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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Klingon Leader (Ertl, 1984)

How many of you remember that Ertl produced a line of toys for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Ertl’s four action figures and three diecast ships came out over 30 years ago, so memories are going to be a little bit fuzzy. Some of you might not even have been born yet.

I don’t remember ever seeing these figures on toy store shelves, but I did pick up the “Klingon Leader” sometime in the late 1990s at a toy show or on eBay.

Commander Kruge sports a pretty good likeness and great articulation by 1984 standards, He even comes with a large, detailed accessory Amazingly enough, Kruge’s pet “Klingon monster dog” never received an official species name. According to Memory Alpha, the script refers to it at “the Beast” and the novelization used the name “Warrigul.”

The other three figures are Kirk, Spock and Scotty. Despite McCoy’s prominent role in the film, he did not receive a figure. At some point, I’d like to get the other three. (And sadly, they seem more affordable and available than Sabine does – I’m beginning to wonder if I’m ever going to complete the core group of Star Wars Rebels action figures.)

I started thinking about the classic Star Trek movies after Leonard Nimoy’s death last week. This week, we also lost producer Harve Bennett, who worked on Star Trek II, III, IV and V (as well as The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man.) It’s been a rough month for sci-fi fans.