Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 66: Ugnaught

UGNAUGHTS with Tool Kit
Power of the Force Collection 2
Item No.:
Asst. 69605 No. 69837
Number: n/a
Includes: 2 figures, tool kit, rubber apron, Freeze Frame action slide
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: Summer 1998
Appearances: Primarily The Empire Strikes Back; also appears in the Expanded Universe

Bio: Ugnaughts, the humanoid species found on Bespin's Cloud City, manned the controls of the freezing chambers where Han Solo was encased in carbonite. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' shelf.

Commentary: And to think, the other one was the cute one! The ugly Ugnaught returns here today for the second half of this two-pack, and this one doesn't have the fancy apron or the nicely painted face. He has four points of articulation, a carry case, and is molded in the fleshy plastic color for his face, so he looks a wee bit inferior to his package-mate. Not especially popular or likable, the main reason to buy these is to flesh out your Freeze Chamber dioramas or to "collect them all."

Collector's Notes: When I did part 1, I commented about some of these figures languishing in drug stores for a few years-- since the figures came out in 1998, that's some feat. Even more shocking was in May, I received several emails indicating that their local drug stores still had this figure available for sale at full price, $7.99. To put that in perspective, that's 8 years-- it's like finding carded vintage Return of the Jedi figures in 1990, or perhaps a more apt analogy would be stumbling on something like first series Playmates The Simpsons figures or the final waves of Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect. It's somewhat freakish.

Day 66: July 11, 2006

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