Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Playmates Spotlight- Lieutenant Sulu
("Star Trek: The Motion Picture")
Figure Name: Lieutenant Sulu
Manufacturer: Playmates Toys
Sulu was released carded as part of Playmates' Classic Star Trek Movie Series.
The Rundown: If you want Sulu in his attire from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", this figure is your only shot at it. Mego didn't make one it's TMP line, and DST has yet to release anyone besides Kirk and Spock in this attire. Luckily, it's a pretty decent figure.
Like all the TMP style figures from Playmates, Sulu is pretty nicely sculpted. All the details are captured just fine here- from the belt monitor to his rank braids.
The head sculpt is pretty solid to, with a nice likeness of the slightly older Sulu. Since Sulu looked pretty much the same throughout his 6 movies, one could easily use the head for a simple Captain Sulu custom. Just pop it off and stick it on the Kirk "Generations" body and you're done!
And like most of the Playmates figures released around this time, Sulu has a nice range of movement. I still hate the "V-Crotch" style of articulation though...
Accessories: Sulu includes a display base (not pictured), a tricorder, a wrist communicator, a phaser, and a piece of V'Ger. Collect all 5 TMP style figures to assemble your own V'Ger (or at a least a tiny facsimile thereof...).
Sulu is a nice figure from a cool subset of the Playmates line. I may be alone in this, but I've always been a fan of the TMP look. The Playmates line is your best bet for completing the crew in that attire. They gave us Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu and Uhura- and Scotty and Chekov are pretty easily customized. Check out how easy it is to make a Chekov using an extra Sulu and a "Generations" Chekov-
So yeah...good figure, especially if you dig "Star Trek: The Motion Picture".