Monday, August 13, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 464: Zuckuss

ZUCKUSS with Heavy Assault Blaster Rifle
Power of the Force Collection 3
Item No.:
Asst. 69705 No. 69747
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, Freeze Frame Action Slide
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: Spring 1998
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Zuckuss answers Darth Vader's call for bounty hunters to help locate the Millennium Falcon and her crew. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: Zuckuss was a real milestone-- the last Bounty Hunter to be remade in the modern era, and the first one that most fans consider "modern" enough to not demand a resculpt of it. This isn't to say there's no room for improvement, but Kenner pretty much nailed it so it isn't like it's a flawed figure. With only six points of articulation, the figure has limited mobility due to his hard plastic clamshell robes. Still, he looks good-- look at that costume! It's all nasty and brown and scuffed and stuff. He looks a little meaner than the movie, darker in color, less cuddly, more dangerous. As such, I guess there really is some room to try again, perhaps with soft goods like the vintage figure (which was, if you recall, named 4-LOM.) So a figure that's more tan in color with a few extra joints might be just what the collector ordered, and as we're getting an all-new 4-LOM this year, I'd almost say we should expect one in the next 18 months.

Collector's Notes: As the figure was originally offered in 1998, he was somewhat tough to get as he has never been reissued on a regular card. He did return to stores in 2006 in a Diamond exclusive Bounty Hunter Gift Set, though, with minimal (no?) changes.

Day 464: August 13, 2007

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