Quick & Dirty Review: Wal-Mart T.V.C. Tusken Raiders

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2021-09-15, 14:53:14

Well, these are finally shipping, provided your orders weren't whimsically cancelled. I ordered two, and they arrived . . . with Wal-Mart's usual flare for packing collectible items, of course, so there are dings and creases all over the place on both figures' cards, yet they somehow look better in the photos than they do in person. But at least they shipped in a cardboard box, which is something.

Let's get down to it, shall we?

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The card-front hits all the right nostalgia buttons, plus the new gold LFL 50th Anniversary logo.

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The card-back has all the usual "Collect These, Too" and excessive legal bumf we've come to expect.

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The bubble istelf contains two nesting insert trays, one for the figure, and one for the accessories, packed behind the figure tray. This guy comes with two accesories -- the smaller, more detailed, yet also somehow not-very-well-moulded gaderffii (as opposed to the whacking gurt, simplified POTF2 version, with crisper edges) and the Tusken slugthrower carbine, which we've seen many, many times before, in different colour schemes. Both accessories get some very nice paintwork.

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The Tuskens can hold both accessories adequately, but between the awkward angle of the right wrist (which is a bit too angled to hold the gaderffii and not quite angled enough to hold the rifle) and the smaller size of the gaderffii, you're not going to get a great deal of really dymanic battle poses with this figure.

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Out of the bubble, these are a much-needed improvement on the VTSC Tusken Raiders from 2006, in that they have proper "ball-jointed" elbows for a greater range of movement and posing capabilities. Plus, I don't have any of my other Tuskens with me, but it looks like this is a newer head sculpt with more prominent silver spikes, and the paint jobs are much better.

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And this next thing surprised me, because I'm normally a great fan of real fabric "soft goods" capes, robes, and skirts on action figures -- makes them so much lighter and easier to pose and balance, I think -- but I find the "shawl" on this figure restricts the movement and poseability and just plain doesn't hang right in many poses. I think there's too much material around the shoulders, to be honest. Could've been designed / produced better, in my opinion.

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The joints start off ridiculously stiff, and frankly, the wrist-pegs are worryingly thin; I was terrified that they were going to shear off. So I boiled-and-popped the hands off and on again, and that seemed to loosen them up adequately. Also, the heads are effectively glued in place by their dust-coloured wash, so you need to pull those puppies off and put them back on again, so you can articulate their heads. The one sticking point I haven't overcome yet, though, is that the waists don't swivel much, if at all.

Y'know what would've been amazing on this guy? Insert-moulded wrists and hips, so he could hold both his weapons better, and ride astride a bantha.

Is this the perfect 1:18-scale Tusken Raider figure? No. But it's the best such Tusken Raider figure released so far, and it's worth adding at least one (if not a small band) to your collection.

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(Not necessarily Quick, but definitely Dirty.)





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