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Monday, December 20, 2010

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,439: Deliah Blue

DELIAH BLUE and Darth Nihil
The Legacy Collection Entertainment Earth Exclusive Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 91264
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #16
Includes: Blaster, comic, second figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: November 2010
Appearances: Star Wars: Legacy comic books

Bio: A powerful Sith warrior and a savvy ship's mechanic are caught up in the attack on Princess Marasiah Fel. Darth Nihl battles Cade Skywalker, the son of a Jedi that Nihl killed in the Massacre at Ossus. Delilah Blue repairs the Mynock so that its crew, the Jedi and the gravely wounded princess can flee the attacking Sith. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: A Battle Pack's backdrop-- see, those things are good for something.

Commentary: The first-ever Zeltron action figure finally exists! Deliah Blue comes from the far-flung future of Star Wars: Legacy, about 100 years after Palpatine died and pretty much everybody you knew other than R2-D2 is gone. This red-skinned alien girl is the gal pal of the series' hero Cade Skywalker, and this is her first (and likely only) action figure. Easily one of the most colorful toys made as of late, the character does a good job recreating her very tight and revealing costume, offering up one of very few Star Wars action figures to sport cleavage. (Hooray for boobies.) She has more than one outfit, but this one really stands out and was probably the best one for Hasbro to make. After all, what other figures could have purple boots, a bare midriff, and the tightest buns this side of Princess Leia's hair? It's an unusual choice to make as a figure, especially when you consider that this item was developed for the main retail line and only found its way to being an online exclusive after retailers and Hasbro agreed that the comic pack line wasn't a good fit for store shelves.

Deliah's hair is a little less blue than I remember it being in the comic books, but if you can get past that the deco is more or less spot-on. Gold bracelets, purple jewels, red balloons, green clovers-- it doesn't get much better than this! Her sculpt is great, if perhaps a little too sexy for a line of kid's figures, but let's face it-- anyone who cares about this character is probably an adult anyway. As you can see in the picture, there's not too much difficulty in getting her to sit. Ms. Blue has 14 points of articulation, making her a super-articulated release that even has a (more or less) working holster for her blaster. The blaster is worth noting because it sports some green paint at the top which is downright unusual in this toy line.

It's unlikely Hasbro could do a much better version of the character if they even tried, the body is just about perfect and the head, with minor tweaks, would also be perfect-- as it is, it's merely top-notch or excellent. (I know, boo-hoo.) There aren't too many Legacy-era figures, and hopefully strong sales of this set might convince Hasbro to throw out a couple of more in the next several years. Right now, the entire collection stands at about 14. Admittedly, that's a great number of figures, but a couple of more Sith and maybe Jariah Syn would make it even better, wouldn't you say?

Collector's Notes: These sets had two shipments so far-- one shipment in November (which sold through before you could blink), and another in December. They're available through Entertainment Earth or shops that order products through EE Distribution, their wholesale wing, and they're in stock right now. And yes, I work at Entertainment Earth, so standard disclaimers apply. Order below through the "buy this figure" link to support this ongoing project and future exclusives!

--Adam Pawlus


Day 1,439: December 20, 2010

2 comments:

Ben Carthage said...

I find this figure rather gaudy. She's a little too bright, and doesn't really seem to fit in all that well deco-wise with Star Wars (her Sith-like comic pack companion, however, is terrific). Haven't read the comics, so I have no particular affinity, but just based on her appearance as a figure I'm not particularly taken. However, I will admit to preferring something like this -- new and different -- than the eighteenth iteration of, say, Dengar or Commander Cody.

Mike said...

This set, and the others in it, are awesome. I preordered mine when they first became available and my set is in the mail, apparently.
Here's hoping sales of this set are successful enough to warrant a repeat.
Thanks for your efforts on making this happen.
Ralrracheen and Noghri next! And Jaxxon and his tall girlfriend. C'mon, it can happen!