Sunday, March 18, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 316: Oppo Rancisis

OPPO RANCISIS Jedi High Council
Saga Screen Scenes
Item No.:
Asst. 84997 No. 84981
Number: 1 of 2
Includes: Base, chair
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: Fall 2003
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: Hand picked by Han Solo for the mission to Endor, these troopers are the best and brightest of the Rebel Alliance. Survivors of some of the toughest battles of the Galactic Civil War, each one of them is a skilled marksman, expert in demolitions, and an easy match in hand to hand combat for any stormtrooper. Each of these men can survive in the wilderness for weeks at a time, remaining silent and unseen, until the command is given to strike. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' pile of stuff.

Commentary: There's not a lot of action in this figure. Oppo Rancisis came as one of the first Saga Scene sets, and was obviously designed primarily as scenery. He has a bendable tail, limited arm and wrist articulation, and that's about it. Without his chair, he really can't do much other than fall over. In the movie, this snake-like alien didn't do much other than sit, so it's not an inappropriate figure-- on the contrary, the toy probably does more than his on-screen ancestor. Since he can't possibly stand on his own (or with a display stand), it's a figure that probably stands little chance of seeing a reissue on an individual package-- of course, that hasn't stopped Hasbro before. The sculpt is good, the textures are excellent, but the final product is somewhat boring. The figure has all the fun and excitement of a drunken uncle over for Thanksgiving that passed out watching football on the La-Z-Boy. It's a curiosity to look at-- but otherwise, odds are you don't want it in your house.

Collector's Notes: This figure is part of an overall fairly strong set. It was originally packaged with the nicely sculpted Even Piell and, at the time, the best-ever Mace Windu (with soft goods and extra articulation). So if you buy the set, it's a very nice set. If you just buy this figure, well, as a collector you may enjoy it. In and of itself, Jedi Master Rancisis is a little bit dull.


Day 316: March 18, 2007

3 comments:

combefforts said...

I don't think the bio listed in this (otherwise informative) review was actually printed on this figure's box...

Of course, it's been, like, a year-and-a-half since this was originally published, so I guess it's not that big a thing.

Although I did get a giggle re-reading it, trying to place ol' Oppo in the Endor jungles...

Dakota Root said...

I think that its just fun to have such an odd looking jedi! and yes he does stand up if you coil his tail around under him.

Dakota Root said...

I think that its just fun to have such an odd looking jedi! and yes he does stand up if you coil his tail around under him.