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Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #40)

Name: Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #40
Source: A New Hope
Availability: May 2002
License: Hasbro

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Luke Skywalker, a young farmboy on Tatooine, is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire's Death Star.

The Mos Eisley cantina is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. For the Sakiyan bounty hunter Djas Puhr, the cantina is a fertile refuge ripe with opportunity to catch a fugitive bounty or pry information from customers who know more than they claim.

The Expanded Universe will tell you that he is a Sakiyan bounty hunter with ties to Sebulba and Jabba the Hutt, but you’ll likely only care that he is another check off of your Chalmun’s cantina list of aliens Hasbro has to make for your own personal collections. Hasbro did a solid effort creating many different cantina aliens in The Power Of The Force and Power Of The Jedi lines, but between the bulky sculpts and and incorrectly recreated outfits, they tightly gathered their thoughts on how to present collectors with an alarmingly well done version of Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter). Not all is well here, but it's quite an enigma to us that an action figure that has been designed with an incorrect outfit still looks as good as this one does. More on that in a minute. The Star Wars “Saga” line is the unofficial toy line for Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, but following in the footsteps of Power Of The Jedi, Hasbro has housed all Star Wars sources under one banner. While the concentration is undeniably Episode II centric, Hasbro did manage to get some characters from the Original Trilogy (and even less from Episode I) into this assortment. Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter) is the very first introduction to A New Hope for collectors in the Star Wars “Saga” line and we have to state that we couldn’t be happier with the results. He’s better than many of the all-new "first time offered" characters introduced in this line and will certainly stand the test of time despite his minimal articulation.

The best part of Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter) is his sculpt. This action figure has been tooled so well that it’s almost impressive that this was an action figure designed at the same time as most of his contemporaries. He has an edge because he comes without any gimmicky action features. Additionally, he is a very darkly colored figure which may help hide any issues that may exist on the surface (not that we can find any). He has been sculpted in a forward walking stance. But don’t be alarmed because he has a surprisingly excellent center of gravity that allows him to attain a decent amount of positions without falling over or appearing unnatural in posture. The paint job, albeit dark, has been executed well, but you'll find that Hasbro didn't replicate his costume flawlessly for some reason. He is mostly dark gray and black, but has some cream colored and white highlights which offset the overly caliginous properties the character physically and innately possesses. He should be wearing a vest, but Hasbro didn't go that route. He should have looked more like Han Solo at the Yavin ceremony, but as you can the figure wasn't approached that way. He is nicely in scale with the other cantina patrons, but due to his lack of articulation, he can’t sit without looking a bit unnatural because he can’t bend his knees. He will have to be an alien that stands up against the bar instead.

Aside from articulation, if you had to find fault with Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter), you would have to direct attention to his accessories. As mentioned earlier, no gimmicky action features are present, but gimmicky accessories however are. We have never seen a flimsier pair of blasters than these. Literally, you could roll them up into a ball there are so thin and impractical. To add insult to injury, Hasbro has included blast effects to weigh down the barrels that even gravity affects and bend towards the ground. If you snap a picture within ten seconds of placing the blast effects, you might get a decent result, but we really don’t understand why they were added, or that stronger blasters weren’t manufactured to accompany this action figure. Djas Puhr’s weak accessories don’t minimize our affection for the action figure at all. Besides, he has two functioning holsters that you can hide them in if they get too warped. Overall, Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter) is a very nice-looking action figure. If you don't mind that he is technically incorrect, you'll enjoy this action figure. We would love to one day see a super-articulated retake, but this sculpt will stand the test of time. A white-skinned version of this species was seen in The Star Wars Holiday Special, but not too much is known about that character. We hope Hasbro revisists Djas Puhr and makes him 100% authentic, but only time will tell if that happens.

Collector Notes

Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter)

Status: Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points

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

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: 2 blasters, 2 blast effects

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84809/84861

UPC: 076930848098

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: September 5, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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