Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,205: Yuuzhan Vong

YUUZHAN VONG & Kyle Katarn
The Legacy Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87746
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #03
Includes: Amphistaff
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99
Availability: August 2009
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Jedi Knight Kyle Katarn and New Republic agent Jan Ors help Imperial officer Pallin free a group of people on Ord Sedra who have been enslaved by the Yuuzhan Vong. But the flimsy cells in which the Yuuzhan Vong have been placed may not be strong enough to hold these cruel conquerors until morning. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's desk.

Commentary: Depending on your levels of fandom, you'll find this Yuuzhan Vong either the greatest thing ever or an abomination. A lot of old-timers either ignored or hated the Vong as their novels brought forth the death of Chewbacca, Anakin Solo, and the Force as an unbeatable... force. Fans of the books may be upset that this hulking berserker was based on a comic rather than the books directly, but that's what I like about it. This particular figure is one of the biggest Hasbro Star Wars figures, right up there with the likes of the giant Darktrooper but not of Graxol Kelvyyn. He's super-articulated, big, mean, ugly, and covered in that bio-armor you've read so much about. You can see what may be intended as little faces here and there on his suit, The deco is good, the paint is good, really the only thing this figure has going against it is that it looks a little un-Star Warsy.

If you like action figures as action figures-- not necessarily Star Wars-- this is a good one to get. It's big, impressive, and fun to futz with. It's rare you get an alien figure that looks quite so mean, nasty, and horrible, so this one is probably worth picking up.

Collector's Notes: One release so far, and it's been popular. Hopefully you got or are getting yours.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,205: January 26, 2010


ActionJon said...

I took a look at it on flickr, that's a mean face right there.

Anonymous said...

I've never read the comic version, so all I have to go by are the descriptions from the printed books, but this looks pretty good. The armor sculpt looks less organic that I would have thought, especially the shoulder armor (it has legs and a tail, but it's etched like a bulkhead?).