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Max Rebo Band, The (Jabba’s Palace Entertainers) - TAC - Exclusives

Name: Max Rebo Band, The (Jabba's Palace Entertainers)
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi Special Edition
Availability: November 2007
License: Hasbro

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Jabba the Hutt has made a fortune through his criminal activivites, and he loves to spend it on entertainment for himself. The bloated gangster likes to sit in his palace and listen to the Max Rebo Band, surrounded by music, singing, and beautiful dancers. As the band plays on, Jabba deals out payments and punishments, depending on his mood at the moment. The Max Rebo Band is made up of true professionals whose music and singing never falter even when blaster fire erupts or the rancor is thrown another unwilling meal.

The 30 (77-07) line is absolutely one of the greatest collections Hasbro had produced, but by the time the line started fizzling out, exclusives like The Max Rebo Band multipack (from Walmart) were signs that the exclusive program was changing, and not for the better. One thing that the collecting community and Hasbro do not see eye to eye on is the issue of incessant repacks. Granted, Hasbro does try their best update paint jobs whenever possible, but to release The Max Rebo Band (Jabba’s Palace Entertainers) took collectors a big step backwards in our satisfaction levels. You see, Hasbro dusted off a whole bunch of figures from The Power Of The Force era, many of which could be scored for pennies on the dollar during the great 1998 purge. So it was a little disheartening to see them resurface with a 2007 price point without any updates made to their articulation or sculpts. Not all the figures in these two multipacks feel entirely outdated, but most of them do and we have to say it’s a direction we don’t like seeing Hasbro heading. We’re sure most of us would pay nearly double to see all-new super-articulated versions of Jabba’s entertainment than the rehashed garbage contained here instead.

Interestingly, Walmart gets a second stab at selling us figure they did almost a decade ago. It might as well be a bridge they’re selling us in 2007, because it almost feels like a slap in the face to get these figures with only minor paint deco updates this far out from their original release. Joh Yowza now comes without his other half from 1998 and instead is joined by Rappertunie and Jabba’s dancers including Greeata, Lyn Me and Rystáll. Admittedly, the figures never looked better. Hasbro really tightened up the paint jobs. The figures are brighter than ever and the points of articulation are nice and tight, but again, do you really care? Hasbro couldn’t find it in their hearts to update just one lousy figure in this set? Apparently not many of you could support this set and it became shelf rot quicker than any other exclusive they’d release in 2007. In fact, in our area we were able to find them for months under $10 on clearance and they still had a hard time selling the stock. When asked during Q&A sessions why they wouldn’t update the entire Max Rebo Band character, would you believe Hasbro actually blamed the performance of this set on the reason why they wouldn’t probably attempt to update any of the figures?

The Max Rebo Band (Jabba’s Palace Entertainers) does look nice packaged. There is something very modernly classic about the 30 (77-07) line look. It’s vintage-esque while still looking modernly edgy. So if you’re a fan of packaged stuff, we’d say it would be a heard set to pass up because it is so much more engaging than the original 1998 sets. Besides, Hasbro has mixed figures from multiple eras and admittedly they look pretty good together. In particular, Hasbro’s design and development team have constructed a cardboard replica of the stage that can be used as a display “base” should you decide to display it as such in your collection. So, there is some flexibility for all different collecting types here. We need one of everything, and since every figure has received a new paint job here, we consider all of these figures unique. We feel it would be unwise of Hasbro to judge the performance of this set to gauge whether they will tackle news versions of these characters down the road somewhere. All of the characters, save for maybe Rappertunie need desperate updates, so it would be a misstep to ignore these altogether. Imagine all of Jabba’s dancers with super-articulated sculpts where we can pose their arms in the fashion they’re already pre-posed with the 1998 sculpts. Maybe one day, but it looks rather bleak right now.

Collector Notes

The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Entertainers)

Assortment Number: 87550/87551

UPC: 653569281382

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Joh Yowza

Joh Yowza's comical demeanor and booming voice give him a unique stage presence. Originally from Endor, Yowza boarded a freighter in search of food and ended up singing in Evar Orbus' band, until Orbus was killed in a fight. Later, his impromptu singing delighted Jabba, allowing him to join the band.

Status: Joh Yowza is a repaint of the figure from 1998's POTF Max Rebo Band Pairs (Joh Yowza/Sy Snootles) two-pack.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1998

Rappertunie

His real name is Rapotwanalantonee, but this swamp-dwelling Shawda Ubb musician shortened it to create his stage name. He plays the growdi, a combination water organ and flute. Since he's used to a moist environment, he rarely moves from his growdi perch to avoid getting dehydrated.

Status: Rappertunie is a repaint of 2004's SW Rappertunie ('04 #08) figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: growdi (2 parts)

Date Stamp: 2003

Greeata

Greeata is a back-up singer and dancer in the Max Rebo Band. She was always interested in music and hung around with artists of all species on her homeworld, before teaming up with Sy Snootles as a singing duo. She and Sy were eventually discovered by Max Rebo and joined his band.

Status: Greeata is a repaint of the figure from 1998's POTF Jabba's Dancers Cinema Scenes set.

Articulation Count: 6

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1998

Lyn Me

One of several dancers that perform in Jabba's palace, Lyn Me also provides back-up vocals for the band. Her village hired Boba Fett to eliminate slavers that were hunting them, and she remains loyal to him to this day. Jabba was delighted with this beautiful Twi'lek's dancing abilities and added her to the palace band.

Status: Lyne Me is a repaint of the figure from 1998's POTF Jabba's Dancers Cinema Scenes set.

Articulation Count: 6 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1998

Rystáll

Rystáll is a back-up vocalist and dancer in the band that entertains Jabba in his palace. She's originally from Coruscant, where she and her parents became a crime lord's slaves until they were freed by Lando Calrissian. Arriving on Tatooine with her parents, Rystáll joined the Max Rebo Band.

Status: Rystáll is a repaint of the figure from 1998's POTF Jabba's Dancers Cinema Scenes set.

Articulation Count: 6 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1998





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Added: June 16, 2012
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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