REVIEW: STAR WARS COMIC PACK - YUUZHAN VONG & KYLE KATARN
My experience with the "Expanded Universe" of Star Wars is somewhat limited. There's just so much of it that unless one is a far more die-hard fan of it than I am (and I consider myself a reasonable fan of Star Wars), that it's nearly impossible to keep track of it all.
That's not a complaint. I'm honestly pleased to see so much Star Wars around, in books, comics, toys, games, and elsewhere. It's a great concept. But sometimes, a person just has to pick and choose their own 'universe' a little bit.
So, why did I choose to pick up the Star Wars comic pack featuring Kyle Katarn and a Yuuzhan Vong? Hey -- even I'd heard of these guys. I tend to be rather selective with my Star Wars figures, but Katarn looked like a cool figure, and the Yuuzhan Vong -- whoa. Well, I'll get to my comments about him later.
No great surprise, this has proven to be a particularly popular Star Wars comic pack, as well, so I consider myself rather fortunate to have found it. The set includes the Kyle Katarn and Yuuzhan Vong figures, as well as a reprint of Dark Horse Comics' STAR WARS TALES #21, which, as one would expect, features Kyle Katarn going up against these Yuuzhan Vong aliens.
Now then, precisely who is Kyle Katarn? For that, we'll need to turn to the Star Wars Web Site known as -- Wookieepedia.
Kyle Katarn is a famous human Jedi and Rebel operative from Sulon. He was a former Imperial stormtrooper who defected to the Rebellion. Often paired with fellow Rebel agent and smuggler Jan Ors, he performed many covert missions for the Rebel Alliance and later the New Republic, including the sabotage of the Dark Trooper Project.
Kyle was later informed of his Force sensitivity, and taught himself to become a Jedi while in search of the Valley of the Jedi. While on this journey, he confronted the dark side within both himself and in the form of Dark Jedi Jerec and his minions. Defeating them, Kyle went on to become a Jedi Master, teaching at the Jedi Praxeum, participating in the offensives against the Yuuzhan Vong and becoming a part of the Jedi High Council in the New Jedi Order.
Kyle was the son of Morgan and Patricia Katarn, farmers from the Sullust colony moon of Sulon. Growing up on the farm, Kyle had a brother of sorts in his father's custom-made labor droid, WeeGee. As a result, Katarn became one of the few Humans in the galaxy fluent in the electronic language of droidspeak.
Kyle enrolled for education at the Imperial Academy on Carida when his mother was killed by a malfunctioning BT-16 perimeter security droid. Living out on the rim, he had few other opportunities to obtain an education. Kyle began to suspect his Force potential, a trait passed to him by his father, during a raid on a Rebel asteroid base, he experienced several Force-premonitions that saved the lives of many of his strike team members. While on the mission, Kyle also met Jan Ors, an agent for the Rebellion. Kyle and Jan were on opposite sides of the war, but they experienced a strange connection that led Kyle to spare her life as well as the lives of many of the station's inhabitants.
Later, Kyle took a pleasure cruise on the Star of Empire, his last bit of freedom before officially becoming an officer in the Imperial navy. It was while on this ship that he met Lando Calrissian, and ran into Jan Ors for the second time. After a brief chase and a brawl with some of Jan's fellow agents, Kyle's attention was grabbed when Jan dropped the name Sulon. Jan showed Kyle footage from the battle there that had been obtained by a reporter and her loyal droid. She explained to him that it was in fact the Imperials who had staged the attack. They had painted Rebel insignias on their ships to make it seem as if the Rebels had been the aggressors. Their use of standard Imperial tactics, which Kyle had studied extensively at the Imperial Academy, gave them away.
After seeing the footage for himself, Kyle defected, becoming a neutral mercenary. He left the Star of Empire with Jan and her fellow agents aboard their ship after a brief scuffle with some Imperials and a bounty hunter that worked for them. During this incident, the droid with the recordings of the battle on Sulon was captured and self-destructed, allowing Kyle and the others to make a clean escape. Jan took Kyle back to her base and introduced him to Mon Mothma, the leader of the Alliance, and he became a Rebel spy.
Soon after his own recruitment into the Alliance, Kyle was responsible for introducing the Twi'lek Rianna Saren to the organization. He first tasked her with infiltrating a Black Sun warehouse on Coruscant to discover how they were involved with the Empire. After Rianna successfully completed this mission, Kyle revealed to her that he was a Rebel agent and introduced her to Leia Organa.
Kyle's first mission for the Alliance was the infiltration of an Imperial facility on Danuta to retrieve the plans for the first Death Star as a part of Operation Skyhook. While viewing the briefing information, he recognized his friend from the Academy Meck Odom as one of the officers in charge of guarding the plans. Kyle met with Odom secretly, and he gave Kyle information that assisted him in completing his mission and also deactivated the perimeter allowing Kyle entry into the base.
Soon after the Battle of Yavin, Mon Mothma asked Kyle to investigate the destruction of Tak Base resulting from the Battle of Talay. Kyle accepted, and took on Jan Ors as his mission officer. Kyle's investigation revealed the Imperial Dark Trooper project, led by Clone Wars veteran General Rom Mohc. Kyle destroyed the facility on Anteevy and was led to Nar Shaddaa, where he located a nav card describing the activities of all the smugglers involved in the Dark Trooper project. Katarn and Ors infiltrated the ISO building on Coruscant, where he was able to decode the nav card. He also fought and defeated Boba Fett there.
Kyle also was a member of a SpecForce mission assembled by Corwin Shelvay, in which he teamed up with Force-sensitives Shira Brie and Erling Tredway to sabotage the superlaser of the second Death Star en route to D'rinba IV.
Kyle continued working with Jan for the New Republic, cooperating with Bey, Dash Rendar and Guri on an insertion mission to the Tof fortress world Saijo. Kyle took a more permanent role with the New Republic and served with Lieutenant Judder Page's Katarn Commandos, executing missions on various worlds like Kashyyyk, Boudolayz and Garos IV.
One year after the Battle of Endor, Kyle was visited by the spirit of the Jedi Qu Rahn who told Kyle of the Jedi heritage of his father. Morgan had discovered the Valley of the Jedi on the planet Ruusan, where the spirits of many Jedi and Sith lay trapped after a cataclysmic battle over a thousand years earlier. This site was a nexus of power from which Force-sensitives could draw great energies of the Force. The locals on Ruusan prophesied that a "knight shall come, a battle will be fought, and the prisoners go free." Morgan could have been that knight, but chose instead to keep the knowledge of the valley safe, telling only the Jedi Rahn of its existence.
Kyle located a recording from his father on the family droid WeeGee in his old farmhouse on Sulon as well as the lightsaber of the late Rahn, setting him on the path to become a Jedi. He embarked on a journey to locate the Valley of the Jedi and protect it from a faction of Dark Jedi led by Jerec, who coveted the valley's energy for his own dark ends.
After arriving on Ruusan, Kyle infiltrated Jerec's outpost and defeated the Dark Jedi Maw. Jerec confronted Kyle, revealing a captured and bound Jan Ors, offering Kyle a place at his side if he would strike her down. Kyle refused.
Sometime later. Luke Skywalker offered to train Kyle further, but Kyle declined, still holding a great fear of the dark side.
Approximately five years after Kyle faced Jerec, former Imperial assassin Mara Jade came under the tutelage of Kyle, taking up the rare bond of reciprocal apprenticeship, a facet of the Jedi Concordance of Fealty little practiced since the Cleansing of the Nine Houses. During this period, the pair moved to Altyr V to support a New Republic base there. While sabotaging an Imperial assault, Kyle discovered a lead to the Sith ruins on Dromund Kaas, a long dead world. Kyle investigated the ruins, but came under the influence of the dark side of the Force. His former pupil Mara Jade went to him and dueled him. Seeing that combat was futile, she lowered her guard and opened herself to Kyle's killing blow. Just as Kyle's blade was about to touch Mara's neck, he stopped in remorse for his actions, turning back to the Light Side.
Luke made a second offer to train Kyle when he founded the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4, and Kyle accepted, believing it would help him tame his dark side, during which he built his own blue saber as part of his training. Kyle developed a friendship with fellow Jedi trainee Corran Horn, but when two students of the Academy fell to the dark side, Kyle's fear of succumbing multiplied. Kyle gave up the Force, entrusting his lightsaber to Skywalker, and returned to his mercenary ways as Jan Ors' partner.
During the Yuuzhan Vong War, Kyle helped develop strategies against the invaders and freed the Human captives of the Imperial Remnant world Ord Sedra. (This is the story related in part in the comic book included with the set.).
After the end of the invasion, Kyle heard a rumor that the Sith still existed. Kyle investigated, following clues from Ord Sedra in the Clacis Sector first to Yaga Minor, and then halfway across the galaxy to the Cloak of the Sith, near Roon. Kyle went missing there. Jan Ors and Jaden Korr set out to locate him.
Mara Jade Skywalker, Jaden Korr and a group of Alpha Blue specialists led by Jan Ors tracked Kyle to Roon and freed him from Daye Azur-Jamin, who had been missing since early in the Yuuzhan Vong war, and had subsequently turned to the dark side. Daye was eventually redeemed, revealing the presence of a Force-sensitive Yuuzhan Vong. Kyle returned safely, and took an active role in Jedi affairs, being appointed to the Masters' council.
Five years after the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, Kyle had become a respected Master not afraid to voice his opinion. During the Dark Nest Crisis, Kyle traveled to the moon of Kr where the Killik Dark Nest Gorog dwelt, coordinating the conflict. Katarn joined the fighting on the ground while Han and Leia helped Luke and Mara. As the Killik crisis continued to expand, Kyle later led a Stealth-X squadron of Jedi Knights against the Dark Nest.
At some point during his service to the New Jedi Order, he wrote the Spy Primer, a guide for espionage agents. Jae Juun and Tarfang were known to have read it as part of their training.
Busy fellow, isn't he? No wonder even I've heard of him. So, how's the figure? Not too shabby at all, really. In fact it's quite good. At the very least, it's the proper height. Every so often -- too often -- human figures in the Star Wars line tend to turn up on the short side. However, Kyle has a 2009 copyright date on the bottom of his boot, so I have to assume that he's a new figure, and is of a good height.
Since Kyle is from the Expanded Universe, there's no actor likeness on which to base the figure. One has to go from other source material. There was no shortage of pictures on the Wookieepedia entry, and of course there were the illustrations in the comic book. Based on that evidence, Hasbro has done an excellent job creating a good likeness of this superb character.
Notably, he's not dressed in Jedi robes -- thank goodness. I'm sorry, I know George Lucas means well, but seeing all of those Jedi racing around battlefields in their bathrobes during the prequel movies just looked a little ridiculous. Kyle Katarn is more sensibly dressed. He is wearing a shirt that frankly looks like an ivory-colored corduroy sweater, with a brown ridged shoulder pad on the right side that, somewhat curiously in my opinion, is a separately molded piece attached by two small pegs. Personally, I recommend gluing it in place.
Kyle is wearing black gloves, and dark blue trousers about the color of denim, a sort of steel blue. These look, as much as anything, like typical Corellian space pilot trousers. Looks a bit like Kyle raided Han Solo's wardrobe to get them. There are pouches on the upper legs, and Kyle is wearing a belt with some smaller pouches and a brown holster with a small removable blaster. Normally, I might recommend putting such a small accessory into a Ziploc bag, but it's such a tight fit that I actually knocked the shoulder pad off trying to extract the blaster. Don't worry about the pistol getting lost.
Kyle's outfit is completed by brown boots. The character is human in appearance, with slightly wavy, average length brown hair, with mustache and beard. If anything, he looks like a slightly scruffy version of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Paint detail is neat on the entire figure, especially around the eyebrows and eyes. I am pleased to say that I don't see any particular indication of hand-painted details, which have a near-inevitable tendency to turn out sloppy.
Along with the well-holstered pistol, Kyle Katarn comes with a blue-bladed lightsaber. It's fairly straightforward in appearance, but well made.
Kyle Katarn has a generous amount of articulation. He is poseable at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, waist, legs, and knees. The elbows and knees include a pivot as well as back and forth movement.
Any complaints? Just one. He's a bit too pre-posed. I know we're supposed to view the Jedi as these active, martial-arts type fighters, but I really don't think it was necessary for Hasbro to pre-pose the figure's legs as widespread as they did. I was somewhat concerned that Katarn might have trouble standing up, since his ankles are not poseable, and given the leg configuration, but fortunately, this wasn't an issue. He stands fine. It's just a bit more of an "action" pose than I prefer to see.
Now, let's consider the Yuuzhan Vong. Of these guys, Wookieepedia has this to say:
The Yuuzhan Vong also called the Chosen Race, were a race of sentients which nearly destroyed the New Republic, and were responsible for the deaths of nearly 365 trillion sentients.
The Yuuzhan Vong and their Chazrach slaves were among the few alien species known to originate outside the galaxy (the only known others being the Kwa, Silentium, and Abominor).
The Yuuzhan Vong were religious zealots who viewed mechanical technology as blasphemy. Their technological innovations were genetically engineered and purely organic. Additionally, the Yuuzhan Vong deeply respected pain to the point of masochism, and strove to improve their physical capabilities through organ grafting. Such grafting was a status symbol within Yuuzhan Vong society.
Perhaps most notably, the Yuuzhan Vong were unable to be sensed through the Force. However, some Force attacks were capable of being used upon them. This confounded the Jedi who first encountered the Yuuzhan Vong because prior to their emergence most life forms were thought to have a Force energy signature.
Perhaps the most notable and most objectionable trait of the Yuuzhan Vong was that they were outside the Force as the Jedi knew it. They had no Force presence that could be sensed, and were unaffected by most Force powers that were targeted directly at them. This meant that any attempt to sense their motivation, truthfulness or determine their next course of action were futile.
Little was known about their early history, but the Yuuzhan Vong had apparently once lived as symbiotes with their homeworld and were Force-sensitive. Their technology was also largely organic. At some point in their history, the Yuuzhan Vong were caught in the midst of a devastating galactic conflict between two droid civilizations, the Silentium and the Abominor which solidified their hatred of mechanical technology and xenophobia towards other sentient lifeforms.
The Yuuzhan Vong's living homeworld aided them in the war by bestowing upon them the knowledge of creating living weapons. However, as the war dragged on, the Yuuzhan Vong as a species became increasingly violent and warlike. Eventually, they were able to defeat their enemies, and forced both droid powers to flee their galaxy.
Following the war, the Yuuzhan Vong went on a crusade to cleanse their galaxy of all forms of mechanical technology. They conquered much of their galaxy and either exterminated or enslaved conquered species.
When the Yuuzhan Vong left their galaxy, how long their voyage took, or if they even knew what their destination would be, was unknown.
Information of Yuuzhan Vong activity within the galaxy for the next few decades is scarce. It is known that, by 27 BBY, at the start of the Outbound Flight Project, Palpatine had somehow gained knowledge of the incoming Yuuzhan Vong fleet, though he planned to withhold it from the Republic until after his New Order could be instituted.
The distant threat of invasion was also part of the reason Palpatine ordered the destruction of Outbound Flight in order to prevent its occupants from falling into the hands of the Yuuzhan Vong (and also to eliminate six Jedi Masters and 12 Jedi Knights). Following the end of the Clone Wars, Emperor Palpatine let out hints of the Yuuzhan Vong to the public. One of his official justifications for maintaining the Imperial Navy even after the war had ended was to ward off the threat of extra-galactic invasion.
It was also around this time that another small advance force of Yuuzhan Vong engaged the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force, on the edge of the Chiss Ascendancy. Although the Chiss Admiral Ar'alani managed to defeat them, the Yuuzhan Vong fought much better than the Chiss had believed such a small fleet was capable of. The appearance of the Outbound Flight shortly afterwards led the CEDF high command to wonder for a short time if the invaders and the Republic were allies.
Sometime between 27 BBY and 22 ABY, it was speculated by some Chiss that the Yuuzhan Vong had made a pact with the Vagaari against the Chiss.
Yuuzhan Vong scouts returned dozens of kidnapped sentients to the fleet from the galaxy. Among them were Humans, Verpine, and Talz. They were interrogated and experimented upon, with many dying and others being sacrificed.
Around 25 BBY, three years before the Clone Wars, the Yuuzhan Vong also established a small outpost on the planet Bimmiel. After the formation of the Galactic Empire, Imperial scientists established a base on the same planet, suggesting that Palpatine might have had direct contact with the invaders. However, the remains of the Yuuzhan Vong occupying the outpost went undisturbed until their discovery shortly into the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. It is also known that Yuuzhan Vong scouts were active in the galaxy during the Clone Wars.
Sometime between being dispatched to the Unknown Regions in 3 ABY, at the time of the Battle of Hoth, and his return in 9 ABY, now-Grand Admiral Thrawn apparently encountered the Yuuzhan Vong advance force hiding in the Unknown Regions. The threat of the advancing invaders was one of his primary motivations for trying to reunify the Empire, as he felt that the Empire stood a much better chance against the Vong than did the New Republic.
The Yuuzhan Vong advance scouts themselves shared that sentiment. After the formation of the Imperial Interim Council in 11 ABY, following the final death of the reborn Emperor Palpatine, Yuuzhan Vong executor Nom Anor was tasked to infiltrate the Council. He did so and manipulated its leader, Xandel Carivus, arranging the deaths of many Councilors and furthering the internal strife between the leaders of the fracturing Imperial Remnant.
In 25 ABY, Yuuzhan Vong executor Nom Anor struck a deal with Boba Fett to have him and a select group of Mandalorians aid the invasion force. Boba Fett realized openly resisting the Yuuzhan Vong would result in the enslaving of Mandalore and so agreed. Boba Fett secretly carried out a plan to aid the New Republic by allowing New Republic personnel to escape with information from doomed worlds. This resulted in the escape of the Jedi Knight Kubariet on the world of New Holgha.
On the world of Rhommamool, Yuuzhan Vong executor Nom Anor, disguised as the leader of the Red Knights of Life, stirred up a war between Rhommamool and its neighboring planet, Osarian. He was also responsible for infecting Mara Jade Skywalker and a hundred other diplomats with a deadly Yuuzhan Vong disease. As a result the New Republic did not take notice when the first of the invasion force, the Praetorite Vong, made planetfall on the distant world of Helska IV and also brought down Sernpidal's moon upon the planet, killing millions of beings including the famous Wookiee Chewbacca, and leaving the planet itself in pieces.
The Yuuzhan Vong also encountered the Jedi, whom they started to consider the worst of a galaxy full of infidels, due in no small part to the Jedi's ability to control a supernatural force that Yuuzhan Vong had been denied. The Praetorite Vong were eventually defeated by galactic heroes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo and Lando Calrissian.
The main Yuuzhan Vong fleet arrived soon after though, and had in short order conquered many of the worlds in their invasion corridor. Bimmiel, Dantooine, Dubrillion and Obroa-skai were among the many worlds captured while Ithor was consumed by firestorms and rendered uninhabitable. Sheltering the refugees from planets in the invasion corridor quickly became such a problem that the New Republic government could no longer ignore the threat of the Yuuzhan Vong.
The political leadership was ineffectual in countering the invaders though, and initially tried to blame the Jedi for starting the conflict with the aliens. The Yuuzhan Vong, considering the Jedi their worst enemies, capitalized on this by luring natives of the galaxy into turning in Jedi with the promise that they would be spared from the invasion. The Peace Brigade appeared as an organization of such individuals.
The Yuuzhan Vong also struck a deal with the Hutts that allowed them to pass through Hutt Space unmolested. But the Hutts secretly played both sides by passing information on Yuuzhan Vong fleet movements on to the New Republic.
Following the conquest of Duro, Warmaster Tsavong Lah offered the New Republic a cease fire if they turned over every single Jedi in the galaxy.
Two years into the war, the Yuuzhan Vong unleashed a new biological creation, the voxyn, for the purpose of hunting down the Jedi. In response, Anakin Solo formed an all-Jedi strike with the intent of hunting down the Voxyn Queen from which the Yuuzhan Vong cloned all the other voxyn. The mission was a success, but came at the cost of the lives of nearly half the team, including Anakin Solo himself, and also left his brother, Jacen Solo, captured by the Yuuzhan Vong. Meanwhile the Yuuzhan Vong launched an immense attack on Coruscant, conquering the capital of the New Republic and killing Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya. Following that, they renamed the planet Yuuzhan'tar, and started Vongforming the planet in the image of their long lost homeworld. The Vongforming of Coruscant was sabotaged by the Jedi Knight Jacen Solo before he escaped from captivity. The Yuuzhan Vong began to also suffer from internal problems, as the stresses of maintaining an Empire began to tax their resources.
The New Republic, having moved its capital to Dac, elected Cal Omas to replace Fey'lya, who also created the High Council, which would coordinate the Jedi's role in the war.
The New Republic hatched a plan to lure the Yuuzhan Vong into a trap in the Deep Core, centered around the moon, Ebaq 9. Using Jedi Knight Jaina Solo as bait, the trap was successfully sprung on the Yuuzhan Vong fleet, destroying it. On Ebaq 9, Warmaster Tsavong Lah himself was slain by Jaina Solo.
After the victory, Luke Skywalker put together a team to follow up on information about the living planet of Zonama Sekot. They traveled into the Unknown Regions, receiving help from both the Imperial Remnant and the Chiss. Eventually they found the living planet and entered negotiations in an attempt to convince it to help end the war.
Meanwhile, the Yuuzhan Vong Executor Nom Anor, disgraced for his role in the disaster at Ebaq 9, disguised himself as the prophet Yu'Shaa and began stirring up heresy on Yuuzhan'tar.
During this time, the Galactic Alliance had prepared to make a push for Yuuzhan'tar and take the planet back, and hopefully also break the Yuuzhan Vong's ability to wage war by taking out the Supreme Overlord. In the end, Supreme Overlord Shimrra was revealed to be nothing but a puppet for the real leader of the Yuuzhan Vong, the force-sensitive Shamed One Onimi. Both Shimrra and Onimi were killed in the second battle of Coruscant. Nas Choka, Lah's successor as Warmaster, became de facto Supreme Overlord, and ordered the remaining Yuuzhan Vong warriors to surrender.
One of the terms of the Yuuzhan Vong's surrender was also that they help rebuild Coruscant to be suitable as the capital of the Galactic Alliance. The Galactic Alliance settled on Denon while construction went on, and eventually back to Coruscant after the rebuilding was complete.
And that's just the summary. Basically, that you've got here is everybody against the Yuuzhan Vong -- New Republic, Imperial Remnants, Hutts, Mandalorians, you name it. It was really quite the epic in the Expanded Universe.
Wookieepedia gives the following physical description for the Yuuzhan Vong:
Yuuzhan Vong heads had sloping, almost ridge-like foreheads. Several Yuuzhan Vong had been seen with pointed ears. The most common skin tone among the Yuuzhan Vong was gray, with the second most common being yellow. Another major characteristic was their jet black blood.
That's edited down significantly. What the description fails to mention, though, is just how BIG these things are -- and how ugly. If Skeletor from Masters of the Universe were to conjure up some beastly creature from the depths of Eternia, and combine it with the genetic trickery of Dr. Mindbender from G.I. Joe, you might get something approaching just how ugly one of these things is, and that doesn't even count the armor.
Then there's the size. Assuming 3-3/4" is the representative height for a full-grown adult human/humanoid in the Star Wars galacy, then how big is the average Yuuzhan Vong at nearly 5" in height? A very solid and powerfully built 5", I might add. These things look like they could pick up a Wookiee one-handed twirl him over their head, and toss him into a nearby wall.
The skin color is a sort of sickly beige. It's sort of splitting the difference between the aforementioned gray and yellow, but is also a dead-on match for the skin color of the Yuuzhan Vong that appear in the comic book, right from the first page., Only the head and parts of the arms are visible.
The Yuuzhan Vong has a skull-like head, large pointed ears, red eyes with yellow centers, and a nasty snarl of a fanged mouth.
Overall musculature is prodigious. This looks like a guy that could go one on one with the Incredible Hulk and get away with it. He has shoulder armor with three huge, bladed spikes pointed upwards, and one on each pointed downward that looks for all the world like a unicorn horn. The blades are silver in color, the rest of the armor -- on the entire outfit -- is copper in color.
The chest and back armor are particularly ornate, especially the back armor, which looks as much as anything like a massive spinal column. There are three bladed spikes on either side of the torso, pointing forward. The leg armor is somewhat less ornate, but become more ornate with the boots. There are also silver bladed spikes on the boots. This guy's got enough claws on him so that Wolverine would see it as overkill.
And as if all this isn't mean enough, the Yuuzhan Vong comes with a weapon accessory. It looks like a combination club and staff, is slightly taller than the Yuuzhan Vong himself is copper in color, very ornate, and looks like he pulled the backbone out of one of those Aliens from the movie of the same name to get it -- which wouldn't surprise me a bit if he did.
The figure is superbly well articulated, and is fully poseable at the head, arms, elbows (including swivel), wrists, waist, legs, knees (including swivel), and ankles. Paint detailing is superb on the entire figure, almost as impressive as the sculpted detail. I can honestly say that this is one of the most impressive Star Wars figures I have seen in some time -- and given that I've been generally very pleased with the Star Wars figures that I have added to my collection, that's quite a compliment from me.
And, he's certainly the ugliest. When one considers the vast array of sentient (and non-sentient) life forms to be found in the Star Wars galaxy, all manner of wild and crazy and sometimes frightening beings and creatures, to come up with something even scarier than just about any of those -- that's a pretty impressive achievement. But the Yuuzhan Vong manages it.
So, what's my final word here? Well, consider what you get in this comic set. You get one of the most prominent characters from the Expanded Universe -- Kyle Katarn -- and you get a representative of one of the greatest threats the Star Wars galaxy ever faced, one that united formerly opposing forces for the sake of everyone's survival -- I mean, in the comic book itself, Kyle Katarn leads a squad of Imperial Stormtroopers to take them on! -- the Yuuzhan Vong.
That's a pretty impressive package. The figures are well made, and, really, the comic is a good read, too. The STAR WARS COMIC PACK featuring KYLE KATARN and the YUUZHAN VONG definitely has my most enthusiastic recommendation!