Name: Hem Dazon
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 033
Source: A New Hope/Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)
Availability: June 2006
Hem Dazon, one of the more infamous reptile-like Arconas, is enjoying a drink at the Mos Eisley cantina when trouble suddenly erupts. An old Jedi Knight and a young boy suddenly tangle with two "wanted" men. Using a lightsaber, the Jedi Knight disables both men rather quickly. Being accustomed to outbursts like this at the cantina, Hem settles himself after the skirmish and goes about his business.
Who could forget the moment the world was introduced to the first Chalmun’s cantina alien from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope? It was the Arcona Hem Dazon and he left an imprint on fans’ minds so strongly that many of us associate him as symbol of the hive of scum and villainy that fills the seedy four walls. Hem Dazon also showed moviegoers that the Star Wars universe was filled with various shapes and sizes, styled and appearances and what we should expect to encounter if we ever entered their world. Ultimately, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi did have to encounter Hem Dazon and many others in order to find a star pilot that would take them to Alderaan. Luke’s droid was holding secrets to the greatest threat in the galaxy and it was up to him to get R2-D2 there safely. We honestly feel that Hem Dazon is severely overdue in the basic figure line. But in Hasbro’s defense, they had very little to work with to develop a full “head to toe” action figure. After all, this alien was nothing more than a head on a stick and it would be up to Hasbro and any Expanded Universe sources possible that would help define the standard outfit of an Arcona. Technically, this makes the release of Hem Dazon more of an Expanded Universe character than one sourced to A New Hope. But that may be splitting hairs way too much for collectors.
Hem Dazon however has been well worth the wait. Just a year shy of 30 years have passed since the release of A New Hope in theaters and the release of a Hem Dazon basic action figure. The further we get away from these films, collectors begin to panic that we may never see many of the cantina aliens we want, but a release like Hem Dazon proves that Hasbro is committed to this vast alien subgroup and that they will continue to produce them by including them year after year in the basic figure lines. As a character that we can truly only judge from the neck up, we have to say that Hem Dazon looks pretty good to the character onscreen. We have noticed that the action figure does not contain any glittering eyes like the movie prop does, but Hasbro utilized a very nice pearly paint operation which really gives Hem Dazon that much needed pearly effect in his eyes. It looks like Hasbro went for a bounty hunter look for Hem Dazon, and he borrows an overall similar approach as Bossk (complete with bare feet). His three-pronged hands and feet are of a unique design and he certainly has been inspired from various exotic bird and reptile species as evidenced by the shape and texture of his digits. The Expanded Universe tells us he is a lover of salt. Not that we can tell by the action figure, but his skin does look a little dehydrated. It’s been done very, very well.
Status: Hem Dazon 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 ankle (1), swivel right ankle (1)
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable bandolier, blaster pistol, bar glass, bar table/stool
Date Stamp: 2006
Assortment Number: 86790/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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