STAR WAR: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“The brutish nature of Gamorreans, along with their great strength and violent tendencies, made them excellent mercenaries and guardsmen in Jabba’s desert palace.”
Jabba’s green pig-man guards make for a rather distinctive introduction back into the world of Star Wars during Return of the Jedi‘s opening scenes. They’re a great merging of puppetry and prosthetics, making for a generally pretty unique design, and one that’s not quickly forgotten. It’s hard to imagine the whole Jabba’s palace sequence without them present in some fashion, so when Kenner turned their sights on building up that particular locale for Power of the Force in the ’90s, the Gamorrean Guards were right there, along for the ride!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Gamorrean Guard was added to Power of the Force II in 1997, a year that, as I noted last time, is quite packed with Jabba-related characters. This marked their first time in toy treatment since the vintage line, as was the case for most of these guys in the ’90s. The figure stands just shy of 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. The vintage Gamorrean sculpt was definitely not bad for the time, so this one had a slightly higher bar to clear than other offerings. That being said, creatures are certainly where the ’90s line excelled, especially early on, so they were in pretty safe hands here. The sculpt’s a pretty strong one. It’s a little bit more pre-posed, but that’s largely just to allow the arms to be bent for holding the weapon just a bit better. Otherwise, it’s nothing too crazy, just a generally looser stance, I suppose. The detail work is generally pretty good. Perhaps a little softer than a modern figure, but very good for the time. It does a good job of capturing the design of the creatures as we see them in the movie, and it also maintains a generic enough appearance that you could pick up multiples for the purposes of army building, and it would still work pretty well. The Guard’s paint is pretty basic and overall pretty drab, but that’s as expected, and it does a perfectly adequate job of recreating the base colors as seen in the movie. I suppose some accenting would do a bit to help the sculpt pop a bit more, but that wasn’t really what this era of the line was about. There is at least a little accenting on the face, and it does look quite nice. The Gamorrean was packed with a single vibro axe, which is pretty standard issue for these guys. It fits nicely in the left hand, and generally looks appropriately menacing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Gamorrean has never been an essential piece of my collection, as much as I do enjoy their presence at the palace. As such, I was never in much of a hurry to get this one, especially with it not being particularly rare, either. I wound up snagging this one a little over a year ago, when one with a less than stellar box got traded into All Time. He’s a pretty cool little figure, and he does what he needs to, which is always nice to see.
Nice head sculpt and expression. The proportions are also really good and does take you back to the movie.
I have very little 1/18th scaled Star Wars stuff on display but I do still have a few of my Jabbas on display with random palace denizens, one of which is the POTF2 Gamorrean Guard. I like how during the POTF2 era Hasbro themed many of the releases to particular sets or movies. It definitely made it fun to add quite a few new characters to a particular play area at once. I wish the Black Series would do a bit more theming in their releases.