Saturday, September 26, 2009
Mego/ DST Combo Spotlight- Andorian
Figure Name: Andorian
Manufacturer: Mego Toys Corp.
The Andorian was released carded as part of the third series of Mego 8" Star Trek figures (sorry, no carded pic on this one).
The Rundown: The Romulan may be the greatest 8" Star Trek Mego, but the Andorian here definitely comes in as a very close second. Featuring a great head sculpt, and a fairly accurate outfit, Mego really did a top notch job on this guy. It's just a shame he's so rare...
Though it's not based on a specific Andorian, the head (and cardback drawing) do bear a passing resemblance to Thelev from "Journey To Babel" (which if it was based on him would make this an Orion in disguise and not a true Andorian). Either way, the head looks fantastic and perfectly captures the distrusting nature of the Andorian species.
And you can't talk about the head without mentioning the antennae. They are well sculpted, and look very much like their television counterpart. For a line that sometimes took great liberties with screen accuracy (I'm looking at you Gorn), the attention to detail on the Andorian's head is a very welcome surprise.
The outift may not be entirely screen accurate, but the feel of the Andorian outfit is captured quite well. Mego thankfully went with the "Journey To Babel" look over the Andorian appearance from "Whom Gods Destroy", so no giant pink fuzzy sweater. Instead, we get an armor-over-chain-mail look that's done very well.
Any vintage Star Trek Mego collector can tell you that's one big problem with the Andorian. Since most folks left the black belt on the figure, a great majority of the Andorians you see nowadays turn out like this:
The black plastic reacts with the vinyl material, leaving a black stain all around the figures waist. The staining can also seep through to the body suit underneath causing a brown stain ring around the mid section. There is a way of fixing this, but I myself haven't tried it. The details are over at Megomuseum.com- just click here.
The Mego Andorian is truly one of the highlights of the line. His screen accuracy and overall coolness factor really set him apart and he's a figure that no Mego Trek collection should be without, which is difficult since he's such a rarity. He still commands a hefty price on the secondary market so many casual collectors aren't able to have this piece in their collections. If only there were an affordable alternative...
Oh wait...there is! The Diamond Select Toys/ Emce Toys reissue version!
The Andorian reissue figure from DST is such a close approximation that I figured I'd tack him onto the Mego review. Let's take a look at what's different here-
The basic look of the figure is the same. There's very slight changes in the shades of color used, but overall they are very close in appearance. It's tough to tell them apart with just a quick glance.
The heads are very close, with a slight change in the color of plastic used. There's also a little bit of a brighter red around the eye of the original. I guess the reissue got hold of some visine...
There is a pretty distinct difference in the bodysuit (at least on the examples I own). The original version feature a diamond-shaped pattern, while the reissue features a straight-line pattern. It's not a huge difference, but it does help distinguish the suits if you're searching for an original.
Accessories: Neither the original nor the reissue version come with any accessories unless you count the outift, which I don't. Due to the nature of the Andorian's gloves, holding a weapon isn't really possible, so I understand the omission.
The DST Andorian offers you a very affordable option to the original. He's just a bout a dead-ringer for the original, and you don't have to worry about the black belt stains. If you have some of the Mego Trek crew, but you don't have this guy, snag one of these reissues! It's a great figure, even by today's standards...
Whew! That was a long one... Since these reissue versions are so close to the originals in many ways, I'll probably do this same "combo-style" spotlight with the all the remaining 8" Mego figures who have DST counterparts. Then I've just got to update all the ones I've already done too...
Oh! Don't forget you've got until 12:01 a.m on Monday Setember 28th to get your name in for a chance to win a DST Tapestry Picard! All the details are at the end of My Galoob Klaa spotlight from Friday. Good luck!