Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review: Star Wars Vintage Collection 48 – Weequay (Skiff Master)

Who didn’t love Jabba? When Return of the Jedi came out, we were treated to our first look at everyone’s favorite intergalactic crime lord slug, and all the great thugs that served him. Then we got to move out to the open deserts and see some more sailing around on skiffs, like Weequay. Wave three of the Star Wars Vintage Collection gave us a great bunch of ROTJ figures. A few waves later, they switched over from themed waves to mixed waves. Weequay showed up as part of the sixth wave of the Vintage Collection, first with a bit of a giraffe neck, and then later updated with something a little more normal. This review will be based on the revised version, so no complaints on the neck length.

 I guess at this point, all I can say about the packaging is that it’s basically love it or hate it. Like many collectors, I’m in the “love it” camp. It appeals to my sense of nostalgia, and other than the generic blurb on the back, I think it looks great, and I love the fact that it’s just a card with a smallish bubble and tray. Good design, minimal packaging, all around win for me.

The Star Wars Vintage Collection has typically stepped it up a notch in terms of sculpting. Weequay has a great face sculpt, looking nice and weathered by the sands of Tattooine. Similarly, his outfit has a great wash of browns and yellows. The lower part of the sleeves has a little too much yellow, but overall it looks good. The pants, belt/holster, shoes/sandals, all great sculpting. He looks like a Weequay that’s been out in the hot sun all day, what else do you need?

Like any good skiff guard, Weequay comes with both a pistol and a vibro axe. I guess when you work for Jabba, you never know if you’re going to be in a firefight or going hand-to-hand. Both accessories have good sculpting and paint. They function well, and they stay in his hands. Really, that’s what I want in my accessories.

As with most of the Vintage Collection figures, Weequay can move around with ease. All those points of articulation you’ve grown to love are there. The bottom of his tunic impedes the hip joint movement somewhat, but who cares? Seriously, this guy is Jabba’s thug. He gets paid (maybe) to stand around and be tough, not to sit around and goldbrick. That being said, I find it hard to complain too much that he can’t sit well.

Weequay shipped in pretty decent number, and in many places he can still be found hanging around the local pegs. He’s worth the money if you’re looking for some more thugs for Jabba, or someone to try to push Luke off a skiff, only to get killed in about two seconds.