Art Asylum/ Diamond Select Toy's Star Trek: TNG Action Figures
by Lando da Pimp
When Art Asylum acquired the Star Trek license I was ecstatic. After years of sub-par figures by Playmates, Star Trek would finally be done right. The line started with The Original Series, Enterprise, and Star Trek Nemesis, all beautifully sculpted and well articulated. Finally, Art Asylum and Diamond are producing the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine figures we all deserved. In a smart move, the Star Trek line is gong to be handled and released just like the popular Buffy The Vampire Slayer line. Each series will incorporate a few figures in various versions. The first are Commander Riker and Lt. Worf. Both figures are sculpted based on different episodes from the series, providing a great range of play. Thanks to YouBuyNow.com for giving us a test drive.
The Next Generation Lt. Worf; Season 7
Lt. Worf is sculpted in the season 7 TNG uniform and comes with a number of great accessories. With twenty points of articulation creating the ability to pose the figure in many different positions. The head sculpt for this figure is fantastic providing an accurate representation of Michael Dorn. In an interesting move all of the figures come equipped with a second pair of hands that can easily be pulled out. In a good move Art Asylum did not sculpt Worf's Klingon Sash but allowed it to be a separate piece that fits over the figure. Great detail went into this piece, showing the care to provide an accurate portrayal of the Enterprise's security officer. Worf's other accessories include various Federation weapons and tricorders along with his Klingon batleth.
Deep Space Nine Worf
When Worf joined Deep Space Nine in the fourth season, I was a upset at the time. I had really found that Deep Space Nine was a good quality show that easily became a great part of Star Trek history. Unfortunately the ratings said otherwise. All of my worries that the show wouldn't be as good changed as I felt Worf brought a new aspect of the show and helped provide 4 more great seasons. This version sculpt of Worf is based on the episode Solder's of the Empire. Sculpted in the Klingon uniform, Worf is highly detailed for an accurate representation from this episode. What I am disappointed at is that this version of Work uses the same head sculpt as TNG Season 7 Worf. I would have liked to have seen a different head possibly with his hair let down and not in a pony tail.
Admiral Riker from "All Good Things"
In one of the best series finales, Q allows Captain Picard
to travel between three different time periods. The first
is when he first boards the Enterprise as Captain (Encounter
at Far Point), the second is the present day (Season
7), and then 25 years in the future where Will Riker is
now an Admiral in the Federation. Admiral Riker helps Picard
try to figure out what is happening to him and why. All
Good Things Admiral Riker features an older Will with
the "futuristic" Federation insignia and updated Federation
uniform with a great paint scheme for the head sculpt.
Commander Riker Season 7
Commander Riker or "Number 1" is represented in the season
7 uniform from TNG. Similar to the other Worf and Riker
figures, Riker has twenty points of articulation with great
detail on his uniform. Also included are a PADD, tricorder,
phaser and Star Trek base.
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax from "Trials and Tribble-ations"
In a special exclusive, different retailers sold exclusive Deep Space Nine action figures based on the episode Trials and Tribble-ations. In that episode, the Defiant is transported back in time at the same period of when The Original Series episode The Trouble with Tribbles, in which Captain Kirk and crew discover that they have a problem with the out of control reproducing Tribbles, which becomes a burden to the space station K-7. The Deep Space Nine crew discovers a threat on Kirk's life, that they must stop to preserve the time line. To infiltrate the station, the crew dress in Original Series uniforms. Jadzia Dax is represented in the original 60's attire with the short mini-skirt and hair in a bun. I am a bit bothered that this figure, along with the other Deep Space Nine figures are not in scale with the new Riker and Worf figures. They are also not as well sculpted as the Riker and Worf figures, with the likeness of Jadzia being very poor. They did give her some "junk in the trunk."
Overall these figures are excellent representations of characters from the Star Trek universe. Far superior from the 90's Playmates figures that made all the characters look like hunched over trolls. My biggest complaint is with the scale issue. I hope that the new scale of Riker and Worf will now stay in place and that all future figures are sculpted to fit. All of the new Star Trek figures are accompanied with a base plate with the insignia of either the Federation or Klingon displayed. While normally I wouldn't complain about a base plate, these are useless. With no peg for the figure to stand on, you have to balance the figure on to the display. A great addition to the base plate would have also been a compartment that can hold all of the accessories these figures are equipped with.
They are not the perfect Star Trek figures but are easily the best to date. With a little more finessing they can easily become faultless Check out the rest of our Star Trek coverage, including an interview with Wil Wheaton!
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