Monday, August 17, 2009

Playmates Spotlight- Mr. Spock
In Environmental Suit
(9" Figure From "The Tholian Web")

Figure Name: Mr. Spock In Environmental Suit
Manufacturer: Playmates Toys

Environmental Spock was released as a Target Exclusive in the "Warp Factor"-style 9" series box. (Sorry, no boxed pic)

The Rundown: As I've stated before, I mostly overlooked the 9" line when it was in retail stores. I've picked up all the classic stuff over the years since the line ended, and for the most part I really enjoy it- there's some real gems in the line. One of my fav 'subsets' are the Environmental Suit figures. Spock here is one of the 3 released...

The head sculpt is the same one used in all the classic 9" Spocks (I've reviewed it before on the "Piece Of The Action" version). For some reason, it looks better to me here than on some of the other versions. Maybe it's the thinner 'eyeliner' or something... I don't know, but it just seems to work here.

The Environmental Suit is some of Playmates best costuming work in this scale. They really did do a phenomenal job of capturing the detail of the screen costume. The collar area is a separate plastic piece that snaps around the torso, and the helmet then clips on, with the large black stem adding extra support by plugging onto the side of the helmet. Kudos Playmates! Great work on this!

If I had to pick a bad spot on the outfit, I guess it would have to be the gloves. They're just like giant oven mitts that cover the hands. Honestly though, there's really not another easy way of making the gloves work than doing it like this so I can easily overlook it.

Accessories: Spock includes an action base (not pictured), his helmet, a starfleet communicator, and a phaser.

The Environmental Suit 9" figures are amongst the best of the line. At their original price point (a whopping $27.99!) they weren't a great value, but you can get them for a fraction of that now...and at a lower price point, they are definitely worth picking up!

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