Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 005
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: December 2005
The mighty Chewbacca has been "captured" and taken to Jabba's Palace. Jabba quickly realizes that his capture is a mere ploy to free Han Solo from carbonite. Jabba orders Chewbacca and his friends to be executed, but Luke Skywalker has other plans. Chewbacca helps his friends defect Jabba and saves Han and Lando Calrissian from their doom, proving once again that he is a fearless Wookiee warrior!
At last, we have the not-so-mighty Chewbacca, the Battle Of Carkoon wave’s only real stinker. It’s frustrating to receive such an old version of Chewbacca when in 2004, Hasbro gave us the most incredible VOTC Chewbacca! Why couldn’t they reissue him and include the chain? That 2004 figure is already based on Return Of The Jedi, so to choose a Power Of The Jedi sculpt with little articulation and not the greatest likeness is a step back for the line. Despite the frustration this figure may cause many, there’s something to like about every figure, and there are definitely a couple little positives to touch upon as well. And while the re-use of the old Power Of The Jedi Chewbacca figure for this “new” release may not be a welcome thing for most of us, the inclusion of mixed media parts make it interesting at best. (Has anyone else out there questioned why Jabba’s court didn’t find it odd that Chewbacca wasn’t able to overpower Boussh due to her small stature? We’re just curious.)
With new Han Solo [in carbonite] and Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) figures bring offered in the The Saga Collection, Hasbro had to fit everyone’s favorite walking carpet in there somewhere since he’s an important part of the Jabba’s Palace scene in Return of the Jedi. And this is a figure that should have impressed us more than it did. All Hasbro needed to do was to include a better sculpted version of Chewbacca and the complaints about this figure’s execution would have easily gone away. While it’s a reuse of the POTJ figure, Boushh’s prisoner isn’t a straight repack. It comes with a “real metal” chain for Princess Leia to lead him through Jabba’s court. It has good and realistic functionality. What’s more, Chewbacca has a rather decent new paint job that makes this figure look light years nicer than it did when we first saw it in the line five years earlier. Still, the figure does look dated in The Saga Collection and it would be nice if Hasbro didn’t reach so far back in their catalogue of parts to reissue figures. (There are exceptions of course. Look how good Barada turned out.)
Status: Chewbacca is a retool and repaint of 2001's POTJ Chewbacca (Millennium Falcon Mechanic) figure. This time a real metal chain has been added and the figure has a new date stamp. This figure is named "Chewbacca – Boushh Prisoner" on the included display stand.
Articulation Count: 7 points
Articulation Details: swivel head (inhibited movement), 2 swivel shoulders, swivel right elbow, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 85805/85770
Retail: $5.99 USD
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