This article is from the Toys FAQ, by email@example.com (Scott Gordon) with numerous contributions by others.
Captain Picard as seen in the episode "Tapestry," a part of the
Playmates Star Trek line is, in itself, nothing special. Its
simply a mix-n-match figure of a Captain Picard head on a
Generations Admiral Kirk body, with minor modifications, based on
the Star Trek: TNG episode "Tapestry." What's special, or better
put, infamous about this figure is that only 1701 (as in U.S.S.
Enterprise NCC-1701) were released in "celebration" of Star Trek's
30th Anniversary, the first of a series of limited edition figures.
This figure is causing quite a stir in the collector/scalper arena.
Collector's are rightfully angry that Playmates is showing such
disregard for its customers in favor of the hype generated by the
secondary market (and ignorant comments from Playmates employees
like Stever Garber are just making matters worse). The figures
are going for so much on the secondary market that the average
collector will never be able afford one in hopes of completing
his/her collection. All in all, its not a pretty picture.