I came across several POP! figurines the other day that made me think of The Thousandth Man. It’s been tough without him, today of all days for some reason it just seemed difficult to believe that he’s really gone. Rich was a true sci-fi nerd. It was his expertise and he would pour through books like Dune, War of the Worlds, or the works of Asimov as easily as I could the works of Tolkien. His favorite sci-fi was H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds (just about all forms), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Trek, and old sci-fi shows like Lost in Space staring Guy Williams. He was also into robots like “Robby the Robot” from Forbidden Planet or V.I.N. Cent, B.O.B. and Maximillian from Disney’s The Black Hole.
For sure Rich would have liked this Lost in Space robot POP! as well as the Robby the Robot one. He already had some toys of them, so these would have made it into his collection I’m confident.
Rich’s Cousin Bobby introduced him to Star Trek when we were 12. During the summer I was always at Rich’s house since his parents worked. We’d eat pop corn, have some coke, watch movies, and he’d always try to get me to watch the original Star Trek. I could never get into it though. Seeing these POP! figures of Kirk and Spock really make me think of him.
Bout two years ago Rich was over helping me paint my kitchen. We have a small TV in the kitchen with cable and on one of the channels Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was on. We started to talk about when we were kids and how I always liked Indiana Jones, and Rich said that he always saw himself as Marcus Brody and me as Indy. That day, painting the kitchen, drinking a Quick Check fountain coke, laughing, was a great day.
If I was Indy and he was Marcus, then no doubt these POP! Kirk and Spock figurines represent us, me being Kirk and Rich Spock. I always thought Rich kind of looked like Spock. If I had the money I’d buy these two and put them on a shelf where I write to remember him.
Thank you, Funko, for the memories of Rich, The Thousandth Man, the Spock to my Kirk.