Monday, February 8, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,214: Fenn Shysa

FENN SHYSA with Dengar
The Legacy Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87687
Number: #6
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Dengar figure, Blasters, Helmet, Rocket Pack, Marvel Comics #68
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99
Availability: August 2008
Appearances: Star Wars Marvel Comics (Various)

Bio: Mandalorian supercommando Fenn Shysa struggles to free Mandalore from the grip of slavers. His close friend Tobbi Dala has been captured by the slavers, but Shysa has someone they want even more: the bounty hunter Dengar. Princess Leia needs Dengar for her own reasons: he can lead her to Boba Fett, who is holding the carbonite-frozen Han Solo. But Shysa's not about to let her stop a prisoner exchange that will free his friend. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' floor.

Commentary: Based out of what Boba Fett was said to be in the 1980s, Fenn Shysa appeared in one of many stories which gave us an origin for everybody's favorite bounty hunter. Bits and pieces of it have been retconned and ignored, but the one important thing about it is that it resulted in our getting this figure. Based on the Evolutions Jango Fett mold, this figure simply takes Jango's form and changes the head, and then applies a new coat of paint. (It's really amazing what difference a little paint can make.) Hasbro's decision to use metallic green, bright yellow, and a comic-friendly blue seemed a little odd at first but the figure just looks spectacular. Like Jango, he has twin pistols and holsters. This is, of course, not exactly how Fenn looked in the comic, but Hasbro has only so many Mandalorian bodies to repaint and reuse so it's probably for the best that we got a slightly wrong Fenn over no Fenn at all.

Collector's Notes: This figure was offered for a couple of cases, and then went away. With the demise of the comic pack line it seems unlikely Hasbro will reissue it again, which is a shame as it seems like this figure may do well as a single release by nature of it being a cool armored character. Fenn's armor had different colors as the comic series continued, so really, Hasbro could repaint this one a few times ago. (HINT, HINT. C'mon Hasbro.)

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,214: February 8, 2010

1 comment:

The Jaeger said...

I really dug this figure. I thought the metallic paint was freaking awesome, and I love the Marvel colors! It's sad that so many "collectors" are such snobs regarding Hasbro's attempts to give us interesting characters, in intersting colors, that we otherwise would never have gotten!