The Retro Collection Board Game Pack-In
Item No.: No. E6172
Includes: Blaster, Escape From Death Star Game
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2019
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: After Supreme Chancellor Palpatine transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire and proclaimed the Jedi as fugitives, Tarkin became the Empire's first Grand Moff, and regional Governor of the Outer Rim. With this responsibility, he was also given oversight of the Death Star which he took command over after removing Orson Krennic from the position once it was operational. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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proposed inclusion around 1986 is something if a bizarre miracle.
The figure also improves on his ancestors. Tarkin's legs can swing forward better than the Commander, allowing him to fit in vehicles and sit very nicely. The blaster, at first glance, isn't different at all - the same patterns and landmarks can be found here as you can find on original blaster pistols. He has no problems standing, The shoulders seem to be seated oddly on the torso, but presumably that's due to the digital development of this one. Sometimes it doesn't sit quite perfectly.
With the relative decline of newness in the 3 3/4-inch line, this is certainly a welcome injection of something new, fresh, and interesting. I fear it may be a little late as the target market for this figure is probably in his late 40s or even early 50s, but I see this and I also now see no reason for Hasbro not to slide Vlix, Gargan, and other sculpted-but-never-released real-deal Kenner action figures from 1983-1986 in the marketplace.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Target.
Day 2,588: May 23, 2019