Tanus Spijek (Jabba's Sail Barge)
Released February 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on May 7, 2004
While sharing molds to create multiple figures is getting pretty flagrant these days, some of the results are pretty darned good, like Tanus Spijek, a mole-like Elom from Jabba's Palace. He hasn't been made as a toy before, but he has made appearances on things like Dixie's Return of the Jedi paper cups from 1983. (I got one.)
Tanus Spijek shares legs, parts of his arms and this review, as well as his upper and lower torso with J'Quille.
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.
J'Quille's appearance in plastic was a treat, but it seems almost as if the Elom here is a little more at home in this body.
While I expected to see more in the way of wipes after J'Quille, Hasbro painted Elom in a totally different way which really helps to downplay the fact that there's some mold sharing going down.
Since I only saw one of this guy, I'm glad my sample looked darned near perfect. The coloring on the face is crisp, and the wrinkles and lines in the face sculpt are downright spiffy. Some shaggy fur, wrinkly skin, and even a little soul patch give this alien more personality than I would have ever expected to see in the vintage days, and in terms of modern plastic, this is a real highlight of Star Wars goodness. Right down to his beedy little eyes to the nostrils on his head, there's just so much to like. Well, there's the fangs which are part of the design that make him look like some sort of Nosferatu Muppet if you look at it right, but aside from that it's all sorts of awesome.
From the various photos I dug up, the body is right on the money-- even the tail. There's what looks vaguely like bosoms on the figure's torso, and the claws are brand new and really spiffy looking. The back has a white skunk-like stripe and lots of light grey is scattered through his almost black coat of fur.
The figure has a great range of articulation with 10 points, including his head. The joints are all freely moving and there's really no surprises.
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. It's the same one you get with J'Quille, but darker.
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. He ships in a couple of cases, some at two per box, some at one. As such, most of us are still looking out for one or for a second.
It's cool. Like, really cool. If you have a diorma for Jabba's Palace, you need this. If you don't, you'll probably like this. And if you just don't give a hoot about Star Wars, well, why are you reading this? The figure is sure to delight and is worth tracking down, so don't pass on it if you see it.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in March 2004.