Welcome to another Minifigure Monday entry in my Star Trek Voyager series. This week, we have reached the eighth character reveal. Incidentally, this is also the eighth character to appear in the show. Additionally, it is one of the first Delta Quadrant alien species we encounter. This week is all about the Neelix fantasy minifigure! Neelix first appears to help Voyager rescue their kidnapped crewmates. The Caretaker whisked Kim and Torres away to the subterrain world of the Ocampa. Of course, Neelix has the ulterior motive of rescuing Kes from the Kazon…
I drew Neelix as one of the last characters in this series. Truthfully, I was dreading coloring in his clothing. Neelix always wore brightly colored clothes with splotches all over. You can see and example in the action figure below. However, he also wore a simpler blue uniform at times. Consequently, I opted for that design to save myself some time. Afterall, the patterning on Neelix’s skin still required some time and effort. The Spider Queen’s minions (Monkie Kid) inspired the hairpiece. While I toyed with the idea of a minifig attachment for his side whiskers, I opted for a printed look in the end. It made more sense in terms of a real Minifigure.
Neelix, the eternal optimist.
Playmates produced two Neelix action figures. Firstly, one came out in the original Voyager line in 1995. He came with a standard display base and collectors’ card. Additionally, you got a cooking pan, tricorder, Talaxian phaser, and SIMS beacon. Secondly, Security Officer Neelix arrived in 1997. It was a limited edition character sold only through Spencer Gifts stores. Playmates produced 7,500 Security Officer Neelix action figures. His accessories included a display base, PADD, SIMS beacon, Type II phaser, and a cooking pan.
Ethan Phillips portrayed Neelix through all seven seasons of Voyager. I met him at Fan Expo in Toronto back in 2011. It was one of the more fun encounters I have had. Phillips was chatty, and agreed to pose with me for a picture. Usually, you pay extra for the photo ops. You can see the characters’ eternal joyfulness in the picture below. I tried to mimic that in my drawing.
That concludes the eighth entry in my Star Trek Voyager series. Check back next week for the ninth character. We are still talking about characters that appeared in the pilot episode. Consequently, feel free to go back and figure out who the next character will be. Alternatively, just wait a week ;). As always, let me know what you think in the comments below or reach out on social media.
Until next time,
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