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Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush) - SW [S - P2] - Basic (’03 #06)

Name: Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase II]
Number: '03 #06
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: January 2003
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

Nomadic tribespeople, Tusken Raiders scavenge and pilfer the sparsely populated areas of Tatooine. Also known as Sand People, they are a vicious lot, frequently raiding unsuspecting moisture farms in the desert regions. On one of these barbarous raids, Tuskens seize the helpless Shmi Skywalker and imprison her within an isolated encampment. Warding off previous rescue attempts by local moisture farmers, the Sand People are unprepared for Anakin Skywalker's discovery of their camp and the young Jedi's uncontrollable act of vengeance.

The segment of film in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones that surrounded around Anakin Skywalker searching for his mother and wiping out an entire Sand People colony was perhaps the most emotional moments of the film. We saw a side of Anakin Skywalker that we knew was buried within his bones. The anger and his propensity for the dark side clearly came out during these moments in the film and it was perhaps a clear indication of why Darth Sidious knew he was a force to be reckoned with, if not just a pawn for his own selfish agenda. The attack on the Sand People was brutal and it was hard to believe that he murdered every last one of them, including the women and children. At the same time, it’s hard to completely sympathize with the Sand People too. After all, we didn’t witness them attacking Luke Skywalker in A New Hope and they received a bad rap in every Star Wars film that they appeared. Hasbro developed a special Tusken Raider action figure for kids and collectors to experience the brutality that Anakin bestowed to them, complete with screen accurate capabilities.

Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush) falls somewhere between a kid’s and collector’s action figure. It comes with a play feature (of sorts) but has limited articulation and very limited posing options. That being said, it has an excellent sculpt. The proportions of the Sand People species has never looked better. The all-new sculpt forced Hasbro to revisit their approach without referring to any older previously released sculpts and as a result have crafted a great looking action figure. Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush) only comes with eight points of articulation and has awkwardly positioned arms, but they’ve cleverly been sculpted in their positions so that they can accommodate the included gaderffi stick believably and accurately. What you’re left with is a fantastically looking action figure, even if it lacks in the number of ways you can pose it. The included gaderffi stick is very pliable and doesn’t hold its shape nicely, but you are able to pose the arms in a fashion that will keep this accessory straight while displayed on a shelf. By the way, this figure looks fantastic posed alongside Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) ('02 #43).

Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush) doesn’t have the best paint job we have seen on an action figure. It’s not terrible, but it seems a little too light and even a little “pink” at times. The lower legs in particular are much too “colorless” in our opinion and it seems that some shortcuts were taken to give this action figure as simple of a pint job as possible. The detail you’ll probably care most about anyhow is the included action feature. This figure comes with a magnetic portrait which is easily removable to recreate the decapitations many of them fell victim to at Anakin’s angered hand. Sadly, the magnetism isn’t that strong and it extremely easy to knock off his head. It’s is still a great head sculpt nonetheless. The last feature of Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush) is the environmental display stand. The Star Wars “Saga” line is full of these gems. They add dimension and extra pizazz to seemingly simple action figures. The base looks like something you’d see at a Native American campsite. It comes complete with a fire, wood and Tatooine terrain. Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush) is a fair action figure, but don’t expect much else from it besides being a display piece.

Collector Notes

Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush)

Status: Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: swivel head (attaches magnetically), 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable cape, gaderffi stick, environmental display stand

Date Stamp: 2003

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84921/84861

UPC: 076930849217

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: September 23, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase II]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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