On May 8th, 2009 Star Trek was reborn. J.J. Abrams brought his vision of Gene Roddenberry’s legacy to the big screen and it was a success. This new version became known as the Kelvin Timeline. This altered timeline changed the origin of Captain Kirk and with it, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. This time around Kirk is portrayed by Chris Pine and Spock by Zachary Quinto. Both actors were great choices to bring Star Trek to a new generation.
Diamond Select Toys also carries on the tradition they began years ago when they started producing Star Trek Toys. The incredible figures that Diamond created were, in my opinion, amazing. Now Diamond has ventured into the Kelvin Timeline with their versions of Kirk and Spock with the likenesses of Pine and Quinto as they appeared in Star Trek: Into Darkness. These Select figures are outstanding and come with an arsenal of accessories for any landing party situation.
Since he is the captain I will address the Kirk figure first. Dressed in his gold command shirt and captain’s braids Captain Kirk comes with:
• Phaser Rifle
• Phaser Rifle (no stock)
Captain James Tiberius Kirk stands approximately 7 inches tall and is full poseable. The points of articulation on this figure are:
• Wrists (plus extra set of hands)
• Knees (Double)
The other figure in this release is everyone’s favorite first officer, Mr. Spock. The Commander Spock figure stands approximately 7 inches tall and is dressed in his Science Division blue tunic. Spock, just like Kirk comes with an arsenal of weapons:
• Phaser Rifle (no stock)
• Phaser Rifle (U.S.S. Vengeance type)
The commander Spock figure also has multiple points of articulation. These are:
• Wrists (3 additional hands including one giving the Vulcan salute)
• Knees (double)
Spock, as you can see, has the exact same points of articulation as the Kirk figure. I am really impressed with the likeness of Spock. I think the figure resembles Zachary Quinto more than the Kirk figure looks like Chris Pine.
Each of these figures comes with a base they can be posed upon but there is no peg to help with support. Also included with both figures are “phaser blasts” that can be attached to the front of the rifles. I have never been a fan of such things but some collectors like them. It almost reminds me of the Playmates Star Trek: The Next Generation figures where the phasers had “beams” coming out; at least these are removable.
I am a big fan of the figures that Diamond Select produces and these Star Trek figures are no exception. These figures are well made and very well equipped. These are the best (affordable) figures from the Kelvin Timeline I have seen. These figures get high marks but they are not perfect. The one thing they need is an equipment belt to hold their landing party gear. They don’t even have holsters for their phasers. The lack of belts is certainly not a deal breaker for me and it shouldn’t be for you either.
The Diamond Select Kirk and Spock figures are available now and retail for 24.99. Check your local comic shop or other retailer of fine collectibles including the Diamond website. Beam these up today!