Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mego Spock 1974

This week please join me in welcoming the famed first office of the Enterprise, Mr. Spock!

This figure, like the McCoy and Kirk figures preceding, is from the first ever series of Star Trek action figures. His parts are held together on the inside by rubber bands, rather than elastic, indicating that this was not from the first run of these figures.

Like all of the Mego figures, his body is copyrighted by Mego, but his head belongs to Paramount, leaving very little for Leonard Nimoy.

Not sure what the blue smudge on his nose is from. Perhaps he was attacked by an Orion agent disguised as an Andorian…

Thoughts on Spock:

When facing crisis, Spock is just the kind of right-hand man (or Vulcan) you want. He is able to approximate in his head your odds of success to within 7,824.7 to 1, well-versed in literature, and able to build computers using stone knives and bear skins. In a fight his come-from-behind Vulcan nerve pinch is also helpful.

Kirk relied on Spock a great deal. Spock was almost always ready with any needed information, and his ability to remain objective and logical in crisis was often critically important, especially if Kirk himself was compromised. Spock was intensely loyal to Kirk, and seemed to have a sense that Kirk's human emotions sometimes gave him a perspective that justified a course of action Spock wouldn't have followed.

For all of his formal education, Spock had one area of ongoing study: human nature. This was complicated by the fact that Spock was himself half human, and his human emotions were constantly flaring up to disrupt his pure Vulcan logic.

I think that what I like most about Spock is his strong mental discipline. My favorite example of this is in “Operation -- Annihilate!”, in which he overcomes wracking pain by regarding it as an emotional response and suppressing it.

Next Thursday I'll be adding a small but interesting item that I couldn't find in either of my Star Trek price guides. In the meantime, I plan to add some new category listings.

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