01 May 2009

"Star Trek: First Contact" by Playmates Toys, Inc.

Star Trek: First Contact remains my favorite of the Next Generation movies, and is my second favorite overall in the series (behind The Undiscovered Country).  The First Contact set was a bit of a disappointment, for several reasons.  First, Playmates produced the figures in 6" scale to set them apart from the rest of the line.  It may have had a solid marketing logic behind it, but it made the line incompatible with everything else!  Secondly, while the main cast figures turned out pretty well, the guest characters lacked any useful articulation.  Zefram Cochrane's legs turned...beneath the knee!  His legs were static, but somehow you were supposed to appreciate two points of articulation that let you point his feet wherever you wanted.  Lily was practically stuck in a hand-on-hip pose.

Finally, the line disappointed because it omitted any cool variants (such as Picard in his commando vest, or Borg Data)...and the most important character in the whole film, the Borg Queen!  In Playmates's defense, the Queen was later issued in the 5" scale, and a Borg Data was planned that never surfaced.  Anyway, onto the list!

Star Trek: First Contact 1996
Assortment 16100 BASIC FIGURES
16101 Captain Jean-Luc Picard - Of the U.S.S. Enterprise
16102 Commander William T. Riker - First Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise
16103 Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge - Chief Engineer, U.S.S. Enterprise
16104 Lt. Commander Data - Operations Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise
16105 Lt. Commander Worf - Strategic Operations Officer, Deep Space Nine
16106 Commander Deanna Troi - Counselor, U.S.S. Enterprise
16107 Dr. Beverly Crusher - Chief Medical Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise
16108 The Borg - Member of the Borg Collective
16109 Zefram Cochrane - Inventor of Warp Drive Technology
16110 Lily - Zefram Cochrane's Assistant
16115 Captain Picard - In Starfleet Spacesuit

Assortment 16130 COLLECTORS SERIES EDITION
16131 Captain Jean-Luc Picard
16132 Cmdr. William T. Riker
16133 Lt. Commander Data
16134 Zefram Cochrane
16135 Captain Jean-Luc Picard In 21st Century Civilian Outfit

ACCESSORIES
16062 Starfleet Type II Phaser
16147 Phoenix Warp Drive Ship
16148 U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E
16149 Borg Ship

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