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Jabba’s Rancor With Luke Skywalker - TLC - Exclusives

Name: Jabba's Rancor With Luke Skywalker
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: May 2009
License: Hasbro

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The palace of Jabba the Hutt, crime lord of Tatooine, is full of unpleasant surprises – including a trapdoor that sends Luke Skywalker tumbling into a rancor pit. The young Jedi is destined to become the carnivorous creature's next meal unless he finds a way to defeat the beast. Luke battles the rancor, using the bone of a previous victim – and a well-aimed rock – to dispatch the rancor and free himself from the pit.

The Jabba's Rancor With Luke Skywalker TARGET exclusive set is really impressive. Hasbro went all-out to create a very movie accurate beast and include nearly every finite detail of what was seen in the film to exacting standards. While we had an idea or imagined about what this set was going to look like ever since we got 2007's TAC Battle Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle TARGET exclusive, this year's Rancor brings us something so much more and new to the table and makes it a totally worthwhile purchase in and unto itself. While there are some things we like better about the 2007 version, overall, the 2009 Rancor is the better product. Obviously absent this time around is the Felucian Rider and the saddle and instead is Luke Skywalker in his signature Jedi Knight gear. Luke is a slight repaint of 2007's TAC Luke Skywalker (No. 25) figure and was clearly the best choice (to date) to use for this set. Luke has the ample articulation and a decent sculpt (although not perfect) that is needed and suits this multipack just fine. Not many changes have been made to Luke, and not too many are needed until we get a better brand new figure. But the Rancor on the other hand has gone through quite a metamorphosis. The Rancor has been retooled and repainted to fit in its environment perfectly at Jabba's palace, and may we just say that the paint applications are stunning. Every detail on the Rancor's skin is simply beautiful and we are so impressed that Hasbro did not spare any attention to detail when recreating this fan favorite beast.

New to this year's Rancor monster is a right hand that has been cast in "bendy" material with internal wires to facilitate what the box advertises as its "Rancor Grip" functionality. This newly revised hand has been painted so well to match the rest of the figure's body that we almost don't mind this "action feature". It blends in very well and has an incredibly realistic feel to it. But if we are being honest, we like the prepositioned hand on the 2007 Rancor a bit better. Also returning from the previous release is the quasi spring-action in the shoulders. While we wouldn't call this a straight "action feature" per se, the arms definitely 'snap back' into place when articulated. The good news is that this doesn't detract from the overall quality of the piece. The various pieces of the set work in tandem with each other to make one brilliant set. It is such a well sculpted and painted beast and we are so thrilled to finally have a better scaled Rancor (and unbelievably painted one too) of this quality. This set has been found in the wild with two very distinct and unique paint applications, the second version with the darker and shinier brown/green paint application is more exact and authentic to what we saw in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. He appeared dark and slimy in the film and this darker paint has been finished with a very shiny finishing coat of paint or gloss. The 2007 TAC Battle Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle has a very flat (or matte paint job to be more specific) and basically lacked a nice paint job. It is shocking to see how unique the two different applications look as final products. The Rancor also comes with his signature (left ear) earring and (right hand) wrist shackle with a few links of real metal chain still attached to it. These realistic accents are gravy and add an authenticity that just can't be matched with paint. Needless to say, we are thrilled that Hasbro added them and spared no expense to make the greatest Rancor possible. Back in the 'olden' days of collecting, shackles or earrings would have been simply painted on the figure, so we count ourselves very fortunate to have the actual "hardware" this time around! Again, this looks great and we are very excited with Hasbro's execution here!

Interestingly, the "white" version was supposed to be the original version that was supposed to be 'quickly' changed. Hasbro even claimed that the error "white" Rancor figures should be less common. After all units hit TARGET, it does appear that Hasbro was correct and the “white” Rancor is indeed the less produced version. While we always have a bit of skepticism in our minds, we tend to believe that the corrected "dark brown" version is the more common one. But if you are asking us about our recommendation, we say skip the white variant and get the standard release, because it is nearly flawless. The Jabba's Rancor With Luke Skywalker set is great and will be a very welcomed addition to any fan's or collector's toy collection. While our preference would have been to omit the "bendy" hand, it is still a solid toy nonetheless. And to be honest, we feel silly even implying that this is a defect of the toy. It is so nice to see Hasbro bring forth a true-to-scale Rancor (and for the second time no less), and we are so grateful! If this “large scale” beast pack proves successful, it could open the door for many other creatures yet to make it into our collections! We hope that you will do your due diligence and at least consider the value and beauty that is this action figure collectible...and purchase one if you see it! And since a huge core group of Star Wars fans still rave about Episode VI being "their" film, we only expect this exclusive to do very well at retail. If Hasbro can get a new Jabba and his throne into production as well as a new tauntaun and wampa, we will be very happy collectors. We love completing our Jabba world dioramas (among others)! In the meantime, we will thoroughly enjoy the Rancor, he is worthy of every praise we give him. And that even includes his increase from $39.99 to $49.99!

UPDATE (January 2010): The Jabba’s Rancor With Luke Skywalker ended up going on clearance at the final price of $12.48 at many TARGET locations. We don’t know what this will mean for future beasts as exclusives.

Collector Notes

Jabba's Rancor With Luke Skywalker

Assortment Number: 87817/87796

UPC: 653569355571

Retail: $49.99 USD

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Rancor

Status: Rancor is a retool of the Battle Rancor that came in 2007's TAC Battle Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle TARGET exclusive. This time the Randor comes with an all-new "bendy" right hand. The Rancor has also been significantly repainted and has new hardware including a real metal earring and shackles.

Articulation Count: 11

Articulation Details: swivel jaw, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel biceps, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 2007

Luke Skywalker

Status: Luke Skywalker is a slight repaint of 2007's TAC Luke Skywalker (No. 25) figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-socket shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: bone, lightsaber, lightsaber hilt

Date Stamp: 2007









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Added: May 31, 2009
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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