Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 178: Cloud Car Pilot (Concept)

CLOUD CAR PILOT Expanded Universe
Power of the Force Expanded Universe
Item No.:
Asst. 69620 No. 69786
Number: n/a
Includes: Cloud Car with Firing Projectile
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.99
Availability: Fall 1998
Appearances: The Art Of The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Cloud cars are atmospheric vessels that employ both repulsorlifts and ion engines, filling the important gap between airspeeders and starfighters. Functional in many ways, twin-cockpit, patrol cars escorted the Millennium Falcon and her crew onto Cloud City during The Empire Strikes Back. It was here that Darth Vader had Han Solo frozen in carbonite while Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO were held prisoners of the Empire. This single cockpit cloud car was designed and built based on production sketches found in The Art of Star Wars; its brainchild was renown Star Wars artist, Ralph McQuarrie. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: While this figure is indeed sold as a Cloud Car Pilot, the concept art for this figure wasn't originally intended for that purpose. (I'm also not entirely sure it was designed by Ralph McQuarrie*.) The figure itself looks more like a futuristic fast food employee, with stupid had and matching uniform. The figure is arguably the weakest (and absolutely the shortest) of the Expanded Universe Vehicles pilot line, with the standard six points of articulation. Oh, and a "molting" problem-- even if properly cared for, I've seen examples of the figure become somewhat sticky. The sculpting isn't anything too exciting, but neither is the source material. It's nice to have what essentially amounts to "Cloud City Citizen", but ultimately what you see is what you get here. The figure really offers no surprises, aside from being a 1998 figure with very tiny hands (something we see more of today) and an unusually short stature. As far as I know, the face was not meant to resemble anyone, but you have to admit it looks a smidge like Anthony Daniels in this picture.

Collector's Notes: *= I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. McQuarrie briefly at a convention in 1997, and was in the room when someone showed him one of the items. Most amusing was hearing him look at it and go "this one wasn't one of mine, this was Joe's" (or something to that effect) but I didn't get a good look at to what he was referring. (Probably the Speeder Bike before packaging was finalized, but still, amusing.) Why am I bringing this up now? Well, the rumor going around for 2007 is that all the "concept" figures are Ralph McQuarrie's, but there were more than a few concepts done by the likes of Joe Johnston, John Mollo, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero, to name a few. So don't be too shocked if something is labeled incorrectly going forward. And to be clear, I popped through some reference books and unfortunately did not find any information on who developed the Cloud Car. I'm fairly sure this figure is not a McQuarrie design, but unfortunately The Star Wars Chronicles doesn't help me here. (And all my art of books are in boxes. Let that be a lesson to you, kids, a well-stored library is a happy library.) This isn't a figure that's especially great in and of itself, but seeing how few concept vehicles exist, and how small the entire Expanded Universe line was in 1998, it's still worth snagging for collectors. If nothing else, it's still a fun little toy.


Day 178: October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 177: Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)

DARTH VADER Emperor's Wrath
Power of the Jedi Collection 1
Item No.:
Asst. 84445 No. 84637
Number: n/a
Includes: Hand, lightsaber, cape, Force File
Action Feature: Removable hand, glow-in-the-dark skull
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Fall 2001
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Although Darth Vader would perish without his body armor's life support system, he remains a powerful and imposing figure. His black suit and the dark side of the Force protect him from numerous opponents until he loses his cybernetic right hand in a fateful lightsaber duel with Luke Skywalker on the second Death Star. (Taken from the figure's Force File.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: Hasbro loves to do (and redo) core characters, and this Darth Vader is proof of that. There's not a lot of variety between one Vader to the next, but during Power of the Jedi the toymaker managed to find a few neat new ways to do this character differently. This release was based on his death, as Sith lightning engulfs his broken body and you can see his skull inside the helmet for a split-second. The figure has the normal six points of articulation plus a swivel around the shoulder and a wrist, and as an added bonus you can hack off the wrist. The coloring is good, but the figure is basically only good for recreating this one scene. And for nitpickers, he had neither a hand nor a lightsaber at this point. Still, the effect is interesting, and while the glow-in-the-dark functionality is weak I really do appreciate Hasbro giving it a shot. A new version renders this one more or less obsolete, but the glowing feature is cool and the way the helmet, eyes, and skull look are nifty enough to warrant a purchase at the right price, whatever that may be to you.

Collector's Notes: This mold was reused a lot. Most recently, a new "X-Ray" Darth Vader was released in Fall of 2006 with snap-on lightning, a retooled arm, and no glowing feature. The mold was colored in and released as a "normal" Darth Vader several times over, and was also painted in red as a holiday figure in 2005. It's seen a lot of action, but this was the very first release of this particular sculpt.


Day 177: October 30, 2006

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 176: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Bongo)

OBI-WAN KENOBI with Gungan Scout Sub
Episode I Invasion Force
Item No.:
Asst. 84205 No. 84397
Number: n/a
Includes: Scout sub "vehicle"
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Spring 2000
Appearances: Technically Episode I

Bio: A compact, one being transport, the scout sub's organic design is typical of Gungan artisans. Though its design is often mistaken for a tasty morsel by the sea monsters of Naboo, it's high speed capabilities and powerful defensive claw succeed in keeping it out of danger. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: While I loved the concept of the original Mini-Rigs, the Invasion Force which included the likes of this Obi-Wan Kenobi were a real mixed bag. For example, there was a mini version of the Trade Federation Tank, and a new version of Darth Maul's Sith Speeder. These are awesome, but not from the film. There's a Gungan Cannon, which comes from the movie but isn't too exciting. And then there's the Obi-Wan Kenobi with Gungan Scout Sub, which is basically a glorified Batman backpack with a very peculiar Obi-Wan Kenobi. More so than any other modern figure, this figure strikes me as it was designed to mimic the sensibilities of the vintage line, with a very flat pose, a squared-off t-crotch, and eyes which defy description. Since Obi-Wan was under water with his exterior brown robes, this figure doesn't really belong with the movies either-- it's to be part of a play pattern that never really takes place anywhere in the mythos. It's neat, though, and just from a "holy cow is this a weird figure" stand point, it's one that every collector should take a look at. With six joints and decent paint, it's nothing to sneeze at.

Collector's Notes: Depending on where you lived, this was either really common or really hard to get. If your timing was good, odds are you saw it on clearance exclusively and ended up dropping maybe five bucks on it. That's about what it's worth-- the figure is very plain and the vehicle really isn't any fun. (And it pains me to write that about any original concept out of Kenner/Hasbro as they usually make things that are, at the worst, fun.) You can get this set as low as $3 on the secondary market, and since the claw attack action is pretty worthless, I can't say it's a crying shame that nobody appreciates this piece. There are very good reasons to not appreciate this piece.


Day 176: October 29, 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 175: R-3PO

R-3PO Hoth Evacuation
Saga Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84715 No. 84726
Number: 0402
Includes: Display base
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: January 2004
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: A protocol droid at the Rebels' base on Hoth, R-3PO was present when the Imperial Forces attacked Echo Base, which had to be adandonded to the enemy. Protocol droids were vital in smoothing differences encountered by the many far-flung cultures interacting on a regular basis throughout the galaxy. Programmed in etiquette and equipped with formidable language skills, they served as aides to diplomats, politicians and other high-ranking officials. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf, in front of a 2004 shipping case, oddly enough.

Commentary: My favorites are all over the place, and R-3PO is my favorite protocol droid figure. He's really nothing too special on paper, but he has nifty arms with doodads hanging off of them, a really spiffy dark red paint job, and a great black wash (or good plastic) that brings out all of the details as well as gold eyes and all sorts of highlights all over his person. With no accessories and barely the normal six points of articulation, it's hard to stand out-- but this figure has a lot of little things that make it really fun. There's snow painted on his feet, for example, but it's so subtle that you wouldn't necessarily have it get in the way of another display were R-3PO to appear on, say, Tatooine. The figure is simple and holds together nicely, and like many of my favorites, it's hard to explain-- if you hold it in your hand and play around with it, it's got a little of that "great figure" magic. If you're looking to add droids to your stash, get an R-3PO with my blessing.

Collector's Notes: Like so many recent figures, nobody seems to care about recent great figures unless there's some massive perception of it being rare. (Even if this is not the case.) On the secondary market, there's really very little interest for this droid. It can be had for about two or three dollars before shipping on eBay, which is a real steal. The 2004 line was positively stuffed with awesome figures, fan favorites, and the basis of an awesome Trilogy collection (as no new prequel figures were released as basic figures in 2004.) You should totally track this one down, preferably as part of a lot, because then you'll get more stuff and save on shipping. That or snag one at a dealer table at your next convention. Just get one.


Day 175: October 28, 2006

Friday, October 27, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 174: Barada

BARADA Battle of Carkoon
The Saga Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 85770 No. 85804
Number: 004
Includes: Blaster, display base, bonus holographic figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: January 2006
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: When Jabba the Hutt needs a goon to push his prisoners into the Pit of Carkoon, the remorseless Barada is the perfect creature for the job. Armed with a staff and trained to serve and protect Jabba, Barada is usually regarded as a formidable opponent in hand to hand combat. That is until he becomes quick work for the expert lightsaber skills of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight. Luke knocks Barada into the Pit of Carkoon and Sarlacc makes a quick meal of him! (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: When the 2006 line was initially announced, fan reactions were mixed-- sure, there were three brand new sculpts of popular characters, but there was also this confusing selection of Barada, which has been released twice before. As an old Power of the Force 2 release from the late 1990s, the figure was once hard to get. And then it was reissued, and it wasn't. So this release was an oddity in that nobody asked for it, but it was a huge improvement and seems to have sold reasonably well. The figure is an upgrade if the first modern release in that the face isn't extra splotchy, and the more even coloring makes this easily the definitive version of this particular action figure. With the standard 6 points of articulation, it's a little chunky compared to the new sculpts as of late, but it's still a very good looking figure and a fairly worthy upgrade-- especially if you need figures for your dioramas.

Collector's Notes: Many fans were crossing their fingers for an update of the 1984 Barada, which had red pants and was basically a different character. (No dice.) Still, this is a pretty popular release. It's also the first modern individually packaged Barada. The first release was in a Cinema Scene called Jabba's Skiff Guards, and the figure was later released in a similarly themed Toys "R" Us exclusive multipack. So contrats, Barada, on getting your own carded figure. He's still shipping to some major retailers, so with a little luck you might find one at retail.


Day 174: October 27, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 173: Luke Skywalker in Bacta Tank

LUKE SKYWALKER Echo Base Bacta Tank
Power of the Jedi Deluxe Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84475 No. 84652
Number: n/a
Includes: Stand, pointer
Action Feature: Luke "breathes" when you fill tank and blow bubbles through tube
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Fall 2001
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Experience the thrill of The Empire Strikes Back once again, as a critically injured Luke Skywalker is immersed in a bacta tank to save his life. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: Sometimes, there are figures that fans demand. These include the likes of Wedge Antilles, Slave Leia, Tarkin, and Commander Cody. But after a while, the bulk of "A" choices, and then the bulk of "B" choices get made-- and the demand starts to skyrocket for choices like this particular Luke Skywalker. Fans recognize this as a recreation of a key scene in which Luke escapes death by the skin of his teeth, and he is brought back to health by being placed in a medical solution with droids monitoring his health. To the rest of the world, this is some elaborate scuba bondage scenario. The figure and accessories, on their own merits, are excellent-- the playset included with Luke feels like it came right out of the 1980s, but better because it can plug in other figures like FX-7 and 2-1B, and it has a bubble blowing thing so you can fill the tank with water and it looks like Luke is coming back to life. Oh, and it was only ten bucks. As a toy, Hasbro went out of their way to design this to be a fun thing to play with, but can anyone get past the fact it's the greatest hero the galaxy has ever known in a diaper? The sculpting is good, and the articulation is better than necessary given the figure can't do anything but be suspended in the tank-- he can't stand or sit particularly well and looks goofy outside the playset. Like a few other releases, this figure celebrates one more fan demand being crossed off a list, and amazingly it makes for a really decent toy with more play value than most similar kinds of items. Kudos to Hasbro on a job well done given the circumstances.

Collector's Notes: Like so many of the "hah hah I can't believe they made that" releases, this figure is basically worthless today. So for you, the collector with taste, this is good news because it's only about $5-$10, maybe even cheaper if your timing is good. Also notable: before this figure, Applause released a high-end ($100) statue in the late 1990s with a light-up tank and a pretty crappy sculpt. (At least in hindsight, it sucked.) For many fans, this was the reason to demand the action figure. If Applause could sell a $100 statue, surely Hasbro could sell a $10 figure. The figure sold fairly well, but came in a case with a significantly more popular and almost as ludicrous on paper figure of Darth Maul with his shirt off.


Day 173: October 26, 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 172: General Madine

GENERAL MADINE Imperial Shuttle Capture
Saga Collection and Original Trilogy Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84715 No. 84776, Asst. 84715 No. 85386
Number: 0420, OTC36
Includes: Stand, pointer
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $4.99
Availability: Spring 2004
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: A strict military disciplinarian, General Crix Madine was an important Alliance officer and advisor to Mon Mothma. It was Madine who masterminded a number of crucial Alliance operations that paved the way for victory at the Battle of Endor. Madine was tasked with finding a way to destroy the shield generator protecting the second Death Star. His personally trained soldiers captured the Imperial Shuttle, Tyderium. With this shuttle, Madine's troops, under the command of General Han Solo, infiltrated Imperial territory on the Sanctuary Moon. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: When going through vintage figures that were waiting to be remade for a new generation, General Madine was usually in the "don't bet on it" pile. He has few lines, no action, no gun, and a bizarre hairdo that's more creepy than exotic. He wears a bland uniform, gives a monologue, and that's the end of his life. The original figure was pretty basic and bland, and the modern version colors him correctly, has a more authentic likeness, and yes, adds articulation with extra joints on the arms. It's a well-done figure, but like Mon Mothma it's kind of like getting socks for Christmas. (Unless it was, say, socks with Space Invaders graphics on them.) The figure is basically more an exercise in crossing a fan demand off a list than it is a celebration of the greatest space opera of all time, and for collectors, fills the purpose of remaking one more of the missing vintage line. For the rest of us? Well, it's nice, isn't it? And he can point. I guess that's something.

Collector's Notes: While initially quite scarce, Madine came out in a wave with Generals Solo and Calrissian, and were later reissued on very spiffy OTC packaging. By and large, though, the vastness of the line and a new movie caused this one to get ignored quick. A reissue doesn't seem inevitable, and most likely, this is as good as it's going to get for Madine. So buy one.


Day 172: October 25, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 171: Admiral Motti

ADMIRAL MOTTI with Imperial Blaster
Power of the Force Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84185 No. 84366
Number: n/a (or C9)
Includes: Blaster Pistol, CommTech Chip
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Spring 2000
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: The senior Imperial commander in charge of operations on the original Death Star, Admiral Motti often disagreed with the decisions of Darth Vader. His outspokenness almost cost him his life when Vader used the Force to strangle the Admiral into silence. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: Along with a new Princess Leia, Admiral Motti was part of the final wave of Power of the Force figures released to retail. The figure was good-- Motti was remembered for two things in Star Wars, sitting and being strangled. While the figure can't sit, he can act like he's being strangled with an elbow joint. The figure also has a jointed wrist and the usual compliment of joints, making him (for his day) a pretty spiffy release. The uniform matches other Imperials of his day, and while there's not a lot of detail, he was quite popular on release to the point of being deemed a "rare" figure. The figure has an excellent likeness and six years later, I can safely say it was one of the line's earlier high points.

Collector's Notes: While a lot of fans on eBay are seemingly stuck in 2000 with their opening auction bids, the figure can be had for about $10 or less. He's also being reissued (identical, I think) in an upcoming Death Star Briefing gift set which is exclusive to any outlet that sells products through Previews/Diamond. This figure is more or less worth owning if you have a need for choke victims and Imperials, and odds are you fit one of those two criteria.


Day 171: October 24, 2006

Monday, October 23, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 170: Durge

DURGE Commander of the Separatist Forces
Clone Wars Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84851 No. 84816
Number: 0445
Includes: Blaster Rifle, Blaster Pistols, Rocket Pack, Bola
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: November 2003
Appearances: Clone Wars

Bio: This 2,000-year-old bounty hunter replaces Jango Fett as Count Dooku's right-hand man. A century before the Clone Wars, Durge was captured and tortured by Mandalorian warriors while trying to collect a bounty on their leader. Durge escaped and went into hibernation to recuperate. Shortly after the Battle of Geonosis, Durge awakened seeking revenge, only to find that the Mandalorians were all but extinct. Upon learning that the Republic's Clone Troopers were created from Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett, Durge joined the Confederacy to enact his revenge upon Jango's clones. Along with Commander Asajj Ventress, Durge may be the one of the most formidable adversaries the Jedi have ever faced. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' Clone Wars shelf.

Commentary: When first introduced in 2003, we (the toy press) met Durge in Rhode Island at Hasbro HQ. Hasbro was curious about our reactions, and I still remember mine-- confusion. He's supposed to be this awesome 2,000-year-old man. For starters, he isn't Mel Brooks, but his arms looks like they could be-- I mean, pink human arms? Exposed arms on a heavily armed bounty hunter? Why not just cut a hole in his armor for his genitals and add on a "kick me" sign? I mean, who exposes a weak point? This was altered on future Durge items, but yeesh, why does he need to have his arms exposed? Easy access to needles for injecting death sticks?

Anyway, the figure. It's a neat design. Designed from the get-go to ingratiate himself into fan hearts, he has a design taken from Boba Fett on his chest, a ton of guns, a rocket pack, loads of armor, and when we first met him in the comic books, he was killing Gungans on one of Naboo's lunar colonies. That's pretty damned spiffy. The figure itself is good, but not great, as it has a ball-jointed neck and shoulders to match. The rest of his joints are normal, more or less, and he has spiky boots and some of the best paint seen on a figure, even if some of it is exposed human flesh. The pistols fit nicely into the holsters, although the tubes all over his body do come out if you move him more than their liking. For fans of the Expanded Universe, bounty hunters, or unique looking creations, this is a must-buy. He has his faults, some of which border on ridiculous, but he's still a nice figure.

Collector's Notes: A regular Durge figure isn't dirt cheap, but you can get one for under $20. The Deluxe Durge with Swoop Bike set costs about the same, and has more articulation and arguably superior deco. Durge's rifle and one of his pistols were reused in 2006 as weapons for Dud Bolt and Mars Guo. Introduced alongside Asajj Ventress, it turned out that fans, kids, and collectors were more interested in a pale goth chick with lightsabers than a heavily armored bounty hunter who was designed to be a bigger threat than a Fett. Not that anyone was surprised, really.



Day 170: October 23, 2006

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 169: R3-T2

R3-T2 Astromech Droids Series #1
Saga Collection Entertainment Earth Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 87055 No. 87056
Number: n/a
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $39.99
Availability: January 2006
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Has adapted for survival on Tatooine. Its owner is still a mystery. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: Sometimes a figure works, sometimes it doesn't. As one of the 10 figures in the Entertainment Earth Exclusive Astromech Droid Packs I helped bring to life, this figure did not turn out as anticipated. (It's a long story.) The figure doesn't look a lot like the images from the film, sets, or elsewhere, as can be seen on the very bland body with the incorrectly colored dome. In its own right, as a random Expanded Universe droid, it's very interesting with its pale colors and striking white, but as an authentic recreation of R3-T2 (and sadly, likely the only one we'll ever get) it doesn't do the job well. The figure itself is based on the R4-G9 mold, which means he's well designed and his third leg retracts/extends when you twist the dome on top of the figure. It's a great addition to any diorama and droid fans everywhere should get this one-- it really is a nice figure in its own right, it just isn't as authentic as it should be-- which is kind of a problem when you're dealing with figures designed to appeal to collectors.

Collector's Notes: At this time, this figure is still available from Entertainment Earth. Those uninterested in buying the 5-pack would be well-served to go to eBay, as fans break up the set and sell the figure for a few dollars.


Day 169: October 22, 2006

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 168: Luke Skywalker (Final Jedi Duel)

LUKE SKYWALKER Final Jedi Duel
Power of the Force Cinema Scenes Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 68650 No. 69783
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, Display Base
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.99
Availability: 1998
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Under the evil gaze of Emperor Palpatine, the lightsabers of two Jedi Knights - a father and son - clash furiously in a final duel between the light side and dark side of the Force. Slowly, the young Skywalker is lured closer to the rage of the dark side, and Palpatine sits confident of the Rebellion's defeat and the acquisition of a new emissary to fulfill his evil legacy! But the young Jedi's resistance appears to be growing... (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: Early, on, Cinema Scene sets were pretty dull-- you got retooled versions of figures you had. This one was no exception, although a Death Star version of Luke Skywalker was welcome, even if fans could take issue with its authenticity, its awkward pose, and its hair style. The figure wasn't bad when released, and this set excited a lot of fans in that you were ale to recreate a moment of the movie with action figures for the very first time. Luke has the normal six joints, but his oddly positioned legs make him pretty useless outside a dueling display. He can't exactly fit in a vehicle, so he fails as a toy but more or less works as a collectible. Sure the years haven't been kind to the sculpt, but have you looked back at the $100+ Applause statues from the same era? Those look even worse. Luke's mostly black, with glossy boots, both gloves are painted, and that's about all that's really notable here. The sum of the parts is better than each component, so if you buy a Final Jedi Duel set, be sure to buy the set-- not just Luke.

Collector's Notes: This exact mold was never reissued, but similar Lukes from Return of the Jedi with the same unusual looking head were released with the Rancor, Complete Galaxy Tatooine, Tatooine Skiff, and other fine sets.


Day 168: October 21, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 167: Sebulba

SEBULBA Boonta Eve Challenge
Power of the Jedi Collection 2
Item No.:
Asst. 84455 No. 84266
Number: n/a
Includes: Racing helmet, tool, Force File
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Late 2000
Appearances: Episode I

Bio: This Outer Rim Podrace pilot has rapidly risen to the top of the Podracing circuit through an unbeatable combination of reckless daring, skill, and outright cheating. The only thing Sebulba loves more than winning is ruthlessly dispatching his Podracing opponents. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: When first introduced to fans in 1999, Sebulba was one of the CG characters that fans didn't immediately hate. He didn't get a carded figure of his own until a the Episode I line had come and gone, but this was the best of them. Sized properly and articulated well, this is a well-designed figure that, while not perfect, gets the job done. He has a ball-jointed neck and normal joints on his shoulders and hips (at least, I think that's what they are) along with an evil toothy smile, a menacing stare, and a surprising amount of bright red and purple for a villain. The figure can stand well by virtue of having multiple ground-based limbs, and any figure with a removable helmet is automatically a good one in my book. This is, to date, the best Sebulba ever and odds are we won't see a new version any time soon, so it's nice to know Hasbro did a more or less perfect job the last time they cranked this one out.

Collector's Notes: Smaller Sebulba figures were included with the Sebulba Pod Racer and Mos Espa Encounter sets, and each had a unique mold. This is the only carded Sebulba figure to date.


Day 167: October 20, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 166: Jedi Knight (Human)

JEDI KNIGHT Army of the Republic
Clone Wars Deluxe Figure Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84845 No. 84836
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Fall 2003
Appearances: Clone Wars

Bio: A noble order of protectors unified by their belief and observance of the Force, the Jedi hearken back to a more civilized, classical time in galactic history. Their order is ancient, spanning over a thousand generations. As the Galactic Republic grew over the centuries, the Jedi came to serve it as guardians of peace and justice. Headquartered on Coruscant, the Jedi trained, studied, and planned from the impressive Jedi Temple, a towering edifice rising high above the surrounding structures on the city-planet. As the Clone Wars descend darkly upon myriad worlds, the Jedi battle to return security and order to the troubled galaxy. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: It's not hard to get fans excited or panicky, so when this Jedi Knight came out as part of a three pack at one per case, fans were understandably worried. Thankfully, it was easier to find before leaving the shelves forever, and even though the figure itself is pretty dull, what it represents is quite exciting. With Clone Wars, Hasbro expanded the Star Wars Universe with designs from the Lucas character factory alongside what are apparently somewhat original designs. It's not obvious who this figure is supposed to be, and who (if anyone) served as the model for the face, but the figure itself is nicely designed and has fairly limited articulation at the shoulders, waist, and neck. But seeing how you get three Jedi for $10, this is forgivable. The set added more forces to the too-thin line-up of Jedi & Clones vs. Droids & Durge & Asajj Ventress, which is, of course, a good thing. The figure's paint apps are good, but not great, and the figure has some difficulty standing as he has no leg articulation to compensate for any plastic warping caused by life on a shelf. (Which is unfortunate.) It's a great figure, though, and despite not having a real name it's well worth tracking down for all hardcore Clone Wars fans.

Collector's Notes: It's really stinking cheap on eBay. You should go buy this one.


Day 166: October 19, 2006

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 164: Rebel Fleet Trooper

REBEL FLEET TROOPER with Blaster Pistol and Rifle
Power of the Force Collection 1, 2
Item No.:
Asst. 69570 No. 69696
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster pistol, blaster rifle, vest, Freeze Frame
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $4.99
Availability: Summer 1997
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: The men and women serving the Alliance to Restore the Republic and its successor governments, the New Republic and Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, were dedicated to fighting for the freedom of the Galaxy. They were either from subjugated worlds or were Imperials disillusioned by the government's tyranny. Rebel forces were more individualistic and ragtag in contrast to the Imperial military. The Special Forces, or SpecForces, were a prominent part of the Rebel Alliance's ground forces, the Alliance Army. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: Some figures aged well, but the poor Rebel Fleet Trooper didn't even start off well. The figure was taller than Darth Vader, was ridiculously beefy, and had the wrong color of pants-- but more on that later. With a non-removable helmet, the figure was initially quite exciting as it was another first-ever figure of a character we first saw in 1977. Still, six point of articulation and two good guns weren't enough to make this turkey an exciting figure, and it was one of many figures that caused fans to ask for a new version. It can sit all right, it looks OK, but when you get right down to it, it's a relic-- it's not a figure that you want as a fan, it's a collector's item and really isn't worth getting unless you choose to collect them all.

Collector's Notes: When first released, word of a variant came up that was yet another Internet Hoax-- someone forged a scan with "corrected" pants. Such a figure would never exist, until the Power of the Jedi resculpt was done correctly the first time in 2001. So we can't stress this enough: this is a crappy figure.


Day 164: October 17, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 163: Chewbacca (Millennium Falcon Mechanic)

CHEWBACCA Millennium Falcon Mechanic
Power of the Jedi Collection 1
Item No.:
Asst. 84445 No. 84577
Number: n/a
Includes: Torch, goggles, Force File
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Early 2001
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Loyal even at a great personal risk, strong as a gladiator, and as technically savvy as the brightest Academy graduate, the two meters plus Chewbacca is a true hero of the rebellion. Chewbacca is copilot aboard the Millennium Falcon, where his skill as a mechanic proves invaluable to the safety of the ship and its crew. (Taken from the figure's Force File.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: When this version of Chewbacca came out, fans weren't complaining about yet another core character figure. They were elated, because this was the start of Hasbro trying to scale the figures properly. Chewbacca towered above Princess Leia, and the Bespin Han Solo released around the same time was appropriately in the middle somewhere. This figure is quite tall, and is painted nicely. It's a real departure from the POTF2 range and is, well, more "modern" in that it initiated a new era of more accurate sculpts for many of these characters for the first time. The figure has the standard six points of articulation plus a swivel around the elbow to better "fix" things. The paint is good, the expression is good, and the accessories are unique to this figure. While this particular sculpt of Chewbacca has been reused, you won't find the torch and goggles anywhere else. This alone warrants the purchase as you aren't going to find another mechanic Chewbacca figure in the entire line.

Collector's Notes: This figure was repackaged to death during the Original Trilogy Collection line, but with different (or no) accessories. He was packed with the Millennium Falcon for Sam's Club, with the C-3PO Carry Case for Wal-Mart, and all by his lonesome, to name a few. This figure is very easy to come by, and is pretty cheap if you want him. But as I said, the accessories are unique to the Power of the Jedi release and that's why this is one of the better versions of the figure.


Day 163: October 16, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 162: Swoop Trooper

SWOOP TROOPER Shadows of the Empire
Power of the Force Light Vehicle Assortment
Item No.:
Asst. 69760 No. 69591
Number: n/a
Includes: Swoop Bike
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Summer 1996
Appearances: Shadows of the Empire

Bio: A swoop was a repulsorlift vehicle similar to a speeder bike; in fact, it was in essence simply an overpowered speeder bike, "an engine with a seat." Swoops were often used by gangs. After the Galactic Empire outlawed podracing, swoop racing became the favored alternative. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus. And yes it's dusty.

Commentary: As one of the first ever original designs said to have come from Kenner, the Swoop Trooper drew a lot of heat-- but most fans generally liked its unique, damaged, colorful design. The figure had a tilting neck, and joints at the shoulders, knees, and hips. He wasn't what you would call super-poseable, but since he had knees and his sculpt didn't give him an especially awkward pose off of the bike, a lot of fans generally liked this one. His boots had treads, his armor had damage, and he had a bike with the first-ever firing rocket on an action figure scale Star Wars vehicle. Fans gobbled this release up for a while, but then got bored as they realized it really didn't appear in the game or movie in this exact format. A redesigned Swoop Trooper would appear in the Star Wars: Special Edition and elsewhere. Still, it's a great original design.

Collector's Notes: The years are not kind to old toys-- this old release can be had shipped for less than the original $9.99 retail. The figure was never rereleased or repackaged, but a variant does exist-- some came with a promotional WideVision trading card from Topps promoting the then-upcoming theatrical rereleases of the original trilogy. It's a fun figure and it fits in nicely with most Cantina/Jabba's Palace/Tatooine dioramas so it's one you might want to get if you haven't snagged one or two already.


Day 162: October 15, 2006

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 161: AT-ST Driver

AT-ST DRIVER with Blaster Rifle and Pistol
Power of the Force Collection 2 and 3
Item No.:
Asst. 69605 No. 69623
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster Rifle, Pistol, Freeze Frame (on later releases)
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $4.99
Availability: January 1997
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Imperial Army pilots were the Galactic Empire's support personnel responsible for the operation and maintenance of a variety of vehicles, such as the AT-AT and AT-ST, within the Imperial Army. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: When this figure first hit, people were thrilled. Some thought that the new AT-ST Driver was meant to be director Richard Marquand, who had a cameo as the ground walker pilot. This figure was released roughly 17 months after the AT-ST, at which point it was more than a little tricky to find the then-slow selling chicken walker. The figure itself was a new version of an old favorite, as the vintage AT-ST Driver was an excellent figure for its day. This beefy upgrade added a waist joint and extra guns, and fit in the vehicle quite nicely. (Or nicely enough, as POTF2 figures and pilots were not what you would call "play tested" before release.) The figure was improved on later during the modern Star Wars line, but this first release is pretty gosh darn good-- it stands out as an early highlight of the line, and was one of the first individually carded Return of the Jedi figures. (Actually, #3 if memory serves.) The coloring is great, the sculpt is good, and while it's a little primitive, it makes a great pilot figure.

Collector's Notes: The figure was very popular, and remained so when a Freeze Frame variant came out later-- which it turned out was a little hard to find. Realizing the body was perfect for multiple figures, fans requested Hasbro reuse it to make other characters. Sure enough, they did-- the Imperial Scanning Crew Tech was first released in 1998, and used this body with a new head and retooled hands. The same figure was repainted and released as the Imperial Trooper in 2004 as an unofficial Fan's Choice rerelease. Fans looking for the perfect AT-ST Driver may wish to check out the Toys "R" Us Imperial Forces gift set, or the Han Solo in AT-ST Driver disguise figure from 2004. Which are good, but not perfect-- their goggles can't cover the figure faces like this release can, which for my money makes this original POTF2 AT-ST Driver my favorite modern release.



Day 161: October 14, 2006

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

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 159: Luke Skywalker

LUKE SKYWALKER Swing To Freedom
Power of the Jedi 25th Anniversary Assortment
Item No.:
Asst. 84485 No. 84668
Number: n/a
Includes: Base, blaster, Leia, hook
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.99
Availability: Spring 2002
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Luke and Leia, trapped in the Death Star by pursuing Stormtroopers, attempt a daring escape as they swing to freedom across an endless chasm. Using only Luke's grappling hook, Leia hangs on for dear life as they barely escape the clutches of the Empire. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: While Tatooine versions of Luke Skywalker have been done to death, there are few moments more fitting of a tribute than the chasm jump in the original Star Wars. This figure was part of a set that recreated this moment in plastic, but due to the nature of the scene, the figures are essentially statues. Without Leia, Luke looks very awkward and all the articulation in the world wouldn't help the figure anyway due to unusual hair coloring and arguably poorly chosen plastic. The figure is what it is-- if you like the two figures on a display base, they're nice enough. But with less than 6 meaningful joints, this is a figure best left in the packaging.

Collector's Notes: It's also really common. These items didn't sell well in some markets so there are pockets of them looking for homes. If you want this item to keep in the box-- and it is a very nice boxed item-- you should consider tracking one down before people realize that it is, in fact, a very nice boxed item. Just don't open it.


Day 159: October 12, 2006

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 158: Yoda with Can-Cell

YODA Fly into battle!
Revenge of the Sith Deluxe Assortment
Item No.:
Asst. 85182 No. 85567
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, Can-Cell
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: May 2005
Appearances: n/a

Bio: Can-Cells are huge flying insects native to the planet Kashyyyk, homeworld of the Wookiees. The speed and mobility of the Can-Cells provide an aerial advantage in battle against the invading Separatist forces. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: Yet another refugee from the cutting room floor, Yoda was meant to ride around on a big bug on Kashyyyk-- alas, it was not meant to be, but this figure provides us with one of precious few beasts in the form of the bug-like Can-Cell. Yoda is pretty much a "what you see is what you get" figure-- his arms and neck are jointed, and anything else is pretty meaningless. This figure exists to sit on a bug, and can't do much other than sit and look ready to fight on the back of a mighty invertebrate. The sculpting is adequate, but the paint is below par for the line at the time-- the whites of the eyes are sloppy, and everything goes downhill from there. As to his steed, it's quite colorful and has flapping wings. The toy itself is fragile, though, with weak plastic that's prone to bending even if properly cared for due to weight issues. (They don't design these all for life on a shelf, folks.) As such, be careful with this one.

Collector's Notes: While initially hard to find, this item became increasingly easy to get as people realized it didn't make the movie. It's more of a curiosity than anything else, and collectors who seek out the unusual would be well-served to pick up this release. (Well, lovers of the unusual, and bug freaks.)


Day 158: October 11, 2006

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 157: Bib Fortuna

BIB FORTUNA Battle of Carkoon
Saga Collection 2006
Item No.:
Asst. 85770 No. 84741
Number: 003
Includes: Knife, display stand, bonus holographic figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: January 2006
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Bib Fortuna's troubles start when he allows two harmless-looking droids to talk to his boss, Jabba The Hutt. Jabba chooses not to free Han Solo, so Luke Skywalker decides to take matters into his own hands. Bib Fortuna falls victim to one of Luke's Jedi mind tricks and allows him to enter Jabba's Palace. When Luke and his friends are later victorious, Bib Fortuna escapes on a skiff and narrowly avoids being blown up on Jabba's sail barge! (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: Sometimes, the camera isn't very nice. Bib Fortuna is actually a fairly nice figure, but looks like some sort of alien drag queen that wants to be Tyra Banks in this photo. But since I'm trying to write a few of these today, I'm not going to reshoot. The figure is essentially a chess piece-- he has articulation at the neck, shoulders, wrists, and elbows. Sort of. His garment restricts movement just enough to make you mad, but the sculpt is pretty good and the figure's knife can be carried in his belt.

Collector's Notes: Bib Fortuna is a much-needed upgrade from the first modern bulky release in 1997, which was repainted and recarded in 2004-- and nobody wanted him then, either, so it was a surprise that Hasbro made a new version. The figure can still be found in some stores. The knife is very small and easily lost, so take care to make sure you don't lose it. This new release was fairly popular, and seemingly produced in smaller numbers than many other "new sculpt" figures in 2006. Still, it sold through in most markets which means it will probably be remembered fondly until Hasbro reissues it a few more times and everyone gets sick of it.



Day 157: October 10, 2006

Monday, October 9, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 156: Wol Cabasshite

WOL CABASSHITE Ghoel
Saga Collection Ultra Assortment
Item No.:
Asst. 84716 No. 84741
Number: b/a
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Spring 2004
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Ghoel was a Wol Cabasshite who lived in the palace of Jabba the Hutt in 4 ABY. The alien would hang from the rafters and arches and lick people passing below. Not realizing he was a sentient, intelligent creature, Jabba's entourage left him in the palace when leaving for the Great Pit of Carkoon. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: There's a fine line between "figure" and "accessory" and since this guy is a member of a race with a bit of a backstory, we're going with figure. The name on the package and species is Wol Cabasshite, but the proper name of the licky tongue alien is Ghoel. This little guy has no articulation and no accessories, but he does have a little suction cup and can "lick" passers by in a diorama setting. The fact Hasbro made this figure is pretty amazing, given very low recognition and probably even lower fan interest. I was giddy to see this released as it spruces up my Jabba's Palace, and he's very nicely painted. If you like figures that bring a sense of atmosphere to your collection, little Ghoel here does the job nicely.

Collector's Notes: It's cheap-- and comes packaged with a B'Omarr Monk and Bubo. You really ought to buy this one. Click through to see pictures that should help convince you to track one down.


Day 156: October 9, 2006

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 155: Even Piell

EVEN PIELL Jedi High Council
Saga Collection Screen Scene Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84997 No. 84981
Number: 1 of 2
Includes: Display stand, additional figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99-$24.99
Availability: Summer 2003
Appearances: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones

Bio: Even Piell was a Jedi Master and Jedi Council member from the planet Lannik with a well-deserved reputation of being a humorless and fierce warrior. He was present when Qui-Gon Jinn introduced Anakin Skywalker to the Council. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: Once upon a time, Hasbro decided to fulfill about a dozen fan wishes at once with some multi-packs featuring figures like Even Piell. This requested member of the Jedi High Council was an all-new sculpt and had an excellent likeness, plus he was part of the very first of six pieces that would fit together to form the Jedi High Council chamber. Talk about the start of something great! Unfortunately, the figure itself was less than exciting, with no lightsaber or other accessories he really didn't offer much. He was fairly well articulated, with two joints on each arm and a neck joint that work well, and well, other than that, the articulation doesn't seem to have much of a function. The paint job is excellent, the face is dour, the scars are grim, and the texture on the robes is, at worst, excellent. You can't do too much better, except for the hands-- they don't seem to match the head too well. As part of the set, he's a necessary piece-- after all, you want the entire Jedi council, don't you? In and of himself he isn't very exciting and I hold out hope that, some day, we might see one with cloth robes, better articulation, and a weapon. It's not a bad figure-- it's just that Hasbro has made so many more (and better) Jedi figures that this one doesn't exactly hold up. Once you have had super articulation and cloth robes, everything pales by comparison.

Collector's Notes: The original 3-pack with this figure was blown out for less than $10 at numerous stores, meaning that it can be had for a decent enough price on the secondary market. Keep your eyes peeled as the set is a pretty good one overall.


Day 155: October 8, 2006

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 154: Clone Trooper

CLONE TROOPERS Build Your Army
Revenge of the Sith Deluxe Figure Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 85570 No. 85182
Number: n/a
Includes: Two more Clones
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Summer 2005
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: The clone army is the main force of the Republic. Their armor has been adapted to integrate with different environments and also designates special divisions. These troops are fierce, loyal and single-minded in battle. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: Based on a modified version of a figure from Clone Wars, but with a retooled head and torso. This Clone Trooper has very limited articulation, with his gun molded to his hand. Basically, it's a posed solider-- if you need figures for your Gunships, armies, or other displays, this is the kind of figure you might want to use. With a ball-jointed head, a wrist joint, questionable arm joints, and a waist joint, it isn't going to be doing much but sitting in a pose pretty much exactly like in the picture. It's exciting, isn't it?

Collector's Notes: This figure in this pose was made available in three of the four configurations of this deluxe 3-pack. It was also repainted and released in green in the fourth. With over 60 (nearly or over 70) Clones having been produced since 2002, a number of them are actually pretty dull. This is one of the duller ones.


Day 154: October 7, 2006