Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Number: 2 of 2 (Discover The Force)
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2012
Dewbacks are large, domesticated lizards on Tatooine. They can be found hauling goods for Tatooine merchants and moisture farmers, and pulling Podracers onto the starting grids at races. Dewbacks easily withstand intense daytime temperatures that cause mechanical equipment to malfunction.
Confusion is a big part of being an active Hasbro Star Wars collector. Often times Hasbro rereleases items that didn’t sell through the first time. Then they bring less to the table for that subsequent rerelease and try to repackage it as something new. This is not a knock on the Dewback because it’s a great beast and one of Hasbro’s finest efforts to date, but its release in the Discover The Force In 3D series of Walmart exclusives is just not fully welcomed by us because Hasbro should have done more with it. (And we’re not even talking about a pack-in figure. We definitely don’t want to see another white Sandtrooper for years, but there are some very Episode I specific details that Hasbro totally ignored. Instead of rushing to repack something, some time and development should be considerations so that product, every time its released, seems fresh based on the enhancement, and not just the packaging. Ironically, the Dewback when it was presented first as 2009’s LC Dewback With Imperial Sandtrooper Walmart exclusive, the Dewback was an Episode I interpretation of its appearance in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. And more ironically is that the Dewback (with the pack-in Sandtrooper) didn’t remotely sell through at $29.99 and had to be discounted at ROSS stores for half its original retail. Now we just get the Dewback for that original $30 price point. How do things like this get passed the concept stages?
In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the dewback beasts had a very unique look. They actually wore ornate headgear that went down the front middle of their snouts and their saddles and reins were completely different than they were how we remember them best in Episode IV. Why couldn’t Hasbro take a few extra minutes and tweak the saddle and reins here to make it truly accurate to its appearance in The Phantom Menace? Now we have an Episode I Dewback in the spirit of Episode IV. The circular logic just doesn’t stop. So with a lack of value and a lack of originality, is there any reason to buy this latest Walmart exclusive? That strictly depends upon your point of view. There are indeed some paint operations differences. And for the most part we would classify them as for the worse. The “new” Dewback lacks some of the “dirt” splotches on his head and throughout the body and the body itself has been cast in a much duller plastic. This is a problem because the legs have been cast from shinier plastic and it sticks our like a sore thumb. The rolled blankets on the back of the saddle have also been painted in a different color brown. Really Hasbro?! Why just change that detail? Other than that, most collectors won’t be able to make out, nor will they probably care to see, the differences on the 2012 model.
Status: Dewback is a very slight repaint of beast that was part of 2009's LC Dewback With Imperial Sandtrooper Walmart exclusive.
Articulation Count: 9
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-socket shoulders, 2 ball-socket hips, 4 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: removable saddle, removable bit, removable reins
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 39658/39657
Retail: $29.99 USD
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Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
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