Saturday, July 14, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 434: Elan Sleazebaggano

ELAN SLEAZEBAGGANO Outlander Nightclub Encounter
Saga Collection 2
Item No.:
Asst. 84861 No. 84718
Number: 0340
Includes: Blaster, bar section, deathsticks, glass
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $4.99
Availability: November 2003
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: The shadowy depths of Courscant are replete with unsavory characters such as Elan Sleazebaggano, a slimy dealer of illegal substances who frequents the entertainment district's nightclubs and bars to peddle his wares. His attempt to sell death sticks to Obi-Wan Kenobi resulted in a complete change of profession after the Jedi used a gesture of influence to encourage the Slythmonger to adopt a new lifestyle. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: Love him or hate him, you can't ignore him-- because Elan Sleazebaggano comes with a big bar section that lets you recreate scenery from the films, and let's face it, we can never get enough props. Hasbro did a great job crafting a futuristic drinking establishment for just pennies, even going so far as to include a place to store the drinks behind the bar. How cool is that? So no matter what, I'd advise you to get this figure just for his accessories. The figure has decent articulation (8 joints), a really excellent sculpt with loads of different textures on all of his garments, a very good head sculpt (with druggie eye makeup), and a holster for his blaster. In short, it seemed obvious Hasbro knew they were only going to do this guy once, and made sure to pull out all the stops, sculpting buttons, his collar, and a lot of subtlety into how the costume hangs on the figure. A lot of fans thought the name was stupid, and the design cheap, but there's no denying that this is a very well crafted action figure for his day. If I were you, I'd buy one (or perhaps two.)

Collector's Notes: While this figure shipped at only one per case very briefly, there is a significant variation-- the head was sculpted showing his ears, or having his ears covered by hair. Neither seems to be rarer, but if you're looking to get a significant change, there are two flavors of this figure out there to be had. Also, you may as well get one of these if you enjoy the Legacy comics-- that way you have some deathsticks to give Cade if/when the figure comes out, by my guesstimates, in 2008.

Day 434: July 14, 2007

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