Tuesday, January 22, 2013

#240 STAR WARS – BIB FORTUNA and WEEQUAY (1983)





I took some pictures of Star Wars vintage figures around one year ago, but after publishing two articles, the pictures disappeared, and I couldn’t write about them anymore. I have now replaced those pictures, so I can continue showing these cool figures.


These two were released in 1983, as the first batch of figures from the Return of the Jedi movie. There are two figures (Admiral Ackbar and Lando in Skiff Guard disguise) that have copyright from 1982, but they were released together with this first group of 1983 RotJ figures. More figures from this film are copyrighted one year later (1984), and these were sold in a second batch of figures. If you check cardback images, there are some including more figures than others. It is interesting to see, that this same cardbacks include a lot of figures, because some (or most) characters were sold during many years. In this case I think it wouldn’t be right to talk about “waves”, I don’t know which term applies best.



The figure on the left is Weequay, one of the bounty hunters that open the film in Jabba’s sail barge. Weequay came with a gray staff, that was also used with other figures. The one in the picture is a reproduction.








The figure on the right is Bib Fortuna, one of the servants of Jabba the Hutt. This figure came with more accessories: a staff, a cloak made of cloth and a belt/breastplate. All accessories in this picture are original.





The characters are relatively unimportant in the films, so I don’t know much more about their background. Check the wookiepedia entries if you want to know everything about them.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: WEEQUAY and BIB FORTUNA
  • Toy Line: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Year: 1983
  • Company: Kenner (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 11 cms or 3,75’’

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