The Vintage Collection Action Figures
Item No.: Asst. E0370 No. E4053
Includes: Staff, cloth robes
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: January 2019
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: Saelt-Marae was a Yarkora who worked for Jabba Desilijic Tiure, a powerful Hutt crime lord. Posing as a humble merchant, the Yarkora mingled with the various denizens of Jabba's fortress on Tatooine, learning of the intrigues developing behind the Hutt's back and revealing those to his employer. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Yak Face 2018 takes design cues for the movie and the original 1980s Kenner figure, largely ignoring the color decisions and some of the proportions of the 1997 figure. The figure's coloring more closely matches the original, with a skiff staff that's the same basic model that you saw in the 1984 Nikto and Barada figures. (Some European Yak Face figures had gaffi sticks, or no weapon at all. It's true!) The figure retains the hairy collar and fuzzy shirt, with blue sleeves and matching pants. His skin has a lot more color, with a nose that has a bit of a shine on it. Hasbro clearly decided to put more value in this one, with more paint applications on the furry parts and claws to make it better than previous releases. The cloth robe takes some getting used to, but I like it. I also like the wispy facial hair, black eyes, and abundant articulation.
Part fancy lad or bizarre British lord caricature with a healthy dash of Joe Camel, the figure exists purely to please a certain kind of fan. You might be getting one with your Sail Barge this year, if not you can get this version. I assume this is the more common version - but we'll have to wait and see. I don't assume Hasbro will ever be able to give us a better Yak Face in my lifetime, unless of course we get a 6-inch figure, and I'm surely hoping that they do. Even if you have to play a slight premium, Yak Face is worth it. It's rare that we get remakes from the original trilogy these days, and this is one of few characters that has not had an update since the 1990s The Power of the Force days. I don't have anything snarky to say here. More please, Hasbro. We missed you.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,557: February 5, 2019