CANTINA BAND MEMBER
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
Mos Eisley may be home to scum and villainy, but it’s not without its entertainment value. There’s plenty of peppy tunes to be had in the Mos Eisley Cantina, home to the Cantina Band, known more specifically as Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. The Cantina Band is definitely a distinctive element in the first film, even if they do boil down to just six identical guys with rubber masks. The band was absent from the vintage line, but Power of the Force put a lot of effort into filling out the Cantina, with both patrons and employees. Rather than releasing the Band’s individual members, Kenner took advantage of the shared basic design and released one figure with a bunch of instruments, allowing fans to buy how ever many they wanted…provided it wasn’t more than five.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Cantina Band Member was offered up exclusively through Star Wars Insider Magazine and the official fan club in 1997. The figure was limited to five per person…which actually means no one was able to get a complete band, since there are six members in the movie (two of them played the same instrument). Whoops. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 10 points of articulation. In order to facilitate holding all of the instruments, the Band Member was given both elbow and wrist joints, thereby making him one of the most articulated figures in the line. Such as it is, he still has some trouble holding the instruments, but it was a nice idea. The sculpt on this guy isn’t a bad one; the aliens always made out the best in this line, and he’s no exception. The head’s definitely the best piece, and does a quite respectable job of capturing the mask from the movie. The body falls a little bit victim to PotF‘s penchant for pre-posing. It’s not terrible, and is really just limited to the slight forward step of the legs. It does make him slightly tricky to keep standing, though. The paintwork on him is fairly basic, but there’s definitely some nice accenting on the head and hands, which gives him a little bit of pop. Accessories are really the main game here, as the figure includes five different instruments. Included are the Kloo Horn (played by band leader Figrin D’an), the Dorenian Beshniquel (played by Doikk Na’ts), the Fanfar (played by Ickabel G’ont and Tedn Dahai), the Omni Box (played by Tech Mo’r), and the Bandfill (played by Nalan Cheel).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t so much up on the fan club stuff in the ’90s, so I didn’t get one of these as a kid. Instead, he’s one of the perks of working with All Time Toys, as I literally had this guy thrown at me by the owner when he was informed I didn’t own one yet. He’s not quite as good a figure as Kenner was aiming for, but he’s still a pretty solid offering, and at some point I’ll need to track down a few more of them.