GARINDAN — LONG SNOOT
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Garindan, a Kubaz informant, works only for the highest bidders – usually the Empire or Jabba the Hutt. Garindan followed the young Skywalker and his mentor Ben Kenobi through the alleys of Mos Eisley.”
You know what I’ve got a pretty darn sizable backlog of? Power of the Force. It would probably be a good idea to use this time to cut through some of that backlog. So, uh, I guess I’ll do that. Let’s have a look at Long Snoot, officially named “Garindan.” Fun fact: through the miracle of stock audio and heavy audio processing, Garindan was actually voiced by legendary actor John Wayne, in what would officially be his final “role” in a film before his death. That’s right, this is a John Wayne figure….yeah, it’s still probably not enough to make anyone care about a Garindan figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Garindan was released in the 1997 assortment of Kenner’s Power of the Force II line. This was Garindan’s first time as a figure, which is not a huge surprise, what with him being a pretty darn minor character and all. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has the usual 6 points of articulation, though it’s worth noting that the articulation is all pretty restricted by the plastic cloak. This early in the line, the figures were all still kinda bulky and roidy, so Garindan is definitely not an exact match for what we see of him on screen. By virtue of so much of the sculpt being hidden under the cloak, he doesn’t look terrible, but he’s certainly not going to fit in with anything outside of this particular line. This cape piece is suitably dramatic looking, so I can almost forgive how much it restricts the figure. Other than the cape, the one piece that really defines this guy is the head; Garindan had a fairly distinctive look to his noggin, and the figure does an alright job of recreating that. It does make it look a bit more like a straight alien face than a mask, as it appeared to be in the film, but in Kenner’s defense on this one, there were hardly the same resources available for checking the screen accuracy of a very minor character in 1997 as there are now. There’s another pretty cool touch to this figure, which is almost hidden under the cloak. Rather than giving this guy the usual dual grip hands, his right hand actually has his communicator sculpted into it. Usually, I’m not a fan of sculpting accessories into hands permanently, but it actually works pretty alright for this guy. Garindan’s paint is pretty simple, and pretty drab, truth be told, but it gets the job done. Garindan was packed with a blaster pistol, and, depending on which version you got of him, a Freeze Frame slide. Mine doesn’t have the slide, so I guess I’ll just deal with only having the pistol.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t have Garindan as a kid, but my cousin Rusty did, actually as a “this is close enough” replacement for Darth Vader, who was a little hard to find. I myself was never too impressed with this charade, but I was lucky enough to have the real deal, so I guess I was a little biased. I ended up getting this one from a small collection that got traded into All Time last fall. He’s alright; nothing terribly exciting, but honestly there are some features I had forgotten, so it was cool getting to look at him up close again.
As I noted above, I got this guy from my friends at All Time Toys. They’ve got a decent back stock of Power of the Force, and other cool toys both old and new, so please check out their website and their eBay Store.