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

Name: Max Rebo Band, The (Jabba's Palace Musicians)
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.

After a wonderful basic figure line and pretty much some of the best exclusives we received to date, Hasbro takes multiple steps backwards with The Max Rebo Band (Jabba’s Palace Entertainers and Jabba’s Palace Musicians) in the 30 (77-07). Who would have thought action figure sculpts from the archaic The Power Of The Force lineup would still be viable choices for which to build an exclusive. Star Wars collectors everywhere waited over a decade for Hasbro to update the Max Rebo Band in general, hoping first for a pre-Special Edition version of Sy Snootles first and then super-articulated updates to Max Rebo and Droopy McCool. Oh, and of course the other newly added characters from the Special Edition performing “Jedi Rocks” would be our next choice. But no, Hasbro dusted off the old sculpts, repainted them and collected them all in a two separate exclusives for us to supposedly love and cherish. Across the Jabba’s Palace Entertainers and Jabba’s Palace Musicians you have to spend over $50 and 10 figures across two sets, most of which you likely won’t want for a second time. Admittedly, Hasbro did divide the ten figures up nicely and the paint job updates are appreciated, but those sculpt. Well, they’re just terrible.

The Max Rebo Band (Jabba’s Palace Musicians) set is obviously the better of the two. Collectors are treated to the original band mates in this set and it makes plopping down $25 a little bit easier. There’s still no sign of the “puppet” version of Sy Snootles with the trademark feather in her “cap” but for reasons unknown, both Max Rebo and Droopy McCool have aged the best out of all the figures included here. This doesn’t mean we don’t want to see definitive new figures at some point, but Hasbro did a fine job on these characters in 1998 and the sculpts in 2007 prove this over and over. Droopy McCool is especially timeless. His pose, his detailing and his impressive paint job impresses us beyond words. And if Hasbro never attempted him again, we’d be more than happy with keeping this in our collection for the rest of our earthly lives. Max Rebo isn’t as good as Droopy McCool and his nalargon is still incorrect. How is it still missing the output speaker? It was missing on the vintage Kenner figure and they made the same mistake in 1997. To date, the only properly scaled Red Ball Jet organ completely intact is Gentle Giant’s polystone statue set. And there aren’t that many collectors who are willing to shell out that kind of money for a collectible like that. Besides, its in a larger scale than the 3.75” figure line.

Also included in this set are Doda Bodonawieedo and Barquin D’an. Both the respective Rodian and Bith are terribly outdated, appear too thin and skinny, and either have a terrible center of gravity or lean over a bit in an awkward fashion. Their enhanced paint jobs look pretty good actually, but it won’t be enough to lift you out of the funk you feel over the sculpts being way outdated and served to you again a decade after the fact. They each come with only six points of articulation, something that is truly laughable in 2007. If you’re looking to add the “original” Max Rebo Band into your collection where they’re displayed in one box set, this is your only option. Fan sites across the web will continue to petition Hasbro for them to make an all-new set of the band, but until that happens, this is your only option for the time being. We just hope in the future that Hasbro can focus on creating exclusive multipacks like these sets that can include much better quality action figures. We doubt many would disagree with us that another clone trooper set with super-articulated figures would have been a much better option for collectors than the Jabba’s Palace Entertainers or Jabba’s Palace Musicians sets. This one is the better of the two and it’s definitely the harder one to find.

Collector Notes

The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Musicians)

Assortment Number: 87476/87551

UPC: 653569281344

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Sy Snootles

Sy is the lead singer in the Max Rebo Band. She and Greeata, one of the band's back-up singers, used to be a singing duo before joining Max's group. She somehow squeezes out a powerful voice from her long, slender mouth-stalk. When she's not belting out tunes, she also works as a spy for Jabba's enemies.

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

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

Droopy McCool

Droopy is the lead horn player in Max Rebo's band. "Droopy McCool" is his stage name, his real one being a series of whistles; his former band leader, Evar Orbus, used to call him "Snit." Moody yet talented, Droopy plays his chidinkalu horn with incredible skill, much to Jabba the Hutt's supreme satisfaction.

Status: Droopy McCool is a repaint of the figure from 1998's POTF Max Rebo Band Pairs (Barquin D'an/Droopy McCool) two-pack.

Articulation Count: 6 points

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: chidinkalu horn

Date Stamp: 1998

Doda Bodonawieedo

Doda is part of the band's horn section with Barquin D'an and Droopy McCool. Born to fugitive parents, he was left an orphan at an early age and became a petty criminal. He eventually became part of the Hutt's organization and, when the Max Rebo Band began playing at the palace, joined them on the slitherhorn.

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

Articulation Count: 6

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: slitherhorn

Date Stamp: 1998

Barquin D'an

The horn-playing Barquin is the brother of Figrin D'an, frontman for the band The Modal Nodes. The two brothers do not get along and rarely have anything to do with each other. Desperate for money, he played with any band he could find until he worked his way into Max Rebo's favor and became part of the group.

Status: Barquin D'an is a repaint of the figure from 1998's POTF Max Rebo Band Pairs (Barquin D'an/Droopy McCool) two-pack.

Articulation Count: 6 points

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: kloo horn

Date Stamp: 1998

Max Rebo

Max took over Evar Orbus' band when Orbus was killed in a fight. With the promise of plenty of food, Max made a lifetime contract with Jabba the Hutt to be the crime lord's palace band. He has a good eye for talent and has added an impressive group of musicians, singers, and dancers to the band.

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

Articulation Count: 5 points

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: Red Ball Jet organ (nalargon)

Date Stamp: 1998





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Added: June 17, 2012
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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