STAR WAR: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“The Sand People are easily frighted, but they’ll be back, and in greater numbers”
The Tusken Raiders. What the heck are they? Are they aliens? Or just weird nomad people? We never do see what they look like under all those wrappings. Heck, they weren’t even called “Tusken Raiders” originally; they were just “Sand People.” But I guess, like Walrus Man, Hammer Head, and Snuggle Tooth, that name was deemed too goofy to be real. This is why we can’t have nice things. Well, okay, that’s not true. We have some nice things. For instance, we have this Tusken Raider figure that I’m reviewing today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Tusken Raider was released in the second wave of the 1996 assortment of Power of the Force II figures from Kenner, which happens to be the same set that gave us the previously reviewed Greedo figure. Like Greedo, the Raider wasn’t featured on cardbacks for some reason. This was the second sand person/Tusken Raider in the line, following the original vintage release. The figure stands a little over 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. As I’ve noted before, the PotF2 figures were pretty high on the stylization scale, but as the line progressed, this lessened a bit. The Raider is definitely a little puffier than most depictions of the design have been, and the head is rather on the small side. There are also some slight bits of preposing, but it’s mostly limited to the arms, where it more or less makes sense. The sculpting on the legs/feet isn’t particularly crazy, but for whatever reason, this figure tends to fall over a lot, which is really annoying. Overall, I like this sculpt, but there are some bits of it that are rather uneven. For instance, while there’s some great detail work on the head and robes, and there’s even a fully detailed torso under the main robe piece (which is removable), the hands are large and mostly devoid of extra detail, which ends up just looking really goofy. Still, when compared to some of the Series 1 figures, he’s still a definite step-up. The paint work on the Raider is mostly pretty passable. Lots of tans and browns, and there’s even a bit of subtle work at the base of the sleeves and the skirt of the robe. Not the most thrilling color scheme of all time, but accurate to what’s seen on-screen. The Raider’s one accessory is his Gaderffi stick. There were two variations of the figure’s left hand sculpt. Mine is the earlier, closed grip hand, which prevents him from holding the stick anywhere but the very top, which is a little goofy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Greedo, I didn’t have this one growing up. I had my dad’s vintage Sand Person, which held me over. I ended up grabbing this guy from this year’s Farpoint charity auction. He’s not a bad figure at all. Not super thrilling, but fun enough to keep me interested.