The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 87535 No. 93131
Includes: Blaster, cloak, commlink, goggles, droid piece
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2009
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: Major Panno is a Dressellian tactician who works with General Crix Madine to plan commando strikes for the Rebel Alliance. He assists Madine in planning the shield generator strike on Endor that helps destroy the second Death Star. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's kitchen.
Commentary: Quality does not always facilitate sales. Hasbro's 2009 Major Panno was a spectacular new character release which sported all sorts of detail. He had super articulation, a commlink that fit into a cloth cloak, goggles, and a blaster. The gear meshed together nicely, and while the goggles were a bit of an awkward fit I'd go out and a limb and say the sum of the parts was still pretty good. This character doesn't have an eye patch (like we're used to seeing), and it's a figure that has been packed with detail. He can stand, he can basically sit just fine, and the sculpting job here was a great example of Hasbro doing its typical good job.
Some other notable details: the commlink fits right into the two sleeves on his cloak. The gold eyes give the figure a strange feel in that it almost seems that he's moving his eyes. The green camo on the pants turned out pretty well, as splotches go. I like this figure a lot in terms of what it turned out to be, despite the goggles being somewhat iffy, but the obscurity of the alien design made it just a little less appealing to your average buyer.
Collector's Notes: In 1998, the first modern Dressel figure came out and he was a different character named Orimaarko. Since the assortment was in shorter supply, he was slightly sought-after. The 2009 Major Panno didn't fare so well. In 2010, the Major Panno legs were reused for the vintage Endor Rebel Commando. The figure itself was a weak seller and could be found on clearance about a year after his release.
Day 1,486: February 23, 2011