RYSTALL, GREEATA, & LYN ME
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Deep within the dimly lit halls of Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine, the musical combo, the Max Rebo Band, entertains some of the galaxy’s most notorious smugglers, mercenaries, and bounty hunters. Besides offering great music, the multispecies band has three of the galaxy’s best back-up singers and dancers. Greeata, a Rodian who is also a capable kloo horn player, joined the band at the same time as its lead singer, Sy Snootles. Rystáll, an exotic near-human raised by a pair of Ortolan musicians, was a slave under the crime lord Xizor until Lando Calrissian won her by defeating the lord in a sabacc tournament. Lando freed her and Rystáll’s travels eventually brought her to Tatooine. The third singer is a Twi’lek named Lyn Me, recognized by her people as the greatest dancer out of all the Twi’lek clans. Together the trio of singers/dancers helped the band secure a lucrative, extended contract playing in Jabba’s court until a visit from the Jedi Luke Skywalker cause the Hutt’s criminal empire to come crashing down.”
As I discussed last week, in its second year, the “Cinema Scenes” Power of the Force II sub-line shifted from purely scene-accurate recreations to a way to get out three figures that otherwise might not see release. In light of the release of the Original Trilogy’s special editions in theaters, Kenner added a handful of the newly added characters to the line. Included in that second year were Rystall, Greeata, and Lyn Me, three dancers from the extended musical number in Jabba’s Palace from Return of the Jedi‘s special edition release.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
“Jabba’s Dancers” was one of the Cinema Scenes sets added to Power of the Force in 1998. It was one of two Jedi-themed sets from that year, and the only explicitly special edition-based set in the line. Like the rest of the line, this set featured a display base for the three figures, though for some reason, this one places all three of them at the far end, which makes them look quite off balance.
Rystáll Sant, as is her full name, is a human-Theelin hybrid. What’s a Theelin? Apparently a race that got a fair bit of use in animation, it would seem. How about that? Anyway, Rystáll stands 3 3/4 inches tall and she has 6 points of articulation. Her sculpt is more on the pre-posed side, since she’s in the midst of a dance, though it’s admittedly a more reserved sort of a dance. Mostly, it’s just the shoulders that really have that sort of strut to them. It’s not ideal for a lot of variety in actual posing, but it looks decent enough when compared to the shot of her from the film. In general, it’s a pretty nice sculpt. It’s fairly basic, but all of the important details are present. She also stands alright on her own, which is always a plus. Her paint work is also rather basic. There’s some slight shifting of colors from piece to piece, which is a little distracting, but otherwise, things work.
Greeata Jendowanian is a female Rodian (aka the race of Greedos), who’s fairly distinctive, so that’s going for her. Yay, more Rodians. The figure is the same height as Rystáll, and keeps effectively the same articulation scheme. Her legs are a touch more restricted, thanks to that skirt piece, but overall, you get okay poses out of her. She’s also posed mid-dance, and it’s again very much carried in the shoulders. In her case, the posing winds up making her a little more off-balance, so she tends to topple quite a bit. But, if you can keep her standing, she does look pretty nice. The detail work on the texturing of the skin in particular is quite impressive. Greeta’s paint work is slightly more involved, but generally works out a little better than Rystáll’s. There are no drastic shifts in color between pieces, and there are a few spots of accenting that work quite nicely.
Not to be confused with Oola, Lyn Me is the *other* Twi’lek dancer from Jabba’s palace. See, she’s not green, she’s white. But, you know, actually white. Chalky white. Alabaster. Real pale. That’s her. Apparently, she’s an even better dancer than Oola? That feels a bit ret-con-y to me, but that’s kind of Lyn Me in a nutshell. Lyn Me is yet another unique sculpt. Like the others, she’s also in a dance pose, though hers is a little more intense than the other two. Not incredibly so, but she’s still a little more pre-posed. It works out okay, though, and I think makes her look a bit more interesting on her own than the other two. Generally, it’s a pretty nice sculpt, and probably the best of the three included here. Her paintwork is decent enough, though some of her black wrappings are a little messy on the application front. Overall, though, not a terrible piece of work.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked this pack up from All Time at the same time as the Cantina Aliens set last summer. I wasn’t quite as immediately familiar with this set, at least as a kid. I became aware of it later, but I don’t really remember seeing like I did the others. Whatever the case, I picked it up mostly for completion’s sake, but I do ultimately like the three of them a fair bit, even if they are Special Edition characters. They add some nice variety to the Jabba’s palace display, and there really are worse things.