STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Ugnaughts, the humanoid species found on Bespin’s Cloud City, manned the controls of the freezing chambers where Han Solo was encased in carbonite.”
Okay, right, weekend. Time for another Power of the Force review. What am I reviewing this time? Ugnaughts? What are the Ugnaughts? Well, it says right up above, doesn’t it? That’s pretty convenient isn’t it? Too many questions, Ethan. You need to move onto some declaratives. Right. Ugnaughts. Let’s do this.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Ugnaughts were added to the Power of the Force line in 1998, and were our second go at this particular race, following a figure in the vintage line. They joined Lobot in filling in some of the Bespin crew the year they were released. Much like the Jawas, Kenner took advantage of the Ugnaughts’ smaller stature to offer up a pair of them, rather than one single. The two included are distinctly different Ugnaughts, both of them from the film. The vintage figure actually amalgamated a number of elements from these two, before they were split apart for this release. Both figures stand 2 1/2 inches tall and each have 4 points of articulation (they’re articulation ceases below the waist). Both sculpts are completely unique parts-wise, though they do share the same basic pose and build. They hold up well given the time they were produced, and honestly wouldn’t look too terribly out of place with more modern lines. Of the two, I think the one with the smock is the slightly better offering, as the separate smock piece adds a little more depth, and his facial features are a little more distinct. He also pulls ahead a little bit on the paint front, thanks to a few more details, though it’s worth noting that both figures sport decent base level paint work. Curiously, the red-headed Ugnaught’s skin tone is molded, while the smock Ugnaught is painted. Not sure why they’re different, but they both look decent enough. The two Ugnaughts include one single toolbox for them both to share, as well as a freeze frame slide.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Mandalorian is legit the first time I’ve ever cared about an Ugnaught, so I can assure you I didn’t get these two new. In fact, they were one of those things I didn’t even realize were even in the movie until I was an adult. They definitely don’t have the same fun factor as, say, the Jawas, but I guess they make for a decent scene filler. I have spoken.