Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,065: Borsk Fey'lya

BORSK FEY'LYA & Wedge Antilles
The Legacy Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87747
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, Wedge figure
Action Feature: Working holster
Retail: $12.99
Availability: January 2009
Appearances: Rogue Squadron Comic Books

Bio: Wedge Antiles and the rest of Rogue Squadron are enjoying some R&R, but trouble soon ends their break. Acting-Emperor Sate Pestage is captured when the Empire discovers he's made a deal with the Rebel Alliance. Rogue Squadron is tapped to rescue Pestage, but Provisional Council member Borsk Fey'lya is hostile to the plan. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: TV tray.

Commentary: After first appearing in the first three Star Wars novels of the big 1991 relaunch, it's about time we got a Borsk Fey'lya figure. The Bothan race has been pictured in a few different ways, and now that we have an action figure this is probably how they're going to be from now on. Depending on where you sit, this is either really exciting or a case of "this would have been awesome 15 years ago." The fact that we now have a physical representation of an alien species first named in 1983 is pretty awesome, but what are you going to do with it? Is he going to stand around and be a dick to your other figures?

So either you're jazzed to see the character, or you aren't-- that's going to be your main motivation to buy this one. As a figure it's one of those decent-but-not-spectacular releases with 14 points of articulation, but the elbows are swivels and the legs can't really easily sit. Borsk's face looks sort of old and not exactly action-packed, but he does have a blaster which I suppose makes him a slightly more combat-friendly toy. Collectors and hardcore novel fans will likely want to pick this one up, it's not a lot of fun to play with. It does look nice, and it's a new alien, but after 1,000+ figures sometimes I can get a little jaded.

Collector's Notes: You can probably still buy this one if you look hard enough. A repackaged version should be hitting real soon, possibly already if you live in the right area.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,065: July 14, 2009


Ben Carthage said...

An acceptable figure as you say, Adam. The fact that he came with a super-cool Wedge helped a lot; as part of a comic pack this guy is fine. Had he been a solo carded figure I might have balked a bit.

The Right Noble Lord Edzo said...

I'm jazzed to see the character. Yet another piece of Star Wars' menagerie of aliens rendered in plastic ... gotta love it.

BTW, the "word verification" I was assigned to post this comment was "rothypoo."