Name: Hem Dazon
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 033
Source: A New Hope
Availability: June 2006
Escape From Mos Eisley
Main Hangout: Mos Eisley Cantina
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.
When Hem Dazon’s head pops up on screen to introduce us to the Mos Eisley Cantina, he’s really the first totally bizarre space alien we see in Star Wars. Yes, we met the Jawas and the Sand People in the Jundland wastes first, and as cool and iconic as they are, Hem Dazon (and the other creatures shown in the cantina scene) first truly demonstrated the wide range of weird looking (and super awesome) extraterrestrial races we were going to experience in the Star Wars saga. It’s taken nearly three decades for Hem Dazon to be immortalized in plastic, and although it’s been a long wait, it’s not too surprising it took Hasbro some extra effort to get Hem Dazon right. After all, no reference material exists for the character below the neck since the character in the movie was just a head held up on a stick (sorry if we just ruined the magic for you)! For this reason, Hem Dazon could be considered just as much an Expanded Universe figure as much as a character directly sourced from Episode IV.
So is Hem Dazon worth the wait? We think so, although he does have a slight design flaw. But let’s start with all the positives. Hem Dazon is just an incredibly cool figure, and one of the very best cantina alien figures released to date. Hasbro needed to take creative liberties with pretty much everything below the neck. They decided (most likely with significant collaboration from Lucasfilm and perhaps some EU sources) that the Arcona are a reptilian race with three pointy digits at the end of their hands and feet. (Editor's Note: Although four years later Arcona anatomy seems to have been drastically altered; see 2011 TCW El-Les (CW47) for example.) Arcona legs are curved forward and they apparently walk around barefoot. Their three long, clawed toes are spread apart and almost resemble chicken feet. Hem Dazon also seems to have a “bounty hunter” look. The figure includes a removable bandolier as well as a neat looking new blaster pistol that fits in a working holster attached to a thick belt around his waist. The sculpt is highly detailed and Hem Dazon looks ready for a fight!
Status: Hem Dazon is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 swivel calves
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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