Name: Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
Type: Jumbo Kenner Vintage Figures
Number: Item No. 80308
Edition Size: Limited Edition
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: October 2013
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
Now that Gentle Giant Ltd. has completed the original 21-backs of Kenner figures in the jumbo scale, they’re plowing right into characters based on The Empire Strikes Back. As with any licensee wise decision, some of the earliest character focus in on the bounty hunters. Bossk (Bounty Hunter) is first up and after Boba Fett, he may just be the most popular scum and villainy in Episode V. It’s wonderful to see the Trandoshan in this line, but the way this 12” figure was approached makes us truly question how accurately these figures are being rendered in larger scale. We’ll get to all those points in a moment, but we are suddenly feeling differently about the authenticity of these characters and are beginning to believe that a artistic license is taking the reigns to perhaps make these figures look better while jeopardizing their beautifully simple classic qualities. We hope that Gentle Giant Ltd. returns to what made this line so special: simplistic sculpts with flawless nostalgic accuracy. In fact, even the black "plus sign" on his chest looks more like he is a follower of Jesus Christ instead of slime from the galaxy on this larger scale interpretation.
Gentle Giant Ltd. did do a great job on the total package of Bossk (Bounty Hunter). He looks fantastic packaged and the vintage The Empire Strikes Back line look is fantastic. While this is a much bigger scale and Gentle Giant needed to find ways to revise the original card back to fit these bigger figures, they remained as faithful as possible to make the release as meaningful as possible. We always think they succeed well in these areas. The paint job on Bossk (Bounty Hunter) is excellent. All of the colors have been well-matched for the most part. Aside from a few slight differences in some shades, they’ve really done an excellent job matching it to the original 1980 Kenner figure. He comes complete with an up-scaled version of the blaster rifle of the original figure too. It sadly fits a bit too loosely in his right hand, but we’ll take loose fitting weapons in this line as compared to the one that barely fit in these figures’ hands because they’re too bit (or tight). That causes damage very easily to the hands in this line. Thankfully that’s not an issue here, but it is annoying when a figure’s weapon always falls out of its hands no matter what you do to prevent it.
Status: Bossk (Bounty Hunter) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 5
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel arms, 2 swivel legs
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2013
Retail: $79.99 USD
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