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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]

Greedo - SW [S - P1] - Cantina Bar Section (3 of 3)

Name: Greedo
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: 3 of 3 (Walmart Exclusive)
Source: A New Hope
Availability: August 2002
License: Hasbro

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On the planet Tatooine, the Mos Eisley Cantina, also known as Chalmun's Cantina, is the hot spot for entertainment and intrigue. Many species intermingle there, spying and conducting shady business. Bounty hunters frequent the seedy joint, hoping to catch their prey in an unguarded moment. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker went to the cantina to find transportation off the planet, which led to their first meeting with Han Solo.

Greedo is a foul smelling Rodian petty thief who learned the bounty hunter trade from Spurch "Warhog" Goa. On Tatooine, Greedo became one of Jabba the Hutt's henchmen and was the Hutt's first choice to go after Han Solo. After many run-ins, Greedo and Solo confronted each other again in the Mos Eisley cantina...with deadly results for Greedo.

2002 was the 25th anniversary of Star Wars, and Hasbro was sure to release some great collector-friendly products to celebrate this momentous landmark. Specifically, Hasbro released three unique Chalmun’s Cantina aliens alongside three Cantina Bar Sections along with drinking glasses and a cardboard backdrop. While these exclusive sets should have been a collector’s dream come true, the shockingly fair $9.99 MSRP was just too much for the collecting community to bear because the sets didn’t sell and were ultimately clearance out for as low as $2 in many locations. We personally never understood this line’s failure. Did not enough people know these were exclusive to Walmart (Unlikely). Did they really not want these to begin with? (Doubtful). Did a repack/repaint of a very old figure halt the sales of this? (Probably.) But whatever the reason for their retail failure, there is no denying how wonderful their additions are to the Star Wars basic figure line. They’ve been a long time coming. Three of the most popular Chalmun’s Cantina denizens were either retooled, repainted or all of the above and paired with a Cantina Bar Section and although each figure came without any weapons, they did come with plenty of alcohol: three glasses each to be specific!

As mentioned earlier, for only $9.99 collectors were treated to a basic figure (with either new tooling or an all-new paint or job (or both), a Cantina Bar Section (with screen inaccurate barstools – it’s OK, let it go) and a cardboard backdrop of a section of the cantina for visual effect. Collectors truly couldn’t have spent their hard-earned money more wisely in the Star Wars line, but for reasons unknown this retailer exclusive failed miserably. Sure it would have been nice to get a never-before-released cantina alien, but the updates made to the rehashed figures are noteworthy. Let us finish looking at the first three with the significantly revised Greedo. In our opinion it is another huge improvement over its predecessor. Hasbro took 1999’s POTF2 [FB/CT] Greedo figure and completely repainted it. Greedo is now correctly darker (both his outfit and skin color) and they even gave his blaster shot wound some new color. The figure looks fantastic. Although Greedo comes with more articulation than the average figure of its same era, Greedo is still in need of some incredible articulation updates. It may be nice to seat him on a barstool, but when it comes to some action poses you’re truly limited. Also, his right hand is cupped to accommodate a nonexistent blaster (and it’s too narrow to fit a bar glass). So this is the most unseemly part of Greedo.

How about that Cantina Bar Section? Well, it’s beautiful. Hasbro was sure to include every last detail of the simple design. And the deco seems to be perfect as well. The whole idea behind these exclusive sets is to build a complete bar. Three more will create the other side of the bar and then we just have to wait for the curved Cantina Bar Sections to be released at some point as well. (Editor’s Note: The curves bar section were released with both 2007’s TAC M’iiyoom Onith (30 22) and Elis Helrot (30 23) figures.) All three Cantina Bar Sections snap together. We did notice that the connection isn’t perfect, but we’re sure over time with a little more wear and tear that they will connect a little more smoothly. A cardboard cutout, which is part of the packaging, with dotted lines is visible on the reverse side of the packaging. You’ll have to use a pair of scissors to utilize this part of the set. Overall, we’re thrilled that Hasbro has released these. But we’re equally disappointed that they didn’t make a bigger splash at retail. The second wave of figures which include Dr. Evazan, Kitik Keed’kak, and Wuher were planned, produced (limitedly), canceled and ultimately released and were picked up by online shops. Greedo is better than Ponda Baba but not as good as Momaw Nadon. Your mileage may vary.

Collector Notes

Greedo (3 of 3)

Status: Greedo is a repaint of 1999's POTF2 [FB/CT] Greedo figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points (8 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), hinge-jointed left knee (1), hinge-jointed right knee (1)

Accessory Count: 6

Accessory Details: cantina bar section, 3 bar glasses, removable vest, cardboard backdrop

Date Stamp: 2002

Assortment Number: 32542/32539

UPC: 076930325421

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Cantina Bar Section Sets Wave 1

Ponda Baba (1 of 3)

Momaw Nadon (2 of 3)

Greedo (3 of 3)

Added: June 29, 2017
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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