Name: J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase III]
Number: ’04 #09
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: February 2004
A Whiphid from the planet Toola, J’Quille was a spy sent into Jabba the Hutt’s palace by Lady Valarian. His plans to assassinate the Hutt were rendered moot when Jabba was killed during the Rebel's rescue mission at the Pit of Carkoon. J’Quille was one of the survivors of the fight at the Sarlacc pit.
The later phases of the Star Wars “Saga” line made interchangeability a priority. As an easy way bring unique characters into the line at a faster rate, Hasbro thought ahead of the game for some characters so that they could tool just a few extra parts that allowed an all-new character to be born out of relatively the same sculpt (or at the very least most of it). A simpler way of putting this would be Hasbro intended to kill two birds with one stone and that single stone was a main base sculpt. Throughout the line you’ll noticed that they did this consecutively every year, and sometimes multiples times in a year. Some retools were more aggressive than others. Some came with a simple head sculpt change, while others utilized the updating of additional parts in the torso and limbs. But no matter how it was done, Hasbro did a fantastic job in keeping them unique from each other and seemingly creating two new figures with very little extra work. By Hasbro creating a few “duos” of Star Wars characters that share many similar parts not only saves on tooling costs, but it gets them out to collectors with very little delay as well. What collector doesn’t appreciate getting new figures in an expedient fashion? J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge) (’04 #09) and Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) (’04 #10) are two different aliens from Return of The Jedi, yet they have similar, but not exact, builds to each other. Without question, there are some obvious differences in the structures of their body, but perhaps not enough where Hasbro couldn’t make the both of them out of one base sculpt.
One of the biggest issues collectors have had with Hasbro using the same base sculpts for J’Quille and Tanus Spijek is that J’Quille is markedly taller by comparison. Other than the height issue, we think Hasbro did an admirable job on both action figures. Since J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge) came first in the line sequentially, we’re referring to him as the all-new figure, whereas Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) is the retool of the latter. Ironically, it is Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) that benefits from the approach Hasbro took with the sculpt. He is the “pudgier” of the two and the base body sculpt favors his features more. J’Quille in actuality differs by being taller and more slender, but this action figure honestly works as is. J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge) is a long-awaited action figure release from Hasbro. Collectors in general cannot get enough of the inhabitants of Jabba’s palace in general, so new aliens from these scenes only excite hardcore fans. J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge) comes with a decent amount of articulation, but it is his sculpt that is a bit of an issue for us and we're hung up on minutia here. The Whiphid, who is also known by Toothface mind you, has been designed to replicate the costume from Episode VI very well for the most part. We are absolutely pleased with the likeness of him, but the details in the head sculpt aren’t a perfect match for the onscreen character. Thankfully, it is the excellent paint job that brings out the details in the sculpt wonderfully. Well-imitated, the head sculpt certainly resembles the Whiphid at an above average level, but some finer tweaking could have made it a dead to right exact match. It’s a great sculpt nonetheless. We actually feel bad talking down about it. But it’s just not “perfect” in our opinion. It’s excellent, just not perfect.
Status: J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points (10 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 84744/84715
Retail: $4.99 USD
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