Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 43
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: May 2009
On Cloud City, Ugnaughts operate the carbon-freeze chambers that are typically used to freeze Tibanna gas but can also freeze living matter. Ugnaughts work in Bespin's Tibanna gas processing plants or as general laborers in the city.
The Ugnaught is a very welcome update to our 3.75" Star Wars action figure collections. More than ten years ago in 1998, Hasbro presented us with our first modern Ugnaught two-pack, and we were thrilled. Perhaps many of us didn’t realize that figures that were essentially statuettes with movable arms and waists would be standards no longer acceptable by collectors in the modern collecting age rendering them obsolete. Hasbro met our expectations (and then some) by creating a new classic Ugnaught action figure masterpiece that includes a remarkable twelve (12) points of articulation. This is no small feat on a character of this stature. The smaller sized Ugnaughts don’t have a lot of room for tons of articulation and Hasbro did a fine job on making it all work out like a charm. No detail was spared and Hasbro delivered us a truly incredible figure. As a result, we are nearly speechless. We are thankful for the time and energy Hasbro spent to make this figure's design so awesome because Ugnaughts are background characters and background characters don't seem to get a lot of attention in the articulation or detail departments. This is anything but the case here. On the Ugnaught, we also get a flawlessly sculpted plastic apron, and while we are fans of soft goods, it was designed beyond expectations and you almost are left with the illusion that you could remove the writing utensils right out of the upper pockets on his chest and use them yourself. So, we are obviously fine with the way it turned out! The costume has a "beautifully dirty" wash that accents every wrinkle and crinkle in his navy blue jumpsuit. Again, no detail went unnoticed by the fine artisans at Hasbro. Thank you, thank you, thank you Hasbro!
The Ugnaught's portrait is fantastic. His white hair is interwoven with yellowing, perfectly capturing age progression and the natural discoloration hair gets over time. Why so much creativity and attention to detail went into this figure eludes us, but don't take that as a criticism. We are extremely exhilarated over the final results! It is evident that Hasbro sculptors and painters are holding themselves accountable and they have created a spectacular product here. They are utterly trying to immortalize a timeless product, an action figure that will not age over time. The Ugnaught succeeds at this. And while we would have to take another gander at this Ugnaught in about ten years from now to confirm this to be true, we are confident that we would not be the least bit disappointed. Collectors may be curious to know while this was originally meant to be a two-pack, the second Ugnaught was dropped for costing-out issues. But we are confident that you will find this single release worthy of its $7.99 plus tax price tag. You will also get the famous white utility case and a carbon-freeze control panel with this figure. Hopefully this will make up for a missing Ugnaught. (Wishful thinking, we know.) Two figures in one package are always better than one, but it is better to only get one than none at all. We have to remember that. The next variant Ugnaught (Editor’s Note: Ultimately released in the refreshed red line-look of the Legacy Collection in October 2009) will also have this same control panel. This is a bit unfortunate as we think a better accessory could have been included. We do hope that the heads on both Ugnaught figures are interchangeable because we really want the "pig or boar" face from the upcoming Ugnaught on this body instead. (Editor’s Note: The heads are indeed interchangeable.) After all, it would check off another figure from our vintage want-lists! (And this is a goal we plan to meet.)
Status: Ugnaught is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: control stand, briefcase
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87853/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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