STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (HASBRO)
“The senior Imperial commander in charge of operations on the original Death Star, Admiral Motti often disagreed with the decisions of Darth Vader. His outspokenness almost cost him his life when Vader used the Force to strangle the Admiral into silence.”
In 1999, when prepping for the tie-in to The Phantom Menace‘s release and the big marketing push that accompanied, Hasbro decided to actually take over full ownership of the line, officially bringing an end to the facade of Kenner still running the line. This extended to the Power of the Force line, which would run concurrently with The Phantom Menace, albeit in a far more limited capacity. They offered up a lot more redoes of previous designs during these two years, but also still gave us some brand new characters never before seen in toy form. This included today’s focus, Admiral Conan Antonio Motti, aka the guy who Vader force chokes in the first movie. Yay. That guy really needed a toy, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Admiral Motti was one of the final two Power of the Force II figures released (the other being a Princess Leia variant), hitting shelves just before the transition to Power of the Jedi in 2000. He was the third Imperial Officer to grace the line, following Tarkin and Piett. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation. Oh boy, is that one extra joint I see there? Yep, Motti gets an honest to god elbow hinge on his left arm. Why is that? Well, so that he can more properly recreate the force choking scene, of course! Yep, he actually gets the ability to do that very specific pose. I mean, there’s not really many other poses he can pull off, of course, but really it feels worth it. It’s a pretty distinctive pose, and it’s the one pose that any one is really going to remember him in. Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to pick Motti out of a line-up if not for the pose. Otherwise, his stance is fairly neutral, so if you want to throw that arm back behind his back, I guess you can have him look rather British and upper-class and pompous. In terms of paint work, he’s overall pretty basic in how he works. Lots of greys, but that’s accurate, so it’s hard to really knock it. Motti is admittedly a character that doesn’t really have any obvious accessories, but Hasbro did their best. He gets the same smaller blaster as Tarkin did, as well as a CommTech chip, since those were still a thing at this point. Amusingly, the back of the chip lists Motti as “Commander of Opperations Aboard the Origional Death Star” which features not one, but two separate typos that are really bad and really noticeable, and were really never corrected, since the line was already on its way out. I guess we really shouldn’t have been all that surprised by “Skywalkwer”.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Motti’s one of those figure’s I’ve wanted for a while, not really because I care in the slightest about the character, but because he’s sort of one of those morbidly distinctive figures. I mean, how often do you see the force choke in plastic form? He’s not an exceedingly common figure, being at the very end of the line and all, so I had to wait through quite a few PotF collections coming in through All Time before finally getting my hands on him. He’s not the most thrilling figure or anything, but he amuses me, and I’ll admit to doing a little bit of a happy dance when he came through.
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