Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 130: Graxol Kelvyyn

Episode I Cinema Scene Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84115 No. 84159
Number: n/a
Includes: Display base, CommTech Chip
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: Fall 1999
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Bio: Graxol Kelvyyn was an Anx that was present in the Boonta Eve Classic on Tatooine. Kelvyyn had a wide web of slave-trading all over the Outer Rim, and had his headquarters on the planet Ryloth. There he lived with opulence and enjoyed his multiple Twi'lek slaves, including his most recent adquisition Shakka. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: When first released, Graxol Kelvyyn was the biggest Star Wars figure ever made in the 3 3/4-inch scale. And seven years later, he's still about twice as big as the next in line. He has decent articulation, a blue cloth overcoat thing, and can sit-- an important feature many figures can't do, but he's required to just to fit in his packaging. He's a big alien, and as such, deserves a place in your collection just for his height. The sculpt is very good for its day, and it's part of a great set that includes one of the best Watto figures as well as a Twi'lek slave girl. How can you go wrong with that combination? This figure will probably not see release again for a good long time (if ever) because he can't fit into most figure packaging. As such, he's a real special one, and because he's so big and colorful and awesome, I can't not advise you to get one.

Collector's Notes: Like so many Episode I toys, this set can be for almost nothing these days. Packaged along with a great Watto figure as well as a half-naked alien woman, the set in which she comes should be a must-add item to your collection. Seeing as you can have a giant figure plus two bonus figures and a display stand for under $15 on the secondary market, your not buying this is an insult to toy collectors everywhere. Don't sit around and whine for Hasbro to remake it, trade on the forums or buy it on eBay now. Trust me, if you can appreciate aliens, Episode I figures, or novel concepts figures, this is for you. The price went up a smidge since we looked at Shakka a few months ago, but that's the nature of the market.

Day 130: September 13, 2006

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