Mego Captain James T. Kirk
Capt. Kirk (Item No. 51200/1), commander of the Starship Enterprise, as portrayed by William Shatner. The head sculpt on this figure is widely regarded as one of the finest examples in Mego's history, offering an almost dead-on depiction of the good captain's unique mixture of compassion and smug confidence.
The figure came outfitted in a yellow tunic and black cuffed trousers. The tunic was detailed with a black neckband, three 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 black utility belt, blue phaser and blue communicator served to complete the ensemble.
The Capt. Kirk figure went through three distinct face incarnations. The first was a Type 1 head (lighter flesh) with light-pink detailing on the lips (left). The next was a Type 1 head (lighter flesh) without lip paint (center). The third and final head was a Type 2 head (darker flesh) without lip detailing. The first is certainly the rarest, while the third is, by a sizeable margin, the most common.
Mego Capt. Kirk on a "5-face" card. Special Note: The specimen pictured here is actually a "transition" piece, featuring a Type 1 body coupled with a Type 2 (darker flesh) head. DUring this time Palitoy (UK) also produced the trek figures on these cards, the only unique difference is the addition of the word "Palitoy" in the trademark area.
Here we have a Capt. Kirk on a "6-face" card with the name in white lettering.
Mego Capt. Kirk on a "6-face" card with the name in pink lettering.(the backer is the same)
The infamous "Blank-Back" Kirk 1978 Sears re-release (Item No. 91221/2). Note the broken leg; "Blank-Backs," being later releases, were notorious for the inferior plastic used in their manufacture.
Of special note is the "white-edged" foil insignia on the blank figures, presumably heat-sealed (an insignia method Mego began implementing in the late 'Seventies).
Capt. Kirk and his Sears catalog mailer box.
Photos and Text graciously supplied by Kevin (MirrorSpock)