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Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #08)

Name: Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #08
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
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.

Also known as Sand People, these dangerous savages live in the rocky Jundland Wastes on the planet Tatooine. The Tusken Raiders engage in an inevitable confrontation with Anakin Skywalker after he tries to rescue his mother from their camp.

Wait! There are female Tusken Raiders? And they have children? What were we thinking? Star Wars often has a male-dominated mentality which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but sometimes it can be a shock to the system when we find out that female counterparts look differently than the males. George Lucas took some time out to develop this line of though in Attack Of The Clones. Because they’re the perfect nomadic species in a desert land, Lucas and the rest of the Episode II makers played up a Native American/Muslim type of family setting for the Tusken Raiders and introduced us to a few new characters while doing so, namely the Tusken Raider female and her child. Billed as Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) on the packaging, collectors received two well sculpted figures to complete the Tusken Raider family for the very first time. In the film, the Tusken Raiders set up shop in a society that truly resembled the Native Americans. They had their own form of mud huts and/or tee-pees and traveled in great numbers, although we learned from Obi-Wan Kenobi they tried to hide that. It may be easy to claim that the Tusken Raiders run a sexist society very similarly as we see in Muslim culture (where the woman are covered from head to toe and the men don’t have to be), but both male and female Tusken Raiders are covered with masks and robes and it appears that it’s more of an issue of modesty and protection from the sun than anything else.

Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) is a beautifully designed action figure. Please keep in mind that you will not get a lot of articulation with this release, but its strength lies in the sculpt. Other than two swivel forearms, two swivel feet and a swivel torso, Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) comes with no other articulation. The Tusken Child is considered an accessory here ant his set is not truly a two-pack. The Tusken Child, or uli-ah, comes with two swivel shoulders and that’s it. Although it is an accessory here, it’s been sculpted very well and interacts flawlessly with its mother. For lack of a better term, the uli-ah fits perfectly inside of the Tusken Raider’s papoose, like a glove in fact. The nice thing is that the child is removable and can stand on its own without the aid of anything. If Hasbro were to ever make a Tusken raider camp playset, you would probably want loads of the Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) to buy to help populate the colony. The female Tusken Raider also comes with the classic gaffi/gaderffi stick and she can hold it well in her hads. You obviously won’t get a huge range of motion with them, but at least they’re functional arms in this regard. Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) can stand unassisted and is pretty weighty when compared to other action figures in the Star Wars “Saga” line.

Some may find it hard that the Tusken Raiders have generic family setups. After we saw them attack Luke Skywalker and C-3PO in A New Hope, it’s a little bit unbelievable that they rear young (and have female “spouses” or something similar). We suppose it isn’t much different than American society. “Bad” people raide children and show them love all of the time. Perhaps it’s a testament to the state of our culture instead. After all, new Tusken Raiders need to come from somewhere, right? Perhaps we’re delving into a topic we shouldn’t be touching on in a Star Wars action figure review. You should really just know that Hasbro has developed a simply designed action figure that looks fantastic and fits into the new line of action figures flawlessly. Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) may not be able to pivot or contort into dynamic poses, but she has been designed excellently and matches the characters seen in Episode II very well. It’s sad that Anakin killed all of them in his anger after the death of his mother. We wish we could have understood the need for the Tusken Raiders to hold Shmi Skywalker captive like they did. It may have explained their makeup a little bit better. George Lucas didn’t touch that topic and let the audience maintain that they were savages. It’s just so hard to place that label when you see innocence being raised by those who hurt, maim and kill.

Collector Notes

Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child)

Status: Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel torso, 2 swivel forearms, 2 swivel ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: gaderffi stick, uli-ah (Tusken child)

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84864/84861

UPC: 076930848647

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 5
Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) (’02 #08)

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Added: December 8, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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