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Massiff - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #34)

Name: Massiff
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #34
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: May 2002
License: Hasbro

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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.

Massiffs are ferocious creatures with razor sharp teeth and agile movements. Although small in size, these aggressive beasts are difficult to restrain, even by their handlers.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones introduced Star Wars fans to a wide range of never before seen creatures. From the huge beasts in the Geonosis arena to the equivalent of “space dogs” in the Tusken Raider camp, there was no shortage of beasts to help the Star Wars universe seem even bigger than it already is. It was in the nomadic camp of the Tusken Raiders where we were first introduced to the massiffs. The dog-like creatures were definitely vicious, yet domesticated, four legged animals that often accompanied the Tusken Raiders wherever they set up shop. Interestingly, Hasbro goofed a little bit when they created their Massiff basic figure for the Star Wars “Saga” line. They paired it with a Geonosian Warrior, but unless there is a deleted scene somewhere that shows these two aliens interacting with each other, Hasbro goofed here because they never appeared onscreen together in the final cut of the film.

We do feel that Hasbro accidentally mixed up the Geonosian picador riding the orray into the Geonosis arena as the Geonosian holding the massiff as represented by this basic figure release. We could be very wrong, and more astute lovers of Episode II may have to school us on this one day, but that is what we’re inclined to believe. While the orray and the massiff really look nothing like each other, they both walk on all fours and have a very similar body shape. Whatever this combined set of figures was intended to be, collectors should be somewhat excited to purchase it because it’s a great army building set regardless. Interestingly, the major “accessory” here is the almost all-new sculpted Geonosian Warrior. Hasbro decided not to reuse 2002’s SW Geonosian Warrior (‘02 #15) released earlier in the line, except for the head, so they crafted a new body since this version doesn’t come with wings. It actually came out pretty well.

So let’s talk about the Massiff. Essentially a solid piece of plastic, the only real articulation it has is a hinge-jointed mouth. That being said, the figure is sculpted very, very well. Posed in a slightly “moving” position, the Massiff has a sculpt that should really impress you. It’s sculpt is beaten only by its paint job, which seems to showcase it’s most frightening characteristics the best. The dark circular eyes peering directly at you with the sharp spikes on its back and even sharper teeth in its mouth warn you that this is one viciously nasty creature. (We wonder if they often bit the Tusken children in the camp. They had to have bit them now and again, right?) The Massiff comes with a removable harness (with built-in real metal chain) and well as a “handle” that fits nicely over the Geonosian’s hand so you can recreate the screen inaccurate display. It’s odd in a basic figure line when the accessory is promoted to basic figure status and the basic figure becomes the accessory, but that’s exactly what happened here. Regardless, this is a nice looking set.

Collector Notes

Massiff

Status: Massiff is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 1 point

Articulation Details: hinge-jointed jaw

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: harness, handle, Geonosian Warrior (swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist 2 swivel hips)

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84803/84861

UPC: 076930848036

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: February 19, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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