#1286: Greedo

GREEDO

STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)

Boba Fett may be the go-to bounty hunter of the Star Wars universe, but he and all of his bounty hunting pals owe just about everything to one guy: Greedo Q. Kazoo.  Okay, it’s really just Greedo.  No last name.  Or first name.  It’s just the one name, really.  Like Michelangelo. Or Beyonce.  I’m getting sidetracked.  Anyway, Greedo was instrumental to introducing the whole wider bounty hunter thing to the Star Wars universe.  He’s probably my personal favorite bounty hunter, truth be told, due to having a fun design, serving a clear purpose, and generally not being overhyped (unlike some *other* bounter hunters out there).  Greedo’s had a few figures over the years, including one during the infamous Power of the Force II incarnation from the ‘90s, which I’ll be looking at today.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Greedo was released as part of the second 1996 assortment of Star Wars: Power of the Force II.  Interestingly enough, Greedo’s not one of the figures pictured on the back of the packaging.  This marked Greedo’s second time as an action figure, after his original vintage figure.  He stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation.  The PotF2 sculpts were generally stricken by ‘90s uber-stylization, but as the line moved forward, the stylizing slowly worked its way out.  Coming from the line’s second year, Greedo already shows some of the steps forward, being a lot less pre-posed than some of the earlier figures were; there’s still a slight bit of a mid-step thing going on, but it’s hardly an extreme pose.  He’s still a little on the buff side (which is further accented by the slightly tighter fit of the clothes), but it’s fairly minor.  He’s helped by his more alien design, which helps to mask some of the faults.  From a purely aesthetic standpoint, his sculpt is definitely solid.  The head is a pretty pitch-perfect recreation of the Greedo mask seen in the movie.  It’s perhaps a bit underscaled, but I actually think it looks slightly better that way.  There’s also a ton of really sharp detail work, not only on the head, but also on the rest of the body sculpt.  While he’s certainly not going to be outdoing the Black Series figure or anything, he’s still sporting a very well-crafted sculpt.  The sculpt is topped off with a decent paint job.  Nothing particularly fancy, but all of Greedo’s basic colors are there, and the application is all pretty clean.  Greedo was packed with two blasters; one large, one small.  The smaller blaster is based on Greedo’s sidearm from the movie, and, aside from being a little sized-up, is pretty accurate.  The larger piece is made up for the figure, but hey, at least they gave him something extra, right?

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I didn’t have Greedo growing up (in fact, my first proper Greedo figure was actually the Black Series figure).  This figure was another that I grabbed during this past Farpoint’s charity auction, alongside a handful of other PotF2 guys.  I’ve actually eyed this figure a few times before, and, like Kaylee and Cobra Commander before him, the good cause was enough to finally convince me to pick him up.  I’m glad I did, because he’s definitely one of the better PotF2 figures Kenner put out.

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6 responses

    • When a character that has 4 lines of dialogue and a scream is somehow the second most recognizable character in a franchise, I think it’s fair to call him a little “overhyped”

      • Hardly. By that logic, you’d have to go after people for liking Groot, or Max Rockatansky, or Charlie Chaplin.

      • Okay, fair point. When a character with 4 lines of dialogue *and* minimal impact on the actual story is the second most known character in the franchise for nothing more than the coolness of their armor design, I think it’s fair to call them overhyped.

  1. Not at all. In the first place, tracking down Han Solo and the crew of the Millennium Falcon is hardly an example of “minimal impact on the actual story” when the entire second half of ESB hinges on it. Secondly, it’s not just the armour, but also the weapons, the attitude, the poise, the voice, the habit of disintegrating people, the fact that he and Darth Vader seem to have some sort of mutually respectful working relationship to the point where Vader will actually tolerate his complaints about potentially losing money if Solo is killed by the carbon-freezing process. It looks like we’ll be seeing more of that in the future as well, since the new Disney canon has Fett, at Vader’s behest, identifying Luke as the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, explaining why Vader was “after somebody called eh, uh…Skywalker!” in ESB in the first place.

    • I think we’re just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one. For the record, I still like Boba a lot. I just find personal amusement in how protective of him some portions of the fanbase can be. But, I’ll also defend Elongated Man as one of the greatest comic characters of all time to my dying breath, so I don’t have a ton of room to talk, I guess.

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