Rancor (With Felucian Rider And Saddle)
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (TARGET Exclusive)
Source: The Force Unleashed
Availability: May 2008
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game, the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, tells the story of Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice, a mysterious figure who has been trained by the menacing Sith Lord to hunt down the last of the Jedi. Set in the dark times between Episodes III and IV, it explores the aftermath of Order 66 and the continued evolution of Darth Vader leading directly into the events in Star Wars: A New Hope.
The Force-sensitive Felucians patrol their jungle homeworld astride ferocious rancors that are marked with luminous warpaint. Together, a Felucian warrior and his rancor mount pose a formidable threat to even the most skilled Sith warrior. Felucia is heavily forested with fungal life forms and immense primitive plants that can be dangerous when disturbed. As one of the planets caught in the Clone Wars, Felucia becomes a battleground between opposing sides, pulling the native Felucians into the midst of the conflict.
When Hasbro announced that they were working on a new Rancor toy, none of us expected it would an Expanded Universe version instead. And it was even released before the The Force Unleashed video game's street date. 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. It was large, it was menacing, and it was beautifully decorated. The Battle Rancor (With Felucian Rider And Saddle) was a very impressive exclusive indeed as the beast dwarfs both the vintage Kenner and The Power Of The Force "2" versions. Not only did it include an all-new sculpt (of the Battle Rancor monster itself), it also includes a highly detailed Felucian Rider (which is a first in the basic figure line as well) and an excellently sculpted saddle for the rider to stand on when piloting the Rancor around Felucia. 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 but they're still unpredictable regardless.... whatever, we still love the set as a whole. It is new from the ground up and packs quite a punch and with a very fair retail price of $39.99, it's worth every penny as far as we're concerned. It really doesn't matter what relationship exists between rider and the beast of burden he mounts. 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 Warrior (called Rider on the package front) 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 Warrior'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. Still, Hasbro ensured to include premium articulation where they did add articulation. As a result, not too much is lost here as far as we're concerned. Coming with a satisfactory nine areas of movement, the figure disappointingly has no head articulation at all which is particularly bizarre. But that's because of his very ornate head "fixtures". He is essentially one piece from head to crotch, save for the swivel waist. This may put off some collectors, but we really don't mind at all. Besides, the Felucian Warrior has a wonderful range of movement regardless. Where the figure does have movement, Hasbro went out of their way to include ball-joints which gives the figure its relatively impressive array of movement. It certainly wasn't a wasted effort and although head movement would have been sublime, it wasn't part of the plan here. Wasn't the last Star Wars figure to come without a head joint the vintage KennerStormtrooper from 1978? Wow, we just find this particularly odd. Anyway, there is really no need to harp on this because the figure has just enough movement to steer the Battle Rancor around Felucia and come up with some cool action poses of your own. Despite its limited articulation, the Felucian Warrior is marvelously painted. Dressed in an outfit that is reminiscent of some ancient tribal people, the Felucian Warrior 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.
Assortment Number: 87383/87630
Retail: $39.99 USD
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Rancors are savage creatures that have been domesticated by the Felucians and other species in the galaxy. Only those who are attuned to the Force can successfully tame these menacing monsters. Even when tamed, a rancor can be unpredictable and must be treated with caution and respect.
Status: Battle Rancor is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 16 points (12 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), hinge-jointed jaw (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left bicep (1), swivel right bicep (1), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: saddle
Date Stamp: 2008
Felucians use their natural Force abilities to control their deadly rancor mounts. The native inhabitants of this jungle world expertly wield their bone swords while on patrol, showing no mercy to those who would seek to subjugate them.
Status: Felucian Warrior is an all-new figure. The main titling of this exclusive refers to this character as a Felucian Rider.
Articulation Count: 15 points (9 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: bone sword
Date Stamp: 2008
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