Classic Star Trek Boxed Set
Item No.: No. 6090 Manufacturer:Playmates Includes:Phaser, communicator, stand Action Feature:n/a Retail:$49.99-$59.99 Availability: ca. September 1993 Other: Includes cardboard bridge, 6 other crew figures
While the series aired in the 1960s and other female characters may have had a little more screen time, our only female cast member in the Classic Star Trek boxed set is the 5-inch tall Uhura. Her body construction is more obviously different than that of the boys, and while the head sculpt managed to replicate many of her features, the likeness is... well, it's more or less passable. It's not fantastic.
The original Star Trek series did do a few weird things to its actors, for example there was an episode where they put Uhura in a gold uniform for some resaon. (Laundry day?) This figure manages to keep the character as you remember her, with her distinctive hair style, green hoop earrings, and slightly exaggerated makeup. There's no question as to who this toy is supposed to be when you look at her, but it's sort of like how you know the vintage 1978 Kenner Luke Skywalker is Luke Skywalker-- it's not the face sculpt that does all the heavy lifting. Her hair could probably stand to be poofier, odds are I should have paid more attention to these details when going through the series on Blu-Ray this past year.
While some of the Trek figures from Playmates have problems sitting, Uhura may be a bit more of a poster child for this problem. While she does have jointed legs, she also has on a skirt which obfuscates her hips-- a problem toy companies have struggled with for a while now. Since this boxed set feels like it was crafted for collectors to not open, odds are Playmates wasn't incredibly concerned with the fact that a figure who is best known for sitting and effectively answering the space-phone on the Enterprise cannot sit down. Such is the way of the 1990s, a lot of great toys were made without a lot of thought as to how they would function once bought. (Hasbro carries on this proud tradition today, as do other companies I can't name here due to various things I'm legally not allowed to discuss. But I digress.)
There aren't a lot of Uhura figures on the market so if you like this scale, this is the one to get. Until someone invents an all-new collector-line scale with hundreds of figures, this will probably remain the high point of Star Trek Uhura toys for a while. As such, like I always have been saying, grab the boxed set while it's cheap.
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