Name: Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #18
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
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.
Zam Wesell is the dangerous, heavily armed bounty hunter mysteriously hired to eliminate Senator Amidala. Swift to action, Wesell is a refined, unrelenting assassin and an excellent tracker. Her quarry's almost nonexistent survival rate confirms Wesell's eminent reputation and unsurpassed markmanship. Wesell gets more than she bargained for when her assassination attempt is foiled by the Senator's Jedi protectors, who pursue the bounty hunter on a harrowing chase through the Coruscant skyline.
In early 2002, Hasbro released four Sneak Preview action figures as one of the final group of products under the Power Of The Jedi line look of characters that were scheduled to appear in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. One of the these figures was Zam Wesell, a bounty hunter from the film who was instructed to terminate the life of Senator Amidala. It was actually a decent looking action figure for its time. Well proportioned with a mystique only masked bounty hunters can possess, the figure quickly garnered interest and intrigue for Episode II and these figures began to whet the appetites of Star Wars collectors everywhere. With a good foundation established of what this character should look like, fans learned a neat feature of the Clawdite bounty hunter from the official basic figure release of her. We learned that her beautiful and feminine features were only a façade and that her ugliness was beyond skin deep and went all the way through her. The Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) action figure from the Star Wars “Saga” line is a disappointment in many ways when compared to the 2002 POTJ Zam Wesell (Sneak Preview) version, but then again the Star Wars “Saga” versions offers a few unique traits of its own which may end up interesting collectors a little more in the long run.
Before Episode II was even released, the Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) action figure revealed some interesting “secrets” or “spoilers” about the character. Did she wear a mask in the film? She loses her arm? These are just some of the initial questions we had. Clearly the answers became crystal clear by the time the movie was released and we realized she is a Changeling who tries to attack Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Outlander Nightclub and loses her arm in the scuffle. We have to be forthright here. Some of the aesthetics of this action figure aren’t half bad. Zam Wesell has decent and attractively feminine features. Her costume, aside from any wonkiness that the sculpt inherently possesses, looks really, really good. What’s more impressive is the fit of the Clawdite “mask” or whatever you want to call it, which obviously really isn’t intended to be a mask at all, but something she morphs into as seen in the film. The Clawdite accessory itself looks to be die cut and lines up perfectly with the perimeter of her face and even the front of it tucks down into her neck. No matter how poor the figure, the fact that this has been designed with such incredible integration with the figure really impresses us. Sadly, the action figure does not impress us.
Status: Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, ball-jointed left shoulder, swivel right shoulder, swivel left elbow, swivel right bicep (magnetic action feature), swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable Clawdite "mask"
Date Stamp: 2001
Assortment Number: 84655/84851
Retail: $4.99 USD
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