Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 956: Tol Skorr

TOL SKORR with Asajj Ventress
The Legacy Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87630
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #01
Includes: Lightsaber, shoulder armor, additional figure, comic book
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $11.99
Availability: July 2008
Appearances: Clone Wars comics

Bio: Asajj Ventress & Tol Skorr are on the trail of Quinlan Vos; Count Dooku wants the Jedi brought back to him to face punishment. They locate Vos on a ruined exploration vessel, but meet with unexpected difficulty when Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives to find out what happened to the missing ship. Ventress has battled Kenobi before and yearns to put an end to the Jedi. Kenobi and Vos must work together if they hope to escape these two relentless and ruthless foes. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' living room.

Commentary: When initially announced by only his last name, fans weren't who Tol Skorr was just because he's not what you'd call remotely popular, even by comic fan standards. I actually assumed they meant Skorr the Bounty Hunter from the old newspaper strips, which I thought was pretty exciting at first. And then I found out it's a bearded dark Jedi dude. Oops.

The good news is that Hasbro didn't skimp on articulation on detail for this comic pack figure. The bad news is that you likely not only don't recognize him, but don't care. (Humans are boring as a rule.) He has armor, scars, and 14 points of articulation, which on paper makes him pretty cool. Sure, he has a soft goods "skirt" piece so he can actually pretend to sit, a unique hand pose, and a distinctive lightsaber, but it's extremely hard to muster an ounce of enthusiasm for the character.

Collector's Notes: Generally Star Wars fans have a habit of asking for obscure characters, but this guy, as far as I know, was on nobody's lists. At just four comic appearances, it's actually a little surprising that they made this guy instead of Sora Bulq as a Dark Jedi or those wacky Nikto clones. While it's great to see fans have their "moar Expanded Oonivurse figgrus pleez" requests answered, well, uh, can we go for slightly more interesting ones?

Day 956: February 11, 2009


Anonymous said...

I dig Tol Skorr, and I was stoked to see him. As a customizer, I've made and sold three of this guy, and I made more than $50 on one of them a few years back.

Anonymous said...

I agree a very cool figure, I'm a fan of "Dark jedi." Sorry Adam

Ben Carthage said...

Adam, I have to agree. I had no idea who this guy was and didn't even find him all that visually interesting -- at first I wondered if he was an extra from that bootleg Episode 2 trailer where they substituted lightsabers in a Braveheart battle scene. I love EU and am pleased that it's receiving such attention from Hasbro, but I agree, could we have either more recognizable people or at least more visually interesting ones (I feel the way about Steampunk Trachta as well).