Thursday, March 2, 2017

Star Trek Lt. Uhura!

Hey Gang,

So I was able to purchase Trek 50th Anniversary Lieutenant Uhura Doll!    I got
her just before Christmas.  I have shown her on Facebook but my blog is behind
on posts and photos.  

I miss place my camera during the holidays! My dad passed and everything 
went down from there!

OK, back to pleasant stuff! Lt. Uhura!

I tried to take pictures of my doll in the box  with much glare!   

Stock Photos!

I got heron sale for 27.99!
She normally sells for 34.99.

I was so happy to get her I didn't take all the pictures of her I could have! 
Then there was the camera thing!  Now... I have a camera on my tablet and that 
is OK for Facebook but I think you guys and my blog deserve the better and 
clearer pictures I can take with my camera!

Many of us think that they did a good likeness of Nichelle Nichols!  No doll 
company does it better than Mattel when they get it right!  There were a few
misses along the way but not many.  So this is me giving Mattel their props on 
that! I did want to give a little info on the women!

Wiki info!

Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois. She began her show business career at age 16 as a singer with Duke Ellington in a ballet she created for one of his compositions and later sang with his band. After switching to acting, she was twice nominated for the Sarah Siddons Award for best actress in "The Blacks" and "Kicks and Company". Her film debut found her dancing with Sammy Davis Jr. in Porgy and Bess (1959). A guest appearance on The Lieutenant (1963) led to an offer from Gene Roddenberry to join the cast of Star Trek (1966). Her best known role on the series is communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura. She later repeated her role in a string of successful Star Trek films: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).

During the first year of the series, Nichols was tempted to leave the show, as she wanted to pursue a Broadway career; however, a conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed her mind. She has said that King personally encouraged her to stay on the show, telling her that he was a big fan of Star Trek. He said she "could not give up" because she was playing a vital role model for black children and young women across the country, as well as for other children who would see blacks appearing as equals.

Invited to join the board of directors of the National Space Institute, NASA asked her to participate in its astronaut recruitment program for the space shuttle project. Three of her recruits were on the ill-fated Challenger mission. For her work, she received NASA's distinguished Public Service Award. She has a consultant firm, Women in Motion Inc. through which she produced and starred in the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum film "What's in It for Me?". With all this, she has not neglected her singing making a series of video albums the latest being "Nichelle Nichols: Live at Disneyland".

A few other pictures that I took before the camera went missing.  I got this Sparkle
Girlz outfit for her.  It is actually two outfits!  One is the dress that she is wearing 
as a top.....

and the other is a pant and top.  I am just using the pants her because they match 
the dress. 
They look like something a women like her would wear. I traded out her green 
earrings for pearls and added the triple strand necklace. The look is completed 
with blue heels.  

I posted her picture on Facebook.  I got some interesting comment about the doll.  
I noticed that the complexion on the head was a little darker than the body too! 
(face is more Kara body is more Grace) There isn't a made to move Kara body yet.
One thing that was pointed out was that the eyes on all of the dolls ...even in the 
promo photos are a little... off.

OK, lets look! 
One eye is slightly lighter than the other. 
 No it is not a shadow.  It is how they painted the eye.
Note the dots!
 The position of the white dots in the eyes are not in the same place on the other 
eye and can give a strange look in some photos.  I made some corrections in the
eyes of my doll above in the blue.  I really love the doll and wouldn't send it
back or anything but be prepared

OK, Thanks For Looking!


V. said...

Lovely doll, congrats! And sorry to hear about your dad..a big hug from Portugal :)

Erin O said...

Deepest condolences to you on your loss.

I just purchased the Uhura doll, but I haven't had a chance to unbox her yet. I'm slowly accumulating all three of the Star Trek dolls as Star Trek is a huge part of my life, but Uhura was the one I wanted the most! She was an inspiration to me growing up, and I am so happy that the doll is such a lovely representation of the character.

-Erin of Lightwaves Dolls

Male Doll World said...

Thank you for the the history lesson. I was so happy that the doll looked like Nichelle Nicols. I agree that they did a good job. Since they did do a good job with Zoe Saldana. Sorry to hear about the loss of your father.

Just My Dolls said...

I agree, Mattel did a fantastic job with the face sculpt, despite the little imperfections here and there. She looks great in both her original uniform and the modern outfit.

The grandmommy said...

I really like her! I think she looks like Nichelle . Did you say that was her body articulated like that? I would leave her just as she is. That is strange about the eye. I wonder if her eye was really like that too?

Her story is facinating. Thank for that. I will be looking for that blue outfit.

My heart goes out to you for the loss of your father. >hugs<

Lisa Neault said...

I have her and really like her but haven't deboxed her or Spock yet. I still have to get Kirk. One of the things I can't figure out is why they used green plastic earrings when Nicole wore gold hoops or silver hoops on the show. That really bugs the heck out of me. I can't recall seeing big green hoops on her.

Brini said...

Mines is still in her box on the top shelf, I better check her eyes just in case. Isn't she pretty! I'm think about getting another one so she can mingle with the rest of the folks in Dotsville.

Muff said...

She is really a stunner and so sorry to hear about your father.

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comments V. Erin, Male Doll World, Just My Dolls, The grandmommy, Lisa and Brini!

V., Erin, Male Doll World, The grandmommy, Thanks! He was 93! He was in pretty good health until this last year. I just saw the movie Fences! It made me think about him in a new light! V. I love your long distance hug!

V. Erin, Male Doll World, Just My Dolls, The grandmommy, Lisa and Brini, I think that they were trying to give character to the face and that is why they eyes are that way. The Lois Lane doll has two different color eyes like the comic character. I have seen her with the eyes repainted. I kept mine as is! I must admit I didn't notice the eye on Uhura until it was pointed out. So it can't be that bad.

OK you guys, take those dolls out of the box! The poor things! I have a neighbor who....collects dolls sorta. She see me and say "I just got another doll! I put her in the closet!" I can hear the dolls screaming! :)

april_n_paris said...

My sincerest condolences over the loss of your father. Losing parents is so very difficult.

This is what is so interesting about the doll community. I would never have thought to pick up this doll since I'm not into action figures..even those produced by Mattel. But this doll is so lovely and redresses so well! The difference in the eye color from one eye to another isn't bothersome to me because as humans one side of our face is slightly different than the other. Our brains sorta compensates for the difference. And, I agree...dolls aren't meant to be kept in boxes! They only come alive when you liberate and play with them!!!!

D7ana said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. I haven't seen the movie, Fences. I'll look it up later. I'm glad that it gave you a new perspective on your Dad.

Congrats on getting Lt. Uhura. Good buy at that price - her being articulated already.

Oh, so that's what that banging in the closet is from. Dollies wanting to get out of their boxes. Sigh. They do want OUT!

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comments and condolences April and D7ana!

April,she is a beautiful doll and would make a great addition to your collection!

D7ana, your dolls want to to play with you!

Jaye Frye said...

Mattel did a great job with this Uhura doll. It is clear they keep playing with articulation too, which is a good thing.