Thursday, January 2, 2014

#051: Escape Pod - 2004 Tatooine Escape Deluxe Ultra Figure

#051:  Escape Pod - 2004 Tatooine Escape Deluxe Ultra Figure

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Character Name: Escape Pod
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Saga 2004 (included with C-3PO Tatooine Escape Deluxe Figure)
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2004
Size/Scale: 3.75 inch scale
Original Retail Price: US$9.99 (for the whole set)
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977) (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977)
Style: Modern Action Figure Vehicle

One of the few items made depicting the escape pod.  Interesting as it was heavily featured in the promotions for the first film, and was one of the first vehicles (as part of a playset) in the Kenner line of the 70's.

This was an accessory to the C-3PO "Ultra" figure.  Basically the "Ultra" figures were like the "Deluxe" lines of the 90's, just much, much cooler.  Many retailers were burned in the 90's by the poor-selling Deluxe lines and did not order many of the Ultra figures.  Their higher price point also scared many away when they were at retail almost a decade ago.  I was not one of these people.

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I think it may be a little small for scale, but it looks great in your diorama.

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The pod opens and you can store R2-D2 and C-3PO figures inside.  Sadly, no window for them to look out and complain about things.

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Down the LFL rabbit hole.

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Included is this C-3PO figure.  He's pretty cool, but his face is a little too cartoony.  He can completely disassemble (including head) similar to the vintage figure.  We'll cover him on his own later.  There are better options now, nine years later, but many collectors still prefer this version.

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The total package.  For a few years this was considered the best C-3PO available by many collectors.  I think it still holds up well today.

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Nice detailing to the engines.  The three little engines on the bottom can swivel.

I could see someone taking amazing pictures at a beach with this just this set and an R2-D2.

Sources:
Wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/R2-Q2
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/sw04ultrac3po.asp

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