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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Logray

Welcome to another one of our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Logray action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!

Logray

 

Logray was one of the first two Ewok action figures ever produced for the 3.75” scale. Entering our lives first through the Return Of The Jedi line, many of us didn’t know who he was, but if you were an early Ewok fan, you knew what a special part he played in your collection. Throughout the years Hasbro produced a couple of different versions of Logray, but none may be definitive. Whether too large, too dark or with a likeness that doesn’t favor the onscreen character all that well, it feels like we need Hasbro to take one more stab at this figure to perfect him to definitive status.

 

Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) from 1983’s Return Of The Jedi line.

            

1983 Return Of The Jedi Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) figure may have the greatest likeness when compared to all of the action figures made of him to date. Sure, the action figure is much too tall, but we don’t think Hasbro has come close to mastering the likeness of the vintage Kenner release. Also, the vintage Kenner Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) has the most magnificent color palette too. The stripes are bold, yet not overbearing. And the lightness of the tan color in his fur is most screen-accurate. The accessories are a bit wonky, but everything about this action figure shines brightly otherwise.

 

Logray from 1998’s The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] Ewoks: Wicket & Logray two-pack.

            

1998’s The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] Ewoks: Wicket & Logray brought us the very first modern Logray action figure. For the time the figure was great for us, but as the years moved forward, it lost much of its luster. It’s a figure that Hasbro released multiple times throughout the years. They even retooled this figure to produce an all-new Ewok in 2007’s TAC The Battle Of Endor Ultimate Battle Packs set. Using the same tooling for almost a full decade took its toll, and Hasbro finally relented and produced an all-new super-articulated version of the character for The Vintage Collection.

 

Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) (VC55) from 2011’s The Vintage Collection line.

            

Most collectors wish they could rank 2011’s TVC Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) (VC55) as definitive. And it’s bittersweet when considered, even carefully. The figure has a dynamic sculpt, excellent paint operations and brilliant articulation. So what’s not to like about it? Well, it doesn’t favor the onscreen character much at all. It does possess redeeming qualities, but many collectors cannot adequately assess it as a definitive Logray action figure because of the color of the figure (much too dark), and the likeness (it’s a tremendous looking Ewok, it just doesn’t look like Logray that much). We think an all-new head sculpt and an entirely new paint job would remedy the figure’s issues!

 

Logray Group Shot

Logray

 

Questions for discussion:

1. In your opinion, do we have a definitive version of this figure?

2. If we don’t have a definitive version of this figure, should Hasbro tool a new figure from the ground up again, or should they tweak a current sculpt to perfect it instead?

3. If the figure ranks as definitive for you, do you want to see it repackaged in vintage Kenner packaging (The Vintage Collection) if it isn’t already?

4. Add any other points of note or interest in the comments about any of these versions of Logray action figures.

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