Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AA/ DST Spotlight- Doctor McCoy
(Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan)

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Figure Name: Doctor McCoy
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys

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Bones was released as part of the second wave of "Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan" figures. The entire wave was comprised of retailer exclusives launched at San Diego Comic-Con. McCoy was the New Force Comics entry.

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The Rundown: He's the one they call Dr. Feelgood...He's the one that makes ya feel alright! Ah, what Trek line would be complete without the good doctor? NONE! McCoy here is a "must-have" character if there ever was one... So how's he look in TWOK style? Let's take a peek!

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Released as part of the SDCC exclusive TWOK set, McCoy was definitely the most integral character of the bunch. Ask anyone on the street to name 3 classic Trek characters, and it's a good bet they'll say something like "Kirk, Spock, and ummm... the doctor guy?". That's why seeing him in the SDCC wave was a bit of a surprise over somebody like, say, Saavik or Uhura. The wave ended up being easier to acquire than I first feared though, so if you wanted McCoy it wasn't too much of a hassle. In fact, New Force had him in stock for at least months after his release if I recall correctly...

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Just like the other TWOK figures, there's some parts reuse going on here. I've said it before and I'll say it again- I have no problem with reused parts on figures when it makes sense, and in the case of similar uniforms and body types... it makes sense.

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Across the board, the paint work on my all my TWOK figures is pretty solid. McCoy is no exception, with clean lines all around and no major messy spots visible. The detailing is especially nice and really shows the effort that went into this line during it's heyday.

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The TWOK figures have some of the best articulation amongst AA/ DST's catalog in my opinion. Of particular note is the nice "ball-and-socket" joint on the shoulder, which looks great and offers a nice range of movement. They also made the lower piece of the tunic in a rubbery material as to not restrict the hip movement too much. Nice!

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Accessories: If I have one gripe on Bones, it's with the choice of accessories. McCoy includes a medical tool, 2 extra hands, a communicator, and a bottle of Romulan Ale (which I didn't even realize was a bottle of Romulan Ale since it's painted silver...). I would have loved for him to include a phaser or a tricorder... but what can you do?

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C'mon folks... this one's a no-brainer. If you are collecting the TWOK line, you HAVE to own McCoy. Who else is gonna discover all those dead bodies on the Regula 1 Space Station? Who else is gonna bring Kirk some medicinal Romulan Ale? Who else is gonna "remember"? Nobody, that's who! So go buy him if you don't already own him! New Force doesn't look to have it in stock anymore, but if you look around enough you can find a deal. True, I have seen it go as high as $60, but I've also seen it go as low as a penny! Wish I'd have seen that one...

-James

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