Thursday, January 12, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,717: Lemmet Tauk

LEMMET TAUK Training Uniform
The Legacy Collection Previews Exclusive
Item No.:
No. 87924
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Pike, helmet, 5 other figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $34.99
Availability: December 2008
Appearances: Crimson Empire comic books

Bio: Each member of the Royal Guard has undergone grueling tests of combat reflexes and stamina, and is trained in the deadly art of echani. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam's old kitchen.

Commentary: While most of the figures are-- or I figured were-- young initiates to the Emperor's personal guard, Lemmet Tauk looks older thanks to his beard. I mean, I suppose he could be a young military person but the look is more or less of a slightly older man. The body is the same as the other figures in the set-- the legs are recycled from a 2007 Clone Trooper, while the rest is, well, it is what it is. If you leave the helmet on, it's a perfectly good figure although it doesn't necessarily reek of the Empire. It's quite ornate, with sculpted gloves and big shoulder pads which seem almost too fancy for a trainee-- particularly when the trainees are disposable. The life expectancy is pretty short for a guardsman-in-training, but I suppose the dental benefits if you get the gig must be astounding.

With 12 points of articulation, the figure doesn't sound half bad. The problem is that he has very few ball joints, and the legs are posed in a way that limits mobility and cool action poses. I don't mind the design of the outfit, but I do sort of wish they had waited a few years to get to him. If we waited until now, it would probably play a lot better as a toy and as a display piece. Get it cheap if you can... and you probably can.

Collector's Notes: The complete set goes for about $20 these days, which is arguably worth it just for the Palpatine and Darth Vader if you don't already have them. I'd say go for it at that price.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,717: January 12, 2012

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