STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Zuckuss answers Darth Vader’s call for bounty hunters to help locate the Millennium Falcon and her crew.”
I’ve established a loose ranking of Empire Strikes Back’s bounty hunters throughout my various Black Series–wait a minute…this isn’t a Black Series review. That was my Zuckuss review from two weeks ago…this one’s very different. For one thing, he’s about 2 inches shorter, and for another, he’s 20 years older. But he’s still Zuckuss, and he’s still getting reviewed. So there.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zuckuss was released in Power of the Force II‘s 1998 assortment. Like with the Black Series releases, he followed his partner in crime 4-LOM, who was released the prior year. The figure stands 3 1/2 inches tall (befitting Zuckuss’ slightly smaller stature) and has 6 points of articulation. The articulation is ever so slightly hampered by the nature of the character’s design and its implementation on the figure, which sees Zuckuss’ robes recreated through a thick rubber piece, similarly to the line’s take on Obi-Wan. This time, however, the robes cannot be removed, due to the figure’s somewhat oddly shaped head. It’s a shame, really, since there’s a fully detailed body under there, which is a lot of fun. Oh well. The sculpt that you actually can see is still a solid offering, to be fair. The aliens were always where PotF2 shined, and Zuckuss is no exception. The detail work is nice and crisp, and he’s a fairly spot-on recreation of Zuckuss’ on-screen appearance. Zuckuss’ paintwork is actually some of the best we got from this line, by virtue of not being as cut and dry as most samples. The robes in particular really benefit from that dry-brushed weathering that’s been placed all along them, giving them a more real-world-feel than most of his compatriots. Also, quite impressively, the painted detailing extends under his robe, meaning if you find a way to remove it, he’ll still look all finished and proper. Zuckuss is packed with his blaster pistol, which is a fairly standard inclusion. And, as a 1998 figure, he was also packed with a Freeze Frame Action Slide, which shows off Zuckuss and his fellow bounty hunters on the bridge of the Executor.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Completing my Black Series pairing of Zuckuss and 4-LOM got me interested in the characters, and their prior figures. I’ve been steadily piecing together a PotF2 collection, and, as luck would have it, my friends at All Time Toys just got in a fairly substantial collection from someone. I never had Zuckuss growing up, but he looked cool enough that I just really felt compelled to buy him. He’s an example of how good this line could be when Kenner really pulled their A-game. Definitely one of my favorite figures from this line.
So, as I mentioned above, I got Zuckuss here from my friends at All Time Toys. They’ve got a solid backlog of Power of the Force figures, as well as Star Wars figures from all eras, old and new. Check out their website and eBay store to see for yourself!