FINAL "PRE-2" STAR WARS FIGURES
It might be called the end of an era. The final assortment (I assume) of POWER OF THE JEDI green-carded, off-to-one-side-packaged STAR WARS figures have been turning up in ridiculously short supplies here and there. I had to get mine off of eBay. Fortunately, I didn't have to pay much over retail for them, thanks to a "Buy it Now" option.
The assortment is an interesting one, including a droid, a human pilot, and an Ewok. Interestingly, everybody but the Ewok is from the very first Star Wars movie.
The droid is named R4-M9,
and is described as an Imperial Astromech Droid stationed on the Star
Destroyer that captured the Rebel ship that was transporting Princess
Leis. You probably saw him marching along with captured rebels, and
probably assumed that he had also been captured. Nope -- looks like
he was working with the Imperials and had been trying to search the
R4-M9 has the typical "fireplug"
body and three legs (one retractable) best-known on R2-D2. Of course,
R2-D2 was part of a series of droids designated by the prefix "R2".
According to the "Star Wars Essential Guide to Droids", there
was a whole host of "R-with-a-number" type droids, and Hasbro
is finally getting around to making more of them. We've seen several
different R2's. There was R2-Q5, the black Imperial droid; R2-B1, the
We've also recently seen
an R3-droid, in the Episode 2 Sneak Preview assortment. This was R3-T7.
The R3's are notable for their transparent domes. And who could forget
R5-D4, with the sort-of squared-off head who popped his cork after being
bought by Luke's uncle from the Jawas. This is the first R4 type droid,
notable for a rather trapezoidal head, and stripes down its front, in
this case, anyway. Oberall it's an excellent droid, and a superb addition
to any Star Wars collection, especially if one is a fan of droids. He
comes with a "mouse droid" accessory, and also has
By the way, according to the book, there are R6 and R7 type droids, but they're a bit more different than the others, and to my knowledge have never appeared in any of the movies.
Next up we have BoShek, a
human smuggler pilot whose only appearance was in the first movie, when
he pointed out Chewbacca to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Mos Eisley spaceport.
According to some fan reports, this was a figure that was
It's a really superb figure
and an excellent likeness, comparing the
Finally we have Teebo, an Ewok. According to the back of the package, Teebo is an Ewok poet, musician, and mystic. Given the chatter of Ewoks, I can only guess what their poetry sounds like. It is said that he is a member of the tribes Council of Elders and led the war party that discovered Han Solo and Luke Skywalker on Endor.
There haven't been as many
Ewok figures in the modern Star Wars assortment as there were in the
original toys from the 80's, and there's only so much you can really
do with something that looks like a teddy bear with attitude. But the
overall sculpting and detail on Teebo is very nicely done, and the figure
is notable for articulated wrists, so he can brandish his spear properly.
There's a few other figures
that are worth mentioning, that have been turning up very sporadically
here and there as the POWER OF THE JEDI assortment winds down. I'm listing
the above three as the final assortment because (a) I haven't found
them in the stores, (b) they're the most recent ones to turn up, and
(c) most of the eBay auctions list these three in a group with no real
variation on that theme. But there are a few others that are still worth
First up is Eeth Koth, an
Episode 1 character and member of the Jedi Council. He's listed on the
back of the card with these other three, but I actually found him at
K*B Toys as part of another assortment. He's a cool figure with an interesting
semi-human but clearly alien head, and superb overall detail, but the
figure is so drastically pre-posed into a fighting stance that he really
wouldn't be good for much of anything else, and in fact was one of the
Next we have Zutton, the
alien formerly known as Snaggletooth. Described as a Snivvian artist
who turned bounty hunter, this figure is one of the best examples of
the greater detail put into you sculpting these days, compared to his
original 1970's incarnation. Snaggletooth, some may recall, was one
of the early "collectible" figures since the first version
made him too tall and
Finally we have FX-7, the
Medical Droid. Again, this figure is a superb example of how mich more
detail and effort can be put into modern action figures compared to
their original counterparts. This figure features over a dozen narrow,
individually articulated arms and a vast amount of carefully
And so the sun (or suns, if you're on Tatooine) on the POWER OF THE JEDI line as we move to STAR WARS EPISODE 2. But the last handful of figures has proven to be a superb farewell to this aspect of the growing galaxy of Star Wars action figures!