As one of the first new characters after Playmates went on to year two of Star Trek: The Next Generation action figures, K'Ehleyr was a curious choice. Worf's lady friend, played by the versatile Suzie Plakson, was one of many women in Playmates' action figure line. In the 1990s most lines had one or two girl figures in it, while Playmates was pretty good about having at least one or two per wave. She had multiple costume changes in her debut episode, running the gamut of space gear, fetish gear, and space fetish gear.
This particular costume turned out well, with the gunmetal parts of her costume looking a little blacker on screen. Other than that, it's a pretty good representation with the red detailing on the costume and a fairly decent pose. Rather than give her a combat pose, she has a normal action figure stance. With the added articulation, she's pretty much perfect. She can stand, sit, fight, and argue with Worf before, well, you know.
The costume is mostly smooth, with the detailing coming from paint. I assume this must cost more money, as this is a figure of a less famous character with a body that wasn't reused for other characters. She looks fantastic, and can use all of her accessories.
The silver mask has painted black detailing on it, matching the gear she wore in the probe she used for transportation. This accessory is silver in all releases, but her sword and glove vary from figure to figure. By 1993, Playmates was doing accessory color variations on many of its action figures to an infuriating extreme - especially in Star Trek and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The first one I found was red - I was hoping to get silver - but when you're too young to drive, you don't get to go on toy runs hunting for these things. At that point I was mostly focused on finding the figure at all, more or less free of blemishes.
The head looks good, with some added shading in her forehead ridges and painted lips. The sculpted hair and cheekbones are striking, with a pleasant enough facial paint mask giving us good eyes and eyebrows. They didn't skimp on this one, other than maybe the accessories. Mono color weapons were the norm for Playmates for quite some time, which was unfortunate because they really didn't look all that great. At least the snap-on glove fits and the sword can be gripped in her fingers.
For a character with few appearances, I was pretty jazzed to see they made her as a figure. Playmates, like Kenner with the original Star Wars line, walked the line between retreads of main characters and a parade of obscure aliens and one-time guest stars. I was super excited until I realized that a complete set would result in me buying Malcorin Riker, Romulan Data, and other less-than-exciting variations on my very, very tight toy budget. I jumped ship to Star Wars when it returned, but I do pick up the Playmates Trek figures I missed as they pop up on my travels. (Sell me yours.) If you can get K'Ehleyr for $10 or less she's worth it - just check the picture to verify which weapon color you're buying.
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