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Sunday, March 1, 2015

KRE-O Star Trek Collection 2: Captain Kirk & Spock!

03.01.2015 – When “Star Trek Into Darkness” was set to shown in cinemas all over the world the fans were anticipating new merchandise related to JJ Abrams rebooted sequel to the 2009 blockbuster.

What fans didn’t expect was the toys previous line of action figures did not complete the additional parts to the bridge set, which was manufactured by Playmates Toys makers of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures instead they released Kre-O build sets!

It was teased and promoted by Hasbro who got hold of the toy license to produce new Star Trek constructions sets similar to other leading brands. It was manufactured by Korean toy brand Oxford for Hasbro’s Kre-O, which they also produced block versions of G.I. Joe, TransFormers and most recent the movie adaptation of Battleship.

Hasbro’s Kre-O not only produced sets based from “Star Trek Into Darkness” they also expanded the line with their own blind bags of action figures. The first series was dedicated to the characters from JJ Abram’s 2009 Star Trek. But what fans didn’t expect is when they released the series 2 packs with characters in the original Star Trek universe based from the previous television series like Star Trek TOS (Original Series), TNG (The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine leaving Voyager without a figure to represent.

The set is expanded to collect from six figures to twelve, which after its limited release was discontinued. There is no known information if the second series was widely released in North America, but it was available in some parts of Asia notably documented by who have completed a set and also released codes to identify which character is in the blind bag.

The Original Series

In Series 2 most characters you’ll find are from the original Star Trek TV series namely Salt Vampire, Mugato, Andorian Soldier and Khan Nooien Singh originally portrayed by Ricardo Montalban. This version of Khan is not from the 1966 television series, but from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan which explains having a mullet hairstyle.

The most important character from this set would be Captain James Tiberius Kirk and his First Officer, the half-human half-Vulcan logical Mr. Spock. Both mini figures are based from actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

Amok Time

The mini figures differentiate from the JJ Abrams version of Kirk and Spock, which you’ll immediately identity in their uniforms. While the reboot have details the classic are flat gold and teal or blue. Their accessories still carry the standard issued Starfleet phaser pistols and Lirpa, a traditional Vulcan weapon.

For those long time Star Trek fans that have seen the classic episode “Amok Time” these mini figures pays tribute to that particular scene. Its where Spock comes home for a brutal Vulcan mating ritual called koon-ut-kal-if-fee, which was invoke by T’Pau a highly respected member of the Vulcan society. The fight for T’Pring’s right to mate whoever survive the duel to the death.

There are also other highlights from this episode that would be trivial to new fans interested in the realm of Star Trek. This is also the episode where Spock used his Vulcan greeting that is now iconic as the character as explained by Leonard Nimoy.

Not to forget in mentioning this episode also spawned a series of parodies. This includes the movie “Cable Guy” where Jim Carrey battled Matthew Broderick in the Medieval Times sequence while humming the underscore for the combat scene.

Classic Duel to Remember

The mini figures doesn’t look like they are in a violent confrontation, but the details on both classic Kirk and Spock not only immediately noticed through their uniforms. But also in their facial expression like Mr. Spock’s raised eye brow or that charmed look at James Kirk’s face.

Overall both characters as a must have aside from the Kirk and Spock versions of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. This might be the only time you’ll get to own the original TV characters in their block form.

It would be great if they included Deforest Kelly’s version of Dr. McCoy, but assuming Hasbro’s Kre-O might have plans for a series 3 this might have included the well-mannered resident physician. Due to the discontinuation and limited release of the series 2 this will be a hopeful temporary to the bucket list for now.

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