Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,876: Nho'Apakk

NHO'APAKK and Paploo
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 93129
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD18
Includes: Hood, staff, droid piece, extra Ewok
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: September 2009
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio:  Nho'Apakk and Paploo are two of the Ewoks who inhabit the forested moon of Endor. Like all Ewoks, they prefer to avoid confrontation but are fearsome warriors when threatened. They fight alongside the Rebels to subdue the stormtroopers during the Battle of Endor, ultimately helping to defeat the Empire.  (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's bathroom?  I think he's standing on toilet paper.  I took this picture a few years ago and I don't know exactly what I was thinking.

Commentary: The Ewok Nho'Apakk was one of many original trilogy characters that went nameless until merchandising dictated one be assigned.  This, like Wicket W. Warrick, is inspired by a real-world person.  Specifically, a sick kid named Noah who was put in contact with Hasbro and they made this 2-pack to fit his wishes.  You've got good taste, kid.  The famous, yet anonymous, young boy passed away just a few months ago and little is known about him beyond his fondness for the films, and we can all agree with him on that.  Godspeed, little dude.

Anyway, the figure.  My research shows (that someone else did) this figure may be a denizen of Endor whom attacked an AT-ST, while additional research seems to think the character may not appear on-scren.   Given how some details are fudged-- particularly on Ewoks-- combined with a lack of a proper illustration on the cardback, I suppose you could make the argument either way.  I want to go with Paul's story, though, because why not?  It's a nice still and it seems right no me.  (Besides, Wookieepedia didn't know the difference between a Jugaloo and a Spotted Jugadoo for a while.  Fools!)

I like the figure.  It's a retool of Graak, given a new head and a new spear with three awesome spikes.  Some of the weapons look pretty good, but this one looks like it could do some serious damage.   Because of the flexible body types, Hasbro can get a lot of mileage out of these bodies, and continues to do so with a myriad of multipacks.  They took their sweet time ramping up Ewok production, but pretty much every one we get now is excellent... except for Kaink.  Kaink could be better.  The fur color and paint make it look like a totally different mold, proving that repaints, when done correctly, are awesome.   Not only do several Ewoks share this body, more are coming.  The figure's head reminds me a lot of a famous collector who shall remain nameless because I'm a nice guy, and the hood is nicely wrinkled with some nice ornamentation.  As Ewok accessories go the staff is probably my favorite, or perhaps #2 to Wicket's green cartoon hood from 2010.  At the right price, I'd buy pretty much any Ewok.  At the wrong price... well, keep reading.

Collector's Notes:  Did I mention I like Ewoks?  Well, I do.  eBay says loose samples of Nho'apakk with Paploo now go for a surprisingly high $25-$35 while carded samples could go from between $20 and $50.   I would like to say "it's not worth the money" but that's a baldfaced lie-- I like the design and chasing down new Ewoks have been a constant for me since I was a kid.  (And overpaying for them has been, at times, an unfortunate tradition.)  This set did ship in a couple of revisions, so its higher price speaks well of fan interest in Ewoks.  This is notable because while Ewok was always a four-letter word, the little furballs were not exactly welcome to most collectors until juxtaposing them with Gungans rendered them tolerable to the cranky older collector masses who weren't six when Ewoks aired on Saturday morning television.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,876: August 22, 2012

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