Monday, October 13, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 869: Nippet

NIPPET & Leektar
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 87676
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD04
Includes: Leektar figure with accessories, basket
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: July 2008
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Bio: Nippet the wokling is too young to take part in the Battle of Endor but is delighted by the victory celebration that takes place in her village. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: It's rare that a tiny figure with no articulation can command interest from fans, but Nippet has been requested for ages. Movie-style woklings have been extremely uncommon in the licensed product biz, and outside a character eraser (and arguably Kenner's plushies) there hasn't been much of anything. A gaggle of baby Ewok figures have been on fan request lists a lot as of late, and now we get one. It's not a killer value, but it's one more than we've ever had before.

The figure has no articulation, no accessories, and limited detail. There are some sculpted fur details, big eyes, and coloring that basically matches the movie, or is at least close enough where it seems unfair to complain. It's possible that articulated limbs could be done, but they weren't-- so oh well. The light white fur on her head doesn't look quite right, but hey, whatever. It's a baby Ewok, only 25 years after we first saw them. Even though the figure is little more than a glorified accessory, I'm glad we got it.

Collector's Notes: New and still available, the carded figure has a "First Day of Issue" variation you can buy if you want. Other than that, there's not much going on here just yet.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 869: October 13, 2008

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