GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Five years after the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance has driven the evil Empire into a distant corner of the galaxy. But a new danger has arisen: the last of the Emperor’s warlords has devised a battle plan that could destroy the New Republic. A tactical and military genius, Grand Admiral Thrawn rallied the remnants of the Imperial fleet and set in motion a plan to destroy the New Republic. Using Force-inhibiting ysalamiri, he became vitally close to achieving his evil plans.”
Last week, I was discussing EU characters who really ran away from their expanded universe origins and became lasting pieces of the franchise in their own right. While last week’s focus, Mara Jade, was prominent, she never made the jump to official canon proper. Today’s subject, Grand Admiral Thrawn, actually did. First introduced by author Timothy Zahn in 1991’s Heir to the Empire, Thrawn has also been confirmed to exist in the post-Disney-acquisition world of the franchise, having served as the primary antagonist for the second half of their Rebels series. And, perhaps his future in the franchise is unexplored, if The Mandalorian‘s quick reference is anything to go by. Well, in the mean time, let’s look at a little bit of toy coverage!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Grand Admiral Thrawn was released in the Expanded Universe sub-line of Power of the Force in 1998. Like many of the characters included, this was his first figure, though thanks to actually becoming proper canon, he’s had a few more of them in recent years. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Thrawn is an all-new sculpt, but not exactly an unfamiliar or unique one. He takes a lot of cues from how Kenner handled other Imperial Officer figures, which makes a bit of sense, from a consistency stand point. Like Mara Jade, he’s clearly not a direct lift from the comics illustrations of Thrawn, in order to help him look a bit more in line with the rest of Power of the Force. His head seems a touch large in my eyes, but otherwise it’s not a bad looking sculpt, and is consistent with how Thrawn generally looked. It’s basic, but appropriately so. The paint work is also pretty basic and straight forward, but again consistent with the character’s depiction. It’s definitely a more unique color scheme, so he stands out nicely in a group of Imperials. Thrawn is packed with a ysalamiri, the weird thing he’s got on his shoulders there, as well as a small blaster pistol, and the fold out diorama. This time, it’s the bridge of ship, presumably the Katana. It’s pretty sweet.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
All of these were rare when released, and Thrawn’s quite a fan favorite, so he was also always pretty rare. Fortunately, that whole set came through All Time last year, so I was finally able to snag one then. He’s not the most technically impressive figure or anything, but he’s still pretty nifty, and I’m glad I have one.