Thursday, October 27, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,662: Fixer Loneozner

The Legacy Collection Celebration V Exclusive Comic Pack
Item No.:
No. 19671
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, Camie figure, Empire comic book #8 reprint
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.99
Availability: August 2010
Appearances: Star Wars deleted scene, Empire comics

Bio: Fixer and Camie meet their friends Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter at Tosche Station to work on their T-16 skyhoppers. As they make plans to go swooping through Beggar's Canyon to bulls-eye womp rats, they share their dream of leaving behind the remote desert planet of Tatooine to seek out fame and glory as part of the Rebel Alliance. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' bathroom.

Commentary: Too soon? Back in 2010 when Fixer was announced, it was after the cancelation of the comic pack line and-- we all assumed-- this figure would have gone with it. An obscure part of the franchise, Fixer is one of Luke's friends who was removed from the original film and known mostly to people who really follow deleted scene stuff and maybe the comics. Part of the problem is that as of 2010, few people have seen these deleted scenes and by 2010 the collecting pool felt like it was drying up a bit. The set not only didn't sell out at Celebration V, but there was no line at the Hasbro booth-- you could walk up almost any time during the show to grab this with no problems. It went from being a fan-demanded, screaming-out-for-mercy please-release-this-set item to "eh" overnight, which is an increasingly notable occurrence in this hobby. We have no attention span.

It's a good figure, and he meets most of the needs of fans with 14 points of articulation and a great sculpt. His jacket is molded as part of the torso and is not a separate removable piece, which I prefer, and his only accessory is a small blaster. The sculpt is pretty good, possibly great, but we've seen so little of the character in film that the stills are really our main point of reference, and it pretty nicely matches those photographs. It's just that in the movie, he's dirtier and his hair is more messed up.

If your collecting focus is on the original trilogy or the original film specifically, this is a must-buy, why-don't-you-already-have-it figure. It's a shame it was a Comic Pack release rather than Vintage, because odds are those would have been more popular. As it is, it's a nice set, with a nice package, and is unquestionably worth tracking down. The sculpt is unique, the design is good, and it brought fans something that, really, none of us genuinely thought we'd ever see. Good things come to those who wait... and collect toy lines which, seemingly, will never end.

Collector's Notes: Starting life at $15, the set is worth about $20. I'd say it's worth it, but this is a set which is mostly going to excite hardcore, long-haul collectors over the age of 25-- the people who saw the old storybooks or items which spoke of additional Star Wars scenes long before the internet. I see this as something of an amazing holy grail piece, and I'll be curious what the Blu-Ray will do to make this set more exciting to collectors, if anything.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,662: October 27, 2011

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