ORRIMAARKO (PRUNE FACE)
STAR WARS POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Leader of a resistance cell on his homeworld of Dressel, Rebel Alliance member Orrimaarko proved to be a fierce warrior against the evil Empire.”
When the face is a prune, action goes Boom! …or something like that. There’s this whole subset of Star Wars characters I really only have any sort of attachment to because of how they were handled in the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials, and today’s focus, Orrimaarko, better known as Prune Face, is certainly in that category.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Orrimaarko (Prune Face) was added to Kenner’s Power of the Force II line in 1998, alongside fellow Rebel briefing room characters Mon Mothma and Ishi Tib. This was Prune Face’s second figure, following the one he got during the original vintage line. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Prune Face was sporting an all-new sculpt, and one that remained unique. Not a shock there, since, well, who else are you gonna use a Prune Face mold for? I mean, maybe one of the other Dresselians, I suppose, but that’s an especially deep reach. It’s a goofy sculpt, but Prune Face is a goofy looking guy, so that goes with the territory. The face sculpt, as with many of the aliens in this line, is certainly the best part. There’s a lot of solid detail work going on there. The body is a little more on the pre-posed side, but not terribly so, and he can at least stand pretty well on his own. While other Prune Face figures have made use of cloth capes, this one notably goes the soft plastic route. It’s a little bulkier and more restricting to the arm movement, but it also means it actually holds a shape, which the others haven’t been so great at. Prune Face’s paint work is generally pretty strong work, with a lot of accenting going on to help out the sculpt. Prune Face is packed with a quite un-Star Wars-y rifle, which he’s not really meant to hold in so much of an actual gun pose, as much as just use it as a makeshift cane. It’s a cool piece, fully painted, which wasn’t common on the guns at this point.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Prune Face isn’t one of those characters that I absolutely need to have or anything, but I’ll admit that I found the Robot Chicken sketch rather amusing. Mostly, though, I bought him because of the whole completionist angle. I picked him up during one of my big runs of the line a few years back, shortly after getting involved with All Time. He’s goofy and hideous, but in a way that he’s supposed to be, so it works out.