Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 945: Doda Bodonawieedo

Power of the Force Wal-Mart Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 69670 No. 84021
Manufacturer: Kenner
Number: 3 of 3
Includes: Rodian slitherhorn, Max Rebo
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $11.99
Availability: Fall 1998
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Doda Bodonawieedo was a Rodian slitherhorn (traz) player for the Max Rebo Band. He was also an information broker and was a part of the Shawpee Gang. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' now-dead tower.

Commentary: Seeing an opportunity to make sure fans get the most musicians, Kenner cranked out a trio of two-packs in 1998 for Wal-Mart. Each set had an "original" and "special edition" member, meaning if you were an older fan you had to buy Doda Bodonawieedo in order to get the truly awesome Max Rebo. While not awesome, Doda most certainly doesn't suck. He's colorful, has a good sculpt, and his head is a little tiny when compared to any and all Rodian figures released since 1999 (like Greedo and Pax Bonkik.) He'll fit right in any diorama you might elect to make, but he has a little problem standing. Articulation is limited to a mere six points, two of which are completely obstructed by his long tunic or dress or whatever you want to call it. While sculpted to hold on to his Rodian slitherhorn (really, that's the name) his hands are sculpted a little too large to keep a solid grip on the instrument, meaning you might want to be very careful when setting him up. Heck, break out the clear rubber bands, you'll be glad you did. It's very unlikely Hasbro will revisit this figure, so it's not a bad idea to assume this is the only sculpt you'll ever see and buy it.

Collector's Notes: Depending on your luck, you might have seen him around in 1998 and again in 2007/2008. The 1998 release was packaged with Max Rebo, and the 2007 boxed set had those figures as well as Sy Snootles, Droopy McCool, and Barquin D'an. Don't overpay for this one, but I'd say the 2007 release will probably give you more bang for your buck. Joh Yowza, Rappertunie, and the various dancers are in a separate 2007 5-pack, or sold in other configurations. Oh, and you can get Ak-Rev and Umpass-Stay, the two drummers, as individually carded figures from 2007 and 2008. You might as well, really, as alien musicians are super cool.

Day 945: January 27, 2009

1 comment:

Sinkchicken said...

To each their own I suppose. This is one of the few figures that makes me feel like I still have some semblance of self control in this hobby. He, along with the other non-basic-line Special Ed band members have been easy for me to resist buying. Those and Jar Jar, and every Gungan except Rep Been as well as Little Orphan Annie from Ep1...except the ones I was forced to buy in cinema scene packs. Heck, I even put the vintage Sy Snootles in my Jabba's Palace diorama because I really want to try to scrub the horrific special ed version of that song out of my head. Anyway, I just had to get that off my chest! Thanks for the space to do so.