Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee (Death Star Procession)
Released November, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on December 15, 2003
Appearing as some Sith-infused American revolutionary, Kren Blista-Vanee transcends his stupid hat and is part of what is sure to be a fan favorite subset of figures from years to come. As the second Imperial Dignitary, he shares some parts with Janus Greejatus but has enough new parts and coloring that most fans won't care.
The figure includes a base of sorts, more on that in the Accessories section.
Another shining example of how to squeeze the most from a mold, Kren Blista-Vanee turned out as a great example of how to do one of the most requested (but not by name) figures ever.
While it's not obvious, a few parts were carried over from the previous Dignitary. Namely, the body, feet, and hands. The arms and the piece that includes the and the piece that covers his chest are all new and are just enough to make this figure appear almost as if it were a completely new one. If nothing else, it's new and different enough to please most fans.
The head is connected to the part of his robes that make up his shoulders and chest coverings, so it can't turn. Still, it's a fairly expressive figure that, due to a lack of dark make-up, doesn't look very evil. The sculpt seems fairly true to the actor but it's obvious that the right lighting and face paint would do wonders in bringing out all the sculpt has to offer.
The figure is painted differently than the previous version, which is good, otherwise it'd just seem like a cheap attempt to swap heads and pass it off as something new. The face paint is adequate, but on a few of the samples we've examined it isn't exactly perfect. As such, use caution when picking one out at the store.
There isn't much else to say that hasn't been said before. It looks good, Hasbro took appropriate shortcuts to get it out cheaply, and as such we should be a happy bunch of fans. Here's hoping another dignitary is on tap for 2004.
This set includes a base.
This may be the most baffling base of 2003. As you can see, there's no Star Wars logo, nor is their a foot peg. The figure does have holes in his feet, but the stand has no peg. This begs the question, why? Am I supposed to believe I'll have the opportunity to collect enough of these Death Star tiles to cover a suitable Imperial docking bay, hallway, or throne room? They look nice, and they'll probably provide a great basis for making a floor for a budding customizer's displays, but as it stands it's pretty worthless. The figure needs no stand to remain upright, and the lack of a peg just makes this seem completely unnecessary. It's nice to have, but this is one of the few times Hasbro could have cut a corner and nobody would have complained. Unless this is to connect to some other larger toy in 2004, odds are this is going to be a forgotten extra.
And that's what it looks like when you have both. Exciting, eh?
Typical late 2003 fare, which is pretty nice but not all that hot given that it's the third style of Saga packaging we've had this year.
It's nothing special, but it could be worse.
This figure seems to be the most popular in its current assortment, and as such I have not personally seen one in the stores yet. More are shipping, so odds are he'll be sitting alongside Lott Dod and Padme Arena figures in no time.
Imperial fans, congrats, you got two great figures in 2003. Your throne rooms will be the pride of your block in no time if you pick this up, so keep your eyes peeled for it and be sure to snag it when you see it because you're not the only one that needs a procession coming out of your Shuttle.
Our sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in November 2003.