Dr. Bones McCoy

He's a Doctor, Jim.

 

Dr. McCoy (Bones) (Item No. 51200/3), chief medical officer and third-in-command of the Starship Enterprise, as portrayed by the late DeForest Kelley. The head sculpt on this figure is a beautiful likeness of the actor, only slightly entering the realm of caricature.

It captures simultaneously the character’s pragmatism and humor. Oddly, though, the sculptors at Mego reserved the “one-raised-eyebrow” look for Bones, and not for Spock, where it would have been much more at home. The figure came outfitted in a blue tunic and black cuffed trousers. The tunic was detailed with a black neckband, two gold foil rank stripes on each arm, and a silver foil insignia. (This insignia is particularly problematic for loose collectors, as it consists of a stiff adhesive gray backing and a whisper-thin sheet of silver foil. This backing is almost always found on the tunic, as it is well-glued onto the fabric. However, the foil is delicate and typically curls, tears, and/or falls off after even five minutes of play time.) A blue tricorder, black utility belt, blue phaser and blue communicator served to complete the ensemble. (McCoy and Spock are extreme examples of Mego economy run amuck, in that they are, from the neck down, COMPLETELY IDENTICAL.)

Variants of the Mego Dr McCoy head

The Dr. McCoy figure went through four distinct face incarnations. The first was a Type 1 head (lighter flesh) with light-pink detailing on the lips, and chocolate-brown hair/eyebrows (left). The next was a Type 1 head (lighter flesh) without lip paint, and with chocolate-brown hair/eyebrows. The third head was a Type 2 head (darker flesh) without lip detailing, and with chocolate-brown hair/eyebrows. The fourth and final head was a Type 2 head (darker flesh) without lip detailing, and with black-brown hair/eyebrows (nearly the same color as Scotty’s hair/eyebrows) (right). This fourth head appears ONLY on “Blank-Back” specimens. The first is certainly the rarest, while the third is, by a sizable margin, the most common.

5 Face Card

Here we have a Dr. McCoy on a “5-face” card.

6 Face Card

Dr.McCoy on a “6-face” card with the name in white lettering.

Here we have a Dr. McCoy on a “6-face” card with the name in green lettering.

Blank Back Card

Here we have the infamous “Blank-Back” Dr. McCoy Sears re-release (Item No. 91221/3). “Blank-Backs,” being later releases, were notorious for the inferior plastic used in their manufacture. Luckily, it seems that this specimen has been spared the all-too-common fate of a broken leg (or perhaps it simply hasn’t been shaken enough yet to reveal the flaw√Č). Also note the “white-edged” foil insignia, presumably heat-sealed (an insignia method Mego began implementing in the late ‘Seventies).

Here we have an interesting transition piece: a “Blank-Back” Dr. McCoy with the more traditional two-part foil stick-on insignia. Again, note the broken leg.

Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy: Original Accessories and Known Repros

Loose dr. McCoy


shirt

McCoy wears the same blue science division shirt as Spock and it has been factory reproduced by Doctor Mego and Emce Toys. The DM repro shirt fits a little more snug and is a little shorter. The collar is bigger, and the rank strips on the sleeves are a touch farther apart. The strips also have a slight texture, where the original has none. The shirt is marked DM on the inside near the collar. The Emce shirt is a little brighter blue than an original although the collar is much closer to the original in size than the DM counterpart. The rank stripes on the Emce shirt are a silver instead of the gold used on the original Mego shirts. The Emce is unmarked. It should be noted the originals tend to “fade” green between the arms and the waist, creating a greenish ring around the shirt. The real giveaway is the material. The repros are made from the more modern, slicker material.



Emblem


emblem

Star Trek crew figures have a 2 layered emblem. It’s a gray plastic type material with a silver foil on the top. The foil tends to fall off over time leaving the gray part of the original emblem. A complete emblem should have the silver foil. The emblem has been factory reproduced on the Emce Toys version of the figure. The Emce version is larger, especially in width, and is a single layer, thicker material.




pants

Trek crew pants have been factory reproduced by Doc Mego. The reproductions are a little bigger and longer than originals, but otherwise close to the originals. They are marked DM on the inside. They have also been reproduced by Emce Toys. The Emce repro’s are almost exactly like the DM’s, but the cuffs are a little wider, making the pants a little shorter than Docs and original Mego pants. The Emce pants are unmarked. Both repro’s are made from a slightly slicker, more modern material than the originals.



Weapons Belt


weaponsbelt

The Trek weapons belt has been reproduced by Doc Mego and Emce Toys. Both repro’s are identical and very difficult to spot. The reproductions have a very slightly more rounded look around the holsters, but even that is hard to see. Neither reproduction is marked.



Phaser


phaser

The male crew members carry a blue phaser. They are cast in the same color blue as the communicator, but the blue (especially the phaser) tends to take on a greenish hue over time. The phaser has been factory reproduced by Emce Toys. The repro is a brighter blue, the lines on the smaller phaser attachment are a little wider on the repro, and the post near the back/top of the phaser sticks up a little higher. The main body of the repro is a little wider, and the handle is just a touch more narrow, which makes the repro not stay in the holster on the belt. The Emce is marked with the number 7 printed on one side of the handle. What can be confusing about this mark is the repro phaser has a 7 on the handle and the original does not, but the repro tricorder is unmarked while the original has a 7 printed on the backside. Bascially what that means is the 7 mark does not mean repro on all Trek items.


Communicator


communicator

The male crew members carry a blue communicator as well as the phaser. They are cast in the same color blue as the phaser, but the blue (especially the phaser) tends to take on a greenish hue over time. The communicator has been factory reproduced by Emce Toys. The repro is a brighter blue, and it is an overall cleaner cast than the original. One of the telltales of the repro is a thin bit of flashing that outlines the unit. The repro is unmarked.


Tricorder


tricorder

Spock, McCoy and Uhura all sport the same tricorder. The blue plastic on the originals can take on a greenish hue over time. The tricorder has been factory reproduced by EMCE Toys. The reproduction has a slightly different shape for the unit itself. More rounded around the top corners, where the top “corners” on the original are flat, creating 6 distict sides. The details on the face of the original are raised, where the opposite is true on the reproduction. EMCE’s details are recessed. An original will also have the number 7 imprinted on the back (the repro doesn’t have this), and the repro is made of a more brittle plastic so the strap breaks easier. The EMCE version is unmarked. What can be confusing about this is the repro phaser has a 7 on the handle and the original does not, but the repro tricorder is unmarked while the original has a 7 printed on the backside. Bascially what that means is the 7 mark does not mean repro on all Trek items.




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McCoy’s head has been factory reproduced by Emce Toys. The reproduction has some minor differences. The hair and eyebrows are a little darker color. The hair on the repro is a little taller and the chin just a bit more narrow. The eyes are painted just slightly different on the repro (see picture), and it is made of a firmer material so the head is a little harder. It is marked with a 2007 CBS copyright on the back of the neck.