Star Trek II Wrath of Khan Kirk, Terrell and Khan
Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum
by Mr. Stinkhead
You saw the first time we visited Wrath of Khan figures from SDCC. That included Scotty, Bones, Sulu, Checkov and burnt to a crisp Khan. This set features Kirk, Capt. Terrell and (normal) Khan. I do believe that's the first time anything about Ricardo Montelban has been regared as "normal." Ever.
Kirk looks pretty good. Trim. I believe this figure is begging for a TJ Hooker custom. Quick, someone get the police officer from Plan B Toys and do a head swap. Anyway, I appreciate that they include two sets of hands... open and gripping. (That sounds like a porn movie?) He comes with a flip up communicator and phaser. There is something just a little off in the expression or something, but it's not the best Kirk likeness. Can't place it. It's definately William Shatner. Ok, I'd be happy with a KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN screaming head alternate (chase) or something. There's the great articulation we've come to expect. Ball joint neck, shoulders (are really nice), bicep, elbow, wrist, waist, hip thigh, knee and ankle. Unfortunately, the hairpiece is not articulated.
Khan looks great. I had played with the battle-damage Khan in our last review, so it's cool comparing them. This one has a completely different head sculpt, and a fully functioning arm that crispy britches didn't. The likeness is great, and the articulation is fantastic. My only complaint on this one is the "dirt" wash they use. I think it looks weird and too plasticy. BUT you get some sweet accessories. You get a ceti eel, a bowl with two tiny (in scale) ceti eels, forceps, and an open version of his gloved hand. If you do it just right, you can balance the forceps in one hand the bowl in the other. I believe this was the most horrifying image I had seen as a wee lad. I watch it now and those ears looked so fake, but back in the day, I bought it all the way.
I think Captain Terrell looks the most like his flesh and blood counterpart, Paul Winfield. This likeness is the best of the three. I tried really hard to get him to kneel before ZOD. Sorry, couldn't resist kneel before Khan, holding the bowl of ceti eels, but he just wouldn't stay on his knees. (This review is sounding dirtier and dirtier as I go). He has the most accurate likeness in my opinion, and comes with two alternate hands and a wrist comm. Again, we could have used an alternate "screaming head" chase variant.
This line has really surprised me. I figure, Wrath of Khan fans will potentially buy Wrath of Khan figures at this point, regardless of the likeness or accessories, or amount of articulation. (I don't expect them to buy any old crap) but seriously, Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum have gone overboard (which is impossible in a Star Ship) making this line exceed expectations. You get great accessories, the articulation is open to lots of different poses, and they look good in or out of the packaging. I say open them up.
You can find out more about Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum's Star Trek Line (including the classic Mego figures) at DiamondSelectToys.com. And check out the rest of our Star Trek articles including our interview with Wil Wheaton.