Star Trek (One:12 Collective) “Mirror Universe” Mr. Spock by Mezco

It’s a rare and funny thing when the exclusives in a line are the cheapest and easiest figures to find, but that’s been the case with Mezco’s One:12 Collective Star Trek line. Amazon has been blowing out an exclusive version of Mr Spock from The Cage at around $30 for a long while now and next up on the bargain bin chopping block is the exclusive version of Spock from Mirror, Mirror over at Think Geek. I was pretty impressed when I reviewed the  One:12 Judge Dredd figure, and I’ve been meaning to dip my toe in these Trek offerings for a while. I guess cheap exclusives are a good way to do it. I should be starting out with The Cage version that I got a while back, but since Mirror Universe Spock just showed up last week, let’s check him out.

I cannot deny that Mezco knows good presentation. After all, these are figures that retail between $60-80+ each and the packaging reflects that. Spock comes in a window box with a hinged front flap, all protected by a plastic wrapped cardboard sleeve. The sleeve also has the same artwork as the box itself. The front panel features the symbol of the Terran Empire along with the 50th Anniversary Trek logo. The back of the box has various shots of the figure itself. There’s no actual statement about the exclusivity of this release, but since I got him at Think Geek’s website, I’ll go ahead and assume that it’s their exclusive. Anyway, the artwork on the box isn’t flashy, but it has a clean and dignified spartan feel to it, and what’s important is that when I hold this box in my hand, I feel like I’m holding something special.

Inside the box the figure comes on a molded black plastic tray with his stand behind him and his accessories on each side. There’s also a tray nested underneath it with an optional hinged arm for the figure stand. Take note, this line don’t give a shit about your space concerns, as the package is way bigger than it needs to be. Now, these boxes seem to be standard throughout the line, so it’s possible that this is to accommodate some of the figures that come with a lot more stuff, but in the end, it’s still a space hog!

Here’s Mr. Spock straight out of the box and overall I’d say he looks pretty damn good. This version features high boots, black pants, which I presume are the same used for the regular releases, and a brand new tailored tunic with the Terran Empire symbol and some other emblems that are unique to this alternate version of the uniform. The tailoring on the outfit is very good and the stitching is immaculate. I also love the blue shimmery material they used for the tunic. With all that having been said, the tunic does feel a tad puffy on him and fits a little awkwardly at the collar. Part of the reason could be because the figure is also wearing another shirt under it. Also, the gold sash around his waist looks a bit cheap and the two loose ends tend to stick out rather than fall flat. I don’t want to make too big an issue about it, because I respect how hard it is to make clothing look right at this smaller scale, but this is certainly one of the pitfalls of this line of figures.

While I might nitpick a bit at the uniform, the head sculpt is magnificent, especially for this scale. Based on the official pictures I’ve seen, some of the One:12 figures use plastic for the faces that doesn’t quite look right to me, but that’s certainly not an issue here. The skin tone is quite good and the paintwork is excellent. Obviously, this is a brand new sculpt unique to this figure with the addition of the goatee and it really is a great likeness for the way Spock looked in the episode. This is quite simply superb work.

Spock comes with several sets of hands, including a pair of fists, a pair of relaxed hands, a phaser holding hand, a dagger holding hand, and one that looks like it might be designed to do the patented Kirk palm strike. The hands are very easy to swap in and out, and I didn’t feel apprehensive about snapping the pegs. I’m just happy that I can pose him with his hand out and asking for Mr. Kyle’s Agonizer. Unfortunately, the Agonizer is not included. Indeed, apart from the hands, the only accessories Spock comes with is a hand phaser and a dagger with a scabbard. Both items can be worn on the figure. There’s a loop on the pants where you can pass the handle of the phaser through. Fun fact, officially these were held on by “velcrite” but the loop works well. The dagger’s scabbard can clip onto the sash, but it doesn’t stay put very well. It frequently fell off while I was reposing the figure and there were a couple times where I was sure that I had lost it.

The dagger is unique to this release and it’s a great little sculpt. The hand designed to hold it definitely does the job. I was, however, a little worried about snapping the blade off as I was trying to get it in there.  On the back of the package, it looks like they used the phaser hand to hold it, but I found it was way too loose in that one. The phaser fits a lot more easily into the trigger finger hand and there’s some really nice detail and paintwork on it for such a small weapon. It seems rather cheap to me that Mezco couldn’t include a communicator in the box, since it would have just been a repack from the regular figures.

I’d like to run down the specifics of articulation here, but truth be told I have no idea what’s going on under all those clothes. What I do know is that the joints are very stiff and that he is not a lot of fun to play with. I’m not sure if the articulation is being restricted by the clothing, but since it’s hard to tell which way the joints are orientated, I don’t want to force them for fear of snapping a hinge or a peg. I can’t get a very tight elbow bend out of the arms and I wasn’t even able to get him to fist bump his chest to do the Terran Empire salute. I’m also afraid to go too wide on the stances as I might tear the seam in Mr. Spock’s space-trousers. The only exposed joints are the wrists and ankles. The wrists move fine, but all I can get out of the ankles is a swivel. I suspect there are hinges in there, but mine simply won’t budge.

Mezco has developed a standardized type of stand for the One:12 line, which is a large disc with a foot peg to hold the figure. In this case the disc is black and has the Terran Empire emblem stamped in blue. Like the packaging, the stand is a lot bigger than it needs to be, but it looks great and I think it definitely adds to the figure’s overall presentation. You also get a hinged arm with a grabbing arm that can be swapped out for the foot peg on the stand. The arm is very similar to the ones included with the Tamashii stands and is great for flying or extreme action poses. I didn’t pull out the arm for any pictures, because it seems unnecessary for Spock.

In the end, I’ve definitely got mixed feelings about this figure. There’s a lot of great stuff going on here, and there’s quite a few disappointments too. I’ve got nothing but praise for the work they did on the sculpting and painting of the portrait and, despite some minor issues with the fit of the tunic, I do believe this is about the best we can expect to see in tailored outfits in this scale. On the flip-side, the accessories feel really light for the original asking price and the restrictive articulation is just a real bummer. I’m hoping that doesn’t make me sound like a hypocrite, because I tend to expect and accept restrictive outfits on my Hot Toys and those are a lot more expensive, but the articulation on my One:12 Dredd felt better than this, so I expected more here. Now, for the $20 (including shipping) I paid for this figure, I’m perfectly happy with what I got, but this experience isn’t making me want to run out and spend $70 each on Kirk and Sulu and vanilla Spock. If they were closer to the $45 mark, I’d be considering it.

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One:12 Collective: Judge Dredd by Mezco

Mezco is poised to take the action figure world by storm this year with the widespread expansion of their One:12 Collective line to include Marvel, DC, and Star Trek. But it all started with Batman and Judge Dredd here. As a teenager, I got my first Dredd comics at a used book store downtown. It was just a random sampling of what they had on hand. Later I found that my friend from school had a whole collection and I was able to delve deeper than what I had. The comics had a flavor about them… adult and gritty and reading them felt like I was getting away with something. Just seeing one of those black and white pages still brings me back. To be honest, I hadn’t given the character a lot of thought until the amazing Karl Urban flick hit. Of course, today’s figure is based off the comic version, and that’s an important distinction to make when realizing what an amazing thing Mezco has achieved here.

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This packaging is class, through and through and I wish I could do it justice, but it’s so damn shiny that it’s really hard to take a picture of it without it just winding up a reflection of me taking a picture of it. In some ways it outshines (har har) what we’ve been getting from Hot Toys these days. The figure comes in a mostly black box with a clear plastic sleeve around it and decked out in color printing. You get a lovely emblem on the front and some shots of the figure and accessories on the back.

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With the sleeve off the box is mysteriously devoid of almost all feature. There is, however, a front flap that opens to reveal a window granting a look at what’s inside: A molded black plastic tray with the figure set atop the stand and flanked by accessories. There’s a secondary tray underneath with the arm for the stand and a branded ziploc bag for parts similar to what we get from Figma. Everything about this package is suggestive of a true high end collectible. It makes me feel like I’m handling something special and it’s a credit to the collectible figure inside.

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First thing I’m going to do is straight out tell y’all what impresses me the most about this figure. Dredd’s costume design is a work of art in the comic panels, but translate it to real life and it’s about the most impractical thing I can possibly imagine. So much so, it seems like it should be nearly impossible to credibly pull it off well on an action figure. But Mezco did it here. For starters, the figure comes clad in a full-body, highly flexible, leather-like suit with a zipper running down the front. The body has a decidedly stylized design with a slim waist and broad chest. Now add on the beautifully chunky plastic boots and knee pads, gloves, and elbow pads. Next, a highly detailed plastic belt to hand around that rather slim waist, and finally, the gargantuan plastic shoulder pads, each held on by magnets. These are absolutely brilliant in the way they’re designed and in the way they look.  The eagle guard, in particular is just perfect. This figure is like the comic character come to life.

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Another clever use of a magnet can be found securing the badge to the front of the outfit, which in turn is chained to the zipper. The head sculpt features Dredd’s iconic helmet, complete with the lightning bolts on the visor and the snappy red trim and yellow shield. The lower half of the face is exposed in the classic extreme scowl like only Dredd can produce. The plastic used for the skin is a little waxy, which is something that I hope Mezco addresses before going full guns on their upcoming figures in this line. It’s not a deal-breaker by any stretch, I don’t even think it really detracts from the figure. It’s just something that I think can be improved upon.

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The belt hangs loose on the figure, and it is occasionally necessary to re-position it as it can ride up or shift when posing Dredd. It’s lined with sculpted pouches and the back features two loops to hold his canister grenades and a pouch to hold his spare magazine of ammo. There’s also a loop, which I thought might be for his truncheon, but it really doesn’t fit in there. The detailing on the belt is carried over in the gloves and knee pads. Everything is textured beautifully and even the tiniest rivets and fixtures are neatly painted silver.

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The boots feature places to store the Lawgiver as well as Dredd’s combat knife and again, there’s some beautiful detailing on these plastic ares of the costume. The boots include scrapes and scuffs and all the fixtures on the straps are painted.

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I have no idea what specifically is going on under that bodysuit in terms of articulation, but I know it’s good. Dredd seems to sport all the posability I expect out of my 6-inch scale action figures. His joints are fluid and there aren’t a lot of times when I couldn’t get it to do what I wanted. The magnetic shoulder pads are never an issue when playing with him. They stay on securely while not getting in the way of the fun. The only exposed articulation points are in the ankles and wrists. The ankles are hinged and the wrists feature ball joints to allow for popping-and-swapping the extra hands. The figure includes a pair of fists, two item-holding hands, a pointing right hand, and a relaxed left hand.

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I’ve already gone over most of the accessories in describing where they fit on the costume. The Lawgiver is obviously the most essential piece and it’s beautifully done both in sculpt and paint hits. The magazine is removable and the weapon fits perfectly in either the boot holster or the gun-holding hand.

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The combat knife is small and simple, but has a nice finish on the blade. There isn’t a hand designed expressly for holding it, but the gun hand works surprisingly well.

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When bullets and steel fail you, you can always rely on a good truncheon to beat back crime. There’s not much to say about it. It’s a stick for beating people. Like the knife, this piece fits perfectly into the regular gun hand.

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The grenades can be held securely in either of Dredd’s grabby hands.

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And lastly we have this beautiful set of handcuffs. They not only open and close, but they’re hinged in the middle too. They’re delightfully huge and really make me wish I had some lowlifes for Dredd to cuff.

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If all these goodies weren’t enough, Dredd also comes with this amazing figure stand. It’s a gorgeous gold disc with Dredd’s badge printed on it and a single foot peg to secure him to it. What’s that? You want something a little more dynamic. Well, pop out the foot peg from the bottom and just plug in this baby…

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…and you’ve got a stand that can support whatever action poses you can dream up. The grabby arm is similar to what we’ve seen from Figuarts only it’s a lot more robust with hinges strong enough to hold a hefty figure like this one in the air.

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To say that I’m absolutely delighted with this figure seems like a serious understatement. From the moment I opened the box and started unwrapping the figure and accessories, I could feel myself grinning from ear to ear. It felt like something genuinely new and special. Getting him set up and on my desk, I found it impossible to keep from playing around with him. And that’s what makes this guy so cool. This figure represents a fascinating hybrid of high collector grade quality wrapped around a figure that begs to be played with and most importantly one that I didn’t feel afraid to play with even with that $60 price tag. I’m so in love with this guy, I’m seriously thinking about picking up the Cursed Earth variant and yes, I’m even considering picking him up soon to be released Lawmaster because the dude needs his ride.