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1film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Mini review - Tusken Raider on Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:36 pm

scalawag

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Stryker asked about this figure in another thread so here is a little review of the SideShow Tusken Raider from their Scum & Villainy range.

One of my favourite Star Wars characters this one, the Sand People. I think they look and sound just right for what they are meant to be, a great piece of creative magic. Cool


This is the SideShow Tusken Raider, which seems to have only been produced in fairly low numbers, and so can be quite hard to get hold of now.


This is a really great figure though, and I would say well worth the premium on price you are going to pay because of the scarcity.

The materials used are really nice and drape perfectly to achieve the look from the films. All the pouches have a leather like finish to them and there is some light weathering applied too.

I think the head sculpt is spot on.

The accessories are all nicely finished too, and as well as the Gaderffii stick shown here there is also a long barrelled Tusken cycler rifle for those pod race sniping scenes, and a second Gaderffii with a sort of paddle end to it instead of the curved spike end.


I wanted to go for that classic pose of the Tusken Raider shaking his gaderffii above his head while attacking Luke Skywalker in the original film. I hope I have done it justice.


I love this figure and I am really pleased that I didn't let this one go when I saw it for sale. Cool

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2film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:59 pm

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Nice. Thanks for posting. I can hear that howl just looking at these pics. So awesome.


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3film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:17 pm

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Stryker2011 wrote:Nice. Thanks for posting. I can hear that howl just looking at these pics. So awesome.


Thanks mate, glad you like him. this is such a good figure and I only wish they where a little bit more available. I would buy another one today if it wasn't going to cost me my other kidney Shocked Shocked Shocked Laughing Laughing


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4film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:55 pm

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Thanks for posting, Paul. It's been awhile since I've seen them, and they really do look perfect. Like the Jawas, you'll never need to upgrade. Of course, you might want more than one, but those prices are not collection-friendly.


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5film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:03 pm

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Yeah this is one of the nicest figures in my collection, it really does have the right look to it.

The prices on these are silly now, if you can find one.


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6film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:05 am

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He does look pretty cool, though I'm not sure he's tall enough to be Luke's attacker, he was played by Peter Diamond and was over 6' if I recall.

Here he is as Iman Fasil in Highlander, he looks like a big bloke:

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7film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:21 am

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Rogerbee wrote:He does look pretty cool, though I'm not sure he's tall enough to be Luke's attacker, he was played by Peter Diamond and was over 6' if I recall.

Good question. Perhaps Paul will provide the height measurement. I don't know how old this Sideshow figure is, but recent Sideshow figures (at least their biker scouts, tie fighter pilots, at at drivers, snowtrooper commanders) have been a tad on the tall side, more so than the Hot Toys figures. If that is true of the Tusken Raider, he ought to be tall enough.


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8film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:27 am

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URRRRRRR-UR-UR-UR-URRRRRRR!

Haha great man, he looks like a great figure.

9film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:25 am

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GubernatorFan wrote:
Rogerbee wrote:He does look pretty cool, though I'm not sure he's tall enough to be Luke's attacker, he was played by Peter Diamond and was over 6' if I recall.

Good question. Perhaps Paul will provide the height measurement. I don't know how old this Sideshow figure is, but recent Sideshow figures (at least their biker scouts, tie fighter pilots, at at drivers, snowtrooper commanders) have been a tad on the tall side, more so than the Hot Toys figures. If that is true of the Tusken Raider, he ought to be tall enough.

Hard to say, I think Michael reviewed him when he came out and Peter's was the tallest Tusken out of all of them, certainly more so than any body SSC will have done.

Just looked at Michael's review, which is from 2012 (!), sounds like it could be a first or maybe second generation Prometheus under there and they were definitely on the short side.

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10film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:28 pm

scalawag

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Rogerbee wrote:He does look pretty cool, though I'm not sure he's tall enough to be Luke's attacker, he was played by Peter Diamond and was over 6' if I recall.

Here he is as Iman Fasil in Highlander, he looks like a big bloke:

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Oh yes Peter Diamond was a big fella for sure when ANH was shot and the costumes helmet would probably add a further 2"-4" to his height as well. I have seen an original screen used Tusken mask and they are bulky.

The figure when standing fully upright is a hair over 12".

As intimated in the review though this is a general Tusken Raider figure, and not specifically the one played by Peter in ANH. It was never marketed as the Tusken who attacked Luke, that is just the pose I chose for mine.
 
The included accessories mean that any number of Tuskens might be portrayed, none 100% accurate to a particular screen counterpart in all probability.  This was always meant as a general interpretation of the Sand People.  As I said the choice of pose is entirely my choice.

I am really not so picky over the absolute screen accuracy of a figure like this as I view them as more collectors item than scale model.

The only figures I may take such an in depth view with are the DAK figures I bash. There I even have an assortment of 1-1 kit so that I know how all the uniform parts and equipment work together, how it feels to wear it, its weight etc...and how the soldiers may have used their kit to aid with accuracy.


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11film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:49 pm

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PickleMunkey wrote:URRRRRRR-UR-UR-UR-URRRRRRR!

Haha great man, he looks like a great figure.

Thanks mate, glad you like him. Wink


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12film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:52 pm

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If the figure is just over 12" in height, then it would be palpably taller than Luke, at least the appropriate farmboy Luke from HT (which is the only one I have in this scale -- other than my ROTJ Luke kitbash which borrows the head sculpt -- and seems great to me).


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13film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:24 pm

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scalawag wrote:
Rogerbee wrote:He does look pretty cool, though I'm not sure he's tall enough to be Luke's attacker, he was played by Peter Diamond and was over 6' if I recall.

Here he is as Iman Fasil in Highlander, he looks like a big bloke:

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Oh yes Peter Diamond was a big fella for sure when ANH was shot and the costumes helmet would probably add a further 2"-4" to his height as well. I have seen an original screen used Tusken mask and they are bulky.

The figure when standing fully upright is a hair over 12".

As intimated in the review though this is a general Tusken Raider figure, and not specifically the one played by Peter in ANH. It was never marketed as the Tusken who attacked Luke, that is just the pose I chose for mine.
 
The included accessories mean that any number of Tuskens might be portrayed, none 100% accurate to a particular screen counterpart in all probability.  This was always meant as a general interpretation of the Sand People.  As I said the choice of pose is entirely my choice.

I am really not so picky over the absolute screen accuracy of a figure like this as I view them as more collectors item than scale model.

The only figures I may take such an in depth view with are the DAK figures I bash.  There I even have an assortment of 1-1 kit so that I know how all the uniform parts and equipment work together, how it feels to wear it, its weight etc...and how the soldiers may have used their kit to aid with accuracy.

Fair enough,

If you want a general one it would no doubt be fine. Though a taller body would work if you wanted Peter attacking Luke in a dio.

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Roger -- see my response above. Besides, he doesn't have the Tusken Raider attacking Luke.


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15film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:22 am

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Very cool figure and quite accurate, from the looks of it.

Height, when it comes to sixth scale figures, is a crapshoot I've found. Unless one takes the Shovelchop approach and makes it happen, this guy's the same height as that guy. On my shelves, I've been thinking of using bases made from different thicknesses of wood...as in a slice of a tree limb. With a chop saw, that's pretty easily done and one limb can yield a wealth of bases in varying thicknesses.

For example. Wesley Snipes is 5'9" tall. My Blade figure seems a little over 12", or about 6'2".

See where I'm going with this?

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scalawag

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Of yeah I see where you are going with this.

That does look like a great idea to address some of the height issues. You are dead right it is a complete crap shoot as to what height manufacturers decide to make figures.


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17film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:45 am

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The use of different elevations under the figures is a really good idea, especially if you are trying to recreate the correct look of a movie scene. I did a lot of that (pretty much for the first time) with my mini review of the HT Tarkin figure on OSW. For regular display purposes, it might be less necessary. I don't think Paul needs it unless he really wants to get the look of a particular scene just right. I think what he has in his display works beautifully.


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18film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:36 am

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To get around the height issue of my Slave Leia, I had to completely remove any stand for her. I originally didn't have the others on their original stands, but then the Jiaou Doll Leia is so tall, it looked ridiculous. Scary how Slave Leia is the same height as Hoth Leia who's standing on a 1"-thick platform.
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19film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:42 pm

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Simple, yet effective solution, Stryker. It is a striking contrast (no pun intended). Of course, you could have her sitting up on her side like she was on Jabba's throne, and then no need to worry about the difference in height Smile


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20film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:47 pm

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When I get Jabba's throne later in the year, that's probably what she'll be doing.


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21film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:24 pm

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They do make a difference,

I think the height thing is more down to wanting to use more standard bodies than it is anything else. It's far cheaper to reuse one standard type than it is to produce a new type for each character.

3rd party manufacturers like Kit's guy at OneSixthKit and Coomodel have at least made some effort to redress this. However, if an outfit is tailored to one body, getting it to fit another can be an ask.

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Rogerbee wrote:However, if an outfit is tailored to one body, getting it to fit another can be an ask.

Very true. I remember when Hot Toys put out their original (not Rogue One) stormtrooper two-pack, one of the two was purposefully shorter (perhaps in part using shorter ankle pegs, but I think there were some differences in the height of the body proper too), and on him the armor fit in a clunkier, tighter way that inhibited articulation more than the same armor on the "standard" stormtrooper. This was covered in Michael Crawford's review (I don't own this particular boxed set). So there would be a good example of what you described. Although, one might consider that this would be realistic, as generic stormtrooper armor would "hang" differently on the stormtroopers of different height.


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23film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:00 pm

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Except weren’t the Stormtroopers all supposedly clones? So wouldn’t that mean they were all exactly the same? Haha. (Despite Lucas’ assertions after the fact, I know he didn’t always have that planned, but isn’t what he said...?)


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Stryker2011 wrote:Except weren’t the Stormtroopers all supposedly clones? So wouldn’t that mean they were all exactly the same? Haha. (Despite Lucas’ assertions after the fact, I know he didn’t always have that planned, but isn’t what he said...?)

Unless you insist on a(n unattested) change in recruitment between the Empire and the First Order, we now know that the stormtroopers are like janissaries (taken from their parents at a young age and indoctrinated and trained as shock troops).


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25film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:53 pm

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Stryker2011 wrote:To get around the height issue of my Slave Leia, I had to completely remove any stand for her. I originally didn't have the others on their original stands, but then the Jiaou Doll Leia is so tall, it looked ridiculous. Scary how Slave Leia is the same height as Hoth Leia who's standing on a 1"-thick platform.
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Those look great mate, and the height difference between the 2 Leias is catered for nicely by the stand solution here.

I can't wait to see slave leia in Jabba's throne room when you get it, that will be so cool mate.


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26film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:59 am

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Been eyeing one of these guys on the Bay — but my God, those prices. I can’t decide if I should get a Tusken Raider, or a Scout Trooper and the Speeder Bike (the cost for the former is only about $40 less than the cost of the latter two).


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27film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:46 pm

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Stryker2011 wrote:Been eyeing one of these guys on the Bay — but my God, those prices. I can’t decide if I should get a Tusken Raider, or a Scout Trooper and the Speeder Bike (the cost for the former is only about $40 less than the cost of the latter two).

I'd say Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike. You've seen Paul's. Or get the Scout Trooper and customize the old (longer) Hasbro Speeder Bike. At this point I have both (yes, Sideshow rewards got to me too...). Why not a Tusken Raider? Because by now you'd be paying an artificially inflated secondary market price for an older and less perfect figure that might be re-released in possibly improved form (Sideshow does that). Moreover, did you notice how (unlike any other Tattooine creatures from the original Star Wars film) Tusken Raiders did not appear in Jabba's palace? So the Tusken Raider won't go with your glorious Jabba (and if you wonder just how glorious it is, check out the hideous CG Jabba in the original version of the Special Edition); the Scout Trooper will go with the Speeder Bike and even with your emperor (who passes by a whole bunch of them on his arrival at the Death Star). But that's just my opinion.

The Sideshow Scout Trooper (both the original release and the current release, which seem to be identical) is an excellent figure; their Speeder Bike is stunning, even if a little on the short side; Hasbro's old one is a little on the wide side; neither is perfect (you can see the comparison between them in Paul's thread HERE). But if it is a question of money, you might be able to save some by customizing the Hasbro one (just make sure you are getting the correct older Hasbro release, not the undersized simpler toys that were available recently). A long time ago I had a thread on the old site with many photos of my customized Hasbro Speeder Bike; here are three from that set (I haven't gotten around to unboxing or photographing it and the Sideshow ones against a proper background since the move).

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28film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:04 pm

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That's pretty amazing for a Hasbro product, Guv. How many modifications did you have to do?


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Stryker2011 wrote:That's pretty amazing for a Hasbro product, Guv. How many modifications did you have to do?

Now I wish I had bothered putting up more photos (see three more below). Smile In general terms the main part of the customization was give it a more weathered look with some dry brushing of gunmetal grey (I think) paint, to imitate a multiplicity of tiny scratches and imperfections. Two parts received a more physical treatment: I glued (and painted over) tiny conical-ish rhinestones on top of the levers on the command panel in front of the seat (this made them look longer/taller and more prominent); and I filled in the missing part of the rear egines (?) with curved flat wire crescents, air-drying clay, and cylindrical crimp beads to match the on-screen look (which was better reproduced by the Sideshow bike -- Paul had a photo of them side by side from that angle too and you can see exactly what was missing on the Hasbro).

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Impressive mods, my friend. I especially like the front of the bike that shows more "scraping damage". Nicely done. I never would have picked up on what you used to make the knobs on the control console. Excellent. I'm going to go back over Paul's thread -- it seems so long ago, I forgot what his impressions are.


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31film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:43 pm

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I finally got one of these Sideshow Tusken Raiders, and he is awesome. I'm so happy to finally have one of these in my collection. Been searching for a couple years now, but the after-market prices were ridiculously high. Then I found an eBay seller who must be clearing out some of his personal collection. A big shout out to scalawag for his advice on this particular item. The previous owner took great care of this guy, and I found no problems what-so-ever. He's very cool. If I have one con against the figure, it's that Sideshow included a typical "gun" hand, but his long rifle is anything but typical -- so there is no way to really hold that thing even remotely close to the "trigger" with that hand. Kind of makes the rifle a wasted accessory.

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32film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:20 am

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He looks great, Stryker! So glad you were finally able to find one!

Too bad about the rifle, though perhaps he could sometimes switch and hold that over his head instead, lol.

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scalawag

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Pleased to see you got one Wink

This is an awesome figure to have in a collection. I have mine on my TV stand and so see it most days and it always makes me smile.

I have never had the rifle out of the packing on mine so had not come across the odd hand situation. I am definitely a gaffi stick man lol. I have 2 of them hanging on the lounge wall Laughing Laughing Laughing

Anyway glad you sourced one at a reasonable price, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine.

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34film - Mini review - Tusken Raider Empty Re: Mini review - Tusken Raider on Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:12 pm

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scalawag wrote:Pleased to see you got one Wink

This is an awesome figure to have in a collection.  I have mine on my TV stand and so see it most days and it always makes me smile.

I have never had the rifle out of the packing on mine so had not come across the odd hand situation.  I am definitely a gaffi stick man lol.  I have 2 of them hanging on the lounge wall Laughing Laughing Laughing

Anyway glad you sourced one at a reasonable price, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine.

Paul

Yep. He's very cool, and as you said, he really does stand up well to this day. Pretty awesome figure. So glad for your help on this one, Paul. Thanks, Brother.


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