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Get A Look At Art Asylum's 3rd Wave Of Star Trek Classic Figures

Star Trek: Jay Cochran - 2005.03.29
BradMan sends us these images of Art Asylum's 3rd series of Star Trek: The Orginal Series figures, which are showing up at Meijer stores now. This series includes Battle Ravaged Kirk, Kor The Klingon, The Gorn & Vina The Orion Slave Woman. Brad also sends along a little review on each figure. Here is what he has to on each one.

"Battle Ravaged" Captain Kirk

I think the best thing about this figure are the pictures on the back of the package. There's one of Kirk landing a solid double kick to a reeling Kor, and another of him mid-air during a "flying leap" toward the Gorn. Priceless.

Of the four figures, this one is the weakest in my opinion. Since I was able to get a San Diego Comic Convention exclusive a few years back, this is really just a repaint for me. But, for some, this may be a great chance to get Captain Kirk in (more or less) his duty uniform. It may be possible to use acetone to remove the blood on his face, I'm not sure.

I can't quite determine what mold this figure uses. I don't think it's just the SDCC release repainted, so my best guess is that this figure uses the waist, legs, arms, and head of the other Kirk figures, but a different torso.

Despite previous indications to the contrary, this release does include all of the same accessories as the SDCC version, most notably the phaser rifle.

All in all, this is a figure worth picking up. If you missed getting a "yellow shirt Kirk" from SDCC, now's your chance to get pretty darn close. If you already have the SDCC version, it's cool to have to either complete your collection or to play around with in staging the Shatner flying leap.

Klingon Warrior Kor

This is one of the best Star Trek figures to date. Looking at pictures from "Errand of Mercy", the likeness to John Colicos is uncanny. Little details like the removable honor sash, disruptor holster, and amazing disruptor accessory make it that much better. But, unfortunately, it's not perfect.

One of the first things I noticed upon removing him from the package is a loss of some joints. Unlike previous Art Asylum figures, Kor does not have a swivel joint at the bicep or thigh. If this cost-cutting measure was necessary to bring the figure to us, then I'm not complaining.

Hey, Art Asylum and DST, you want to whip up headsculpts for Kang and Koloth? They'd be the perfect convention exclusives... just a thought.

The Gorn

I always thought Playmates' Gorn figure was pretty good, until this came along and blew it out of the water. One of the first things I noticed was just how heavy this figure was compared to the other Art Asylum figures, just like Klaang compared to other Enterprise figures. This figure is definitely not someone you'd want to be stranded on a barren planet with.

The Gorn's only flaw is the lack of swivel biceps like Kor, but it's a minor imperfection. His legs are an interesting design, with a ball joint at the hip and then a swivel joint right below it still hidden under his "skirt". Accessories include the requisite universal translator and rock spike, and both fit in his hands easily.

Between the great sculpting and paint application, flawless execution of the rubber/molded plastic costume, and overall design this figure is a must-have.

Vina the Orion Slave Woman

Vina's a great figure, albeit with a few idiosyncrasies. The headsculpt is dead-on to actress Susan Oliver who played her in "The Cage". What's nice is that her hair is a softer, rubberier plastic that allows her to turn her head without the hair getting caught on her shoulder. I can't really say whether or not the shade of green used is perfect, since I have no idea how the color of the original film has held up. Either way, it looks great.

Where this figure gets a little weird is in its posing. Vina has all the articulation of previous figures including bicep and thigh swivel joints, but her right leg seems a bit awkwardly sculpted as if she's putting all her weight on it. As a result, it seems longer than the left one. I think this is why Vina is the only figure to come wit peg holes in her feet, and an accompanying base with a foot peg.

Overall a great figure. Now if we only had a Talosian to go with her...

Find it @  Big Bad Toy Store - Ebay


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