Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,550: Jeremoch Colton

The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 92144
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD42
Includes: Communicator, blaster, droid part
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: November 2009
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: Jeremoch Colton is the pilot of Senator Bail Organa's ship, the Tantive IV. As Colton is flying the vessel into Coruscant, he receives a message from Chancellor Palpatine's office, which he plays for Organa and his passengers Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's old back yard.

Commentary: Hasbro makes figures for all sorts of reasons, many of which have to do with finding a clever wink to fans and making a toy accordingly. We've been given figures which reveal the faces of Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels, and (a blue) George Lucas, so why not show who was under the original Boba Fett helmet? Jeremoch Colton is an older, unmasked Jeremy Bulloch as seen near the end of Revenge of the Sith. As one of the pilots of Bail Organa's ship, this nicely-designed figure serves as a reminder that, over 30 years after it debuted on the screen, we still have no action figure-scaled Tantive IV. And that, my friends, is a pity.

With new and old parts, Jeremoch is a figure worth tracking down since it's a new character and there's a nice story behind him. (The one I just told you, I mean. He didn't do much else in the movie.) This figure uses the 2005 Bail Organa's legs with new arms, a new tors, and a new head. Since Hasbro gave him 12 points of articulation, it's unlikely we will ever see an upgrade of this one. The lack of ankles is more or less normal these days, and getting a shot at another obscure character is part of what makes this line fun after all these years. (For those keeping track, the modern Star Wars line kicked off in August, 1995.) Jeremoch should be on your shopping list if you love Boba Fett or collect autographs, because Mr. Bulloch makes the convention circuit and it's kinda cool to have a toy of how he basically looks today rather than just a mask that he wore 30 years ago. Or so I think.

If you're collecting Alderaan figures, also be sure to get Captain Antilles, Bail Organa(s), and Queen Breha. And if you're feeling saucy, get one of the Bail Organa figures with the baby Leia.

Collector's Notes: This entire wave was pretty hot stuff in 2009, selling quickly when compared to the others at the time. As such, the loose version of this figure may set you back $10 or more without the droid part, and a carded one should be a few dollars more. Good hunting!

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,550: May 24, 2011


Bravo said...

Hot stuff? Around these parts Colton was mostly a flop, becoming K-Mart and even Wal-Mart clearance aisle fodder. I passed him by, finding him a bit too cartoony looking.

lowtek_ketwol said...

Yeah Colton was by far the worst warmer of the Legacy collection in my area of PA. Worse than Leesub, Willrow and Saesee Tiin. I got him online for 99 cents.

Bob said...

although not very popular amongst the male collectors age 19-31, I understand this figure killed it in the rarely satisfied demographic of women aged 59-71

the Leatheryman said...

This figure has untapped potential. It's a super articulated Alderaanian pilot. There are no others.