Released October 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on November 3, 2004
The finest excuse for a repaint is when you can give a facelift to a figure that fans would want more of anyway-- like Jawas, Clone Troopers, or Gamorrean Guards. Hasbro went back to the paint bucket to slather the great 1997 sculpt with an new deco job which looks slick enough to buy a couple of times over.
Like the original release, this figure includes a nice big axe. Unlike the previous release, he also includes a grey stand.
1997 was one of the best years for the Star Wars line under Kenner In it, fans received numerous obscure characters and relatively few remakes, with the likes of Saelt-Marae (aka Yak Face), EV-9D9, Grand Moff Tarkin, and most of the bounty hunters. Also made was one of the finest figures from Return of the Jedi, the Gamorrean Guard. People loved him then, and there's plenty of reason to love him now.
No changes were made to the figure's sculpt, and this is both bad and good. While there was nothing wrong with it in the first place, an extra arm joint would have been nice, as would a slightly different arm pose just to add some spice to dioramas. Seriously, a right-handed variant would have been killer.
So what's new here? Well, see above. The original toy was memorable for having multiple greens and browns, and the new version ups the ante with more of them in more movie-like colors while adding a wash and extra painted details to his armor. I wouldn't say that the new version is unmistakably superior to the original, but if you're a fiend for displays, it's a fantastic addition to any diorama just so you can have a little variety with these guys.
Given the dearth of great toys coming out now, you may be loath to buy another repaint-- but trust me when I say Hasbro did a good enough job to warrant your five dollars.
This set includes the traditional stand and a repainted axe.
The base is nothing new-- but it is welcome. Due to the many ways you can pose this figure, the base makes it certain you don't need to worry about balancing the young Jedi just so... and that's always a good thing.
As expected, Hasbro decided to dress up the sharpened weapon a bit, adding some dirt in the cracks and making it more of a bronzey/golden color instead of the overt silver in 1997-1998. Other than that, it's the same weapon, which is not a bad thing given that it was a good weapon then and it's a good weapon now.
Again, like the figure, it isn't necessarily the best one ever-- but it is different and in many cases, an improvement. For making the figures stand out, variety is good, and therefore welcome.
Ladies and genltemen, boys and girls, behold. This is it. This is the cardback you've wanted from the start. It looks great!
There's a lot to the packaging, surprisingly. The double-border is just like the original Kenner packaging, and the black background is also very similar to the old toys. Also, the font of the name plate is similar to (if not the same as) the old days. Beyond that, there aren't a lot of similarities to the old days. Instead of a big photo, there's a background showcasing the environment that character belongs in. In this case, the backdrop is of the Jabba's Palace. You can see the carbonite block in the background as well as Hermi Odle, both things fans have been requesting from Hasbro as of late. The nameplate and basic design are the same as other figures in this range, and the faction logo is absent because the Gamorreans are neither Rebel nor Imperial. They are, however, part of a faction that has a logo-- Jabba's tattoo could have been used, but using too many logos would probably confuse the youngest buyers. That, and the all-black corner looks a heck of a lot better, so we're happy with it being as it is.
He comes and goes, and we've seen many of him over the past few days. No shortages at this time.
Like the Jawas, this is a repaint that you should want if not need. The new deco is superb and nicely dirty, but it should be noted that it varies from figure to figure-- check his eyes, they often cross in some samples. He doesn't offer a lot new to non-repaint fans, and if your shelves and dioramas are full, odds ar eyou can do without him. But he does look better than any Gamorrean to date, and if you need a better-than-average guard to stand in the front of the crowd, this is your man. (That's why we like him.) There's five bucks worth of figure here, so we'd say snag one with no regrets.
Our review sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in October 2004.