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The Saga Collection

Sand People - TSC - Vintage

Name: Sand People
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: N/A
Source: A New Hope
Availability: April 2006
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars films that changed the universe forever, with The Saga Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest re-creations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

The Sand People (more commonly known now as Tusken Raiders) are one species that we have seen multiple times throughout the course of the basic figure line. Hasbro had some really great moments and some really bad moments. But despite the rollercoaster ride, fans and collectors kept clamoring for more. It may have been too soon for Hasbro to delve into this character again for the basic figure line, because he isn't perfect and it's high time we got a perfect one. When it cam time to work up the menu for the return of the "vintage styled" line in 2006 after taking a year sabbatical, Hasbro determined that the Sand People would be one of the main courses. In fact, it was one of the vintage figures to get the heaviest use of soft-goods which thrilled many and disappointed others. To be upfront right from the beginning, while this figure looks good, further inspection will only prove to you that Hasbro will definitely need to take another stab at this character so a better action figure can be made. It’s not that we don’t like the Sand People figure. We absolutely do. But in the sea of phenomenally sculpted figures and mind-blowing accuracy, this is one fish that can be thrown back until something bigger and better comes our way.

There are two issues we take exception to with the 2006 VTSC Sand People action figure. First, his head is too small (or too round, we can't decide either way or both). This has been an ongoing issue for Hasbro as far back as 1995. But during the 2002-2004 Star Wars "Saga" era Tusken Raiders looked the best proportionately (in our opinion at least). For the most part, the head matched the body frame and the sculpting was pretty much flawless. But it did have issues because the hard plastic robes made posing and movement nearly impossible. Hasbro certainly did their best to remedy this issue by giving this (the 2006 VTSC) figure pretty much all soft-goods, but they also sacrificed a few unfortunate things in the process. We already mentioned the head being too small. The figure also has swivel cut arm joints. We absolutely despise these joints and we hope that Hasbro never utilizes them again. These are two problems that really bother us as collectors and for that, this figure disappoints us mildly. Hasbro clearly put so much time and effort into this figure, why did they go the wrong route for elbow joints and head size? We know and we don’t know. Since it was part of the premium vintage assortment, the extra pennies should have been “wasted” here. But God forbid if something goes outside of a tooling budget because Hasbro will go the “cheap” way for sure.

Despite the figure’s issues, Sand People has beautiful crepe soft-goods that are cast in a very pale tan. They may be free of some dirt and grime, but they have a wonderful tattered look to them that is quite stunning. The top portion of the soft-goods comes off and the Sand People figure looks splendid even with this removed. For the modern vintage update, Hasbro threw in an extra weapon, the long rifle in addition to his signature gaderffi stick. For the last few years, it has been our opinion that gaderffi sticks seem too small for the figures, but we could be wrong. And this weapon is cast from a flimsy plastic so it doesn’t hold a nice straight shape well at all. Interestingly, the rifle is much sturdier. The final wash on the figure is awesome and it looks like this figure has been soaking in the harsh Tatooine suns for days. Hasbro really did a great job here. So while our opinions may come across as a mixed bag to readers, we genuinely do like this figure. It’s just that the swivel elbows are no longer an acceptable medium for Star Wars figures. Sand People is a nice update to the many great versions we have received throughout the years. We think it will need one more chance at enhancement before we say it’s knocked out of the park. But for now it will certainly do!

Collector Notes

Sand People

Status: Sand People is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable soft-goods cloak, gaderffi stick, sniper rifle

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 87065/87129

UPC: 653569136897

Retail: $9.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

Vintage The Saga Collection (2006)
Biker Scout
Han Solo (In Trench Coat)
Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot
Sand People

Vintage The Saga Collection (2007)
Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)

Added: May 27, 2010
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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