Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 5
Source: Return Of The Jedi (Special Edition)
Availability: July 2008
Ak-rev is one of the drummers in the band that provides musical entertainment for Jabba in the Hutt’s palace court. The Weequay’s serious demeanor hides an angry nature; he’s always ready for a fight. Along with fellow drummer Umpass-stay, Ak-rev survives the debacle at the Pit of Carkoon.
Ak-rev is not the most exciting figure. And purists of the original version of Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi may find him to be an abhorrence. Our opinion of him lies somewhere in the middle, but we are more critical of Hasbro's approach for him as an action figure. Just like his band mate, 2007's TAC Umpass-stay (30 27), Ak-rev has a very awkward pose that works well for a mid-action pose, but after that, you may just be wanting more from him. Amazingly, Ak-rev is almost super-articulated (18 points to be exact) but the joints are nearly rendered useless since he is posed so "musician-like". He can certainly be positioned well in this action pose, but forget any static positions at all. We really wish that Hasbro would design ALL of their figures with an erect posture and let us pose them the way WE want to pose them. Ak-rev had the potential to be better, but this figure fails even as an 'average' action figure. Basically ranking second as "peg-warmer" of the year after the glorious 2008 TLC Yarna d'al' Gargan (BD 6), Ak-rev was either clinging to the shelves in terrible numbers or completely a sell-through depending upon your area. There are positive points to Ak-rev, he completes the Rebo Band diorama you have always wanted to complete, and he is another Weequay species (we love our Weequay figures). But as a final product, we have to side with the opinion that he is really less than thrilling.
All is not lost with this action figure however. You should know that despite his pose, we're quite taken with how bright it is. His outfit is way too colorful, very reminiscent of what was described as the biblical "coat of many colors" that Joseph owned. If you watch his appearance in the film, Ak-rev did not have the brilliant costume on that is depicted on the action figure. And while it is very likely that this has a lot to do with the lighting that was cast on him in the film, we still don't believe that the colors were this vibrant. Besides, the final version of the Special Edition leads the viewer to believe that his outfit is much darker than this action figure represents. Also, the onscreen character seemed much thinner whereas the action figure look thicker. But this could have a lot to do with his pose rather than anything else. One fine point of detail to the approach that Hasbro takes with Weequay species action figures is the way the eyes are decorated. Mostly, we tend to think that Weequay action figures that have been made with pupil-less eyes look so much better than those who have been designed with human-like eyes (pupils in the middles of the whites of the eyes). Figures like Ak-rev and 2006's TSC Sora Bulq (SAGA 015) just don't have the ominous and eerie stature of the original 1997 POTF2 [G/FF] Weequay Skiff Guard figure. This may not be a popular opinion, but we think it makes for a much more effective look.
Status: Ak-rev is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 18 points (12 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 6
Accessory Details: drum half, drum base, 2 detachable drum cables, 2 drumsticks
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R7-Z0 left leg/booster rocket
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87677/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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