Power of the Force Collection 2
Item No.: Asst. 69605 No. 69753
Includes: Blade, blaster, Freeze Frame action slide
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Spring 1998
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: Lak Sivrak was an Imperial scout who developed a reputation for success and became an important asset to the Galactic Empire. The isolation associated with deep space scout work cutoff Sivrak from the news of the Rebel Alliance’s open opposition to the Empire. In Mos Eisley, hidden away from his employers, Sivrak dreamed of helping the Rebel Alliance as a scout. Finally his dream came true when he met Dice Ibegon, a Florn Lamproid. Lak Sivrak fell in love with Ibegon, and they left the Mos Eisley cantina. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)
Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.
Commentary: Cantina aliens are regularly some of the most-requested figures in the line, and fans were quite pleased when the Special Edition-ed out of existence Lak Sivrak got an action figure about a year after he was erased from the original movie. The figure was good-- he can sit, had unique snap-on accessories, had a great sculpt (which could be improved upon today, of course) and was generally a fun, but average, figure. There's not a lot exciting to speak of about the clothing texture, the face is lacking in detail, but it looks right-- I mean, it's an action figure, and for 1998 it was a very good, solidly constructed one. So if you want a good solid toy, this is a worthy purchase. If you need diorama filler, you can't go wrong. But if you want a perfectly sculpted, super-articulated figure that looks like it was based on scans from real movie props, this isn't it. Cantina alien fans, though, you should probably just buy this one because a new version seems unlikely.
There are some high points, though. Most action figure's mouths are completely unpainted, or at best, are one color. Lak Sivrak has yellow teeth and a black mouth, with grey paint around the face as well as brown fur all over his head. That's a lot of paint operations just for a head in 1998, and a sign that Hasbro (then Kenner) wasn't afraid to drop a few extra cents on deco to make a figure look about as good as it could for its place in the line's history.
Collector's Notes: Lak Sivrak came out at a time when the stores were overflowing with Star Wars product. As such, the figure didn't go down in history as being as good as it may have been. The figure can be had for roughly its original price.
Day 284: February 14, 2007