Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 034
Source: A New Hope
Availability: June 2006
This Mos Eisley-based spy trails the two wanted droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, as they meet up with Luke and Obi-Wan at Docking Bay 94. He uses his comlink to inform the Imperial stormtroopers of the location. His actions enable the stormtroopers to engage the Millennium Falcon's new crew just before they make a daring escape.
Who wasn’t fascinated by the strange Kubaz spy communicating with Sandtroopers in Mos Eisley alerting them to the location of the two droids? Garindan (also known by his nickname Long-Snoot) was a peculiar Star Wars character, but he left an impression on Star Wars fans as the guy (alien?) who ratted out the heroes in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Garindan is unique in the fact that for all intents and purposes looks like an Imperial commander or at worst technician. Aside from his cloak and head, it seems as if he’d be more comfortable on the Death Star or Star Destroyer than on Tatooine under the hot binary suns, especially since his eyes were so sensitive to sunlight that he had to wear dark goggles. And some Expanded Universe sources has claimed that he was human in a Kubaz disguise. Mystery surrounds this character for sure. Hasbro thought he was a relevant Star Wars character and brought him to life as an action figure in the third year of the neo-classic era. It was a pretty decent iteration of Garindan (Long-Snoot) but lacked in some of the finer details and articulation. This new version is significantly ahead of the POTF2 release, but not exactly up to modern articulation standards. That however, is not a big concern because this figure is gorgeous as is.
Hasbro takes a second stab at Garindan and makes an accurately scaled action figure that is pretty decent in most respects. He comes with swivel articulation in the elbows unfortunately, but except for that, this action figure should impress most collectors. In fact, the details are quite astounding and they alone make up for the figure's lack of premium articulation. From the texture of his uniform to the weathering on his blaster ad especially his belt, Garindan shows how adept Hasbro is as making 3.75” scaled action figures so incredibly realistic. (Just so you know, the belt can accomodate both his blasteer and commlink. It's amazing!) The soft-goods cloak he comes with could use a little bit of work however. It’s too shiny because it’s made from an inferior polyester material. But the cheapness of the cloak really doesn’t deter from the overall quality of Garindan thankfully. Besides, it's not too big and fits like a glove around his head which really helps with posing the figure in a screen accurate manner. He comes with many points of articulation and is a mix of premium ball-jointed articulation but mostly the simpler swivel joints. Another update would be great and we hope that Hasbro finds a way to upgrade Garindan so that he can be hailed as definitive one day. But if they do not, there is no denying that this was a great way to leave this character as an action figure.
Status: Garindan is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points (12 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), swivel left boot (1), swivel right boot (1)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: removable soft-goods cloak, comlink, blaster
Date Stamp: 2006
Assortment Number: 86800/85770
Retail: $5.99 USD
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