Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,361: Bossk

BOSSK The Vintage Collection
The Saga Collection 2007 Vintage
Item No.:
Asst. 87295 No. 87308
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99
Availability: 2007
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Bossk (meaning "Devours His Prey" in Dosh) was a Trandoshan bounty hunter and the pilot of the Hound's Tooth. He also held the title of Monarch of the Qotile system. He was particularly unfond of Chewbacca and his Human partner Han Solo. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' bathroom. He is standing next to the 2010 "Saga Legends" reissue, which is basically the same figure with more guns, a display stand, and a lower price tag.

Commentary: In the entirety of the modern line, one figure tends to always be an example of Hasbro's best work. Bossk never disappoints, or at least, he hasn't with any figure released thus far. The 1997 figure wasn't a crazy muscular release, and he had such great deco that fans were surprised he got a new sculpt in 2004-- which added lots of articulation and even more detail. It seemed completely unnecessary to upgrade him, but they did, he's great, and here he is. The sculpt has even more detail than before, the face conveys more personality than the rubber mask in the movies, and Bossk now sports 14 points of articulation. In short, Hasbro has no reason to ever upgrade the figure.

The one shortcoming is the odd red ring around his neck and the silver element dangling down. Rather than a static sculpted piece, it rotates freely and is removable. I'd rather it be glued down, but that's me-- it's still the finest Bossk money can buy, so if you need one, you may as well get this one. Of course, they're all very good, so you can't go wrong collecting Bossks throughout the ages.

Collector's Notes: The 2007 Vintage Bossk has Vintage Packaging. The 2010 Saga Legends one does not, but you get a baggie of guns and a display base-- so openers, get the 2010 one. Carded fans, get whatever tickles your fancy.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,361: September 1, 2010


Bravo said...

Can't say much bad about this great figure beyond minor things, like that hose on his chest that limits some waist movement, and arguably the left hand that can't hold anything...which is screen accurate, of course, cuz that's how it was posed.

Anonymous said...

Who's the Bossk?

Schmidt said...

Love this one. I had a few Bossks already, but this one is great.