Sunday, December 11, 2011
Sale Alert: Star Trek Sulu
I collect Black and Asian dolls and my nerd meter went off just when I was about to leave Toys R Us empty handed yesterday. I spotted this Sulu/John Cho action doll on clearance for $9.98. I love when I find something I wasn't even looking for. They had only one Sulu and two Pikes (which isn't featured on the back of this box). I'm always wanting articulated males and I thought about getting the Pikes too, but since I wasn't familiar with this body I figured I'd better check out its "fully articulated" claims before grabbing the other dolls.
With some alterations to the tapered legs, I can use those pants on other dolls. Otherwise, they'll always have to be inside of boots. You'll notice that the boots aren't in this shot. That's because the boots ARE his feet. I hate when the footwear/feet are combined. I had a heck of a time getting those boots off, so much so, that I snapped one of the inserts and his boot/foot just falls off when you lift him. I took my dremel to the other insert so I wont have that problem again. For right now, I'm using a rubber band to give the other insert something to grip too, but eventually I'll fashion something sturdier.
Final verdict: I will not be going back to get the Pikes for multiple reasons. The color complexion of this doll doesn't match any of my other males. He is not just pale, he's almost washed out. The boots as feet business is annoying to deal with and very limiting fashion wise. His hands are not articulated at the wrist, they just twirl around. His body structure is super thick and I had a hard time finding clothes that fit him. I can't use this body with other dolls because the neck hole is so much narrower (as is this doll's head) than a Ken neck.
Now, having said all that, I kinda love him. Just having another Asian doll is a plus all on its own, but at that price, it's super awesome. He's a little bit taller than a World Peacekeeper but not as tall as a Ken. From this angle he kinda looks like Choi Siwon from Super Junior, but from every other angle, he does look like John Cho. An extremely narrow-headed John Cho, but nonetheless the resemblance is similar.
By Barbie: Chair, clothes