Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 165: Weequay

WEEQUAY with Blaster Pistol and Rifle
Power of the Force Collection 3, 2
Item No.:
Asst. 69705 No. 69707
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster pistol, force pike, Freeze Frame
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $4.99
Availability: Summer 1997
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Weequays were a race of humanoids who came from the Outer Rim planet of Sriluur, near Hutt Space. Their home was a harsh desert planet, leading to the species' tanned skin tone and rough, sandy, wrinkled skin. Their eyes were dark and slightly recessed into their skull. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: Here's a figure that was great in 1997, and almost 10 years later, is still good. The figure has a lumpy head, and one of the best sculpts for its day. The face is filled with little details, and the costume is recreated as perfectly as one might expect from 1997-- if not a little better. Sure, it only has six points of articulation but the sculpt is so good, the figure seems like it could be at home much later in the line. (It's a compliment.) It's hard to see in the picture but it's a fantastic figure that you just have to get. And Hasbro's going to make sure of that, as they repainted it for inclusion in a Battle Pack. It fits right in with the other figures, so you'll probably be happy to get this one. It's aged very well, the little details just really pop out nicely.

Collector's Notes: It's shocking this figure was released around the same time as the eternally awful Rebel Fleet Trooper. It shows just how much diversity can exist in a line, how much difference a good sculptor makes, and that if a figure is good enough, nobody's really going to complain when it gets reissued 10 years later.

Day 165: October 18, 2006

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