Thursday, February 19, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 962: Wioslea

WIOSLEA of Spaceport Speeders
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 87840
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD36
Includes: Blaster, robes
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: January 2009
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Wioslea is a salesperson for Spacesport [sic] Speeders, a used landspeer lot in Mos Eisley. Swayed by Kenobi's Jedi mind trick, the female Vuvrian offers Luke 2,000 credits for his landspeeder, which he sells to pay for the trip to Alderaan. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray.

Commentary: The first thing I noticed about Wioslea is that she has a very disturbing looking mouth. Other jokes I'd like to make about it aren't remotely appropriate for what I presume the readership of this column to be, so let's move on to another inappropriate, but probably not for this column, observation. She's got boobs. I went looking for some pictures of the alien from Star Wars and I can honestly say that it did not appear to have anything in the way of chesticles, although the figure certainly does. She's basically as super-articulated as one can expect, and is able to sit just fine. She does not, however, have knee joints.

Hasbro's sculptors managed to capture the alien design's bizarre head-- and yes, it is a weird head even for Star Wars-- complete with the eyes looking in multiple directions. I guess I never really gave the character much of an extended look, but damn she be ugly. Thankfully, there's a robe to cover her head if you like, complete with holes to put her dangly antenna through. It fits perfectly, which is unusual for any Hasbro cloth robes. Seriously, it doesn't get better than this. The soft goods for the lower part of her robes are also perfect so far, and the body seems like it could have made a perfect template for a female Jedi figure with some modifications in the lower legs, forearms, and of course head. This figure is great. I know some of you disagree with me on this particular issue, but I'm generally glad Hasbro has put off making a lot of the minor characters until now, when the figures are genuinely great. I don't think Hasbro could go back and remake this as a better figure, really, or at least not in the next 5-10 years.

Collector's Notes: She's new! As such you're probably just now finding her, or just now getting annoyed that Wave 6 isn't already out. She shipped along with a whopping 7 other basic figures, 2 of which were 2-packs, and almost all of which were requested by fans for a while now. This almost makes up for the lack of everything endearing non-$100+ that was 2008. Hasbro's internal photographers goofed up and put Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber with her, leading to numerous ridiculous arguments concerning the character's status as a Jedi. She isn't a Jedi. A photographer just put the wrong accessory with her in one official picture. Get over it, missy.

Day 962: February 19, 2009


mogaarwok said...

Now that you mention it - there is a slight resemblance to Jeff Goldblum.

Thomas Atkinson said...

I think it probably is supposed to be Spacesport Speeders -- like "Space-sport".

Very cool alien, and yeah, freaky.