Monday, May 4, 2015

May is Star Wars month! Have a drink with Ellorrs Madak!

That's right, since today is officially Star Wars Day, I've decided to do nothing but Star Wars posts this month. What better way to get started, than to talk about a random alien from the background of "A New Hope".

This fine gentleman alien is in one of those "blink and you'll miss it" cameos in the first Star Wars film. You may remember Ellorrs Madak as the alien in a flightsuit getting a stern talking to when Luke and Obi Wan first enter Mos Eisley Cantina.

According to the archives at, Madak is a member of a race called the Duros. They're supposed to be peace-loving creatures, but they've been pushed too far by the Empire, leading to Madak to take up smuggling for the Rebels. So, he's pretty much Han Solo, without the attitude or the sense of style. Unless you're into powder blue jumpsuits. Hey, I'm not one to judge..

Ellorrs Madak was released in 2001 as part of the Power of the Jedi line of figures. They did away with the mostly neutral poses of the previous waves, and went with more cinematic poses for most of the characters. Madak here was part of the fan's choice series, which I'm guessing meant actual people took part in a poll, and said, "Yes. We need a figure of the random blue alien in the jumpsuit". Good job, people. Good job.

For some reason, Hasbro went with a sculpt that made Madak look like "that guy" you come across at every bar. You know the guy. The one that comes up to you, and starts talking like he knows you. Sure, he's friendly and all, but do you really want to hear about how his wife left him, and took everything including the landspeeder sitting up on cinder blocks? As he talks, he's wobbling back and forth, constantly spilling his drink all over your shoes. Then, he'll start telling you how most Jawas are thieving little creatures, and shouldn't be trusted. Not all of them though. He's got a few Jawa friends that are "okay".  And the whole time you'll be staring at the bottom of your glass, hoping a fight breaks out so you can jump into incoming blaster fire. You're never that lucky though..

Speaking of blasters, Madak came with what has to be the smallest one in the galaxy. He can't even manage to look threatening when he's holding a weapon. With his crooked stance and half-bent elbow, he looks like he would fit in better mingling at your action figure cocktail parties than he would in a battle. In all honesty, I'm not even sure that is a blaster. For all I know, it's a portable drink dispenser that he keeps holstered in his boot.

I know I'm being hard on ol' Ellorrs Madak, and he's really not that bad of a figure. Sure, he has an odd pose, but he's actually a rather detailed figure. I rather like the sculpt of his flight suit as well as the sculpted detail on his face. Plus, he has a hidden action feature:

He's one of the few figures I own that can be arrested and look ashamed.

Stay tuned for my next post from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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