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#21 Matty-lad

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:38 PM

I just assumed the 6" latinum statue was produced instead of the 6" figure. If I was an opener then that's how I would have displayed it.

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 12:07 AM

Morgan, dude, I just wanna say a massive thank you for sharing this with the community.  No idea where you dug these photos up from, but I'm a huge advocate of sharing Playmates Star Trek pre-internet history.  To see photos that I have never seen before is WILD!  Thanks!!

 

PS: Why the red uniform on Data I wonder??



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 02:39 PM

Jpatrik, thanks man, glad you guys are enjoying these. Yeah, there's fair bit out there that was just straight up did not make it on to the internets at the time.

 

I think the red uniform is just a hasty mockup, and tbh it's weird that they painted a Calhoun body from a FC uniform back to a DS9 type thing. Even stranger since this is almost a year after FC came out.



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Posted Yesterday, 04:04 PM

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At Toy Fair 1997 Playmates exhibited this 4.5-inch Locutus figure alongside the Borg Queen figure of the same size, and the battle-damaged Data figure from "First Contact." The Locutus figure is obviously a repaint of the 1993 figure, with much more realistic paint on the head, on the hand, with pale skin with various detail tones, eyes looking to the right, bluer lips, ghostly skin and much more detail on the various hoses and the chestplate.

 

This figure, along with the Borg Queen and battle-damaged Data, was scheduled for the "Ultra Trek assortment" that would have shipped in October 1997. So this was indeed something that was very much planned to be produced(!)

 

The figure collector market certainly seemed ready for anything Locutus-themed -- the previous two figures were some of the most eagerly purchased ones of their two series, which is why they were hard to find even though they were made in good numbers. Locutus also appeared in a flashback scene in "First Contact," which is something that people forget, but he did not look like this per se. The Locutus character seen in "First Contact" was different from the one in BoBW, mostly when it came to the upper body suit -- he was closer to the other Borg in the film when it came to detail. So if they wanted to do a "First Contact" Locutus they may have needed to redo the body, even though it was not seen in FC in entirety. By that time the prior two Locutus figures were nowhere to be seen on retail shelves for quite some time. As a reminder, this was at Toy Fair 1997, so even the metallized Locutus figure was long gone by then.

 

I think even a repaint of a 1993 Locutus figure, offered on the Warp Factor packaging in 1997-1998 (or as a part of this announced Ultra Trek assortment), would have been a pretty solid bet -- it was hard to lose money selling Borg stuff, even a couple of years after "First Contact" came out. Playmates could have easily sold retailers (or just Target) on the addition of a Locutus repaint in the Warp Factor lineup, or a similar figure that would have been a little more screen-correct, in addition to the Borg Queen and Data.
 



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Posted Today, 08:30 PM

I could be wrong, but it looks like it has those "Thigh cuts" that the Voyager figures had for improved articulation and better sitting!

 

Man would have loved to have had this instead of some of the weird choices in the Warp Factor range!






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