Star Trek: The Motion Picture was a landmark event for fandom. I'm not talking about Star Trek fans specifically, but all geeks in general. Star Trek: The Original Series ended in 1969, ten whole years before this motion picture came out. This was largely to due to the show's popularity in syndication and an ever-growing fanbase. I think we take it for granted that nostalgic properties are brought back to life easily today, but in the 1970s it was crazytalk. Lieutenant Ilia was the navigator aboard the USS Enterprise who was killed by a probe of the alien entity V'Ger. Soon after, V'Ger create another probe in the likeness of Ilia to return to the Enterprise and collect data (believing the enterprise was a living organism). The probe was a complete duplication of Ilia down to a molecular level; even retaining her memories and personality. Pure Sci-Fi genius if you ask me. Ilia's important role and striking appearance made her a very memorable character. Let's check her out below!
This figure is very simple; Limited articulation, minimal paint apps, and an uncomplicated sculpt - but somehow she turned out gorgeous. She doesn't quite have the exotic facial features that actress Persis Khambatta had in the movie, but she's still amazing.
Ilia came with a figure stand and a bunch of pieces to build your own miniature V'Ger. The V'Ger build-a-figure came in a few varying colors. I've seen blue, gray, and a coppery-gray. I believe they were all the same release and the color was a random running variation. Here is an eBay pic:
And here are a few pics of Ilia from the Movie.
Time for a Comparison Pic!