Thursday, June 10, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,302: Lt. Janek "Tank" Sunber

The Legacy Collection Wal-Mart Exclusive Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 12974 No. 87883
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, hat, Amanin warrior, comic book
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $11.99
Availability: March 2009
Appearances: Star Wars: Empire comic books

Bio: Lieutenant Janek Sunber faces jealous Imperial officers and fierce Amanin aliens on the jungle world of Maridun. Determined to make something of himself, Sunber joins the infantry, where his tactical skills draw everyone's notice. His commander rewards him with promotions and the Amanin honor his courage, but others respond with resentment and betrayal. There's no shortage of battles, bloodshed and bravery as everyone fights "To the Last Man." (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' cardboard display.

Commentary: Made of new and existing parts, the figure of Janek "Tank" Sunber brings another one of Luke's old friends to life. In the comic, he's portrayed both as a man of reasonably normal build and as, well, a sort of a tank of a human being. His legs are new, his torso is borrowed from Moff Jerjerrod. The head and hat? Those are new. The figure is notable in that it's quite green rather than a greyish color that we usually get for this kind of figure, and he's also splattered in a little mud. The hat seems a bit big, but it comes off so you don't have to be stuck with it. The figure is almost perfect except his arms are the swivel joints and as of late, people expect ball shoulders and elbows. So while he does have 14 points of articulation, 4 of them aren't what you might be hoping for when it comes to a figure from 2009. As comic characters go it's a good enough interpretation, so why not pick this one up? It's certainly better than "good enough."

Collector's Notes: This is a great set, and seemingly one of the better selling of Wal-Mart's various offerings. Get it if you can, both figures are absolutely worth owning.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,302: June 10, 2010


Matthew said...

where is that background from??

Adam16bit said...

Galactic Heroes.

Bravo said...

Never saw this pack. F-you, Wal-Mart and your distribution system.

Also, Hasbro was dumb to make a pack that had "army building" potential an exclusive. Some wackos would've got an Amanin army going. Others might have customized some imp officers.

But, hey, shipping Xizor and 2 inch tall Leia to everywhere was more important.

Paul J. said...

If anyone reading this is in Philly, this set is swarming the pegs at the Bensalem, PA Walmart.