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Nien Nunb - TVC - Basic (VC106)

Name: Nien Nunb
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC106
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: October 2012
License: Hasbro

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It seems that poor Nien Nunb is incapable of escaping controversy or more accurately “bad things” in general. Firstly, his name has been constantly misspelled since 1983. Nien Numb, Nine Nunb, Nine Numb, Nein Nunb and Nein Numb are all examples we have seen published in various articles, books and web searches and we’re sure there are other variations we haven't listed here that have sadly butchered his name as well. In 1997, Hasbro made a pretty good Nien Nunb action figure, but they ignored his character for over a decade until 2009 in the Legacy Collection. But it wasn't really the version of Nien Nunb we wanted. Hasbro developed a pretty cool Nien Nunb (B-wing Pilot) figure – which Gentle Giant Ltd just announced as a Mini Bust too – which to this day creates strong debates that it’s actually not Nien Nunb at all, but instead Ten Numb. (We do not accept that argument as there is more evidence suggesting it IS Nien Nunb.) If you're curious, this pilot Nien Nunb figure was the center of a debate mostly regarding his height. OK, fine. But Hasbro just reused an existing sculpt that was taller than the actual character. It was a repainted figure for goodness sake. While we’re certainly amenable to accept his stature as shorter than other Star Wars characters, what we aren’t ready to accept is that he is as short as Hasbro made him for The Vintage Collection. This is the latest travesty concerning Nien Nunb, and action figure that is actually pretty good, but suffers from a few issues. What's surprising to us is that while he’s taller than Mawhonic (Podracer Pilot), it's not by much!!! We’ll get back to that in a moment. Obviously, Nien Nunb has been unintentionally mistreated in the basic figure lineup. But you should make a note to yourself that Hasbro has truly made up for that because The Vintage Collection Nien Nunb is spectacular, even if he’s a little too short for a Sullustan. He’s not perfect, but he’s the best we have right now and we’d be surprised if you don’t fall completely in love with him.

It goes without saying that Star Wars collectors have been desperate for a Nien Nunb update. There was a 14 year wait from the 1983 Kenner figure to the first modern figure in the 1997 POTF2 line. And there has been a 15 year wait between the first modern update (the 1997 figure) and this one released in "vintage" packaging once again. It’s fantastic that it was in Hasbro’s plans to get him into The Vintage Collection, even if he just made it by the skin of his teeth in the very last wave. Hasbro’s sculptors have done a brilliant job on getting all of the details perfectly in the sculpt, but we feel the figure still lacks but only in its paint job (overlooking the height issue at the moment). Whether a running change in in the works (unlikely), his signature pink (or dark gray depending upon what you want to see here) mouth “jowls” have been neglected and are the same color as the rest of his head. It’s a very small setback in the grand scheme of things here because Nien Nunb is an action figure that visually is one of Hasbro’s finest efforts (like so many other of their action figures in The Vintage Collection). But we would be lying if we told you it didn't bother us. Usually small issues are easy to overlook when compared against the positivity a fantastic action figure brings to the table, but this one won't escape our attention sadly. Nien Nunb has an excellent portrait. His skullcap is snug and his large ears stick out just like the character onscreen. His uniform is flawless in our estimation. The red jumpsuit is complemented by his standard back vest (sculpted to the body thank goodness and not a bulky removable accessory) and then his pilot lower leg coverings have been added to complete his look. He’s fully articulated and comes with an awesome 14 points which suit him well. He's lightly outiftted with only two accessories and they include a blaster pistol (that fits into a functioning holster) and a large blaster rifle (which doesn’t fit as nicely into either hand). But what about that glaring height issue?

As we’ve mentioned, we’re totally alright with accepting that Nien Nunb is short, or shorter than most human males in the Star Wars saga. But we don’t think he’s as proportionately short as his action is to other action figures. We’re willing to accept that we’re wrong, but we have yet to be proven otherwise. Wookieepedia has him listed as 1.6 meters which is shorter than Luke Skywalker’s 1.72 meters. Fine. But if you pose Nien Nunb next to any Luke Skywalker figure in The Vintage Collection, the disparity in their heights comparisons is alarming. We think Hasbro listened to too many complaints over the years about Nien Nunb’s height and have greatly overcompensated here. Again, if we’re wrong about that, then we’re wrong. Ultimately, it really doesn’t matter in the long run because Nien Nunb is a gorgeous action figure nonetheless. The wait was more than worth it and he’s part of a final wave of figures to bid farewell to The Vintage Collection. This swan song figure should be warmly accepted by collectors and if you're unwilling to accept his flaws, we would have to say that it would be a big mistake to do that. We would be surprised if collectors find fault with this figure that would prevent them from buying him, so we hope we're right about that. His awesomeness is only made more powerful by his packaging of course. It's a line look that we will have a very hard time saying goodbye to as the Legacy Collection Droid Factory line comes back for 2013. Hasbro banged out quite a few modern updates to the original vintage Kenner action figures in wave 16 of The Vintage Collection. We’re extremely thankful Nien Nunb was one of the chosen few to receive this coveted update before the line went away for a few years. Be sure to grab Lando’s co-pilot. You definitely need him! And you'll find favor with him.

Collector Notes

Nien Nunb

Status: Nien Nunb is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14

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, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 39653/37499

UPC: 653569732792

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Vintage Collection Wave 16
Mawhonic (Podracer Pilot) (VC71)
Naboo Pilot (VC72)
Aurra Sing (VC73)
Gungan Warrior (VC74)
Ahsoka (VC102)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC103)
Lumat (VC104)
Emperor's Royal Guard (VC105)
Nien Nunb (VC106)
Weequay (VC107)
Republic Trooper (The Old Republic) (VC113)
Orrimaarko (Prune Face) (VC114)

Added: September 27, 2012
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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