Showing posts with label POTF 2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label POTF 2. Show all posts

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'm Gonna Git You Zuckuss!

Thanks to my trade with LeAnn of Retro Toy Safari, I'm one figure closer to completing my Star Wars Power of the Force 2 bounty hunter collection. I present to you, Zuckuss!

I think Zuckuss was part of the later waves from POTF2. He just seems a bit more detailed than some of the earlier figures. I particularly like his head sculpt, though it does seem a bit large for his body.

For those fetishists out there, an upskirt shot! I was surprised that they included so much detail in Zuckuss' uniform. I mean, how many other people are actually going to look up there and check him out? It's a shame his robe isn't removable, I think he'd look pretty cool in just his jumpsuit.

Zuckuss may not be one of my favorite characters, but I have to admit, his figure is kinda growing on me.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

IG-88: A real cloning scandal.

IG-88 was part of the small group of Star Wars action figures that I owned as a child. I didn't know who he was until my teenage years, but I could tell he was up to no good. He just looked like a bad guy, with those spindly arms and beady eyes. Unfortunately, IG was one of the many victims of my dog, Rascal, and he ended up with chew marks covering most of his body. I held on to him for a few more years, but he was eventually given away or tossed out. I really can't remember which one. Well, a few months ago, I picked up a Boba Fett/IG-88 two pack, and it sorta rekindled an urge to recollect the Star Wars figures of my youth.Thanks to my trade with Eric of Toyriffic, I was again in possession of an honest to goodness, vintage IG-88. As I looked him over though, something seemed amiss. He looked so familiar, I just couldn't figure out why. That's when I pulled out my newer IG-88 and compared the two:

Yeah, tell me which one is the original. Kenner didn't just use a similar mold for the POTF2 IG-88, they used the exact same mold. The only real difference between the two is the newer version has a swiveling waist. The vintage one also has sharper detail on its body parts, so I'm assuming the mold was getting worn out by the time 1996 rolled in.  Or, maybe the newer version is supposed to look worn and dirty. IG-88 would have been around for a while by this point, and I'm sure he would have started showing some wear and tear.

I know Kenner is famous for re-using molds (see: the entire Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves toyline), but it surprises me that they would use the same mold 15 years later. It's especially surprising when you realize all of the other characters in the POTF 2 line used new sculpts. I'm curious as to why IG-88 was the only sculpt that was reused. The original was already rather detailed compared to most figures in the vintage line, so maybe they figured he was already good enough. It also begs the question, why not reissue the vintage lines and sell those? I'm sure they would have flown off the shelves in no time.

In the end, I think the vintage IG-88 is a better figure. The sharpness of the detail and the metallic silver coloring just make for a more attractive figure. He looks like he's ready to scour the galaxy for that scoundrel Han Solo, while the newer version looks like he's ready for the scrap heap.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time to Bossk in his glory!

Ol' Bossk here is part of my haul from Amazon last month. He's been one of my favorite bounty hunters since I first saw him standing on the bridge of the Executioner in The Empire Strikes back. Other than Boba Fett, he's the only other bounty hunter that had a speaking role in that scene. Well, it was more like a growling role, than speaking, but you get my poi---*OOF*

Darth Vader: "You fool! He will not survive if you leave him in the bubble!"

Boba Fett: "I say he'll be fine. He's been in there for 15 years already. What's a couple more going to hurt? Besides, do you know what a 7 foot tall humanoid lizard smells like?"

Darth Vader: "No, I don't."

Boba Fett: "I don't either, but I know it's awful"

Vader: "It doesn't matter now, it is done."

Bossk: "Hey Boba, Darth. 'Sup? Did I miss anything?"

Anyway..this is definitely an improvement over the original Bossk. There's a lot more detail in the scales and the flightsuit, and he just looks so much more intimidating. He doesn't have that odd smile found on the visage of the vintage figure. He also comes with a blaster pistol and an updated version of his original rifle. Unfortunately, he can't really hold the rifle and it only really works when it's slung over his shoulder. It still looks pretty cool though. The only thing that bugs me about Bossk is his uniform. The man must be thrifty, because I find it hard to believe he couldn't find a flightsuit in the entire galaxy to fit him.

I like to think that after turning over Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, the next stop on his journey would be to a galactic tailor. I know some folks tend to hand down their shirts and pants to their younger siblings, but it looks like Bossk beat up his younger brother and stole his clothes. Still, I guess it beats a naked lizard man cavorting all over the galaxy.
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