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

Malakili (Rancor Keeper) - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Basic

Name: Malakili (Rancor Keeper)
Collection: The Power Of The Force "2" [Freeze Frame/The Kenner Collection]
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: February 1998
License: Hasbro

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Malakili was one of the keepers of the only known rancor specimen. Kept in a special pit below the crime lord's court, the rancor was reserved as a method of getting rid of unwelcome guests or others who failed the crime lord.

Could there perhaps be an action figure more boring than Malakili (Rancor Keeper)? You may be able to come up with a better example, but you probably won’t find a better case and point to what a total peg-warming action figure is. Malakili (Rancor Keeper) was the textbook definition of this in 1997 and 1998 and he has been blamed, case and point, for the inability for the popular Expanded Universe line to make its was out fully in 1998 because it shared the same Collection 2 assortment numbers and stock keeping units. It’s probably fair to say that Malakili (Rancor Keeper) was guilty by association, and not guilty himself. Kenner/Hasbro crafted a fantastic modern update to the classic vintage Kenner figure (also a peg-warmer of sorts) that truly represents the character and adds detail that we never could see or know existed in the past. Chest hair? Yes! Dirt? of course! A more colorful outfit? Maybe. A collar? You bet! But all of these extra enhancements make an underrated Star Wars character special for collectors and must-have update for your Star Wars collection. Malakili (Rancor Keeper) also brings something less to the table than before too and we’ll explain.

Malakili (Rancor Keeper) comes with the standard six points of articulation that most other POTF2 figures come with but his joints are noticeably looser for one reason or another. Believe it or not, this affects the figure when you pose. When you think you have a pose you want, a slight bump with completely twist his waist, head or limbs. It’s actually a little bit frustrating. Other than this tiny setback, Malakili (Rancor Keeper) has been very well done! You probably will be interested to know that his hat isn’t removable like the vintage Kenner figure’s is. This is actually a little bit disappointing. That being said however, we have to admit that at least it stays in place. On the 1984 figure, the head covering wouldn’t stay in the same spot too long without getting knocked off or bumped around a bit. So it’s nice to have a little more “security” in this regard. Collectors like having multiple accessories with their figures and it seems that from this perspective collectors might feel a little left out. The long-handled vibro-blade accessory has been tooled and colored beautifully and complements Malakili (Rancor Keeper) very nicely. Altogether, this action figure should have performed much better at retail than it did. It’s really a shame.

Things really slowed down at the retail level in 1997 and 1998 with the Star Wars brand. Kenner/Hasbro attempted to refresh the line with the Freeze Frame phase of The Power Of The Force “2” line. Much to everyone’s surprise the refreshed packaging and pack-in premium performed exceedingly well. As such, figures that were peg-warming in their plain green packaging all of the sudden had new line in the Freeze Frame phase. This is very true in the case of Malakili (Rancor Keeper) who cold remarkably better in the Freeze Frame phase of POTF2 than its original packaging. This should show the power of a good pack-in premium for Kenner/Hasbro. When the line gets stale it needs to be shocked in some way. Many of the figure’s from the earliest phases of The Power Of The Force “2” line received the Freeze Frame refreshed update. And people who thought that they wouldn’t be buying a second version of an action figure they already had were doing just that. One thing is for sure though, we feel that Malakili (Rancor Keeper) didn’t receive the notoriety in the basic figure line that it should have. It was a tremendous update to the vintage Kenner 1984 figure, and we finally learned the characters real name.

Collector Notes

Malakili (Rancor Keeper)

Status: Malakili (Rancor Kepper) is a straight repack of 1997's POTF2 [R/G] Malakili (Rancor Keeper) 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: long-handeled vibro-blade

Date Stamp: 1997

Collection: 2

Freeze Frame Details: Luke's defeat of Jabba the Hutt's loathsome rancor creature.

Assortment Number: 696050/69723

UPC: 076281697239

Retail: $5.99 USD

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