Monday, February 4, 2013

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Ertl)

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Even we Star Wars fans can appreciate the film for what it was, and yes, we can even walk away saying we were not only entertained, but enjoyed the film.  Not all of us, mind you, but some of us.

When you think ERTL, you probably don't think action figures, and as such, it surprised many when ERTL of all toy manufacturers picked up the rights to produce just that based on Paramount's latest Trek - The Search for Spock.

The series only included four figures, and as far as 3.75 inch figures go they weren't bad.  For their time, they included some great articulation - Rivaled only by the current G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line.  The real shame for this line is that so few figures were produced.

Captain Kirk*Mr. Spock*Scott*Klingon Leader
ERTL shines as a company that produces die cast and/or plastic vehicle related toys, and this is where the line falls apart if you were in it for the figures.  While the vehicles looked great, they were way too small to incorporate any of the figures into them.  Not only that, but from one vehicle to the next, they were drastically out of scale.

Bird of Prey*Excelsior*U.S.S. Enterprise

The line came and went as quickly as the summer of 1984, and whether it be that ERTL wasn't interested, or wasn't allowed, they didn't produce anything for the follow up Star Trek film in 1986, The Voyage Home.  What's odd is that in 1986, ERTL returned to Star Trek in 1989 for a handful of toys based on the fifth film, The Final Frontier...

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

ERTL stuck with what it new by the time they released any toys for the fifth Star Trek film, The Final Frontier.  However, try not to get yourself too excited for this line.  Not only did it only contain two toys, they were nothing more than repainted, repackaged versions of two of the three vehicles released for the Search for Spock series.

Klingon Bird of Prey*U.S.S. Enterprise

Join us next time when we take a look at Star Trek: Transporter Series!

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