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Battle Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle - TAC - Exclusives

Name: Battle Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Force Unleashed
Availability: May 2008

License: Hasbro

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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.

But without a doubt the real gem in the set is the Battle Rancor. Hasbro has created an incredible sculpt for this incredibly and accurately scaled beast. Destined to be the definitive version for a Jabba's Palace version, the Battle Rancor comes with 12 points of articulation (Editor's Note: Hasbro did utilize this sculpt for the TARGET exclusive Jabba's Rancor With Luke Skywalker exactly a year later in May 2009.) Steps way beyond any rancor monster we have received thus far, it is a masterful work of art in every way. It has large and imposing arms with frightening claws, a hinged jaw that opens up to show a vicious mouth and ball-jointed ankles to allow for maximum ways of posing this massive beast. It also has ball-jointed shoulders, but they functional only really with a "snapping" action feature rather than having the ability to rotate 360 degrees. Even so, the arms arm so long and excellently designed, you will be hard pressed to find fault with them. The Battle Rancor's body section is lean and muscular and it well proportioned to the rest of its body. Believe it or not, there have been complaints from fans expressing that it is not in complete proportion with itself having too long of arms for its body. We have to wholly disagree with these sentiments. We think it is nearly perfect in every way. The light brown color of its skins is beautifully enhanced with a lilac/light blue war-paint wash (that is supposedly luminous in the video game) and it gives this beast a whole new personality from the one we saw in Episode VI. This was a great set and seems to be commanding a premium price on the after-market, most likely due to the popularity of the video game. Even if you aren't into gaming, you can bet you'll be very into this set!



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Added: February 28, 2010
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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