Power of the Force Collection 1
Item No.: Asst. 69570 No. 69858
Includes: Rifle, Freeze Frame Action Slide, Cloak
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Fall 1998
Appearances: Primarily Return of the Jedi
Bio: Leader of a resistance cell on his homeworld of Dressel, Rebel Alliance member Orrimaarko proved to be a fierce warrior against the evil Empire. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: On top of some tackle boxes, Prune Face ponders his lameness.
Commentary: As the 1995 Star Wars line began becoming the biggest thing ever, fans started writing up wish lists for the line. Some were clever and included items like Wedge Antilles, which fans have never seen before. Others though they were even more clever by asking for things like Orrimaarko here, a remake of the vintage Prune Face figure, and as such Hasbro (then Kenner) focused its energies on remaking a sizable part of the vinatge line. This figure, which was somewhat shocking to see in 1998, came out and sold out quickly as the bulk of the later 1998 figures were somewhat difficult to get. (The first time I saw it was in a grocery store.) The figure itself has the typical six points of articulation, complete with the classic eyepatch, cloak, and rifle we've come to love from the old days. As he was designed with his Rebel vest undernearth in a fairly normal pose without a lot of beefiness, fans haven't asked Hasbro to go back and remake this one. (Of course, perhaps it's because Prune Face is lame.)
Collector's Notes: For a short period of time, this figure commanded a healthy premium on the secondary market. Today, he's worth $1-$2 on the secondary market. For a figure with limited distribution, that's somewhat sad, but it speaks volumes about how today's newcomer collector has limited interest in the past, hoping Hasbro reissues old figures at retail above buying them today for pennies on the dollar. As one of many designs from Return of the Jedi, it's a welcome figure to own in any collection as it's great diorama fodder and his head looks like a peanut.
Day 65: July 10, 2006