Review: Star Trek 12-inch figures cartoony but collectible

New Star Trek, new Kirk, new Spock, new action figures. Playmates is getting into the game early, before the premiere of J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek film.

With three sizes to choose from, you can play Kirk, Spock and other beloved characters from the new reboot of the original series. I wrote about the 3.5-inch figures recently. Now we have Kirk and Spock as 12-inch figures to scale with your classic G.I. Joe figures or, heaven forbid, Barbie and Ken. But these aren't your Barbie and Ken Trek figures—and yes, they did have a turn in Starfleet uniform.

Playing Spock this time is Zach Quinto, and while these figures are somewhat cartoony (very little detail in face and hands), the likeness of Spock to his actor is really rather good. Kirk not so much so. Sure, he could be Chris Pine, but for that matter he could be just about anybody else. While the figures have good articulation and very nice uniforms (apart from the awful Velcro strip down the back), they are a bit unrealistic. Each figure comes with a phaser and communicator and a belt to store them. The detail isn't great on those, though.

Available now are Spock and Kirk, as mentioned, and also McCoy and original Spock. And for those who collect 5-inch figures, there is a sizable assortment of characters in this scale as well, including Spock, original Spock, McCoy, Pike, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, Scotty and Nero. These come with various gear, such as phaser, communicator and belt for the crew.

The 12-inch Spock is my favorite of this bunch, mostly for the facial likeness, even if the bowl cut of his hair looks very plastic—face it, it is plastic, after all—but he comes with a replacement hand sporting the famous Vulcan salute.

And hey, if you're into Heroes, you can pretend he's Syler and he's taken on the new power of growing pointed ears.

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