Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Force Unleashed
Availability: May 2008
When Hasbro announced that they were working on a new Rancor toy, none of us expected it would an Expanded Universe version of the character from the yet unreleased The Force Unleashed video game. But once it made its way to the shelves at TARGET stores across the USA, it wowed most collectors as one of the most impressive beasts the toy line had ever seen up to that point. The Battle Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle was a very impressive exclusive indeed as the beast dwarfs both the vintage and POTF2 versions. Not only did it include an all-new sculpt (of the Rancor monster itself), it also included a highly detailed Felucian Rider (which was a first in the line) and an excellently sculpted saddle for the rider to stand on when piloting the Rancor around. While we believe that it would be relatively impossible to tame a rancor (we like to think of them as the Great White sharks of the Star Wars universe) despite what is explained on the back of the box that the Felucians are Force-sensitive and have the ability to tame the rancors....whatever), we love the set as a whole as it is new from the ground up and packs quite a punch for it very fair retail price of $39.99 no matter what relationship exists between rider and beast of burden. The Force Unleashed multimedia event has brought us both new characters as well as reinventions of familiar ones. This TARGET exclusive brought us all of the above and it is an exclusive that has aged particularly well and remains one of our favorites of all time.
The Felucian Rider is one of the most interesting Star Wars characters yet to be approved by Lucasfilm, Ltd. Basically with a koosh ball for a head, the Felucian Rider's bizarre look is clearly inspired from some mollusk, hydra and/or some other underwater creature that has suction cups for hands and feet finished off with lots of tentacles. Despite its very unique design, bright colors and brilliant sculpt, it is a bit limited in the articulation department. Coming with a satisfactory nine points of movement, the figure has no head articulation at all which is particularly bizarre. He is essentially one piece from head to crotch. Where the figure does have movement, Hasbro went out of their way to include ball-joints which may have been a wasted effort since it really could have used a head joint instead. Wasn't the last Star Wars figure to come without a head joint the vintage Stormtrooper from 1978? Wow, we just find this particularly odd. Still, the figure has just enough movement to steer the Battle Rancor around Felucia we guess. Despite its limited articulation, the Felucian Rider is marvelously painted. Dressed in an outfit that is reminiscent of some ancient tribal people, the Felucian Rider has one of the nicest paint jobs seen on an exclusive action figure. He comes with a skull of some Felucian animal and that too was designed to look really cool and it fits in his hands very well.
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