Name: Nikto Guard
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Clone Wars (Film)
Availability: September 2010
Puko Naga is a Nikto guard in Jabba the Hutt's palace. With his fellow guards, he protects the crime lord from his many victims and disgruntled associates. Thousands of years ago, the Nikto swore their allegiance to the Hutts, and they still carry out this pledge by working as guards, warriors and henchmen for the Hutts.
What do you call a victim of an early 2009 Battle Packs set that was pulled out last minute so Hasbro could save a few pennies? The answer would be 2010's Toys R Us exclusive Nikto Guard action figure, a very cool figure that finally arrived to collectors more than a year and half late. Most collectors were truly and extremely frustrated in 2008 for multiple reasons. It was an era of repacks galore, ridiculously priced mainstream product and exclusives and a lot less product was included in those inflated prices. Nikto Guard was just one example of these terrible events and if he had been released in the awesome Jabba's Palace Battle Packs set in the first (blue) phase of The Clone Wars line, the gesture certainly would have been warmly welcomed by all. But as with many things in the Star Wars line, time seems to age them and now after only two to three short years have passed since this sculpt was developed, the Nikto Guard feels slightly out of date than even many of the 2010 figures. More articulation seems to be the platform for Hasbro now, so anything with less than average may get interpreted as inferior. But the figure isn't a failure in the least. It has a stunning sculpt and a beautiful paint job and comes with more accessories than the average basic figure. Still, he unfortunately isn't perfect. And you already know that we are going to tell you why.
Nikto Guard has no articulation in the legs except for hip joints. While this is barely enough to pose him unaided, he has bizarrely positioned legs (one leading forward and one flush with the body) so you'll need to bend him back to throw off his natural center of gravity (which pulls him forward to the ground awfully). Thankfully he comes with an action figure stand and you're likely going to need it if you want to position him any other way. Besides this issue (which we find particularly annoying at this part because Hasbro should master whether an action figure can stand or not by now) Nikto Guard is a pretty spectacular specimen even though he has his shortcomings. For example, he has one of the best paint jobs in The Clone Wars basic figure line and he totally looks like he belongs in Jabba's palace. The packaging describes this particular Nikto as Puko Naga and not much is written about him in the Expanded Universe (yet). He can be found in the scene in The Clone Wars film where Anakin confronts Jabba and TC-70. He comes with removable head gear, a long rifle, a shorter blaster rifle and a removable satchel which can also house his shorter gun. We only hope the next realistic style Nikto character from Hasbro also comes with all of these cool accessories! But we are going off topic now. Let's redirect.
Status: Nikto Guard is an all-new figure. Nikto Guard was originally designed to be included as part of 2009's TCW Jabba's Palace Battle Packs set but was removed due to tooling cost budget constraints. It then became a Toys R Us exclusive and incidentally flopped on store shelves.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: blaster rifle, removable hood, satchel, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 21090
Retail: $9.99 USD
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