Monday, March 3, 2014

#052: Uncle Owen (2010 SDCC Comic Pack)

#052: Uncle Owen (2010 SDCC Comic Pack)

Uncle Owen

Character Name: Owen Lars (Uncle Owen)
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Saga Legends Comic Packs / EU: Visionaries / San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2010
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$14.99
Character's First Appearance: Star Wars (1977)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977) / Dark Horse Comics
As portrayed by: Phil Brown
Style: Modern Action Figure

I haven't been keeping up with this for a while, need to keep documenting the collection so I stop buying doubles!  Anyway, today we look at the best Uncle Owen figure to date.

There have been three Uncle Owen figures released to date- one in a 3-Pack from the 90's, one that was included in the Disturbance at Lars Homestead set, and this one, which sources from a comic book from Dark Horse that brings back Darth Maul, just with robot legs.  I am not a fan of the comic, or the Darth Maul comes back to life plot, which was also used for The Clone Wars cartoon series.  What was great about Star Wars was imagination and new things, new characters and creative ideas; not tired old comic book cliches.   It also was the final nail in the coffin for the TV too, at least for me.

This Uncle Owen figures is very well articulated, so he can deny Luke a trip to Toshi Station in any pose you desire.  The cloth goods are well done, very similar to the coat the EPII Owen had as well. The figure is sourced from a comic which takes place between EPIII and EPIV, rather than the EPIV film, so his hair is not as gray as the film, but I think it looks good.  Sometimes toy companies overdo gray hair on older figures, making them look either too white, or too dark gray.  This one looks pretty good in my opinion, but maybe some will want to give him a hit of gray paint to match the movie better.

Since it comes with a robot Maul figure too, this SDCC exclusive set has risen in price quite a bit over the years, and it can be difficult to get the set at a low price.  It was available for $14.99 in 2010 after SDCC was over from the HTS website, and was often discounted in the year that followed.  I was able to pick up several of these sets for under $5 each on eBay, with plans to trade them in the future (Hasbro SDCC exclusives have a tendency to be difficult to get, both at the show and online afterwards.)  And as the price increased, I sold all of my extras for ever increasing amounts.  Even my loose Maul went for over $50 in 2013.  In 2014, this set is selling on average around $50-100 for one mint in sealed box, making it one of the more expensive sets of the modern era.  This type of price increase is to be expected at this point for the 3.75" EU characters.  I don't think it's worth quite that much (especially if you just want the Uncle Owen figure) but like many other EU figures, and toy collecting in general, fan demand sets the price, and patience is your friend.  There's been a few that have gone for under $30 shipped in the last 2-3 months, which is great for those with small wallets and lots of time to search for a lower price.  Which reminds me, one day I should do a post specifically geared towards new 3.75" Star Wars collectors, as often new fans overspend on some items, and hold out hope to get rare, expensive pieces at bargain prices that just ain't gonna happen...

I love this character, and hope the figure is reissued one day.  It's definitely a must have for fans of the original 1977 film.  Now if only they'd do a new Aunt Beru to match- I doubt that will happen.


Sources:

Wookieepedia:  http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Owen_Lars

Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/tvcEXSDCC_Maul-Owen.asp

16 Useless Star Wars figures (that I love): http://io9.com/the-16-most-useless-star-wars-figures-in-the-galaxy-1467580491