Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is sometimes criticized for its comical approach to the Star Trek franchise. I love it, though... it's easily my favorite movie featuring the original cast. Sure it's goofy, but it's also fun and the plot ventures out of the "struggle with the antagonist villain" template that boxes-in many of the Star Trek movies.
The Voyage Home merchandise has been pretty lacking, so when I saw this STIV-themed Kirk and Spock 2-pack I snatched them up without even thinking about it. Maybe I should have thought about it a bit more? Read on!
Company: Diamond Select
Price: $25 (BigBadToyStore)
Looks: Both -
William Shatner, for whatever reason, seems to have a likeness that is very difficult to capture in plastic. The head sculpt is reused from the Wrath of Khan sculpt (with additional paint highlights in the hair). The likeness won't make you want to barf in your mouth as much as the Playmates Star Trek '09 line, but it's not particularly good either. And that neck is crazy long, too.
Spock fares a little better with his likeness. The sculpt does look more like the actor it's trying to portray, but Spock's nose is too long and thin, and his eyes are too wide. It's not nearly as strong as the Wrath of Khan sculpt.
The rest of both of the figures look pretty good. Paint apps are sharp, and the outfits of the figures are decent renditions of those worn in the movie... except Spock's feet. Spock's legs and feet are repaints of the Wrath of Khan Spock sculpt. Since Spock's boots in the movie have a different design than Starfleet boots, the repaint fails.
Articulation: Kirk - Spock -
Kirk has articulation similar to others in the Star Trek DS line: ball-socket neck, ball-socket shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, swivel hips, swivel thighs, hinge knees, and hinge ankles. The cut of the shirt limits the movement of the shoulders and there doesn't appear to be any waist articulation, but otherwise he moves well.
Spock has similar articulation (since the legs are repaints from TWOK Spock), but everything from the waist down is limited by his robes except the ankles. No ninja action stances for this Spock.
There isn't much in terms of accessories in this set: only a phaser, a communicator, and the usual "Live Long and Prosper" Spock hand. But the lack of accessories isn't the problem; the problem is that most of the accessories just don't apply to STIV. The communicator and phaser are Starfleet issue; correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the crew only used Klingon equipment in the film (at least for all of the important scenes).
I'd bump the score up to a 5 if a Klingon phaser/communicator, an extra Spock head (sans headband), and Kirk's glasses were included. But the accessories that were included are just the wrong accessories for this movie.
These Star Trek figures can be up to $15 each, so a set of two for $25 isn't a bad deal. The figures are of good enough quality in terms of plastic and paint, but the lack of accessories hurts the score.
Coolness: Kirk - Spock -
I never realized before how doofy Kirk's costume looks. The pinkish undershirt and the seashell-like details aren't particularly heroic, and are even borderline feminine. This Kirk gets some props for representing one of my favorite Star Trek movies, but I just can't get behind that outfit.
Spock's Vulcan robe is pretty cool. It still looks a bit like a bathrobe, but I always liked its unmistakable Vulcan-ness regardless.
Overall: Both -
Kirk has an iffy face sculpt and a doofalicious costume; Spock's face sculpt is similarly weird and his robes significantly limit his articulation; and the accessories for both don't even apply to the movie they're trying to represent. But since there isn't much (if any) merchandise from The Voyage Home available, meh... beggars can't be choosers.