Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Playmates Spotlight-
Klingon Disruptor
("Star Trek Generations")

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Item Name: Klingon Disruptor
Manufacturer: Playmates Toys

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Playmates released this weapon of mass destruction as part of it's "Star Trek Generations" line.

The Rundown: Sorry for the lack in posts lately. I promise to be a better blogger! Believe me? Well, you should. Anyways... Did you ever wonder how I pick the items that I choose to spotlight here? Probably not, but I'm going to tell you anyway. Sometimes it is by request, but usually the item is picked based on whatever is easily grabbed from my Trek room at home (yes, I have a Trek room). The next couple of spotlights, however, stem directly from me watching the great film "Trekkies" again the other day. I decided it might be fun to choose a couple of items spotlighted in the movie. First up...



You're damn right kid! No Klingon would use a silly thing like a stun setting! But Playmates had other ideas, and decided to include one in this great little piece of roleplaying fun!

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Overall, the disruptor looks pretty darned nice, especially for a kid's toy. The color choices look okay to me, but I wish they'd have chosen a different material for the grip. It seems a little too slick and glossy to have been the sidearm of one of them Klingon bastards...

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The front end emitter is cast in a red translucent plastic to facilitate the light-up feature. The light is nice and bright when lit, but is pretty tough to capture in a photo (thus why there isn't one).

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Playmates included a few stickers to slap on this piece to give it a little more detail. I've always dug the Klingon insignia, so it's nice to see it included here.

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As our young friend pointed out in the video, the disruptor has 2 settings- "Disrupt" and "Stun". Even though he displayed them pretty well in the video already, I went ahead and made another in case you couldn't make them out (the first effect is "Disrupt").



And here's the bio from the back of the box-

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...and the included "blueprints"!

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While it's fun toy, those of you who strive for screen accuracy may just want to wait for the Diamond Select Toys version (if it ever makes it out). Folks like me with kids though should definitely give this one some thought, as it's pretty cheap and fits perfectly in a toddler-sized hand. My sons love having weapons for the opposing forces during their mock battles...

-James

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