Star Wars “The Force Awakens:” Sidon Ithano and First Mate Quiggold by Hasbro

It’s been a little bit since I looked at anything from Star Wars here on FFZ and even longer since I revisited the 3 3/4-inch line. Yes, I still pick these figures up now and then, and I still have a bit of a backlog waiting to be opened. The truth is it’s been a crazy week at work already (and its only Tuesday!), so I needed something quick and easy for today. Hey, I did a double feature yesterday and the length of that Deadpool review got completely out of control. Anyway, this pair should do nicely for a quickie, and besides, everybody loves Space Pirates!!!

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I do believe Hasbro is still referring to these boxed two-packs the Mission Series packs. I really love these window boxes. The branding is colorful and the character art is fantastic. The window gives a great look at the figures, you get a little blurb about each character on the back, and everything is collector friendly. For a couple of 5-POA figures, the presentation here borders on premium. If you don’t recognize these fellas from the film, they’re the aliens at Maz’s Castle that Finn was trying to get a lift from to escape the inevitable spread of The First Order. Let’s start with a look at Sidon Ithano…

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I loved the look of this guy in the film, particularly his mask, and it should come as no surprise that he’s got a full Wookipedia article about him. I won’t go into it all, but I will relay that his species is called Delphidian and he has a series of alias’ which include, The Red Raider, The Crimson Corsair, and The Blood Buccaneer.

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Hasbro did a nice job recreating Sidon’s distinctive finned helmet. They also packed some nice detail work into the costume. There’s sculpted texturing in both the tunic and the pants. His lower arms and legs have armor plates, which are “secured” by tiny sculpted straps and buckles. There’s even some sculpted pitting and wear on the armor. Sidon has a shash tied around his waist with a holstered pistol on his left hip. Sadly the gun is not removable. The cape, however, is. All you have to do is pop off his head to take it off. The coloring on the figure is a mix of reds and gray with some nice high gloss paint used for the helmet.

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The Crimson Corsair comes with a carbine, which he can hold in either hand. There’s a peg on the side, which I had hoped meant you could attach it to his belt or back, but I think it’s just supposed to be part of the weapon. At least there’s nowhere to peg it into that I can see. Moving on to Quiggold…

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First Mate Quiggold is perfectly named. I mean, even if I didn’t know which figure in the package was which, I’d lay my money on this one being named Quiggold. He too has an extensive Wookipedia page, but I’ll just note that he’s a Gabdorin and First Mate of Sidon’s crew.

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While Quiggold is the opposite of the dashing Sidon in every way, I still love this figure. He’s a portly pug-faced guy wearing a sloppy tan tunic and hood and he even has a peg leg. The Wookipedia denotes his peg leg as being cybernetic, but I don’t see how a peg leg qualifies as cybernetics. In fact, the same article claims that the appendage is fashioned from an old fuel funnel. It’s just a piece of junk fitted to his stump. Anyway, there isn’t a whole lot of detail in this guy’s outfit, mainly just wrinkles and some light texturing. They did, however, do a great job on his face with his beady eyes and his nose slits up in his forehead. His species reminded me a bit of a Krogan from Mass Effect until I went and refreshed my memory on what they looked like. Nope. Close, but not quite. I’ll note here that both figures feature the standard five points of articulation, which include points on the shoulders and hips. Sidon’s head turns, whereas Quiggold rotates at the waist.

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The set also comes with this bitchin’ missile launcher. I’m not usually into these, but this happens to be a really cool looking weapon. And while it’s ridiculously over sized for this scale, I’ll happily hand it off to some of my 6-inch scale figures. Funny enough, it’s almost too big for the Star 6-inch Black figures too!

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I don’t think I’ll ever get away from buying 3 3/4-inch Star Wars figures. And while fans may bitch and moan about the 5-POA style, I honestly find these charming and nostalgic. These guys set me back a whopping ten bucks, which is a pretty sweet deal, and nowadays you can find them for even a little less online. To me, this set is what Star Wars figures are all about. A pair of cool alien characters that had barely any screen time. I’m not being sarcastic either. As a kid, some of my favorite vintage Kenner figures were dudes like Weequay or Squid Head, where I had to make up my own stories for them and give them inflated roles to allow them in my playtime. I love having this pair and imagining what kind of crazy adventures a couple of Space Pirates could get into in the Outer Rim. In fact, I wish there were more figures of their never seen on screen crew… and their ship. And with so few characters to choose from, I think it’s a shame that Hasbro didn’t give this pair the 6-inch Black treatment.

Star Wars Rebels: Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios and Stormtrooper Mission Pack by Hasbro

Hey, it’s a Saturday bonus feature! Why? Because I’m getting buried in new stuff and I really need to start getting caught up… so let’s talk some Star Wars…

Even after countless attempts I could never really get into The Clone Wars series, so I didn’t expect much from the new series, Rebels. Maybe low expectations were a good thing, because I’ve managed to stick with it through all five episodes and while the show has been hit and miss, I overall think it’s a fun and mostly harmless expansion to the Star Wars Universe. I think the best thing I can say about it is I genuinely like the characters and if you’re trying to get me to watch a show, that right there is more than half the battle. You know what else is half the battle? Actually getting the figures out on the pegs when the show premiers. Unfortunately, Hasbro seemed to miss that memo, but more on that in a minute.

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If you aren’t familiar with the Mission Packs, they’re basically two packs of figures that feature the retro style 5-points of articulation. Hasbro has been producing these figures alongside the regular Star Wars lines, but it looks like this will be the only style of 3 3/4” Rebels figures for now, although some of the characters will be available single carded. This pair comes carded on a Stormtrooper style card with an insert showing character art for each of the figures and the new Star Wars Rebels logo up at the top of the card.

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The back has a very brief blurb about the characters as well as a picture of most of the crew of The Ghost. Where’s Hera? Maybe she stayed on the ship when that photo was taken. Anyway, you’ll notice the bottom of the card shows other Mission Packs and all of them are characters from the Star Wars films and not Rebels and that’s because even after half a dozen episodes of the show, nobody seems to know when the line will hit the toy aisles. I know some people have found the vehicles at TRU as well as a three-pack including Kanan and Ezra, but I’ve yet to see them anywhere and this pack came from Amazon. And now rumors are percolating that most of the figures won’t be out until next year. Whaaaa? Anyway, enough about toy politics, let’s rip this pair open and check them out, starting with Zeb.

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Zeb is a new species of alien from the Star Wars Universe called a Lasat, and I took a liking to his character after just a couple of episodes. If he looks familiar that’s because he’s based off Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for Chewbacca. A good deal of the Rebels art design is coming from unused and re-purposed McQuarrie designs and I like that a lot. You want to know something else I like a lot? This figure!

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The animated style of the show transfers really well to action figure format and that’s especially the case with Zeb here. The sculpt is really well done, especially the portrait. There isn’t as much sculpted detail in the body, but that’s keeping in line with the animated look. The paint is also quite good. There’s not a lot of slop and the “shark” style logo on his shoulder armor is particularly sharp and clean. My only gripe about the quality is that there’s a good deal of mold flashing on my figure’s left foot. I had to clean that up with a razor.

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Zeb comes with his weapon in its rifle mode. The weapon can convert to a few different configurations in the show and yeah it would have been nice to get all three in the pack, but maybe we’ll see those later on down the line.

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And then there’s the Stormtrooper. I absolutely love the idea of releasing Mission Packs with one main character and one army builder. I know that Sabine will be coming in a similar pack. If Hasbro released the whole crew like this, I would happily by them to get myself an instant squad of these Stormtroopers. While the helmet is stylized to fit the show, the body looks pretty normal and the retro Kenner vibe that I’m getting off of this figure is palpable. Not palpatine… just palpable. Obviously there’s not a lot of paint on this guy, but what’s here is nice and sharp. In fact, the paint is a lot cleaner than what I saw on my Star Wars Black 3 3/4” Stormtrooper.

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Naturally, the Stormtrooper comes with his E-11 blaster!

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Articulation is exactly what I said earlier, you get five points on each. The arms rotate at the shoulders, the legs move forward and back at the hips and the heads turn. I can see this for what it is… cost cutting, and yet I have to say I kind of dig the retro feel on these and some of the other Mission Pack Star Wars figures. They may not be as fun to play with, but they do display great when lined up on the shelf and are probably less prone to avalanching than the more articulated figures.

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I really dig these figures a lot and I hope Hasbro can get their act together and get more on the pegs soon, because I’m in for the whole crew. It’s too bad that they couldn’t have Street Dated the line for the launch of the cartoon. I also have to say that the way Hasbro is distributing these figures has me all sorts of confused. Some are in Mission Packs, some are bundled with ships, some are single carded. Are they all the same figures? Will a Kanan that I get in a two-pack be the same as a single carded? Will Zeb here be available as a single carded? The whole push behind these figures feels like a convalesced mess. C’mon, Hasbro, you’ve been marketing Star Wars figures for decades now. How did you drop the ball on this launch so badly?

Ok, time for me to go enjoy the rest of the weekend. I’ll be back Monday to keep the Star Wars goodness rolling along with a look at Star Wars Black 6-inch Scale Chewbacca!