Friday, August 7, 2009
Playmates Spotlight- Mr. Spock
(From "Mirror, Mirror")
Figure Name: Mr. Spock (from "Mirror, Mirror")
Manufacturer: Playmates Toys
Mirror Spock was released by Playmates on their Warp Factor Series card.
Figure Name: Mirror versions of the TOS crew were sadly pretty overlooked in the Playmates TOS 4.5" line. Mirror Spock here was the only "Mirror, Mirror" version character made in the line. My love of Playmates style figures coupled with my love of "Mirror, Mirror" should put this on my fav figures list right? No, unfortunately. There's a few problems with this guy that holds him back, although I do still like him. I just don't LOVE him...
Mirror Spock has your standard Playmates-style articulation, unlike some of the other Warp Factor Series figures which sacrificed articulation for more 'dynamic' poses. I for one am glad to have him like this instead of as a less-articulated, pre-posed version.
The detailing on the shirt is pretty nice. Playmates did a good job of capturing the medals and the sash. There's also a little post to plug his knife into. Pretty good job on this part of the figure.
Here's where the nitpicks start- I find the head sculpt a little off. This is one time where I wish that Playmates would have done some re-use instead of sculpting something new. The standard Playmates Spock head is really great in my opinion and looks very much like Nimoy. Had they just taken that head and added the beard I think this figure would have looked much better. Instead, they sculpted an all new head that doesn't look nearly as accurate. It's not a terrible head by any means, but it does look a little more like Nimoy's stunt double than I'd like.
Seriously...is it too much to ask for a company to get the mirror universe boots right!?! AA screws them up on their Mirror Scotty, Playmates is all over the place on their 9" style figures- We get one 4.5" style Mirror figure....and the boots are wrong. Bummer.
So yeah, I want to this to be one of myfavorite playmates figures, I REALLY do, but the slightly off head and the wrong boots really put a damper on him. If you can get him cheap (which is likely), you may as well pick him up, but without the rest of the mirror crew and the aforementioned problems, this is one you don't really need to break a sweat going after. But then again...I love "Mirror, Mirror" so any figure inspired from it is worth picking up to me. Decisions, decisions....
Accessories: Mirror Spock comes with a display base (not pictured), an agonizer, a desktop computer, a phaser, and a dagger that clips to his belt.
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