If you read TOAWBAH when it was a column, you may remember there were two lines that drew me to collecting: Batman: The Animated Series and, before even that, Playmates Star Trek. I remember exactly how I felt as I drove away from Toys R Us with that first figure, Captain Scott. He was right next to me on the passenger's seat. I felt like I'd done something bad, but also exciting. Think about it what you will, but it felt like sitting next to a new friend, and a very old one.
It's pretty amazing what leaves indelible marks on our memory.
Flash forward to today and, though they're almost all stored away in the closet, my Playmates Star Trek figures remain the most dear to me. There is however ONE thing that's always bothered me about two of them. One thing that's kept my Playmates Star Trek Shangri-La from perfection.
But not anymore.
Take a look at this pic...
This is the brave crew of the Starship Enterprise. That, you know. However, I'm guessing only hardcore Playmates Star Trek nerds like me will detect what's different about the figures in this picture than, say, ones taken straight from the package.
Think you know? I'll give you a minute.
Really look at the pic.
Go ahead. I can entertain myself elsewhere.
Stare, if you have to.
That's a shame. Kirk never would.
The answer IS...
Scotty isn't way too short and Chekov isn't way too tall.
A simple leg switch, more then ten years overdue, has produced a Scotty of perfect height and a Chekov of...much more acceptable height.
Everything old is perfect at last.
And the adventure continues...