Star Trek: The Original Series - Wave One by Art Asylum
In researching the background of Uhura for this review, I learned a lot of interesting facts. First off, her name, Nyota Uhura, loosely translates to "Star Freedom" in Swahili. She was one of the first characters of African descent to be featured in a non-menial role on US television. Case in point, she served as a major inspiration to a young Whoopi Goldberg who immediately exclaimed to her family "I just saw a black woman on television; and she ain't no maid!" Uhura also was an inspiration to Dr Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space with the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. And as tribute to that inspiration, Jemison went on to guest star in an episode of Star Trek the Next Generation, as well as two Star Trek documentaries. Lastly, back in 1968, Uhuru and Captain Kirk shared the first scripted inter-racial kiss on US television. Times have changed, indeed.
On to the toy. Lieutenant Uhura was played by Nichelle Nichols and Art Asyum has done a fantastic job capturing her likeness. The sculpt is great all-around with excellent articulation and a subtle paint wash to give her red uniform a more realistic look.