General Madine - Kenner - Vintage Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return to the Main Jedi Temple Archives Home Page

The Legacy Collection

Ugnaught - TLC - Basic (BD 43)

Name: Ugnaught
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 43
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: May 2009
License: Hasbro

Review_UgnaughtTLC01 Review_UgnaughtTLC02 Review_UgnaughtTLC03 Review_UgnaughtTLC04
Review_UgnaughtTLC05 Review_UgnaughtTLC06 Review_UgnaughtTLC07 Review_UgnaughtTLC08

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.)

The Ugnaught is really free from any issues. If we were to look for some fault, we would comment that the waist articulation is a bit encumbered by the plastic apron. But movement is indeed possible. You may decide to remove the cape from your sample for variation or just morbid curiosity, but note that his waist looks very thin once this is removed and clearly appears as if something is missing. Hasbro designed the figure so that the apron drapes closely to the body and in order to do this, they have to have the apron sink into the body a bit, thus creating a very thin middle. So, it was almost unnecessary to make separate parts here since they are needed together to work for the full effect. Still, separate pieces do create a nice texture on action figures and it is our opinion that it gives the Ugnaught a whole new level of authenticity. The Empire Strikes Back wave of figures is a great mixture of old and new. And the approach on all of them has been great. The Legacy Collection has been a collection of figures with some of the worst distribution woes we have ever seen in the history of collecting. As such, we recommend purchasing these new figures as you see them. Waiting is not recommended. We don't however foresee these figures being rare, so don't panic yet. There is not much more we could ask for as far as an Ugnaught action figure is concerned and we are confident you will see this as the definitive version for your collection. But we would be happy to get a few more different versions to add to our carbonite-freezing dioramas. So bring them on, Hasbro! You're our only hope to see this come to light.

Collector Notes

Ugnaught

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

UPC: 653569359586

Retail: $7.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

The Legacy Collection Wave 6
Luke Skywalker (BD 38)
Emperor Palpatine (BD 39)
Captain Needa (BD 40)
Princess Leia (BD 41)
Hoth Rebel Trooper (BD 42)
Ugnaught (BD 43)
U-3PO (Build A Droid)

Added: May 24, 2009
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
Score:
blog comments powered by Disqus

Return to Research Droids Reviews Index

-Click HERE to return to the home page-

Channels

 

Follow Us

JTA Info

Affiliates

Hasbro

Gentle Giant

Sideshow Collectibles

Kotobukiya

LEGO

Mattel

Disney

Disney Store

Acme Archives

Hallmark

Trading Cards

Store Reports

Research Droids Reviews

Visual Guides

Books & Novels

Conventions

Star Wars Celebration News

Movie & TV News

Q&A of the Day

Rants & Raves

Special Reports

Action Figures In Action

       Facebook

       Instagram

       Pinterest

       Youtube

       RSS

Home

Contact

News Archives

Site Search

Image Use Policy

Privacy Policy

RDR Index

Visual Guide Index

Bantha Skull

Collector's Cantina

Imperial Shipyards

Jedi News

Sandtroopers

Star Wars Action News

Star Wars Figuren

Star Wars New Zealand

ToyzMag

Yakface

Star Wars is a Copyright and Trademark of LucasFilm LTD. This site is intended for informational purposes only, and is not in anyway associated with LFL. All Visual Guides, images, and content are the property of JediTempleArchives.com, © 2004-2014 and may not be reused without permission. Please do not direct link to any of the content on this web site. PHP-Nuke Copyright © 2004 by Francisco Burzi. This is free software, and you may redistribute it under the GPL. PHP-Nuke comes with absolutely no warranty, for details, see the license. Click here for our complete Privacy Policy. Click here for our Image Use Policy.