Revenge of the Sith Collection 2
Item No.: Asst. 85174 No. 85497
Includes: Blaster rifle
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Fall 2005
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Bio: Ask Aak is a Gran, from the outworld of Malastare. Just before the start of the Clone Wars, he suported the Military Creation Act and was part of Chancellor Palpatine's Loyalist Committee. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.
Commentary: Does the world need another Gran? I'd say yes. Ask Aak is the second member of the Ree-Yees species, and this is easily a better figure than the 1998 version of the Jabba's Palace drunk. Ask Aak has a ball-jointed neck, and basically just enough articulation to make you both happy and mad. He isn't super-poseable, but he's certainly good enough. With various textures in his sculpt, it's obvious a lot of work went in to the figure's bumpy hands, hairy coat, and nasty, alien feet. A lot of work went into this figure, and it shows-- so pick one up if you have the means. The figure includes a redeco of the 2004 Bossk gun.
Collector's Notes: Since the prequels were lacking in really good creature showcases like Jabba's Palace or the Cantina, you're going to have to settle for Pod Races and the Senate. (And to a lesser extent, the Outlander Club of Episode II.) This nifty figure shows that if the story went in a slightly different direction, we could've had dozens of really cool random alien figures instead of what we got for Revenge of the Sith, which was mostly new versions of characters we already got. Oh well. Either way, it's a nice figure.
Day 308: March 10, 2007