham and a Michelle Yeoh figure from Star Trek Discovery—but these never materialized.
Nanjin Tam was one of the brainchilds behind QmX’s line of Trek figures, and after being frustrated by their output (they eventually discontinued the line), he struck out on his own and formed Exo-6, which has launched an ambitious line of Star Trek figures encompassing the Next Generation movie Star Trek First Contact with figures of Jean-Luc Picard and Commander Data in 2021, and more on the way.
Video unboxing and reviews
Check out the video for my unboxing of Picard and Data—these were released mid-2021 but 2021 being what it was, circumstances prevented us from posting our unboxing until now, but hopefully we will feature the upcoming Exo-6 figures as they become available.
A closer look at Data and Picard
Each figure comes with finely tailored uniforms, hidden magnets to supply that old “magnatomic adhesion” magic to hold phasers, communicators and tricorders onto the figures’ clothing, and large accessories like phaser rifles etc. Both figures come with display stands modeled on the Enterprise transporter pads, which are designed to lock together to potentially create a complete transporter platform once you collect six figures. The likenesses and paint details are wonderfully lifelike and subtle, capturing the attitude of both characters, and Exo-6 has gone the extra mile to make sure that their body joints are both highly poseable and firm to maintain extreme poses if needed. (Figures also come with swappable hands for different poses and to hold specific accessories.)
These figures easily hold up against the best that Hot Toys and Sideshow can deliver, and at a pretty reasonable price point of under $200 (whereas most Hot Toys figures now go for closer to $300 and sometimes far more). EXO-6 has produced a tremendously exciting line that promises to bring some of Trek’s greatest characters to life to pose and preen on your desk or bookshelves.
Both the Data and Picard First Contact figures sold out quickly, as did a just-released Star Trek Voyager Captain Janeway figure; a Holographic Doctor figure is imminent and still available for pre-order, and apparently a Seven of Nine is not too far away.
EXO-6 is continuing to expand their line in 2022 with a number of releases coming up. These include TOS “Mirror, Mirror” Spock and a figure of John de Lancie’s Q in his magisterial robes from TNG’s “Encounter at Farpoint.” Future releases for Star Trek: Discovery and more are being planned. Visit EX0-6 for more details and pre-order reservations.