Wednesday, July 6, 2011

DST/ EMCE Spotlight-
Salt Vampire
(Mego Style Figure)

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Figure Name: Salt Vampire
Manufacturer: Diamond Select & EMCE Toys

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The Salt Vampire was released by Diamond Select Toys in 2011.

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The Rundown: Remember that scene in "The Man Trap" where Dr. Crater is explaining how the M-113 creature is akin to the water buffalo of earth- an endangered species? Well, that's kind what it's like in the toy world too. For being such a memorable alien from the series, the good ol' Salt Vampire sure has gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to toys. No release in the original Mego line, and nothing in any of the various scales produced by Playmates (though Matt Hackley's custom gives us a glimpse at how it might have looked). And of course, who can forget this one-

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Sculpted by Art Asylum for release in their last wave of Classic Trek figures, the Salt Vampire was dropped when the assortment was cut down to 4 figures. The figure lingered in limbo until DST solicited it for release a couple of years ago... only to then cancel it due to lack of preorders. *Grumble* It seemed the Salt Vampire would never grace toy shelves.

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...Until today that is! Thanks to EMCE Toys and DST, we FINALLY have a Salt Vampire! Would I have preferred a Playmates or AA style figure? Sure. But for being a Mego-inspired figure, this gal is pretty sweet! Let's take a look!

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The Salt Vampire features a similar body to the other DST/ EMCE style reissues; I say "similar" because this one feel a bit more solid and is held together with screws. Regardless, it features the same range of movement found in vintage Mego figures. The challenge is getting this body to hold a pose though. Without the aid of a stand, you're pretty much stuck with a straight stance on your shelf. That's the name of the game with "retro-action" though, so I'm not surprised or disappointed by it.

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To replicate the furry body of the Salt Vampire, EMCE went with a fuzzy white oversuit (which is almost definitely what Mego would have done as well). The fur is a bit more subdued than it is on the packaging shot and on the prototype, but I think it looks just fine here. Not entirely screen accurate, but since these are replicating Mego-styling, a little artistic interpretation has to come into play.

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Since you don't want your M-113 Creatures running around all nekkid, the figure includes a burlap-sack-toga-thingy. It's a separate piece from the fuzzy suit, and attaches around the figure through a snap in the back. Oh... I should also mention that the fur suit attaches through a single snap as well, which has a tendency to pop open when you pose her. What a floozy.

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The body includes a few newly-sculpted pieces to finish off the Creature's look. First, there's the wonderful sucker hands! EMCE did a FANTASTIC job on these! There almost a little too nice for Mego style... but who cares! They ROCK!

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And speaking of things that rock- Check out that noggin'! A face only a mother could love! Well, a mother and Dr. Crater. Oh, and Dr. McCoy. And Uhura. And Crewman Darnell. And maybe Sturgeon and Green, but we don't know that for sure. So, yeah... it's a really good sculpt- maybe the finest of the "new" Star Trek Megos.

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Accessories: Nada. It's not like you need any though. Well, maybe a jar of salt would have been nice.

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It's been a long time coming, but we finally have a Salt Vampire figure! While Mego figures may not be everyone's cup of tea, this is one of the finer efforts in that style. And with no other possibilities in the foreseeable future, this one may be worth picking up to fill the void. At a retail price of $19.99, you may be a bit hesitant to throw down the scratch for her... but I wouldn't wait too long. Remember what happened to the water buffalo?

7 comments:

  1. Well, finally. I only wish she had longer hair... but I'm not gonna complain!

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  2. I like the card art. Sure hope they make Nurse Chapel.

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  3. Beeeeeautiful, in an ugly sorta way. Insane that its taken FORTY-FIVE YEARS to get a Salt Vampire action figure to retail market. The original Star Trek has a handful of truly iconic aliens and alien characters, and the Salt Vampire (along with Ruk the Android) are the two most egrigious omissions - or at least until now. Can't wait to get mine.

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  4. this figure is way better then their crappy, Pike, in my option, the worst of the new crew, the head sculpt does not really look like Pike, and it does not fit in with the Roto look, it looks almost like a custum sculpt, thought the Uniform is nice.

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  5. Hopefully, there will be a review of Pike soon. :-)

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  6. cool!
    At last we got some new dst
    This monster is great for trekkers or any horror-zombie fan.

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