Rancor (With Luke Skywalker)
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (TARGET Exclusive)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: May 2009
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. There really isn't any other way to state this. 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 The Legacy Collection version is the better product. It's Original Trilogy so it should be better, right? Obviously absent this time around is the Felucian Rider and the saddle and instead is Luke Skywalker in his signature Jedi Knight gear. And instead of a creature based from The Force Unleashed, this rancor is ripped right out of Return Of The Jedi. The Luke Skywalker figure is a slight repaint of 2007's TAC Luke Skywalker (30 25) figure and was clearly the best choice (to date) to use for this set. He is super-articulated and can hold a bone which is fitting for this release. In addition to his ample articulation, he also has a decent sculpt (although not perfect) that is needed for this release 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. Luke's hand is still battle-damaged which makes this technically a an out of sync release of Luke, but we'll let it slide. But the Rancor, on the other hand, should give collectors very little to complain about because this release has one through a complete 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. Collectors are going to love it and it's worth the money!
New to 2009's TLC 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 TAC 2007 Battle 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!
Assortment Number: 87817/87796
Retail: $49.99 USD
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Status: Jabba’s Rancor is a retool of the Battle Rancor that came in 2007's TAC Battle Rancor With Felucian Rider And Saddle TARGET exclusive set. 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: 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: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2007
Status: Luke Skywalker is a slight repaint of 2007's TAC Luke Skywalker (30 25) figure.
Articulation Count: 22 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: bone, lightsaber, lightsaber hilt
Date Stamp: 2007
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