Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Comic Packs) (Exclusive)
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Empire #16)
Availability: February 2009
The Comic Packs line is a very important medium for all collectors. Not only do they thrill lovers of the Expanded Universe, they also give “movie only” collectors a chance to get figures that might not otherwise make it into the basic figure line. Enter the Janek Sunber/Amanin set. Fans of the Original Trilogywere thrilled with the announcement that Hasbro was going to revisit the Amanin species in action figure form. And while the version isn't meant to be based on the Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi character to a tee, it is still a solid action figure that blows away the previous Amanin action figures we have received thus far. It is truly a sight to behold. Amanin is large and foreboding and he is a magnificent creature that fits into any collection no matter its focus. While this creature has some extra gear that the bounty hunter from Episode VI didn’t, these extra pieces looks like a natural progression to what this species would indeed use in the wild (or at the very least off screen). The comics portrayed them a truly predatory reptilian-like species and they caused a good amount of grief for the Galactic Empire. And Hasbro translated the species beautifully with all-new tooling. It is so nice to get an exclusive where the tooling is 100% new for at least one of the figures in the set. It clearly makes the pack worthwhile for collectors and we are a hard group to please. Hasbro decided to give Walmart another crack at a trio of Comic Packs. Although the exclusive sets (from the 30 (77-07) line) were less than impressive and very slow sellers, Walmart certainly didn’t get the short end of the stick this time around. This second set of exclusives worked out much better because Hasbro decided to revisit the way they tackled their exclusive Comic Packs by adding much more value for the money while including new sculpts or retools instead of just simple repaints.
Amanin is a completely new figure with seven points of articulation, although you may only see six distinct points. His tail, however, is made of a rubbery substance that contains a bendable wire and this is what we refer to as the seventh point. Amanin is beautifully painted from head to toe and his alternating stripes of green on his back are perhaps the most stunning part on him. Amanin is tall and towers over all members of the Imperial army. He comes accessorized with a great big and tall staff as well as a skull necklace. The necklace contains the souvenirs from his victims and shows off the head-hunting lifestyle of this lethal species. Amanin has amazingly sculpted hands and they are huge (as they should be) in comparison to his frame. The long figures are alarming and his oversized arms and hands are such a striking contrast from his rather proportionate legs and feet. Amanin has been given such an incredible paint job. There is a wealth of final washes to help accent all of the details the sculptors included to give this creature unprecedented realism. The Amanin has an almost expression that warns of an impending strike. It is actually mind-blowing how well this action figure was designed. And we are thankful to Hasbro for all of the attention they gave this action figure. Amanin absolutely towers over the Amanaman figure from the 2001 POTJ Amanaman & Salacious Crumb Deluxe figure set. It is a shame because the sculpt was pretty accurate to the movie version of Amanaman (except for the scale of course). But there is no denying that this Comic Packs version of Amanin is the superior figure by far. It is evident that Hasbro has really taken a lot into consideration to get this scale just right. If we needed to pick at anything, we would have wished for a few more points of articulation (like elbow joints for example). As a finishing touch, Amanin’s red eyes are very absent looking and add to his chilling demeanor and personality.
Leia Organa/Prince Xizor (8)
Grand Admiral Thrawn/Talon Karrde (9)
Darth Vader/Grand Moff Trachta (10)
Darth Vader/Princess Leia (11)
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