STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
When ranking the distinctive Executioner bounty hunters from Empire Strikes Back, the top spot is always, unquestionably going to go to IG-88. There’s no contest there. If I’m picking a number two, I think I’d have to go with Bossk, that shoe-less lizard guy in a Doctor Who costume. Because, hey, lizards are cool!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Bossk was released as part of the Power of the Force II collection in 1997. He was one of three bounty hunters released that year, alongside 4-LOM and Dengar, all of whom were finally making sure the poor Mr. Fett wasn’t quite as lonely as he’d been since 1995. This was Bossk’s second figure, following his original vintage release. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation, not surprising for this line. The sculpt was all-new to Bossk, and, amazingly, would remain unique to PotF; a couple of the other Bounty Hunters would keep their PotF sculpts in circulation for a little while, but Bossk was one and done. Despite the willingness on Hasbro’s part to move past this sculpt, it’s really not a bad offering. As an alien, Bossk benefits from being what this line excelled at. The details are sharply defined, pre-posing is at a minimum, and he’s just a generally nice looking figure. Even the paintwork on Bossk is pretty impressive. Many of the PotF figures were more basic in their paint application, but Bossk has quite a bit going on. There are one or two un-painted sculpted elements, but for the most part everything is painted up to properly match his on-screen counterpart. Bossk is packed with a pair of blasters. He has his rifle seen in the movie, which is decently sculpted, but there is unfortunately no way for him to actually hold it. There’s a sling molded to it, so it can go over his shoulder, but it’s still a slight let-down. He also includes a smaller blaster, which looks to have been made up for this figure. Fortunately, this one can actually be held.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The only Bossk I had growing up was actually the vintage one, not this one. This one proved a little trickier to track down than the other PotF bounty hunters. Fortunately, I was able to get one from my friends at All Time Toys when a loose collection came in. Bossk’s not without issue. The inability to hold the gun is really frustrating. Beyond that, though, he’s a really fun little figure.