MOMAW NADON (HAMMERHEAD)
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
The smash success of both A New Hope and its tie-in line of toys in the late ‘70s created a demand that Kenner was having trouble meeting. They needed more figures for their toyline, but had produced the major players, apart from the less exciting likes of Tarkin, or Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. They were out of named characters. How do you solve this problem? You give names to unnamed characters, specifically the very unique crop of aliens seen in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Along the line, Lucasfilm decided that Kenner’s names weren’t quite cutting it, and introduced their own. Thus, for his second figure, Hammerhead became Momaw Nadon.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Momaw Nadon was released in the 1996 assortment of Power of the Force II figures. The figure stands 4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. As an earlier entry in the line, Momaw has a fair bit of pre-posing going on here. With that being said, there’s something about his more alien nature that makes it seem like less of an issue on this figure (though he has some slight difficulty with standing). As far as detail work goes, Momaw’s actually pretty solid. There’s plenty of texturing on the skin, which makes for some nice variety. I quite like the hands, which are uniquely posed and very full of character. His vest is an add-on piece, split at the sides to allow for removal. It’s a little difficult to get over his head, but once you due, there’s an undergarment of some sort, which I suppose is a nice touch. In terms of paint, Momaw is rather on the monochromatic side, being mostly shades of warm brown. It’s more or less accurate to the source material, so there’s that. No random turquoise or anything, like his original figure had, but that was what people wanted at the time. The fools! Momaw was packed with a big blaster thing, based on nothing he has in the movie, but I guess he needed something, and it’s fun in a goofy sort of way.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Momaw was another figure picked up from the Farpoint charity auction. Slowly but surely, I’m putting together a complete collection of Power of the Force II figures. It didn’t start out that way, but here I am now, buying Momaw Nadon. Once you buy a Momaw Nadon, there’s really no going back, right?