Monday, September 7, 2009

Playmates Spotlight- First Officer Spock
(Classic Star Trek Collector Set)

Figure Name: First Officer Spock
Manufacturer: Playmates Toys

Spock was released as part of the excellent Playmates Classic Crew set. He was also released in a "Tholian Web" 2-pack with an Interphase Kirk (which I still need to take a picture of).

The Rundown: The last figure from the Classic Crew Set to get the spotlight treatment- Mr. Spock! If you're displaying a classic crew, this is the most 'vanilla' of the Spocks available, even though he has one slight issue...

On the plus side, the body sculpt is good and does a fine job capturing the tall slender Mr. Spock. It's pretty poseable and can manage a decent amount of logical poses.

I'm a big fan of the Playmates Classic Spock head sculpt. They did a fine job recreating Nimoy's distinct features. Ah, but there's my gripe in that picture up there! See it?...

...the dreaded Vulcan salute hand! This figures were made before the days were interchangeable hands were commonplace, so Playmates decision to make Spock permanently doing the "LL&P" is a bummer. The pose really limits your display choices.

Accessories: Spock includes his display stand (not pictured), a phaser, and a communicator. Too bad he can only hold 1 accessory at a time...

Box bio:

Despite the hand issue, Spock is still a really nice figure from an insanely sweet box set. The Classic Crew Collector Set is really one of the gems of the Playmates line, and I can't recommend it enough. You can get it for a fairly cheap amount nowadays and it's the perfect place to start a Playmates collection. It also makes a great set for younger fans getting into the classic show (both my boys have their own sets, and they are their "go to" Trek figures of choice).


  1. I'm really enjoying your reviews.
    It's made me want to start collecting playmates again! I have the classic set still in the box, but every time I read a review you do on the classic box set I want to rip them open more and more lol.
    Just wanted to let you know I'm enjoying the blogs! :)

  2. Thanks man! I really appreciate that! And rip that puppy open! These guys are too awesome to leave in the box. Or better yet- buy a second set to tear into!

    Oh, and I'm guessing by your name that you're a MOTU fan? I started a second blog about the new Classics figures. It's not updated as much as my Trek one; it's mostly just a site showcasing photos I convince my wife to take of the figures. Check it out if you get a chance:

  3. I agree about the Vulcan salute hand. Playmates did that on so many Spocks and the 1/6 scale Spocks really bug me. I'd love a new hand for my TWOK 1/6 Spock. Most Spock figures include the salute even today. Thank goodness most newer figures do have that interchangeable hand.

  4. This is a great blog. I just started collecting the 4.5 Playmates figures, and this is the set I started with. I just fell in love with 'em. Love the featured customs as well.


  5. I also agree about the Vulcan salute hand. I've customized a Spock with McCoy's arms (changed the rank braids, of course) to have one with normal hands and one with the salute.
    I love the Playmates classic crew set. Those are definitely my favorite figures of the whole bunch.