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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.

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Remembering Mr. Spock

The past week has been kind of hectic, between starting a new job, celebrating a birthday and keeping up with other responsibilities. But I didn’t want to overlook the passing of Leonard Nimoy, known to many as Star Trek’s Mister Spock, some as Galvatron (and a host of other roles in a career that began in 1951.)

I grew up as a Star Wars fan, but with no new movies coming out after 1983 I was willing to give the Enterprise crew a chance when they undertook “The Search for Spock” in 1984. At the time, I didn’t really have a clue who Spock was and I remember being much more impressed by the Klingons.

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Old Star Trek cards

I stopped in the local comic shop this weekend, and found an old box of Star Trek game cards that had been marked down to two-thirds off. I played the game a little bit when it first came out, almost 15 years ago… but it was never really all that fun. (So of course, it was a challenge to find other players.)

I collected most of the original series — I’m pretty sure I still have them put away somewhere — and I stuck with it for one or two expansions. I’d quit before the First Contact or Deep Space Nine expansions came along though, so I never got to see those cards.

The Second Anthology box that I picked up for $12 included six promo cards, a pair of starter decks, and six booster packs: two each from the First Contact, Deep Space Nine and The Dominion expansions.

Check out some of the cards after the break:

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