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Orn Free Taa - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #35)

Name: Orn Free Taa
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #35
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: May 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

A Rutian Twi'lek, Senator Orn Free Taa has succumbed to a decadent lifestyle on Coruscant. Treating politics as sport, he uses his position to indulge his extravagant impulses.

None too many of us expected to see a corpulent Twi’lek in the Prequel Trilogy that supported Palpatine, did we? But we did when Orn Free Taa was introduced to us as an important consultant to Senator Palpatine. Making his very first appearance in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he had a “larger” role (pun intended) in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. Originally hailing from Ryloth, Taa was a member of the Allocations and Appropriations Committees and was one of the first members of the Loyalist Committee. He is perhaps most notable for his role as a Militarist in the Separatist Crisis, which ironically was the force behind the havoc wreaked on his home planet. He hypocritically supported the Military Creation Act. That philosophy was counter to his peoples’ own cultural belief system and the Twi’leks’ overall disdain for violence. It was at this point that he recommended to Palpatine to negotiate with Count Dooku to help set things up right before the Clone Wars began. Obviously possessing an important role in the Star Wars saga, Hasbro saw him as a viable candidate for the basic figure line. Thankfully he came out pretty well.

Orn Free Taa is a simply articulated action figure, but there is a lot of detail on him that will likely go unnoticed. We would never claim that he is the greatest action figure that Hasbro has ever produced. No, he doesn’t even come close, but there are aspects of him that will go underappreciated or completely ignored as we have just expressed. Pretty much immovable, Orn Free Taa’s strengths lay in his sculpt. He has an excellent likeness and his costume is extremely ornate and flashy, almost to the point of being gaudy. There are multiple layers in his costuming, and Hasbro did a fine job of translating that into three-dimensions and on such a small scale. Essentially he just has swivel arms and elbows as that’s the only functional movement you’ll get out of him, but he does indeed have articulation elsewhere that has become inhibited thanks to the character’s design. Orn free Taa has distinct white markings on his blue skin, especially in his face. Sadly these are lacking on the action figure so he appears a little too one-dimensional and too “clean” in this aspect. In fact, it makes him look younger than he is. This may frustrate some collectors who are looking for realism first in their action figures.

Orn Free Taa comes with a pretty cool accessory. While not new to the basic figure line, the senate hovercam comes in two parts: the actual hovercam and the “invisible” display stand that holds it up in the air. It may be a gimmick, but the clean plastic stand on which it sits works better than expected. After all, these “droids” look stupid when lying on the ground. They are much more effective at an action figure’s eye level. Orn Free Taa can really only move his arms slightly up and down and point and wave, but that’s all he really needs to do anyway. If you’re a fan of the various scenes of the senate, then this is an action figure for you. Orn Free Ta is a character of very little verbiage, but his commanding presence always seems to score him a lady or two. As an action figure in the Star Wars “Saga” line, there is no denying that he was executed well and looks great in your collection. But “interesting” is not a word to describe him and he likely will not resonate with everyone that well. We like him very much and it’s likely that Hasbro will never attempt him again. That’s OK because they made enough of him to last a lifetime. Variation hunters: two unique versions of this figure have been released. One version has white paint added to the eyes and teeth while the other version does not.

Collector Notes

Orn Free Taa

Status: Orn Free Taa is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 9 points

Articulation Details: swivel head (inhibited movement), 2 swivel shoulders (inhibited movement), 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel legs

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: hovercam, hovercam stand

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84804/84861

UPC: 076930848043

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: September 13, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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