The Vintage Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure
Item No.: Asst. E7763 No. F7338
Includes: Blaster, pike, shoulder strap
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2023
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: Kithaba, a Klatooinian servant of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine, escorted the Rebels to meet their fate at the Great Pit of Carkoon. (Taken from the Amazon description. There is no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth! 2012 Kithaba [FOTD #1,825] which had either a brown or a red bandanna. The 2023 reissue only has red, and a few other deco changes.
The 2023 one is arguably the superior being. The dirty paint on the sleeves and much of the painted detail is ink dots - if you squint, you can see them. Before it looked a little more realistic, but most of our eyes are no longer good enough to notice the little pixels on the figure. Even the eyes have a little shine to them now, and there's a smidgen of pink outlining the eye - possibly to indicate the white actor under a mask? It's a neat detail, and subtle. 2023 Kithaba also has (off-center) silver buttons painted on the pouches on his shoulder strap, which is arguably an improvement if they were on straight.
The figure includes a pike just like the Power of the Force original, plus a nice blaster with some painted detail and a swell holster. I think this figure costs a little too much for a reissue, but at least you can point to some improvements. It's also significantly cheaper than the 2012 release which (as I write this) seems to be over $100 on Amazon, which is ridiculous. But I'm so old, I remember being sold a $2 Kenner Bag Barada out of some guy's garage. (Hi, Ron, if you're still out there!) It's a nice update of a classic figure, and if you don't get too close it's arguably the best version to date. Get it if you have a skiff that needs friends.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 3,033: May 30, 2023