STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“The Ishi Tib characters come from the planet Tibrin, where they live in the cities built atop coral reefs. Ardent freedom lovers, several Ishi Tibs offered their talents in service to the Rebel Alliance.”
Ah, good, the bio pretty much answers any questions I had. Well, that sure is convenient. That’ll do, bio. That’ll do. Now, when you look at a character like this, a wonky looking alien, if you will, from the Star Wars universe, most assumptions go to it being from one of two places. Either it’s a patron of the Mos Eisly Cantina, or one of the hangers on from Jabba’s palace. This one is, shockingly, from neither of those. Nope, this one’s instead from the Rebel briefing from Return of the Jedi, which looked to amend the overly human representation of the first two films by adding an assortment of its own wonky looking aliens. And boom, here’s the Ishi Tib, who are, in fact, a race, and not just one guy. Obviously. Ishi Tib’s clearly not a name, you guys. Why would you think that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Ishi Tib was added to Kenner’s Power of the Force line in 1998. It was a good year for characters from Jedi‘s Rebel briefing, so the Tibs fit in well with that. The figure is just shy of 4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. The movement on this figure is somewhat restricted by its design, with the head’s shape limiting what can be done with the neck joint, and the robe piece limiting the arms and legs. The robe is designed so that it could be removed in theory, I suppose, with slits up the side, and a fully detailed sculpt beneath it. However, the shaping of the head kind of keeps it stuck in place, unless you want to risk mutilating it. It’s honestly a pretty nice sculpt, overall, though. The head in particular holds up, and feels on par with more recent offerings. I suppose it could use some extra texturing, but ultimately I think all the necessary details are covered. The paint work on the figure is subtle, but well handled. The base work is all cleanly applied, and there’s even some slight accenting on the head, which is pretty cool. The Ishi Tib is packed with a somewhat goofy looking blaster rifle, as well as a Freeze Frame showing a shot of the Rebels all being briefed. I don’t believe any of the Ishi Tib are actually visible in the shot, but it’s admittedly hard to tell.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t really familiar with the Ishi Tib prior to acquiring this figure. I mean, I knew the general design of them, and all, but I certainly wouldn’t have guessed this wasn’t just one guy named Ishi Tib prior to reading the figure’s bio. This one is one I wound up grabbing during one of my big PotF pushes, in the fall of 2018, alongside a whole bunch of other figures. I mostly grabbed this one at the time because I liked the more unique alien look. It’s admittedly pretty cool, so I can get behind it. It’s just a nice, fun figure.