Friday, October 13, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 160: Roworr (Wookiee Scout)

ROWORR Wookiee Scout
Power of the Jedi, but bundled with Invasion of Theed RPG
Item No.:
No. TSR11792
Number: n/a
Includes: Bowcaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.99
Availability: 2000
Appearances: n/a

Bio: Believe it or not, there isn't one. This Wookiee Scout's packaging didn't include any bio information and I couldn't find any online quickly, and couldn't find my RPG book stuff to see if there was one I could copy out of there for you. As such, well, here you go.

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: This was the first figure that got someone to email me and go "who the heck is that?" when I posted him in the background a few weeks ago. Roworr is best known as "Wookiee Scout," and he was packaged with a RPG starter game for about $15 in 2000. The figure itself has an all-new head sculpt, with the body and bowcaster both coming from previously released Power of the Force Chewbacca figures. The figure itself has the standard six points of articulation and holds a furry resemblance to Shaggy of Scooby Doo fame, and holds the honor of being the very first Expanded Universe character from the prequel era to get a toy. The sculpt is, of course, a little primitive since it's a modified 1998 figure with a 1995 weapon, but the paint is crisp and it holds up nicely. For diorama builders, gamers, and people like me who are just plain nuts for Wookiees, this is a figure worth tracking down. It isn't a particularly fine example of anything at all, but it's neat, obscure, and a fun figure to play with.

Collector's Notes: Did I also mention he's cheap? He was $15 at release, but time and obscurity bumped him down to as little as $3 on eBay when he shows up. It's particularly funny as people had a hard time finding him upon release, and many reported him stolen from the game. The game itself was sold several places, but was easiest to find at super-sized book stores like Borders or Barnes & Noble. A variant package of this set was supposed to have been released, but wasn't. The regular release (which we got) looks like any RPG box, and is shrinkwrapped with the figure inside-- you can't see it unless you open it. A variant box (which was not released) was to have a die-cut box that looked more like a board game than a role-playing game, and there was supposed to be a window so you could see the figure. Fun, isn't it?

Day 160: October 13, 2006

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