Monday, June 27, 2011

Star Trek 'Potpourri' Spotlight-
Custom Playmates
Montgomery Scott & Will Decker
("Star Trek: The Motion Picture")

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Figure Names: Commander Montgomery Scott & Commander Will Decker
Made by customizer Matthew Hackley

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The Rundown: Hey, it's a Twofer Tuesday! Except it's actually Monday. Hey, it's a Multi-spotlight Monday! Today we are looking at not one, but TWO entries from the ongoing "What if Playmates had kept the Trek license?" series of customs from Matthew Hackley! This time around, Matt helps Playmates round out the crew in their TMP uniforms with his Motion Picture era Scott and Decker customs! Let's check 'em out...

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First up we have Scotty. I'm really surprised Playmates didn't do this one, especially considering they produced both Uhura and Sulu in TMP uniforms. Scotty has always been the "fourth wheel" of Classic Trek, so his absence from the Classic Movie Series is pretty glaring.

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Since the crew uniforms are pretty similar between figures, this would have been an easy release by Playmates. Take a standard TMP body, slap a Scotty head on it, and you're done. Matt did this custom exactly like Playmates probably would have produced him, with the exception of adding a flat coat to lessen the glare of the plastic used by Playmates. Oh, and Matt also made sure to get the color used on the delta shield right... which is something Playmates had trouble with on these.

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Next, we have Commander Will Decker... the "Charlie Brown" of Star Trek. It seems like every time Decker goes to kick that football, Kirk is there to snatch it away at the very last second. His dad dies fighting the Doomsday Machine, he gets the Enterprise taken away from him by Kirk, is appointed as science officer only to then be quickly replaced by Spock, has his girlfriend killed in front of him and then resurrected as a weird probe thingy, and at the end, winds up being turned into a glittery light effect. Oh, and only the only figures he ever got were a couple of Mego releases and a Mini-mate. Ouch.

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Seriously though- What's up with Playmates never doing a Decker figure in any scale? We get Iman from Star Trek VI... but not DECKER!!? He would have been a simple release! Just like Matt's custom, all it takes is a new head on the existing TMP body. That whole bent-action-foot they used on Spock even makes a lot more sense when used on a dashing Decker figure.

I mean seriously... I can't be alone in wanting to do this on my shelf-

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Am I? Hello? Anybody?..... Okay. Moving on then...

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As stated, Matt's custom consists of a Playmates crew body with a new Decker head. I really like what Matt did with this one. I feel like this head captures the innocent charm of Stephen Collins quite well. I'm almost in seventh heaven just looking at it. Ha! Get it? "Seventh Heaven"? Because Stehpen Collins played the dad on that show? I kill me!

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So there we go. While Playmates did a better job than just about everybody at putting out accurate versions of the crew from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", they still left a couple of voids that needed filling. Well, thanks to Matt, my voids are now filled (I felt dirty just typing that). Had Playmates kept the license just a bit longer, I think these 2 would have been front-runners for release, since they would have both been fairly cheap and easy to manufacture. For now though, a complete TMP crew in figure form is but a dream... Merrily, merrily, merrily...

10 comments:

  1. I never understood why we got so many TMP Kirk figures in the Admiral uniform. He only wore it for a few moments on screen. It always puts him out style with the rest of the crew. The Decker is a gorgeous custom, BTW.

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  2. I literally made the exact same customs out of the exact same parts about 15 years ago. The only thing I did differently was pop the torsos open and swap out the arms and legs with some TMP McCoy arms and legs, for the sake of visual variety, and I took a Dremel and sanded about 10 pounds off of Scotty's neck and face, since Jimmy Doohan was considerably more svelte in TMP than his Relics/Generations-era head sculpt. I also did an Ilia/Uhura head swap and did a nice blue-grey paint match for something approximating a duty uniform Ilia. A TOS Yeoman Rand/TMP Uhura head swap and a little resculpting of Rand's hairdo also added another TMP crew member to my Playmates roster. All good nerdy fun back when I had time for good nerdy fun.

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  3. That Decker is awesome man, what a great job he did on the head sculpt. I have to say the matte finish is something Playmates should have done on day one for all Trek. Makes them look light years better.

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  5. Awesome - I lament to absence of a full TMP crew, although Decker did get a yellow-uniformed Mego version in the seventies. I have given up hope of ever getting a full TMP crew although I'm contemplating ordering some custom sculpts of heads of Stephen Collins, Persis Khambatta, Grace Lee Whitney, and Majel Barrett to make TWoK versions instead using spare DST bodies.

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  6. I often wonder if the Playmates Christopher Pike began as a Decker head sculpt. It is an almost perfect Steven Collins likeness, far better than Jeffery Hunter. I've made these two customs as well. Something just wonderful about those old Motion Picture uniforms!

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  8. I typically surprise if the Playmates St. Christopher Pike began as a Decker head sculpt. it's AN nearly good Steven Collins likeness, much better than Jeffery Hunter. I've created these 2 customs furthermore. one thing simply howling regarding those previous show uniforms!

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  9. Hi- The Decker Figure is super- I've done my conversions also - for Scotty I used a re-painted Sulu Body with a TNG Scotty head. For the figure of Decker I used a Spock grey body with a captain Pike head- with re-painted hair...these two figures turned out pretty good - though not as good as Your versions...but- still I am happy. Regards. KEV.

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