Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: October 2009
On Cloud City, Ugnaughts operate the carbon-freeze chambers that are typically used to freeze Tibanna gas but can also freeze living matter. Ugnaughts work in Bespin's Tibanna gas processing plants or as general laborers in the city.
The first Ugnaught action figure from the blue phase of The Legacy Collection happens to be our very first Research Droids Review. And after 160 more reviews, we finally look at the running change of this excellent action figure which is a classic character that dates back to the vintage era. Ah! It took the basic figure line a very long time to finally get the second issue of the Ugnaught action figure out to collectors. In fact, the entire line look changed its color, redecorated its design and dropped a word in its title name before we saw its eventual release in wave 2 (or wave 9 - depending upon your preference) of the Legacy Collection. The Ugnaught obviously utilizes many of the parts of the first The Legacy Collection Ugnaught (BD 43), but it has probably more new parts than you had initially expected. Clearly the figure has a new portrait, but the new Ugnaught also has a new molded lower skirt (actually part of his jacket and not a true skirt) as well as a whole new paint scheme. Whereas the first Ugnaught was blue, this one favors the use of browns and grays. We are happy to report that the heads on both Ugnaughts use the same ball joint so the portraits are indeed interchangeable as expected. And just for fun, we did switch the heads to make and complete a faux version of the vintage Ugnaught figure (that you probably already know was first made available in the POTF2 line). Having a much more pronounced "pig nose" than the first Ugnaught, this figure also has a much "pinker" skin tone. The good thing about this is that there aren't flesh colored hands to worry about matching since they are both wearing the same gloves, so both heads look fantastic on both bodies. And instead of the white hair of the first figure, our new Ugnaught has a dark gray hair color with white highlights. There are enough transitions and differences between the two Ugnaught action figures and it makes complete sense that Hasbro released them in two different lines (although many of you still consider all of the product under one line still). Regardless of what line he falls under, the "running change" Ugnaught is indeed a very cool variant and he is certainly new enough to warrant its purchase. Falling under only one remix case this year, we sincerely recommend picking him up without any reservations if it is definitely your goal to add him into your collections. He likely will not hang on the pegs for long.
Ugnaught comes with the same two accessories that the first one did. And while the white briefcase is exactly the same, the controller stand is painted the slightest bit differently. The tiny buttons that were painted in an orangey red on the first version have now been painted in a brighter and more solid red color. Yes, it may be a bit too analytical or pathetic that we looked this deeply into the figure and his parts, but the difference is there. Also, this may just simply be due to the way the control stand was cast, but it is just a tad shinier than the first one. But this is honestly no big deal, just an observation on our part. We are thoroughly impressed with the new color scheme on the new Ugnaught and would like to reiterate this point again. His boots are not only just cast in brown, but the soles of them are painted in a lighter tan. This is a big difference from the solid blue boots of Ugnaught #1. Little details like this really bring out the unique characteristics each figure brings to the mainline. Hasbro has decided to sculpt tools (that cannot be removed) on the new "skirt portion" of his jacket. This is very similar to the tools sculpted on the first Ugnaught's apron. While removable pieces would have been lovely, this is fine and does the job very well in our opinions. And they look good on the figures. These details and accents bring home the "worker" aspect of these characters. Also, his jacket has a beautiful dirty wash (it looks a reddish brown color was used - not typical for a final wash, but very practical here). This is without doubt one of the nicest final washes we have seen on an action figure. It is impressive to say the least. Full of articulation, the Ugnaught sports an impressive 12 points of articulation (just like his action figure cousin) that will be the most joints we will ever need on an Ugnaught action figure. Hasbro really did us good by these two figures. And if they can produce a couple more Ugnaughts at a later date by tweaking these two figures, it will be great. We think they could give us a few more surprises down the road. But for now, we truly have two amazing figures!
Status: Ugnaught is a retool of 2009's TLC Ugnaught (BD 43) figure. This time the Ugnaught has been given an all-new portrait, a slightly different chest area and has been repainted.
Articulation Count: 12 points
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
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: control stand, briefcase
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87853/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
Legacy Collection Wave 2 (Wave 9)
Legacy Collection Wave 2.5 (Wave 9.5)
-Click HERE to return to the home page-