Name: Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase III]
Number: ’04 #10
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: February 2004
Lurking in the shadows of the Hutt’s palace was Tanus Spijek, a former spy for the Rebellion. He was hired by the Alliance to carry messages between Alderaan and the Rebel base on Yavin 4. Spijek was an Elom, a primitive, peaceful species sympathetic to the Rebellion after their enslavement by the Empire during the Galactic Civil War.
With “anus” in his name and boobies on his chest, we don’t know if the joke is on us or Hasbro for creating such a vile alien from Jabba’s palace and sail barge. We jest. In actuality, Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) is indeed a very nice action figure and he is a long-awaited character that collectors have waited a very long time to see realized in the basic figure line. As Hasbro changed its focus from Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones to the Original Trilogy, collectors fans of Episode VI benefitted the most as multiple waves of figures focused on this chapter in the Star Wars saga. Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) is a truly welcomed release in the Star Wars “Saga” line and it goes without saying how impressed we are that Hasbro created one base sculpt to make both him and J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge). Not only did they utilize the same base sculpt for both figures, they released them sequentially in the Star Wars “Saga” basic figure line and in the very same case assortment. The efforts are certainly appreciated that Hasbro brought two incredible aliens from Return Of The Jedi at the same time, but it is Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) that is the true benefactor of the sculpt. Although also used for J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge), the proportions weren’t perfect for this character so the authenticity of the J’Quille figure is indeed a bit compromised. Whipids are taller and “thinner” and less rotund creatures, albeit strong and muscular, whereas Eloms are slightly more rounded in the torso and bulkier by nature. Still, the recipe is more than passable and this body type works for both creatures.
The immediate feature that grabs you on Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) is his head sculpt. It is fantastic. There is no other way to put it. It’s an exact replica to the mask of the costume from Return Of The Jedi. As we have mentioned earlier, it appears that this body sculpt was originally intended and designed for Tanus Spijek. J’Quille’s similar body type and familiar limbs reaped the benefits for collectors to see a Whiphid created so closely to Tanus Spijek. Obviously, additional parts had to also be tooled to make the creatures appear unique from one another and Hasbro did a great job at “masking” their similarities. In fact, they’ve done such a splendid job with hiding their similarities that you may not even notice they’re mostly the same sculpt. That is quite impressive and we’re astounded that Hasbro put so much clever thought into the engineering of these characters. In addition to an all-new head sculpt, Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) also has a unique torso/waistline attachment. This “add on” portion of the figure reaches from the center of his chest to the tail on his posterior. It’s one molded piece that is permanently tacked to the figure itself, almost like a puzzle piece. As already uttered, it’s a brilliant collaboration of old and new and we’re thoroughly impressed with the results. The extra piece doesn’t interfere with the integrity of the sculpt, nor does it look like it was shoddily placed to hide or cover the parts that are the same.
Status: Tanus Spijek (Jabba’s Sail Barge) is a retool of 2003's SW J’Quille (Jabba’s Sail Barge) (’04 #09) figure with an all-new head sculpt, hands and torso section. The figure has also been completely repainted.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 84747/84715
Retail: $4.99 USD
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