Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,300: Teek

TEEK Star Tours
Star Tours Boarding Party
Item No.:
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Additional figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $34.99
Availability: May 2010
Appearances: Star Tours, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

Bio: Teek was a male member of the Teek species, and a native of the forest moon of Endor. He was a playful, mischievous being, with scruffy, white fur and two large upper incisors. As his species had an accelerated metabolism, he could move extraordinarily fast, and was often seen as a blur. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' yard.

Commentary: When dealing with shorter figures, articulation is all over the place. Ewoks have had all sorts of added articulation, and Teek here is somewhere in between the best and the most average. Small and hairy, this star of the Star Tours boarding video and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor has some added joints but not quite as you would expect. In addition to the normal 6, he has ball shoulders, swivel wrists, and, oddly, swivel ankles. His sculpt seems on par with the freakish hairy rubber masked used in shooting those projects, and generally speaking Hasbro probably couldn't (or wouldn't) do much better with today's toy tech. Sure, ball ankles would be nice, but probably wouldn't add much to this release since he can stand just fine.

Collector's Notes: At press time, this figure just hit. It's one of very few (heck, maybe the only) figure we'll ever get directly from that second Ewoks movie, so get it and be happy. It's great that Hasbro finally found a way to release this character which has been demanded by a vocal few for years now, plus it's a token Battle for Endor release. We really don't get much from the 1980s TV projects, so this is a delightful anomaly and a must-add to anyone who actually lived through the Ewok era's collection.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,300: June 8, 2010

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