I have long had a passion for the Star Trek franchise. It wasn't long after I saw my first few episodes of Star Trek that I started collecting Star Trek merchandise. One of my earliest collections was Star Trek toys. Now, as I downsize some, I review all that I've collected.
Before you check out the reviews, I heartily recommend understanding how I review in general. While all of the toy reviews are in my blog, W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe, as is my overall standard - My Reviewing Philosophy - I figured I'd take a moment to run through my criteria for how I review action figures and toys.
All toys I encounter are evaluated on a ten point scale where 0 (zero) is absolutely abominable through 10 (perfection, it belongs in every Star Trek fan's permanent collection!). I start at zero and toys work their way up to ten. What are the criteria I grade on? Here are the standards:
3 points - Sculpt/Coloring - Does the toy look like what it is supposed to? Is the coloring good? Does any difference between the image on the package and on the figure make sense?
3 points - Balance/Articulation - Does the toy stand on its own? Does the figure have joints that move and are well-articulated? Is the playability of the toy good?
3 points - Accessories - Does the toy have good accessories? Are the accessories well-detailed? Does the coloring and scale match the rest of the figure?
1 point - Collectibility - Is the value of the toy going to hold up over the years?
These might seem like pretty strict standards for toys, but it's a surprisingly serious business!