Thursday, June 30, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,577: Salacious Crumb

SALACIOUS CRUMB with Jabba the Hutt
The Legacy Collection Wal-Mart Exclusive
Item No.:
No. 94727
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Oola and Jabba the Hutt figures, throne, throw pillows, pipe, bowl, railing
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $34.97
Availability: August 2010
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Jabba the Hutt and Salacious Crumb sit on a throne as Oola dances for the crime lord. The loathsome Hutt is momentarily entertained by the Twi'lek dancer's graceful performance. His monkey-lizard cackles with glee, knowing that Jabba will soon turn to some other amusement, such as throwing another victim to the hungry rancor. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's toy shelf.

Commentary: You can't go wrong with Salacious Crumb as a toy. Good or bad, it's always a neat character. The original figure was designed to sit on the throne, while the 1998 and 2001 releases shared a sculpt with tails that allowed him to stand on his own to some extent. This release-- which is a redeco of a 2007 figure-- was the first to have more than one point of articulation. This version of Mr. Crumb sports jointed hips and shoulders as well as a ball-jointed head, which helps in making him look as cackley as possible. The sculpt is pretty great, and the figure was designed with sitting in mind-- specifically, tormenting C-3PO. He has no problems perching on a pillow, or near Jabba the Hutt.

This figure is different from previous releases mostly in deco-- it's worth noting that this is the most ornate version of the mold yet. The head has both the upper and lower parts of the beak painted this time, and the hair is slightly darker than previous releases. It seems the paint is darker overall, and the head is also a smidgen darker than the previous one. So it's different, but it may not be different enough to be worthwhile. Since the 2007 release includes a cool C-3PO and the 2010 release includes Jabba the Hutt, I assume you'll want to make sure you buy both.

Collector's Notes: This figure is a redeco of the 2007 Salacious Crumb bundled with C-3PO. This mold is being used again for a 2011 Comic-Con exclusive boxed set of figures in Revenge of the Jedi packaging inside a big cardboard Death Star box, but exact deco changes (if any) are unknown. According to comments made at Toy Fair 2011, I was told the Comic-Con release should be identical to one of the previous releases save for packaging.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,577: June 30, 2011

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