Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: October 2009
The vicious rancor that dwells beneath Jabba's palace has one true friend: Malakili. The Corellian is in charge of caring for the bloodthirsty beast. He treats the rancor like a cherished pet, and is overcome with grief when Luke puts an end to the creature.
Before we even start to review this figure, we wish to express and hope that this figure doesn’t get “Yarna d’al’ Gargan syndrome” while hanging on the pegs. Malakili (AKA Rancor Keeper to vintage enthusiasts) is a significant upgrade to both the vintage and 1997 POTF2 figure. Almost unbelievable to see him as a completely new sculpt, it is actually more unbelievable that it has been more than a decade since his last modern version. As a figure that seemingly ages quite well (no matter which decade he is created), Malakili has essentially been perfected and we believe Hasbro will put this figure to rest. While anything is possible, it is unlikely that Malakili will ever see another new sculpt again. That is a powerful line of thought isn’t it? It almost causes angst. But we have reached a point in our collecting where technology has reached a very high standard and the need to keep reinventing the wheel is going away at an exponential rate. The great news is that we are indeed thrilled that there has been over a decade long gap between this version of Malakili and his 1997 ancestor. He is a great sculpt, true to scale and painted simply but wonderfully. There is a great deal of corpulence in Jabba’s Palace. Yarna, the Gamorrean Guards, Jabba himself and Malakili have apparently been living high on the hog (no pun intended) or have very slow metabolisms. But their large size is quite a metaphor for their greedy lifestyle or support of it at least. Malakili may be one of the more innocent bystanders in Jabba’s Palace since his job was to take care of Jabba’s Rancor with the assistance of Giran of course, but he grew a deep level of affection for the monstrous beast as we all witness in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. When 2009's TLC Jabba’s Rancor With Luke Skywalker TARGET exclusive was released, many collectors were upset that the set did not come with Malakili (since we got word that Malakili was due out in the near future). Many of us felt that it would have been the most value for our dollar since the set retailed initially for $39.99 then jumped up to $49.99 without explanation. But such is life and now Malakili comes to us as a basic Droid Factory figure.
Malakili has seen quite a metamorphosis from his vintage figure, to the 1997 POTF2 figure to now (this new figure). Hasbro has done a relative excellent job with all version of him throughout the years, but the ante has been upped with this release and the finished product is quite a beauty. Interestingly, the vintage Rancor Keeper has more in common with the 2009 Legacy Collection figure than with the 1997 POTF2 counterpart. Both the new figure and vintage figure have removable cowls. The POTF2 version does not. We are thankful that Hasbro went back to their roots for the updated figure. It makes the figure more special when it copies the blueprints of the figure that started it all. Malakili is clearly another collector-focused figure in this Legacy Collection wave, but we hope that 2009's TLC Jabba’s Rancor With Luke Skywalker TARGET exclusive set will make those who normally wouldn’t pick this figure up indeed do so. After all, Malakili is quite an impressive action figure. He is perfectly colored, something both previous figures neglected to perfect. He has the right hair pattern (some say it’s dirt) on his chest and it is light enough to look very realistic. But this action figure truly resembles the actor. You know about the removable cowl, but of particular note is it’s sculpt. It looks like a real piece of leather and there are details including stitching and folds that bring the piece to life. Malakili has a pretty good face sculpt (although it leads the viewer to believe he is younger than we see in the film) but he looks like he is getting ready to smile. This grimace or smirk is a little confusing and his personality in the film led us to believe he was a very burly and tough man (before the death of the Rancor of course). His spiky arm and leg gear have been expertly crafted as well. And they have been painted in a very realistic and bright silver paint. Hasbro has certainly achieved great results with the silver paint they use. It works so well to color buckles on belts and parts on guns. The details like the grommets on Malakili work just as well! He even has a slightly emotional expression on his face, which works well when you make him realize his favorite pet is dead.
Status: Malakili is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 22 points (14 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 knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable hood, gaderffi stick
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R5-C7 dome/third leg
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 93133/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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