The Black Series 3 3/4-Inch Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. A5077 No. A7262
Number: Black Series #27
Includes: Pike, pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: August 2014
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: This Skiff Guard works for Jabba the Hutt. Skiff Guards are usually mercenaries or slaves whose duties include defending the skiff from attack and keeping prisoners in line. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: New characters are like gold - treasure them. There is a bit of a question as to who Jabba's Skiff Guard is - the original intent was to make Sgt. Doallyn, but recent events say there are two guys with basically the same costume, the second of which is Brock Starsher. I'm of two minds about this - as an aging fan my knee-jerk reaction is "who cares?" I'm just happy to have a dude that looks like this at this point, so I'll worry about the details later and just be happy to have him right now.
I am unaware if any name trademarks are a problem at this time, so for all we know the generic name was deployed just as a butt-covering maneuver. Regardless, it's a figure that more or less is what you are going to want.
If you collected figures in the mid to late 2000s, this is just like the best of them. There are lots of wrinkles, ball-jointed ankles, swivel wrists, and 14 more or less unobstructed points of articulation. The fact that his hips are able to swing forward, allowing him to fit in vehicles, means that the sculptor deserves a gold star and a cookie. I would offer the painter a juice box, but at least on my sample the brown stripes on the pants are askew a bit. I guess you can twist the lower leg if you like - so it'll look good on a shelf or diorama, that's for certain.
Collector's Notes: These are available online right now and I got mine at Entertainment Earth. I have not seen it in stores yet.
Day 2,096: August 20, 2014