Saturday, October 10, 2009

AA/ DST Spotlight-
Ambassador Sarek & Spock
(Dress Uniform/ "Spock's Brain")
Star Trek Minimates

Figure Names: Ambassador Sarek & Spock (Dress Uniform/ "Spock's Brain")
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys

Sarek & Spock were released as part of Diamond Select's third wave of Star Trek Minimates. The pack was available with either the standard Dress Uniform Spock...

...or with the variant Spock from "Spock's Brain"!

The Rundown: Hey, it's a three-for-one spotlight today! With every wave of their Star Trek Minimates, DST packed in a one-per-case variant of one of the standard packs. Wave three's variation was on the standard Ambassador Sarek & Dress Uniform Spock pack, changing out that Spock with a version from "Spock's Brain". Let's look at 'em!

Sarek is the same in both packs. He's your unique "essential" character, while Spock fills the role of your "non-essential" variation character. Sarek is based on his attire from the beginning of the episode "Journey To Babel", his one and only original series appearance.

Sarek's a good minimate, but not a great one. Since we're talking about minimate likenesses, you can't judge this too harshly, but this one doesn't seem to capture him as well as some of the other minimates do their counterparts. Plus, the outfit they chose here is somewhat plain. I really wish they'd have gone with the shiny gold shirt from the buffet scene instead. Oh well...

The standard version of the pack features Spock in his dress uniform to go along with wave one's dress McCoy and wave three's dress Kirk. The pairing makes sense here since Spock wore this outfit in "Journey To Babel".

Dress Spock fares a bit better than Sarek. The head looks like Spock, and the dress uniform details are well done. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Sarek comes with no accessories, while Spock at least comes with your standard Starfleet gear.

And here's your one-per-case variant: "Spock's Brain" Spock! Straight from the unanimously panned episode comes Spock with his robot head gear. The pairing with Sarek makes no sense here, but it's a variant so *ahem* logic goes right out the window.

"Spock's Brain" is one of my guilty pleasures, so I was actually really excited to get this pack. The 'mate is well-done, with the headgear being the highlight. Oh, and if you absolutely can't stand "Spock's Brain", you can always switch out the head for a "This Side Of Paradise" version.

Accessories: "Spock's Brain" Spock comes with his little remote (which is awesome) and his Vulcan lute (which doesn't make much sense, but is still really cool). The Dress Uniform Spock comes with a phaser, communicator, and a Vulcan salute hand. None of the accessories seem to be for Sarek, but I guess you could give him the hand...

So is it worth going after both packs? For me, yes, but that's because I'm crazy and I actually enjoy "Spock's Brain". Normal people can probably just call it a day with the standard pack. The variant does come with the Vulcan lute, which is way cool, but if you go after both, then you're stuck with an extra Sarek. Ah, the pitfalls of variants...


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