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Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #18)

Name: Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #18
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.

Zam Wesell is the dangerous, heavily armed bounty hunter mysteriously hired to eliminate Senator Amidala. Swift to action, Wesell is a refined, unrelenting assassin and an excellent tracker. Her quarry's almost nonexistent survival rate confirms Wesell's eminent reputation and unsurpassed markmanship. Wesell gets more than she bargained for when her assassination attempt is foiled by the Senator's Jedi protectors, who pursue the bounty hunter on a harrowing chase through the Coruscant skyline.

In early 2002, Hasbro released four Sneak Preview action figures as one of the final group of products under the Power Of The Jedi line look of characters that were scheduled to appear in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. One of the these figures was Zam Wesell, a bounty hunter from the film who was instructed to terminate the life of Senator Amidala. It was actually a decent looking action figure for its time. Well proportioned with a mystique only masked bounty hunters can possess, the figure quickly garnered interest and intrigue for Episode II and these figures began to whet the appetites of Star Wars collectors everywhere. With a good foundation established of what this character should look like, fans learned a neat feature of the Clawdite bounty hunter from the official basic figure release of her. We learned that her beautiful and feminine features were only a façade and that her ugliness was beyond skin deep and went all the way through her. The Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) action figure from the Star Wars “Saga” line is a disappointment in many ways when compared to the 2002 POTJ Zam Wesell (Sneak Preview) version, but then again the Star Wars “Saga” versions offers a few unique traits of its own which may end up interesting collectors a little more in the long run.

Before Episode II was even released, the Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) action figure revealed some interesting “secrets” or “spoilers” about the character. Did she wear a mask in the film? She loses her arm? These are just some of the initial questions we had. Clearly the answers became crystal clear by the time the movie was released and we realized she is a Changeling who tries to attack Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Outlander Nightclub and loses her arm in the scuffle. We have to be forthright here. Some of the aesthetics of this action figure aren’t half bad. Zam Wesell has decent and attractively feminine features. Her costume, aside from any wonkiness that the sculpt inherently possesses, looks really, really good. What’s more impressive is the fit of the Clawdite “mask” or whatever you want to call it, which obviously really isn’t intended to be a mask at all, but something she morphs into as seen in the film. The Clawdite accessory itself looks to be die cut and lines up perfectly with the perimeter of her face and even the front of it tucks down into her neck. No matter how poor the figure, the fact that this has been designed with such incredible integration with the figure really impresses us. Sadly, the action figure does not impress us.

Hasbro opted to give Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) a very action-oriented pose. This hurts the figure in the long run because there isn’t enough articulation to counteract what Hasbro has done to the sculpt. While there are indeed some pretty aesthetically pleasing aspects to this action figure, the ultimate integrity of the sculpt is devastatingly compromised and you’re left feeling like you have an inferior action figure, which in actuality you are. The magnetic arm removal gimmick is about as annoying as the rest of the figures in this line and almost unnecessary in the grand scheme of what this action figure should provide to your collection. She doesn’t come with the long rifle that the Sneak Preview figure did, and instead comes with a much smaller blaster pistol that fits snuggly into a functioning holster. Both guns would have been sublime. While we have made it perfectly clear that that the position of this figure is less than desirable and some of the features and aesthetics are borderline nice, overall the figure just doesn’t cut it for us. It’s very, very far from being a good action figure and you can forget about it being the definitive representation of her. She as a long way to go, but appreciate what you can for the time being.

Collector Notes

Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter)

Status: Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, ball-jointed left shoulder, swivel right shoulder, swivel left elbow, swivel right bicep (magnetic action feature), swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable Clawdite "mask"

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84655/84851

UPC: 076930846551

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 3
Clone Trooper (’02 #17)
Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) (’02 #18)

Anakin Skywalker (Hangar Duel) (’02 #22)
Yoda (Jedi Master) (’02 #23)
Count Dooku (Dark Lord) (’02 #27)

Added: January 14, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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