J'Quille (Jabba's Sail Barge)
Released February 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on March 31, 2004
While sharing molds to create multiple figures is getting pretty flagrant these days, some of the results are pretty darned good, like J'Quille, a toothy Whiphid from Jabba's Sail Barge.
J'Quille shares legs, parts of his arms, as well as his upper and lower torso with Tanus Spijek, the Elom.
This figure is packaged with a base, and a rifle. While I know the base never appeared on screen, I'm not entirely sure about the gun.
There aren't many aliens coming out these days that Hasbro never made before, but when they show up it's usually cause for celebration. And with J'Quille, it certainly seems like happy fun times.
There isn't a lot you can do with a big shorthaired toothfaced freak, but Hasbro managed to do a great job, especially considering this body is the basis for two different toys.
While the paint varies from figure to figure, the sculpt of J'Quille's head looks great. There's a lot of detail here, with hair hanging everywhere and a couple of big gnarly tusks to intimidate interlopers. His eyes are hidden behind his eyelids, just like the prop in the film, and his expression seems to properly replicate that of the rubber mask. The paint around the mouth seems to creep over his lips on some samples, but on the whole the extra dark brown paint brings out a lot of character in the figure's face. There are also a number of spots on his forehead, and these are also on the suit from the movie.
As far as the body goes, it seems there are very few decent photographs to look at, and I eventually found one at the Star Wars.com Databank. (Interestingly enough, the Star Wars Chronicles book and the card game didn't have any full-body shots.) This image shows the coloring to be slightly lighter, but it does reveal that his head, hands, and feet are pretty much sculpted exactly as they should be. A little more white and grey appear in the movie version, but the toy is nothing to sneeze at especially as it was most likely made on the cheap.
The figure has a great range of articulation with 10 points, including his head. There are no ball joints on the figure, though, and it seems the cut joints around the wrists are a little uneven. Still, from far enough away, it looks pretty slick.
And now, J'Quille will dance for your pleasure.
This set includes a base and a gun.
The base is nothing new, so you know what to expect from the gunmetal grey rectangle with the Star Wars logo stamped on it. You probably have one or several. They're nice.
The gun is a little rubbery, but has a decent sculpt to it and is new for 2004. The same weapon is packaged with his brother in spirit, Tanus Spijek, but is otherwise unique to this release. It can be held in either of his clawed hands without a problem, and it compliments the big beefy guy nicely.
For 2004, the late-2003 revision is still being employed. More of the same, folks.
Figure distribution in 2004 is random and spotty, and I have yet to see this one in stores. As such, keep your eyes peeled.
I've been wanting a figure of the Whiphid for years, so I'm biased in favor of good ol' J'Quille here. He's a nice addition to a Jabba's Palace display, and he's a nice big hulking figure. While he isn't as authentic to the movie design as some aliens like Pote Snitkin are, he's still quite excellent and a good addition to any shelf. Be sure to pick up one if you happen upon them in your plastic journeys.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in March 2004.