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The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame]

Admiral Ackbar - POTF2 [G/FF] - Basic

Name: Admiral Ackbar
Collection: The Power Of The Force "2" [Green/Freeze Frame]
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: June 1997
License: Hasbro

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Height: 1.88 Meters
Status: Admiral, Rebel Alliance Fleet
Classification: Mon Calamari
Affiliation: Rebel Alliance
Weapon of Choice: Mon Calamari MC80 Star Crusier (Green packaging only)

A respected member of the Mon Calamari species, Admiral Ackbar serves as a senior Rebel Alliance adviser. He commanded the attack on the second Death Star from aboard his personal flagship during the Battle of Endor. (Freeze Frame packaging only)

Hasbro opened up The Power Of The Force “2” line with pretty much all of the characters we expected between 1995 and 1996. But if you polled most collectors, they’d probably tell you that things didn’t start heating up (in a very good way) until the transition into green packaging in 1997 and most of 1998. Characters (main, background and everyone else in between) starting pouring out of Kenner/Hasbro’s floodgates and breakneck speed from both The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi and some of the most beloved characters that ever hit the screen were finally getting their very first modern updates. One of the most respected characters, Admiral Ackbar, was high on Kenner/Hasbro’s list to produce and they tooled a wonderfully simple, but elegant version of him in The Power Of The Force “2” line. Since this wasn’t a character involved in a great deal of action, Hasbro had to fudge things a little bit and include a very silly comlink blaster (what the heck is that), but it was an accessory kids weren’t going to give two poops about because it interacted with the character seamlessly (believe it or not). Sadly, no vintage Kenner baton was included, but let’s be honest. Admiral Ackbar didn’t have that accessory in the film either. Collectors were too busy being impressed with the sculpt anyway to care what else was or was not screen accurate anyway.

Admiral Ackbar has a divine head sculpt. It still seems like a very slight artistic interpretation of him as his head is much wider than the character in the film, but we don’t believe anyone can deny how excellent the sculpting is. There is no question this is Admiral Ackbar. He is affected, again slightly, by a bulkiness that has plagued so many other characters in The Power Of The Force “2” line, but this time it is certainly diminished and the figure honestly is pleasing to the eye as a whole. Deco is not exactly perfect, but it is more than evident that a lot of thought and consideration went into how this action figure was to be painted. His shell (clothing, not his head) is colored in cream, and the rest of his outfit is bright white with yellow blood stripes running down the length of his sides from his armpits to the hem of his pants. (The yellow is extremely bright by the way. It looks very nice.) The head sculpt is great as we previously stated, but it’s the deco that brings everything home. We will admit that the shade of color that resides somewhere within the “red” family isn’t perfect, but it is so hard to fault it because the washes, shading and the attempt to recreated the mottled pattern on the “shell” of his head is so admirable. We are quite impressed with how everything has turned out here. The eyes are wide with huge pupils, characteristic of this breed, too.

We’d also like to revisit the comlink blaster accessory. It fits like a glove on his left arm (and not so well on his right arm). There is even a cutout to allow for the bony protrusions that stick out away from his forearms. This is how much effort went into tooling a Star Wars figure and an interactive accessory in 1997. Enough about the figure. Let’s talk about packaging which is something we don’t often reference in our Research Droids Reviews. If you’re into packaging variation nonsense (that is set with a smile), multiple versions of Admiral Ackbar exist. We won’t go into all of that here, but perhaps the most notable is that Kenner/Hasbro carried him forward into the Freeze Frame phase of The Power Of The Force “2” line look. And for us this is the best version because we absolutely adore these little tiny pack-in premiums. With the ability to work in a real slide projector, the most nerdy collectors who have collected all of the slides could essentially recreate the Star Wars films in an abridged slideshow. But more importantly, having pack-ins like this feel reminiscent to the 1985 Kenner line that came with the coins. Getting something extra with your Star Wars figures just feels right. Admiral Ackbar is definitely one of the highlights in The Power Of The Force “2” line. It makes sense why he has been a mainstay and why we’ll likely see him in the future again.

Collector Notes

Admiral Ackbar

Status: Admiral Ackbar is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 6 points (6 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: comlink wrist blaster

Date Stamp: 1997

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 69605/69686

UPC: 076281696867

Retail: $4.99/$5.99 USD

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The Power Of The Force "2" [Green/Freeze Frame] Wave 4 (Wave 10)

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Added: April 10, 2015
Category: Power Of The Force "2" [Green/Freeze Frame], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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