Name: Ask Aak
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: III 46
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: June 2005
Ask Aak is a Gran, from the outworld of Malastare. Just before the start of the Clone Wars, he suported the Military Creation Act and was part of Chancellor Palpatine's Loyalist Committee.
One thing George Lucas did to make those who grew up with the Original Trilogy happy, whether it was his intention or not, was to include species that were recognizable to us in the Prequel Trilogy. The Chalmun’s Cantina sequence in Episode IV and the whole Jabba sequence in Episode VI brought us a plethora of aliens and absolutely made creature lovers happy beyond immeasurable levels.... if that's possible. And it’s something that’s stayed in our psyche for years. Seeing these species get carried forward into the Prequel Trilogy helped us realize that George Lucas didn’t completely forsake the creativity in the first three films and maybe as a result he realized how much they resonated with fans. No matter how much we were able to follow the dialogue, plot and sequence of events in the newer films, seeing senators like Ask Aak in Attack Of The Clones (and very briefly in Revenge Of The Sith) was truly something specia. It also made us briefly forget what we didn’t like about the newer films. Besides, wasn’t it great to know that the Gran species served important roles in the galaxy instead of going from the bottom of one alcohol filled bar glass to the next? Darn you Ree-Yees for "ethnocentricizing" your species!
The Revenge Of The Sith line from Hasbro finally brings the likes of Ask Aak to the basic figure line, although it may have been more relevant to include him in the basic figure line when Attack Of The Clones was in theaters. We have to admit however that waiting was ideal in this situation because Ask Aak is quite an impressive display. Hasbro worked in ten points of articulation into the sculpt. It’s not the greatest articulated figure we’ve seen in the Revenge Of The Sith line. (That III 41 Clone Trooper makes it hard to appreciate almost any other figure at this point.) But Ask Aak has one of the most brilliant sculpts we’ve seen in a very long time. Forget about your POTF2 Ree-Yees figure. Hasbro has shown us that their sculptors are capable of some remarkable works of art. Not only does Ask Aak have one of the best portraits in the entire Revenge Of The Sith line, he may just have one of the best body sculpts as well. The detail in his costume and the markings on his flesh are beyond impressive. He has a strong center of gravity and can hold almost any position you desire with no issue at all. (Then again, he can't achieve many action-oriented poses either.) And Ask Aak is also lightly accessorized (which is something we personally prefer with background characters like this) and comes with a blaster rifle that wasn’t even seen in the film (at least something not visible in the final release of the film we saw).
Status: Ask Aak is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 ball-socket elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-socket ankles
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 85497/85174
Retail: $5.99 USD
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