Bossk (Executor Meeting)
Released April 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on May 26, 2004
One of the finest figures in the early days of POTF2 was Bossk, a figure so nicely done that fans were astounded that Hasbro would dare release a new version. Nearly seven years after the first Bossk, Hasbro now offers up Bossk (Executor Meeting) with new parts and, not surprisingly, parts from the older figure.
While made of new and old parts, he has an entirely new weapon and the rectangular grey base.
While he's not completely new, he's new enough.
One of the only things missing on the original POTF2 Bossk was articulation and a slightly more accurate weapon, and this new version delivers on both accounts.
The head is entirely new but aside from the fact his mouth is open, this is difficult to tell at first glance. A number of new scales have been added to the back of his head and there are several bumps and ridges that make this look like a brand new sculpt. The gaping maw is a big much, but it does make him stand out when compared to the old version and lends itself to more action-oriented poses.
The body is the old Bossk body repainted. The torso and croth pieces are essentially the same, albiet with new and improved paint jobs. Additional silver and a less muted vest tend to bring out more of the figure's sculpt which, it seems, truly was ahead of its time.
The newly sculpted limbs share a lot of details with the old ones, and a lot of the scales and poses of the claws are similarly placed, but newly sculpted. The figure has joints where the flesh meets the suit as well as an additional joint at the elbows that wllows him to replicate the pose of his POTF2 forerunner or to assume new, exciting poses in whatever combat situation he chooses to enter.
His flight suit is filed with wrinkles which appear to be new, but comparing it to the old figure makes it seem like the sculptor for the new Bossk most certainly used the old one as reference as they tend to be the same size and shape and in roughly the same places.
For a figure that was fine, this is a great upgrade. Unfortunately, it's not one that most fans will see as necessary since the first figure was so excellent, it's not like Dengar who obviously needed a new sculpt.
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.
Bossk's all-new rifle is now black and not silver, which is a nice and more accurate reflection of the film. His rifle's strap was more of a light color, though, and not the same as the gun-- as such, it's not perfect. He also held his gun in a manner closer to the POTF2 version of the weapon, with the strap on his shoulder. Fans looking to make the most accurate diorama will probably want to customize the gun a little, or just deal with the fact that it ain't perfect.
For 2004, the late-2003 revision is still being employed. More of the same, folks.
Bossk is currently scheduled to be reissued as part of the Original Trilogy Collection at the end of Summer, 2004.
He's around, but tends to come and go quickly.
While it's not a 100% new Bossk, it's a big improvement with a lot of new joints to amaze and delight you. It's a worthy cheap upgrade that odds are you'll want unless you decided you already had too many Bossk toys. Snag it if you see it, you won't be sorry.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in May 2004.