Doctober 24: One of a Kind

I don’t know much of anything about what goes on at trade shows. I’ve never been to one, and I don’t think I’ve ever looked into learning about their various intricacies and activities. So I don’t know if this is, indeed, a trade show item…or if I’ve been supremely snookered.

Either way, this is one of my favorite Dr. Crusher-related eBay finds ever.

The seller described this as an action figure he picked up at a trade show several years ago. It was from the Playmates booth, and was a figure from a proposed “Warp Factor Series 8” line they were preparing. Right off the bat, there’s a problem. Again, according to this list, it looks like there were only five Warp Factor runs.

However, that’s sort of the anachronistic icing on what is just a HUGE anachronistic cake. Observe:

Tell me this isn’t the most awesome bit of action figure WTFery you’ve ever seen. The more I look at it, the more I’m convinced this is one of the best custom action figure jobs ever done. The packaging looks hand-done, and by that, I mean the graphics look like they were done in PhotoShop. The images on the back, for instance, are low-resolution printouts. And the image of Dr. Bashir in no way looks like him…or his actual action figure. Also, the Dr. Crusher figure photo on the back is quite low-res and quite poorly focused. However, the design itself is almost perfect.

Same with the graphics on the front. I can tell you that whoever did the front graphic card, if this is a custom job, did a beautiful job of combining the card information from Cadet Beverly Howard-Crusher and Captain Beverly Picard (the cadet action figure was the only one marketed with Dr. Crusher’s maiden name, while the accessories included with this figure are identical to the ones included with Captain Bev Picard). In fact, if you look closely enough at the graphic area right next to “Beverly,” you can make out some color fluctuations that could have come from morphing a graphic to cover where the word “Cadet” would have appeared on the original package graphic.

But now I’ve gone off the rails with my geekery.

Look at the actual figure. It’s definitely Dr. Crusher’s head…the same head, in fact, from the Captain Beverly Picard figure. But that body. As I pointed out yesterday, Dr. Crusher never wore a DS9-era medical uniform. She most certainly didn’t wear one during the run of TNG, which is when this uniform would have existed, as indicated by the TNG-era comm badge. Also, Dr. Crusher was never a lieutenant when we “knew” her. See, look at this close-up:

No, I’m almost positive that this body was originally topped by a Jadzia Dax head. And this is starting to look more and more like the mother of all custom figures.

I’ve never seen mention of any ditched Beverly Crusher figures that match this description, and I’ve never again seen a similar figure being sold or mentioned anywhere else. Of course, as I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t know anything about trade shows, so I don’t know if something like this would be a common product shown at said shows. If anyone out there reading this knows anything about the trade show mystique and can shed some light on whether or not this is legit or a beautiful ruse, please drop me a line.

Regardless of the “truthiness” of this figure’s history or existence, I think it’s utterly brilliant and one of my favorite pieces of Bevernalia and geekanalia in general.