Yodasnews Review: Yarna d’al’ Gargan (Legacy Collection)
Review and Photography by Jeffrey A. Gouse (SithLord0498)
Review Date: July 25, 2008
It’s no secret that Hasbro gets heavily scrutinized in these reviews. Despite the fact that these are only toys, Hasbro gets held to a higher standard because they have released many items that betray their true potential, which makes it all the more irritating and disappointing when they churn out figures that show a lack of imagination and creativity. Even more irritating is that, after more than a decade into the modern era, they still have not mastered the concept of consistency, a shortcoming pointed out in several reviews.
But there is one thing that Hasbro has become consistently good at.
Listening to the wants of their customers.
Hasbro wasn’t always good at it, but the past several years have seen the toy manufacturer releasing items that aren’t exactly sure-fire commercial hits. Massive and costly vehicles such as the AT-TE and a more accurately scaled Millennium Falcon are excellent examples of Hasbro’s willingness to take risks in order to satisfy consumer wants. Of course, people want them, but the question remains if they can afford them in these difficult financial times. As for the figure line, Hasbro has pushed the boundaries with releases like “Crispy” Anakin—not exactly the kind of figure one expects to see in the kids’ toy aisle of their local Wal-Mart.
Today’s review centers on another figure that many never expected to see the light of day: Jabba’s six-breasted dancer, Yarna d’al’ Gargan. While this will undoubtedly be very popular with collectors regardless, is it a quality figure or a haphazardly produced figure? Read on to find out.
The 30th Anniversary Collection was filled with examples of Hasbro's sculptors imbuing background character figures with an immense level of detail and accuracy. Fortunately, it appears that The Legacy Collection is going to continue that trend.
Yarna is a highly accurate rendition of actress Claire Davenport and her notorious costume. The first major positive of the figure's sculpt is that it excellently replicates Yarna's ectomorphic body type—bumpy cellulite and all. This is not a glamorous body by any means, and the portrait is equally and appropriately imperfect. As for the outfit, the proportions and design are extremely faithful to the actual costume, and the shape and orientation of the skirt successfully simulates the coarse free-flowing cloth used on set. Hasbro even did an excellent job replicating the rat's nest look of Yarna’s head dress. The only difference is that the figure's head dress is a solid piece whereas the real one has gaps. Hasbro wisely chose to sacrifice accuracy here in order to eliminate potential fragility.
The last notable aspect is how well the ball joints are integrated into the figure. Considering Yarna is meant to be an exotic dancer, she shows quite a bit of skin. There are no costuming elements in which to hide the joints, so Hasbro instead used the folds of Yarna's cellulite to conceal the joints as much as possible. Not only did they succeed there, but their ranges of motion are unaffected. Contrary to how they appear, the legs can bend backward to near-right angles.
All together, Yarna represents what Hasbro can do when they put their engineering creativity to the test.
PAINT APPLICATIONS: Average
This is where Hasbro fumbles the ball. There are two grossly noticeable areas where the paint applications leave much to be desired. First is in the portrait. Yarna's makeup in the film was a combination of revolting and clashing colors. The lower face was chalk white, and the upper face was painted in shades of red and brown. However, Hasbro's version is all chalky with a little bit of pinkish red above the eyes. The second major area of contention is the color used on both the skirt and head dress. Whereas the filming costume is a seaweed color, Hasbro gave the figure what appears to be dark grey molded plastic with far too much of a yellowish-tan wash. It looks decent from a distance, but closer inspection reveals it is too heavy-handed and highly inaccurate. Additionally, the skin tones in the clothing’s gaps on the upper body have been sloppily painted, the skin paint frequently spilling over onto the red-brown costume. In fact, the only way this isn't "Below Average" is because the overall tattered and dirty look of Yarna absorbs some of the gross shortcomings in the paint and makes it work with that grungy aura.
While Yarna is a dancer, most collectors still would not expect this figure to have the kind of articulation and fluid range of motion found on figures such as Commander Gree. In the past, background characters of this nature have traditionally been very statuesque. But Yarna completely defies expectations. She is capable of an extremely broad variety of poses--including poses that have her standing on only one foot (the figure's broad surface area and hard plastic skirt help add support here). She can hold a glass in one hand while gripping the hilt of her sheathed knife. And there even some poses that are, I daresay, graceful and exotic. Yarna is a terrific example of articulation done right.
Of course, the downside here is that Hasbro has once again put another notch in their "high expectations" belt, and the roller coaster that is their "consistency" keeps on rollin'.
To be honest, having no accessories would have been acceptable because her brief appearance in Return of the Jedi showed no peripherals at all. Still, Hasbro saw fit to include a beverage glass and a dagger with an oddly jagged blade, and both accessories have been executed very well. The coppery glass has a touch of glitter that gives it an exotic shine, and a darker concentration of color toward the base provides the illusion of containing liquid. As for the dagger, the blade is painted in metallic silver, and it slides very easily into the functional sheath on Yarna’s waist.
OVERALL RATING: Excellent
Yarna is one of those figures that truly came out of left field and blindsided everyone. Not only was it a figure that didn’t seem likely to see the light of day (she does have triple cleavage after all…), but no one could have expected the level of detail and design Hasbro put into her. This is one of the most poseable figures to hit shelves in a long time, and it holds promise for the future of The Legacy Collection—something that most initial figures failed to do for The Clone Wars Collection. Yarna d’al’ Gargan is a definite must-buy for collectors on July 26th and is worth every cent.
If only she wasn’t so dang ugly…